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International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media

The art, design and media route offers international and EU (non-UK) students the opportunity to prepare for a range of 16 Sheffield Institute of Arts degrees at Sheffield Hallam University including • animation • architecture • fashion • film • fine art • graphic design • jewellery and metalwork • product design. You develop the English language and creative skills required for undergraduate study so you are fully-prepared to start your studies with confidence.

Course length 7 -11 Month(s)
Location City Campus

Course description

The International Foundation Programme (IFP) is designed to support international and EU (non-UK) students to meet the academic and English language entry qualifications required for our undergraduate degrees. On successful completion, you are qualified to progress onto your chosen Sheffield Institute of Arts undergraduate degree.

Sheffield is a creative city and home to the UK's largest practicing community of artists and designers outside London. The Sheffield Institute of Arts is one of the most established centres for art and design in the UK and provides a supportive environment for you to develop your creative skills.

Our TESOL Centre was established in 1980 and offers pre-sessional and in-sessional language teaching for all degree levels. TESOL language courses are accredited by the British Council.

The IFP is delivered at the heart of our City Campus. You learn from Sheffield Hallam lecturers from the TESOL Centre and Sheffield Institute of Arts. Your tutors are all highly-experienced at teaching international students at all study levels. The course is designed to give you the best possible start to your undergraduate studies.

At the beginning of the course, you concentrate on improving your English language, alongside an introduction to art, design and media studio practice, skills and techniques. As the course progresses, you focus more on developing your portfolio and skills, while continuing to develop your English language skills.

You receive regular feedback throughout the course to support your personal development. By the end of the IFP, you have the studio experience, skills and techniques so you feel comfortable with studying at degree-level at Sheffield Hallam University.

In addition to the core modules, your timetable includes taster lectures in your chosen subject area, along with social and cultural activities to help you adjust to studying at Sheffield Hallam and living in the UK. Activities include visits and events organised by our International Experience Team, the opportunity to participate in our mentoring support scheme, career talks and subject-specific peer study group meetings. This helps you to build your confidence, improves your use of English and is a great opportunity to make friends.

The course builds your confidence and knowledge by using the same assessment methods you have on your degree course, providing you with valuable experience of the assessment process. You are assessed at the end of each module which provides more opportunities for feedback and supports your development throughout the programme.

You have full access to all our facilities including our library, which is open 24 hours every day of the year, our support services and our accommodation.

The IFP finishes in late July so you can opt to stay in the UK as you prepare to begin your undergraduate course in September. We can advise and support you with your application to extend your visa.

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.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Council.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

English language requirements
To enrol on the course, you are required to have an IELTS certificate from an approved centre. You can apply for the IFP while you are waiting for your results.

For September entry, an overall IELTS 4.5 is required, with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills.

For January entry, a minimum IELTS 5.0 is needed, with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills.

Academic entry requirements
You need good high school graduation grades which includes Maths.

Find out which qualifications we accept from your home country.

You may be required to provide examples of creative work to support your application.

You must be 18 years old when you enrol on the course. September applicants must be 18 years old by 1st September and January applicants by 1st January.

Please see below for the country specific qualifications that we will consider for entry onto our International Foundation Programme.

Australia Australian OP and ATAR qualifications

Azerbaijan Attestat qualification

Bahrain Tawjahiya Secondary School Leaving Certificate

Bangladesh Higher Seconday Certificate

Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio / Certificado de Conclusão de Segundo Grau

Brunei Cambridge GCE O Level

China (PRC) Senior Middle School 2

China (Hong Kong) HKDSE

China (Macau) Senior Middle School 2 or HKDSE

Cyprus Apolytirion of Lykeio / Techniki Scholi Apolytirio

Egypt Secondary Education Certificate Al Azhar

Ghana West African Senior School Certificate

India 10+2 or 12th Standard

Indonesia SMA / SMU / SMK

Iran High School Diploma

Iraq Certificate of Preparatory Education / Secondary School Certificate

Jordan General Secondary Education

Kazakhstan ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education

Kenya Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education

Kuwait General Secondary Education Certificate

Libya Secondary Education Certificate

Malaysia SPM

Nepal Higher School Leaving Certificate

Nigeria West African Senior School Certificate

Oman General Education Diploma

Pakistan Intermediate/Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), Diploma of Associate Engineer or Diploma in Commerce (only offered in Punjab)

Qatar Shahadat Al-Thanawaya Al-Aama (General Secondary Education Certificate)

Russia Attestat o (Polnom) Srednem Obshchem Obrazovanii (Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education)

Saudi Arabia General Secondary Education Certificate

Singapore Singapore General Certificate of Education (GCE) or Higher National ITE Certificate (Higher NITEC)

Sri Lanka Sri Lanka General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level)

Taiwan Taiwanese Senior High School Leaving Certificate

Thailand Certificate of Secondary Education/MAW 6

Turkey Devlet Lise Diplomasi (State High School diploma), also referred to as Genel Lise

UAE General Secondary Education Certificate

Ukraine ATTESTAT/Certificate of Secondary Education

Vietnam Bang Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Ho (Upper Secondary School Graduation Diploma)

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure


September to July, or January to July

Typical modules may include

September start only

Learning English for academic purposes
During the first term (September to December) you focus on developing your English language skills to gain the level required to study the English and academic modules in terms two and three. Skills include • reading • writing • listening • speaking • academic English • oral presentations • discussions • seminar participation • listening and taking notes.

Classes are limited to a maximum of 16 students.

January and September start

English for your subject
This module develops your knowledge of English for academic purposes which is required for undergraduate study. You are introduced to and develop your understanding of study and note-taking skills.

English for university
You improve and develop your English language ability in reading, writing, listening and speaking, to achieve the levels required for entry onto your chosen degree.

Academic skills for university
This hands-on module allows you to conduct a small, real-life research project on a topic of interest. This allows you to gain some of the key research and language skills for degree-level study at Sheffield Hallam University.

Portfolio in art, design and media
This module introduces you to art, design and media studio practice alongside core skills and techniques to develop your portfolio. You use Sheffield Institute of Art's professional studio and workshop facilities, supervised by experienced staff.

You develop practical, research and creative skills through project based learning. Through a personal and professional development portfolio, you explore your creative ideas and begin to make choices about your future area of interest.

  • presentations
  • written work
  • portfolio
  • language examinations


Home / EU student

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)

International student

2017/18 academic year

£11,950 for the three-term programme starting in September (with an IELTS 4.5 with a minimum of 4.0 in all skills).

£9,950 for the two-term programme starting in January (with an IELTS 5.0 with a minimum of 4.5 in all skills).

On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a 10% progression scholarship from your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).

2018/19 academic year

£11,950 for the 3 semester programme starting in September or £9,950 for the 2 semester programme starting in January

On completion of the programme, you are eligible for a 10% progression scholarship from your tuition fees (for the first year of your chosen degree).

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 information

How to apply

To apply for this course for complete this application form and return it to ifp@shu.ac.uk or address to Direct Admissions - IFP application, Surrey Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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