Everything you need to know...
- Complete a body of art work, a professional strategy, and develop refined critical skills.
- build a portfolio and develop create work in one of the most highly rated research communities in the sector.
- develop advanced skills in critical research methodologies methods and specialised knowledge leading to an individual studio practice.
An advanced program 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.
Creative Industries Federation (CIF) membership
We are members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which means our art and design students are members as well until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, the CIF represents champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.
View our students' work
View our gallery of student work and learn more about the exciting projects they've been working on this year.
How you learn
This course is part of the art and design department — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.
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
- practical workshops
- group projects
- public events
Take a look at the department's Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on. For more content from our MA and MFA Design programmes, please visit our official Instagram.
Course leaders and tutors
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.
Throughout the course there are many opportunities to participate in live projects including exhibitions, publishing and events in the public domain. You will have opportunities to exhibit your work in a local professional art gallery, which contributes towards your final degree show.
Fine art students work and exhibit in the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter. The course has links with
- Sheffield Contemporary Arts Forum
- studio groups such as S1 Artspace and Bloc
- Yorkshire Art Space Society
- the Showroom Cinema
- Site Gallery
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.
MFA Fine Art student Chris Johnsey works as a Creative Arts Workshop Leader at a local charity ArtWorks South Yorkshire. Johnsey runs a Drawing Together workshop that is part of a broad range of creative workshops for adults with learning disabilities, supporting them to play an active role within their community.
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 through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
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 work with
- live art
- computer programming
- video editing
- dark rooms
- sound studios
- film production equipment
- the city's professional artists' studios
- flexible classrooms
- specialist workshops and IT facilities
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.
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: Art Contexts||Credits: 30||
|Module: Studio Methods||Credits: 30||
|Module: Art Practice||Credits: 60||
|Module: Art||Credits: 60||
|Module: Art And Its Publics||Credits: 60||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £12,830 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.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £11,222 available for Home 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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