Our mission is simple: we transform lives. We do this by shaping our students’ futures and preparing them for whatever they choose to do, and by creating knowledge that provides practical solutions to real-world challenges. (Professor Chris Husbands Vice-Chancellor)
Our vision is to be renowned as a forward-thinking, enterprising and business engaged university. We are 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.
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 build on our existing strength to attain an international reputation as a leader in applied design and creativity and in healthcare and active lifestyles.
The University and Department has extensive international links. A full list of Erasmus partners for exchange along with our other partner institutions can be located at https://www.shu.ac.uk/international
Sheffield Hallam University's, Department of Art & Design is one of the oldest Art Schools in the UK. Founded in 1843, we celebrated our 175 year anniversary in 2018 and the 25th anniversary of the Art & Design Research Centre . The Department continues to make a significant contribution 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. We collaborate with regional Universities in Yorkshire and the Midlands on joint research bids, conferences and projects.
We are a member of CHEAD (Council for Heads of Education in Art and Design) and ELIA (The European League of Institutes of the Arts).
Our partners and collaborates with organisations and networks including: DESIS network; British Fashion Council; Graduate Fashion Week; Ethical Fashion Forum; Skillset; RIBA; Creative Industries Federation; APDIG, All Party Design and Innovation Group, Redress HK.
National Subject Associations: Association of Interior Designers, Association of Fashion and Textiles, D&AD, GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design); The Design Research Society.
We have a wide range of business connections nationally and internationally. For further information visit www.shu.ac.uk/business/access-our-expertise/design
A comprehensive portfolio of Art and Design courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The Department 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. The Department's degree routes focus heavily on hands-on practice, offering a dynamic creative community experience whilst students work on creative projects and commissions both undergraduate and postgraduate.
faculties and departments
Department of Art and Design
bachelor level programs
BA (hons) Graphic Design 3yr, BA (hons) Illustration 3yr, BA (hons) Fashion Design 3yr, BA (hons) Fashion Management and Communication 3yr, BA (hons) Interior Architecture & Design 3yr, BA (hons) Fine Art 3yr, BA (hons) Product Design 3yr, BA (hons) Jewellery, Materials & Design 3yr, BA (hons) Product Design 3yr, BSc (hons) BSc Packaging Professional 3yr, (HDA)
master level programs
Masters courses: MA all 3 semester / 1.5 years / MFA typically 2 years
MA/MFA Design (Fashion,) MA/MFA Design (Graphics), MA/MFA Design (Illustration), MA/MFA Design (Interiors), MA/MFA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork), MA/MFA Design (Packaging), MA/MFA Design (Product), MA/MFA Design (Interaction), MA/MFA Fine Art
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.www.shu.ac.uk/sia/research/
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
Please contact: Gordon Young firstname.lastname@example.org
September - January
January - May
Some MA courses run for 3 trimesters full time. MFA courses of 4 semesters
cost of living per month (studying and living)
circa 1500 GBP