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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2019/20
BA (Honours)

Fine Art

Full-time Art and design

Develop creative, critical and analytical skills which can lead to a range of professional art-related careers.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year
International: £13,250 per year
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? W102
When do I start? September

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Course summary

  • Develop your skills as an artist in state-of-the-art studios and workshops.
  • Present your work at exhibitions with industry experts.
  • Learn the theory of contemporary and historical art and culture.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroadErasmus funding is available for European placements.

This course allows artists and creatives to attain practical skills while developing critical and theoretical knowledge of fine art. In the studios, you will explore and experiment through practice in a vibrant, supportive environment. You will learn how to exhibit your work and develop relationships with industry professionals — becoming part of the creative community and preparing for a fulfilling artistic career.

Student View

Watch student Frankie Hodson talk about what it’s like to study on this course.

How you learn

Watch course leader Gary Simmonds talk about this course.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

There are two modules in each year of this course. One is based on individual art practice in studios and workshops, and the other focuses on the development of theoretical and historical understanding of art.

You learn through

  • practical workshops
  • lectures and seminars
  • group critiques
  • tutorials
  • exhibitions and presentations
  • field trips
  • international exchanges
  • independent study

There are opportunities to study abroad at one of our partner universities with the possibility of funding through the Erasmus programme.

Course leaders and tutors

Gary Simmonds
Gary Simmonds
Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice

I am Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a placement in between your second and third years. Previous students have worked in galleries, with practising artists, in schools, and even set up their own artists' residency in Greece. If you study abroad, or do your work placement, in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.

Live projects

Throughout the course there are many opportunities to participate in live projects including exhibitions and events in the public domain. In the second and third year you exhibit your work in a gallery, open to the public.

Field trips

Field trips are valuable for the experience of seeing work at first hand and to understand the professional world of contemporary fine art. You will have the opportunity to visit museums and galleries in the UK and internationally, such as the Venice Biennale or Berlin, where artists based in these exciting cities guide us, arranging studio visits and private views (additional costs will apply).

Networking opportunities

Because our staff work in the professional art world, you benefit from their connections and networks. Throughout the course, you attend a weekly guest lecture from a leading artist, curator or thinker.

We also have strong links with venues like Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Site Gallery and artist-run studios and galleries in Sheffield like Bloc Projects and S1, some of which were set up by alumni from the course. This means you have the opportunity to gain experience by forging relationships, and attend private views and events.

Future careers

This course provides opportunity for careers as an

  • artist
  • curator
  • teacher
  • writer
  • arts administrator
  • technician
  • actor
  • film director
  • producer
  • editor
  • sound recorder
  • lighting technician
  • camera worker
  • set designer
  • prop-maker
  • comedian
  • novelist
  • scriptwriter
  • art director
  • animator
  • musician
  • art therapist
  • academic

Previous graduates have become successful in their field such as

  • Martin Clark, director of Camden Arts Centre
  • Kid Acne, internationally renowned artist and illustrator
  • George Shaw, Turner Prize nominee 2011
  • Rosalind Nashashibi, Turner Prize nominee 2017 and the first woman to win the Beck's Futuresart prize and represent Scotland at Venice Biennale
  • Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit.
  • Hannah Duraid, The Great Escape Game Entrepreneur
  • David Shadforth, British music video and documentary director, editor and artist

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • painting and sculpture facilities
  • dedicated TV, film and photography studios
  • state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • performance spaces
  • a creative media centre
  • professional galleries
  • print, wood, metal and ceramic workshops
  • 3D printing

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art and Design). For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.


  • English Language or literature at grade C or 4

You will also require a portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

• Foundation Diploma - merit in art and design

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Context 1 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Art Practice One Credits: 100 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Context 2 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Art Practice Two Credits: 100 Assessment: Coursework
Optional modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Exchange Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Art Practice 3 (Art & Critical Practice 3) Credits: 120
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Ordinary Fine Art Studio Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 is £9,250 per year.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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