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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Creative Arts & Design

  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    MA: 18 months full-time or 32 months part-time. MFA: 20 months full-time or 48 months part-time.

  • Course Type

    MA, Other

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    05 August 2019

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.

  • 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.
  • Have the opportunity to study abroad — Erasmus funding is available for European placements.

'The staff and visiting artists were brilliant, and assisted me in the development of my work. After graduating, I set up Haarlem Artspace, a creative studios and gallery. My tutors supported my vision for this at every stage. As a practising artist, I continue to feel connected to Sheffield Hallam.'

Olivia Punnett, MA Fine Art, 2016 graduate

How you learn

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — 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:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical workshops
  • group projects
  • exhibitions
  • public events

Applied learning

Live projects

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

Networking opportunities

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.

Future careers

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.

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 work with:

  • sculpture
  • painting
  • live art
  • drawing
  • computer programming
  • metalwork
  • video editing
  • dark rooms
  • sound studios
  • film production equipment
  • printmaking
  • the city's professional artists' studios
  • flexible classrooms
  • specialist workshops and IT facilities

Sheffield Institute of Arts is one of the oldest art and design schools in the country. Its brand new location and superb facilities provide a dynamic creative environment.


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

Compulsory modules:

  • Art Contexts - 30 credits - Practical 
  • Art Practice - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Studio Methods - 30 credits - Coursework (MFA route)
  • Research Directions And Critical Studies - 30 credits - Practical (MA route)
  • Art - 60 credits - Coursework 
  • Art And Its Publics - 60 credits - Coursework (MFA route only)

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.


Visit the Fine Art (MA/MFA) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!





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