Cumulus International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media

Sheffield Institute of Arts

Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University

Head of institution

Director of Sheffield Institute of Arts Sally Wade

Visiting Address

City Campus, Howard Street,, S1 1WB Sheffield, Great Britain

Phone +44 (0)114 225 5555

Fax +44 (0)114 225 4449



Cumulus Contact person

Programme Leader, MA Design Roger Bateman
Sheaf Building, City Campus, Howard Street , S1 1WB Sheffield
Phone +44 (0)114 225 5555, Fax
E-mail r.bateman[at]

Contact person for inquiries on study programs

Gordon Young (Undergraduate Recruitment) +44(0)114 225 2682
Roger Bateman (Postgradute Recruitment ) +44(0)114 225 2631

Other contact persons

Denise Carpenter
tel +44(0)114 225 5544
email d.carpenter[at]

Lisa Burbeary
tel +44(0)114 225 5544
email l.burbeary[at]



Vision statement
Our vision is to be renowned as a forward thinking, enterprising and business engaged university.

We will be known for providing a high quality and cutting edge learning experience, for research which has a real world impact and for being a catalyst in economic and social transformation.

Our Mission
Sheffield Hallam is an innovative and responsive university, committed to the belief that high quality inspirational teaching and applied research can transform individuals, organisations and communities.

We will build on our existing strength to attain an international reputation as a leader in applied design and creativity and in healthcare and active lifestyles

Corporate Plan 2011-13

International role

The University and Sheffield Institute of Arts have extensive international links. A full list of Erasmus partners for exchange can be found at

Other partner institutions can be located at

National role

Sheffield Insitute of Arts (SIA) is one of the oldest Art Schools in the UK. Founded in 1843, Sheffield Institute of Art is celebrating it's 170 year anniversary in 2013. The Institute continues to make a significant contribution to the locally, regionally and nationally to the creative industries. Sheffield is home to one of the largest communities of practising artists outside London and the traditional home of jewellery and metalwork design. Sheffield Instituute of Arts collaborates with regional Universities in Yorkshire and the Midlands on joint research bids, conferences and projects.
SIA is a member of CHEAD (Council for Heads of Education in Art and Design); National Subject Associations: Association of Interior Designers, Assocaition of Fashion and Textiles, D&AD, GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design); The Design Research Society. The Institute has a wide range of business connections nationally and internationally.
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Main focus

A comprehensive portfolio of Arts, Design and Media courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) can trace its history back to 1843, and is now the art school at Sheffield Hallam University, one of Britain’s largest and most progressive modern universities. Sheffield Institute of Art's degree routes focus heavily on hands-on practice, offering a fantastic creative community experience whilst students work on creative projects and commissions both undergraduate and postgraduate.


Faculties and departments

Department of Art and Design
Department of Media Arts and Communication

Bachelor level programs

BA (hons) Graphic Design 3yr
BA (hons) Fashion Design 3yr
BA (hons) Interior Design 3yr
BA (hons) Fine Art 3yr
BA (hons) Product Design 3yr
BA (hons) Jewellery & Metalwork 3yr
BA (hons) Creative Art Practice 3yr
BA (hons) Product Design: Furniture 3yr
BA (hons) Film & Media Production 3yr
BA (hons)Photography 3yr
BA (hons)Games Design 3yr
BA (hons)Animation 3yr
BA (hons)Digital Media Production 3yr
BSc (hons)Games Software Development 3yr
BA (hons) Journalism 3yr
BA (hons) Media 3yr
BA (hons) Public Relations 3yr
BA (hons) PR & Media 3yr

Integrated masters 4 year courses:
MDes Fashion Design 4yr
MDes Interior Design 4yr
MDes Graphic Design 4yr
MDes Product Design 4yr
MDes Product Design Furniture 4yr
MDes Jewellery & Metalwork 4yr
MArt Fine Art 4yr
MArt Creative Art Practice 4yr
MArt Photography 4yr
MArt Animation 4yr
MArt Film Media Production 4yr
MArt Digital Media Production 4yr

Master level programs

Masters courses all 3 semester / 1.5 years

MA Design (Graphic Design)
MA Fine Art
MA Design (Packaging Design)
MA Design (Industrial Design)
MA Design (Metalwork & Jewellery)
MA Animation and Special Effects
MPhd/PhD Research Degrees
MA Design & Technology Education
MA Animation for Computer Games
MA International Documentary Production
MSc Games Software Development
MA Sports Journalism
MA Communication & Media
MA Computer Comm (distance)
MA Tech Comm (distance)
MA International Broadcast Journalism
MA Online Communication
MA Cultural Policy & Management
MA Prob Communication


Research activity and main areas

The Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) is one of Britain's leading centres for research in the creative disciplines of Fine Art, Design and Media Production. Our artists, designers and film makers are at the forefront of practice-led research, through pioneering work in health care research, critically acclaimed independent film and public artworks.

We have pioneered new thinking in how we can apply the expertise and experience of artists and designers to the creation of knowledge, striking a balance between developing the theory that drives our academic disciplines and making practical contributions to our economic and cultural life.

Our work includes the creation of new methods and techniques for research and practice, products and artworks that change our understanding or create new knowledge, multi-disciplinary research with partners in a variety of disciplines and developing methods for transmitting ideas, skills and knowledge. We are committed to building a research-led academic community through our support for postgraduate studies at both Doctoral and Master's levels.

The ADRC is also home to Design Futures, a discrete unit within C3RI delivering packaging and product design research to industry. Design futures has a proven track record as innovators being cited as inventors or contributors to a portfolio of intellectual property, it has accrued a number of design awards.

Doctorate level programs

MPhil/ PhD Research Degrees through the Cultural Communications and Computing Research Institute. The Cultural, Communication and Computing Research Institute (C3RI) is a diverse multidisciplinary group which makes connections between the research traditions of • art • design and media production • communication studies • computing • engineering.

The Institute consists of two research centres • Art and Design Research Centre • Communication and Computing Research Centre.

We provide an environment in which each discipline can develop its own approach to research. At the same time we bring people together on questions that cut across traditional subject boundaries.

Research activity at C3RI
C3RI is Sheffield Hallam University’s largest community of researchers, with over 100 academics, researchers and technical staff.

Our work covers basic, strategic and applied research as well as research into teaching and learning. Much of it is through partnerships with businesses and professional collaborators.

Research is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Board, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the European Union, commercial clients, charitable bodies and government.

We support a PhD research programme with over 40 students. The C3RI also maintains many knowledge transfer partnerships that support close collaboration between academics, researchers and industrial partners.

Design Futures
C3RI also houses Design Futures – a Yorkshire Forward Centre of Industrial Collaboration for Product and Packaging innovation.

Design Futures has had specialist design teams working exclusively on commercial consultancy services for several years. These teams have developed award winning, innovative solutions for many clients, some of which have been patented.


Subject areas for exchange students

as per the undergraduate and postgraduate course list

Application deadlines

Please conatct Glyn Hawley email: g.hawley@

Teaching languages


Semester dates

end September - January
January - end May

Cost of living per month (studying and living)

circa 1500 GBP



  • Bachelor: 3000
  • Master: 100
  • Doctorate: 70

Exchange students

  • 10 incoming
  • 10 outgoing
  • 40 other (continuing education, post-experience courses, other)

Teaching staff

  • 12 Professors
  • 130 Lecturers
  • n/a Other permanent teachers
  • n/a Part-time teachers