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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2020/21

Fine Art

Part-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.

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What is the fee? Home/EU: £7,420 for the course
How long will I study? 32 Months
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2020

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.

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Olivia Punnett MA Fine Art graduate

'The staff and visiting artists were brilliant, and assisted me in the development of my work. After graduating, I set up Haarlem Artspace, a creative studios and gallery. My tutors supported my vision for this at every stage. As a practising artist, I continue to feel connected to Sheffield Hallam.'

Olivia Punnett, MA Fine Art, 2016 graduate

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.

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

Applied learning

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.

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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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

All 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

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.


The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Contexts Credits: 30 Assessment: Practical
Module: Research Directions And Critical Studies Credits: 30 Assessment: Practical

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Practice Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Art Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £7,420 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration 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.

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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.

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