Everything you need to know...
- Develop the English language and creative skills required for undergraduate study.
- Gain understanding of the studio experience, skills and techniques.
- Finish in time to stay in the UK and prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September.
The International Foundation Programme is designed to support international and EU (non-UK) students to meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees. On successful completion, you are qualified to progress onto one of our Sheffield Institute of Arts undergraduate degree including animation, architecture, fashion, film design and fine art.
How you learn
This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.
Build your confidence and knowledge using the same assessment methods you'll face on your degree course, gaining valuable experience of the assessment process.
You're assessed at the end of each module, providing more opportunities for feedback and supporting your development.
You learn through
- oral presentations
- practical projects
- language examinations
In addition to the core modules, your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject area, along with social and cultural activities to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends. To help you develop a sound understanding of the discipline, we arrange visits to local companies wherever possible.
The art, design and media route allows you to progress to 16 Sheffield Institute of Arts undergraduate degrees. When you submit your application, please specify your chosen undergraduate degree from the following options. Please use the links below to find out more information about the degrees and associated career opportunities.
- BSc (Honours) Architectural Technology
- BSc (Honours) Architecture
- BA (Honours) Animation
- BA (Honours) Digital Media Production
- BA (Honours) Fashion Design
- BA (Honours) Fashion Management and Communication
- BA (Honours) Film and Media Production
- BA (Honours) Film Studies
- BA (Honours) Fine Art
- BA (Honours) Games Design
- BA (Honours) Graphic Design
- BA (Honours) Illustration
- BA (Honours) Interior Design
- BA (Honours) Jewellery and Metalwork
- BA (Honours) Photography
- BA (Honours) Product Design
- BA (Honours) Product Design: Furniture
This course is accredited by the British Council.
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
English language requirements
To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.
For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.
For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.
Academic entry requirements
Good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.
You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.
You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.
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 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.
Modules studied may differ depending on when you start your course.
|Module: Academic Skills For University||Credits: 20||
|Module: English For University||Credits: 20||
|Module: English For Your Subject||Credits: 20||
|Module: Portfolio In Art, Design And Media||Credits: 60||
|Module: Developing Your Academic English||Credits: 20||
Fees and funding
For the three-term programme starting in September the tuition fee in 2020/21 will be £12,310. For the two-term programme starting in January the tuition fee in 2020/21 will be £10,250. On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a £1,000 progression scholarship towards your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).
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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