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International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
This course scored 95% for overall satisfaction in the 2019 National Student Survey.
- Gain the technical knowledge, practical skills and self–confidence essential for a career in the creative industries and beyond.
- Develop a portfolio of applied projects that demonstrate your strengths.
- Have the opportunity to work abroad — with Erasmus funding available for European placements.
- Explore the breadth of graphic design through its diverse media and applications.
Graphic design responds to social, technological, economic and political challenges — this course equips you to create solutions, tell stories and communicate change. Projects and workshops are at the centre of your studies, with ongoing tutorials, formative feedback sessions and project reviews across the year.
Watch student Annie Neilson 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.
You learn core principles of graphic design, explore design thinking and use creative research methods to explore and test ideas, as well as exploring practices such as user experience design and digital storytelling. The distinctive portfolio of work you develop from these experiences will communicate your strengths to prospective employers when you graduate.
You learn through
- problem-based and practical activity-based sessions
- group and individual project work
- seminars and lectures
- field trips and study visits
Course leaders and tutors
I am a photographer, writer, researcher and publisher with a curiosity about everyday things and the ordinary places in which I live and work.
You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.
There are live projects throughout the course which give you experience working on real problems and opportunities.
Our students have worked with the NHS and social change charity Good Things Foundation, with theatre company Third Angel, and design studios and agencies such as Why Not Associates and Graphic Thought Facility.
Come to an open day
Find out more at our undergraduate open days. Book now for your place.
This course prepares you for a career in
- graphic design
- user experience design
- designing for environments and three-dimensional spaces
- editorial and digital publishing
- motion graphics and animation
- illustration and printmaking
- branding and identity
- design strategy and policy making
- teaching and lecturing
This course is accredited by The Chartered Society of Designers (CSD)
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 can work with
- the creative studio environment
- the latest hardware and software, including Adobe Creative Cloud
- fabrication in wood, metal, ceramics, textiles & rapid prototyping
- a Creative Media Centre supporting photography, film and sound
- digital and analogue print facilities including screenprinting, etching, letterpress and risograph
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. 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 at grade C or 4 or equivalent
• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
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.
We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.
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'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Graphic Design Practice||Credits: 60||
|Module: Graphic Design Principles||Credits: 60||
|Module: Graphic Design In Context||Credits: 60||
|Module: Translation & Transmission||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Projects Graphic Design||Credits: 120||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. ††
† 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 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
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)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.
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