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MA

Design (Interaction)

Full-time Art and design

Think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, whilst developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile Interaction designer.


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What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
How long will I study? 1 Year/20 months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • 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.

Place emphasis on personal research, giving 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. This is an interdisciplinary Design Programme which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation.

How you learn

Postgraduate design students are asked to submit a portfolio as part of their application. In this video, the course team offer advice on how to make yours stand out.

The initial modules are taught to all students in the design faculty (including fashion, graphics, illustration, interior, jewellery and metalwork, interaction, packaging and product) and you 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 learn through

  • immersive learning alongside peers in a studio environment
  • practice-based research
  • project work
  • individual and group tutorials
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • constructive critical debates

Course leaders and tutors

Maria Hanson
Maria Hanson
Reader in Metalwork and Jewellery

Maria is subject tutor for Metalwork and Jewellery students on the MA Design Course, and contributes to lectures and seminars for postgraduate students across all de … Read more

Applied learning

Live projects

As well as live projects embedded into modules, you're encouraged through advice and support 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

Field trips

There are opportunities to participate in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.

Networking opportunities

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 we encourage you to work collaboratively with them.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • independent design practitioner
  • designer
  • design manager
  • maker or manufacturer
  • company-employed designer
  • postgraduate student at PhD level
  • educator
  • retail/marketing worker
  • design research
  • academic

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

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Location

Howard Street
Sheffield
S1 1WB

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will have access to specialist resources and facilities and will be able to independently develop and extend your skills with

  • 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
  • creative media centre
  • gallery and exhibition spaces
  • 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.

Entry requirements

UK students

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
• evidence of previous experience of coding and/or programming is highly desirable
• ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently

For information on applying, the interview process and your portfolio, download our MA/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

EU and 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.


Modules

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Ma Project (Interaction) Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Negotiated Project Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Project 1 Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Project 2 Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Theory Supporting Practice Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 are:

Year 1: £4,395
Year 2: £2,200†

† If your course is studied over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation and/or Government regulations. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fees for international students starting full-time study in 2018/19 are:

Year 1: £8,835
Year 2: £4,420

We offer a range of scholarships and awards for international students. Find out more.

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Postgraduate student loans

Up to £10,609 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.

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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)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

If you require an alternate version of the application form, please email directadmissions@shu.ac.uk.

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