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Placing emphasis on personal research, this course gives giving you the chance to develop your own interests and ideas in a challenging and supportive environment. Academic staff are design specialists, researchers and practitioners who will support you to expand your practice whilst developing an independent and autonomous approach.

  • Be part of an interdisciplinary design programme which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation.
  • Develop your specialist skills and knowledge in a collaborative studio environment.
  • Innovate with materials, technology and conceptual thinking.
  • Extend existing material practices in response to the needs of our rapidly changing world.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements (MFA route)

'The content of this course was inspiring and thought provoking. It helped me to establish my purpose as a designer, and gave me the confidence to continue my research at PHD level.'

Marie Stenton, MA Design (Fashion), 2018 graduate

How you learn

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

The initial modules are taught to all postgraduate design students, and you'll focus on gaining a critical understanding of design thinking, theoretical studies, research methods and making practices. In subsequent modules, you will follow your own personal practice, supported by key specialist staff. You are encouraged to consider identified social and cultural contexts when positioning your creative outputs. The aim is to develop accessible and marketable products, services, interventions and other forms or propositions.

You learn through:

  • immersive learning alongside peers in a studio environment
  • practice-based research
  • project work
  • individual and group tutorials
  • lectures
  • seminars
  • constructive critical debates

Applied learning

We embed an understanding of and dialogue with the creative industries and the world of professional practice beyond the postgraduate studio. Live projects are embedded into specific modules, and you're encouraged through advice and support to seek industrial sponsors or collaborators for individual projects. The long-established link with our Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC) supports a continuing tradition of graduates from the Masters courses working as research assistants and/or continuing their studies to PhD

There are opportunities to participate in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.

You benefit from studying within a cross-disciplinary, vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment. You can work alongside our Design Futures consultancy, and with researchers from the ADRC. We also have contacts with leading design agencies and organisations, museums and practitioners and we encourage you to work collaboratively with them.

Your Fashion Design tutors have connections and knowledge in specialist areas including; innovative pattern cutting, CAD and fashion technology, fashion marketing, fashion entrepreneurship, fashion craft and sustainability.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a:

  • independent design practitioner
  • designer
  • design manager
  • maker or manufacturer
  • company-employed designer
  • postgraduate student at PhD level

The primary intention of the course is for you to achieve your personal employment ambitions whether as a design professional in the creative industries, or in related areas such as research, retail, marketing, and education.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus.

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course, you will have access to specialist resources and facilities and will be able to independently develop and extend your skills with:

  • 3D printing for rapid prototyping
  • state-of-the-art hardware and software
  • laser cutting
  • well-equipped workshops for jewellery and metalwork, fashion, ceramics, wood, plastic and other materials
  • studio spaces
  • photography studios
  • a creative media centre
  • gallery and exhibition spaces
  • an award-winning Learning Centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources


The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

Compulsory modules:

  • Negotiated Project - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Project 1 - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Project 2 - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • Theory Supporting Practice - 30 credits - Coursework 
  • MA Project (Fashion) - 60 credits - Coursework OR;
  • MFA Project (Fashion) - 60 credits - Coursework 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.


Visit the Design - Fashion (MA/MFA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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