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BA (Honours) Fine Art

On this dynamic and ambitious course, we prepare you to follow in the footsteps of our many successful former students and start a career in the arts. You explore all aspects of contemporary art practice, work in the latest creative studios and workshops, learn from internationally renowned artists, join an established artistic community and put on shows and exhibitions.

Course length 6 - 8 Year(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

We encourage you to consider and question existing art practices while developing your own approaches, helping you quickly become self-directed and independent. You are encouraged to take creative risks and to experiment with different media, all in the context of the contemporary art world.

You develop your understanding of the relationship between the process of making and the context of showing by exhibiting your work and reflecting on your own and others’ work. The study of art context and theory constitutes a key part of the course, as does developing your ability to operate as a professional artist.

Practical workshops include • drawing • installation • painting • performance • photography • printmaking • sculpture • artists publications • film and video • electronic and digital media • sound.


You are taught by practising artists with national and international reputations. As well as creating art, our lecturers are all deeply involved in art and design research, which ensures you are learning the very latest theories and current art practice.

Because our staff work in the professional art world, you benefit from their connections and networks. Twice a week throughout your course, you attend a guest lecture from a leading artist, curator or thinker. Previous speakers have included Turner Prize nominees Jeremy Deller, Karla Black and Martin Boyce.

We also have very strong links with venues like Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Site Gallery and artist-run studios and galleries in Sheffield like Bloc and S1, some of which were set up by former students from the course. It means you have the opportunity to gain experience by volunteering, and attend private views and events.

Placements and work experience

Throughout the course there are field trips to galleries, events and cities nationally and internationally, such as the Venice Biennale or Berlin, where artists based in these exciting cities guide us, arranging studio visits and private views. Year two also offers the opportunity of an exchange with an institution in Europe, America or Australia under the Erasmus scheme.

There are many opportunities to exhibit your work. We have our own gallery which displays students' work throughout the year. You also put on your own group show with other art students, arranging the whole event from finding a space to marketing the exhibition. Previous students have exhibited in canal barges, leisure centres, shops and markets as well as galleries. This experience is great preparation for your career in the arts. It’s also addictive – many of our students are inspired to run further shows outside their course, working with artists and venues across the city.

You can choose to take a work placement as part of your final year project. Previous students have worked in galleries, with practising artists, in schools, and even set up their own artists' residency in Greece.

In your final year you can help run our annual art event Kunst Kunst Kunst. We turn our studios into a venue for one night and showcase local bands, films, performances and art made by our students.


You spend much of your time on the course making and developing work in our dedicated studios, supported by your tutors and fellow artists.

You have access to a huge range of creative resources including • dedicated studios • state-of-the-art hardware and software • TV, film and photography studios • a creative media centre • performance spaces • a gallery • well-equipped workshops in print, wood and metal processes • 3D printing for rapid prototyping.

You also benefit from working in Sheffield, a city with a growing cultural industry and a huge artistic community. There are more artists' studios than anywhere in the UK outside London, and a higher proportion of artists in the population than the capital.

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview and GCSE English at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include art and design) We accept AS levels.We accept General Studies.


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include art and design) We accept General Studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

• Foundation Diploma – merit in art and design

If English is not your first language you must have an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

Course structure

Part-time – typically six years, maximum eight years

Typical modules may include

Level one modules

• fine art studio 1 • studio practice • research, production and critical evaluation • art context 1: art history and theory • professional art practice 1: professional practice sessions

Level two modules

• fine art studio 2: studio practice, research, production and critical evaluation • professional exhibitions of work • art context 2: theoretical study options (for example art and philosophy, or art and the body) • professional art practice 2: professional practice sessions

Level three modules

• fine art studio 3: studio practice, research, production and critical evaluation • final degree show • art context 3: dissertation, seminar presentation or placement • professional art practice 3: professional practice conference

  • exhibition
  • studio work
  • essays
  • assessed presentations


Career paths could include • artist • curator • writer • arts administration • technician • actor • film director • producer • editor • sound recording • lighting • camera work • set designer • prop-maker • comedian • novelist • scriptwriter • art director • animator • musician • teacher • art therapist • further study.

A number of our graduates have become highly successful in their field. They include • Kid Acne, internationally renowned artist and illustrator • George Shaw, Turner Prize nominee 2011 • Dawn Shadforth, director and winner of MTV awards, working with artists like Kylie Minogue, Oasis and Björk • Rosalind Nashashibi, the first woman to win the Beck’s Futures art prize and represent Scotland at Venice Biennale • Nick Park, Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit.


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

2016/17 academic year

Typically £4,500 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £4,625 a year

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How to apply

Complete the application form available at www.shu.ac.uk/study/form

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