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Art and Design Summer School

Experience life as a student at one of the most established art and design schools in the UK

Teaching first began at Sheffield Institute of Arts, part of Sheffield Hallam University, in 1843 and the city of Sheffield remains one of the UK's largest practising communities of artists and designers. We're one of the top modern universities in the UK for art and design research, with 81% ranked internationally excellent or world leading in the national 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Our students have access to outstanding facilities including our own art gallery, a stop-motion animation studio, creative media suites, rapid prototype machines including 3D printers and laser cutters and specialist workshops and studios for art, design, animation, architecture, creative writing, furniture-making, metalwork, and print-making.

Our residential summer school offers a first-class learning experience as well as a real taste of what it's like to be part of our creative community. This year's summer school will take place Monday 29 July – Friday 16 August 2019.

How might you benefit from joining the Sheffield Institute of Arts 2019 Summer School?

At the summer school, you'll experience what it's like to study on courses at the Sheffield Institute of Arts.

During the summer school, you are offered a number of projects tailored to your educational level, whether undergraduate or postgraduate. The projects focus on opportunities to build skills and gain an understanding of UK education. For example, see this sample project, Beautiful 30 Seconds (PDF, 443 KB).

Here is a sample timetable (DOCX, 32 KB) for the first week of the summer school.

This summer school will also help you

  • develop vital research skills
  • learn to be innovative and creative
  • understand exciting employment opportunities in the creative industries
  • reach your potential by developing your creative ideas and ability to evaluate your work
  • experience what it would be like to study a course at Sheffield Hallam University
  • meet students and lecturers from different countries and cultures
  • advice and support to prepare a portfolio and application

During your time in the UK, you'll also have the opportunity to visit different UK cities including art galleries and museums.

What is the cost?

The three week August summer school costs £2,300.

Complete our Art and Design Summer School and you could be eligible for a £1,600 discount on full-time study with us. If you return to Sheffield Hallam to study an undergraduate* or postgraduate course, you could receive a £1,600 Summer School Discount on your tuition fees**.

* First year of study only
** Terms and conditions apply (PDF 22 KB)

What does the fee cover?

The summer school fee includes

  • course fees
  • accommodation
  • course trips to other cities in the UK including London and York
  • a welcome dinner

Travel to and from the UK is not included in the fee.

Book your place on our free airport pick-up service from Manchester airport.

How do I apply?

Complete the application form (DOCX, 41 KB) and email to

Individual students attending the summer school can make full payment online. Details will be provided once you have applied for the course.

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