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Study Mode Full-time
Year of Entry 2018/19

Fine Art

Full-time Art and design

Study through a range of learning experiences in contemporary practice, including materials-led approaches to research, self-reflection, and critical strategies that enhance skills within the studio.

Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: See fees section below
International: See fees section below
How long will I study? 18 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September

Course summary

  • Complete a body of art work, a professional strategy, and develop refined critical skills.
  • Build a portfolio and create work in one of the most highly rated research communities in the sector.
  • Develop advanced skills in critical research methods and specialised knowledge leading to an individual studio practice.

An advanced programme of study to explore, refine and develop you artistic practice, this course allows you to participate in activities that help acquire skills. These include a range of practical skills such as painting, sculpture, digital making, drawing as well as writing, curating, exhibitions and others.

How you learn

If you study postgraduate fine arts at Sheffield Hallam, you'll not only benefit from cutting-edge facilities and expert staff, but from the support of a professional, studio-based artists' community.

Live projects

Sheffield has a dynamic and vibrant creative community. We work collaboratively with artists and curators, as well as researchers and students in other areas. You have access to a network of public galleries, art organisations and artist-run spaces. Opportunities for exhibiting and publishing take place throughout the year. You work and exhibit in the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter. We have links with

  • Sheffield Contemporary Arts Forum
  • studio groups such as S1 Artspace and Bloc
  • Yorkshire Art Space Society
  • the Showroom Cinema
  • Site Gallery

Networking opportunities

We regularly invite external practitioners to contribute to workshops and tutorials. Throughout the course, you are introduced to professional practitioners as part of the weekly lecture programme. This programme invites well-known specialists including high-profile international artists, curators, arts managers and art writers.

The course also works closely with Sheffield's arts community, encouraging you to build a career through opportunities to take part in regular exhibitions, private views, public debates and events, internships and formal and informal dialogues.

Course leaders and tutors

Penny McCarthy
Penny McCarthy
Reader in Fine Art, Course Leader Postgraduate Fine Art

Penny is a Reader in Fine Art at Sheffield Hallam University. Her work has been supported by the Wellcome Trust, Arts Council England and AHRC and exhibited extensiv … Read more

Applied learning

The course facilitates the development of the skills required for a multi-stranded art career that combines flexibility, skills and experience by building your confidence to become pro-active and empowered to seek and generate fulfilling career opportunities.

You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical workshops
  • group projects
  • exhibitions
  • public events

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as

  • a professional artist and/or maker
  • an academic researcher and developer
  • arts manager
  • arts administrator

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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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • sculpture
  • painting
  • live art
  • drawing
  • computer programming
  • metalwork
  • video editing
  • dark rooms
  • sound studios
  • film production equipment
  • printmaking
  • the city's professional artists' studios
  • flexible classrooms
  • specialist workshops and IT facilities

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 an honours degree in an Art and Design subject at 2:1 standard (2:2 may be accepted in exceptional circumstances such as related experience and/or high standard of portfolio). You will have to submit evidence, in the form of an identifiable body of work, of significant creative ability and a commitment to theoretical issues in fine art.

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 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.


The elective modules shown below are examples of modules you may be able to choose from.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Contexts Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Art Practice Credits: 60.00 Assessment: Coursework:
&:nbsp; 100%
Module: Research Directions And Critical Studies Credits: 30.00 Assessment: Practical:
&:nbsp; 100%

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Credits: 60.00 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 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.

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.

Apply for September 2018

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

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