Everything you need to know...
- Be part of an interdisciplinary design programme which promotes social and cultural innovation.
- Develop your specialist skills and knowledge in a collaborative studio environment.
- Innovate with materials, technology and conceptual thinking.
- Extend existing material practices in response to the needs of our rapidly changing world.
Placing emphasis on personal research, this course gives you the chance to develop your own interests and ideas in a challenging and supportive environment. Academic staff are design specialists, researchers and practitioners who will support you to expand your practice and develop an independent, autonomous approach.
'The course was a fantastic experience for me. The support from the teaching staff was exceptional, and the lectures were varied and inspiring. The printmaking studios gave me space and time to develop my skills.'
Emma Jackson, MA Design (Illustration), 2018 graduate
How you learn
This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.
The initial modules are taught to all postgraduate design students. You'll focus on gaining a critical understanding of design thinking, theoretical studies, research methods and making practices. In subsequent modules, you will follow your own personal practice, supported by key specialist staff. You are encouraged to consider social and cultural contexts when positioning your creative output. The aim is to develop accessible and marketable products, services, interventions and other forms or propositions.
You learn through
- immersive learning alongside peers in a studio environment
- practice-based research
- project work
- individual and group tutorials
- constructive critical debates
Course leaders and tutors
We embed an understanding of, and dialogue with, the creative industries and the world of professional practice beyond the postgraduate studio. Live projects are embedded into specific modules, and you're encouraged to seek industrial sponsors or collaborators for individual projects. The long-established link with our Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) supports a continuing tradition of graduates from the Masters courses working as research assistants and/or continuing their studies to PhD.
There are opportunities to participate in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.
You benefit from studying within a cross-disciplinary, vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment. You can work alongside our Design Futures consultancy, and with researchers from the ADRC. We also have contacts with leading design agencies and organisations, museums and practitioners, and encourage you to work collaboratively with them.
Your Illustration tutors have connections and experience in areas as diverse as narrative book design, motion and interaction, printmaking and digital publishing.
This course prepares you for a career as a
- independent design practitioner
- design manager
- maker or manufacturer
- company-employed designer
- postgraduate student at PhD level
The aim of this course is for you to achieve your personal employment ambitions — whether as a design professional in the creative industries, or in related areas such as research, retail, marketing, and education.
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for international design companies and consultancies as well as gaining PhD scholarships.
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 will have access to specialist resources and facilities including
- 3D printing for rapid prototyping
- state-of-the-art hardware and software
- laser cutting
- well-equipped workshops for jewellery and metalwork, fashion, ceramics, wood, plastic and other materials
- studio spaces
- photography studios
- a creative media centre
- gallery and exhibition spaces
- an award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources
Learn more about your department
Sheffield Institute of Arts is one of the oldest art and design schools in the country. Its brand new location and superb facilities provide a dynamic creative environment.
Normally you need
• a 2.2 degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline or significant relevant experience
• appropriate study plans, including an indication of possible project topics and clear, appropriate and realistic learning aims
• a high level of creative ability, as evidenced by a portfolio of work
• ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently
For information on applying, the interview process and your portfolio, download our MA and MFA Design application support.
Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.
If you do not have such academic qualifications we may consider your application individually, based on your personal, professional and work experience, and other formal qualifications. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more
Additional information for EU/International students
This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.
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.
|Module: Ma Project (Illustration)||Credits: 60||
|Module: Negotiated Project||Credits: 30||
|Module: Project 1||Credits: 30||
|Module: Project 2||Credits: 30||
|Module: Theory Supporting Practice||Credits: 30||
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
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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