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- Study your foundation year, then progress to the full degree.
- Develop important art and design skills from the very first day.
- Experiment with a variety of techniques and materials.
- Undertake applied projects and explore different ways of working.
This foundation year has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation in art and design. You’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. After completing your foundation, you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need for full honours degree study, and progress directly onto the BA/BSc Product Design course.
How you learn
The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA/BSc Product Design course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other art and design foundation year students, then move on to the degree.
The foundation year aims to embed the creative process, and provide contextual awareness of different art and design disciplines. You will work on self-directed and collaborative projects.
You learn through
- studio-based project work
- lectures and seminars
- self-directed study
- field trips
- group and individual tutorials
Course leaders and tutors
First Year Course Leader - I am a product designer, researcher and tutor on the BA/BSc Product and Furniture Design course
After the foundation year, you will be ready to start the full degree. BA/BSc Product Design is an engaging and creative course that allows you to work in exceptional facilities, with expert staff and with well-known companies in developing your own products.
On your full honours degree, placement opportunities allow you to cement your skills in industry. Previous students have secured placements with Design Futures, Morphy Richards, Lowe Alpine and Mazda Europe.
Throughout the course, you'll create a body of work of applied projects, and undertake independent research into art and design.
After completing your foundation year and full undergraduate degree, you’ll be prepared for a career in
- running your own business
- becoming a designer-maker
- industrial design
- design consultancy
- digital visualisation
Previous graduates of the full BA/BSc Product Design course have gone on to work for
- Ron Arad Associates
- Jaguar Landrover
- Fosters and Partners
- Evolution Power Tools
- Black and Decker
- Thomas Heatherwick Studios
- Design Futures
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
During the foundation year, you work with
- a dedicated studio
- state-of-the-art workshops
- digital design facilities
On the full undergraduate course, you work with
- extensive technical workshops
- computer-driven CNC equipment
- 3D printing
- 3D digital tools
This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design and Technology, Textiles or Graphics). For example:
- CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
- MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
- A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.
We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.
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 either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or 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 portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of.
In light of the updated advice from the Government about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are not currently offering face to face portfolio reviews but are instead accepting portfolios through digital submission. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare 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'.
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: Foundation Induction||Credits: 60||
|Module: Foundation Projects||Credits: 60||
|Module: Design Practices||Credits: 60||
|Module: Design Principles||Credits: 60||
|Module: Advanced Design Principles||Credits: 60||
|Module: Professional Design Practice (Furniture Design)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Professional Design Practice (Product Design)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Furniture Design)||Credits: 120||
|Module: Graduation Design Portfolio (Product 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)
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