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- 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 abroad — Erasmus 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.
Watch student Frankie Hodson talk about what it’s like to study on this course.
How you learn
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
- exhibitions and presentations
- field trips
- international exchanges
- independent study
Course leaders and tutors
I am Senior Lecturer and Course Leader in Creative Art Practice
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.
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 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).
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.
This course provides opportunity for careers as an
- arts administrator
- film director
- sound recorder
- lighting technician
- camera worker
- set designer
- art director
- art therapist
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
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
Learn more about your department
Tour the new home for Sheffield Institute of Arts and hear students explain how cutting-edge resources are helping to develop a dynamic, creative community.
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.
- 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
|Module: Art Context 1||Credits: 20||
|Module: Art Practice One||Credits: 100||
|Module: Art Context 2||Credits: 20||
|Module: Art Practice Two||Credits: 100||
|Module: Art Exchange||Credits: 60||
|Module: Art Practice 3 (Art & Critical Practice 3)||Credits: 120|
|Module: Ordinary Fine Art Studio||Credits: 20|
Fees and funding
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.
Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 per year.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
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.Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF)
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