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International: See fees section below
- 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
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
- constructive critical debates
Course leaders and tutors
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
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 we encourage you to work collaboratively with them.
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
- retail/marketing worker
- design research
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 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.
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
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.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.
|Module: Negotiated Project||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Project 1||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Project 2||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Theory Supporting Practice||Credits: 30.00||
|Module: Ma Project (Packaging)||Credits: 60.00||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fees for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2018/19 are:
Year 1: £4,395
Year 2: £2,200†
† If you are studying an undergraduate 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 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.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,609 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)
Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.