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MA/MFA Design (Illustration)

Course Description

Develop your existing knowledge and experience as a designer, exploiting our significant research expertise to enhance your own design and research skills to a new level.

We place emphasis on personal research, giving you the chance to develop your own interests and ideas in a challenging and supportive environment. Our aim is to help you to become a creative, imaginative and versatile designer who can operate independently or as a member of a design team.

You can work alongside our in-house design consultancy, Design Futures, and with researchers from other design areas. We also have contacts with leading design agencies and design organisations and encourage you to work collaboratively with them.
You attend residential study trips at home and abroad, complemented by opportunities to visit design conferences and debates.

For more information, see the website: https://www.shu.ac.uk/study-here/find-a-course/mamfa-design-illustration

Project-based course

You choose your own project content and this is supported by lectures and seminars dealing with professional practice issues and reviewing your progress. You also take part in regular group and individual tutorials.

Your final major project is the culmination of your research and studio-based design practice. It demonstrates that you can deal with difficult contemporary questions and take a leading role as a design professional.

Research-led expertise

We are one of the oldest established art and design institutions in the UK, renowned for producing internationally recognised research. Your projects are supported by lecturers who are illustration specialists.

Vibrant and supportive learning environment

During the course you regularly take part in constructive critical debates about your own work and that of your peers. You need to communicate your research, ideas and designs in ways that are appropriate to professional leadership.

You study alongside MA and MFA Design students for part of your course and benefit from a vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment.

Excellent facilities and creative resources

You have access to a huge range of creative resources to experiment and engage with including: 3D printing for rapid prototyping; state-of-the-art hardware and software; photography studios; a creative media centre; a gallery; well-equipped workshops.

You also have access to our award-winning learning centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources.

MA and MFA study

MA and MFA students complete the same modules during the course except that MFA students complete an extra project module. The MFA project encourages you to develop professional skills that help you to identify, instigate, and deliver projects with external partners, such as communities, galleries or businesses. You find a project partner, agree a brief and then deliver the project to a professional standard.

We are normally asked to shortlist applicants before recommending a small number to apply. If this happens, we consider your interview, portfolio of work, academic qualifications and learning aims. We aim to pick people whose abilities and aims are relevant for the company and who are most likely to be successful in a competitive interview.

Course structure

MA: full time – 1 year continuous or 16 months including a summer break, part time – typically 3 years.
MFA: full time – typically 2 years, part-time – typically 4 years. When studying part-time, you share teaching with full-time students
Starts September.

Full time structure
Semester One
-Project 1
-Theory supporting practice
Semester Two
-Project 2
-Negotiated project
Semester Three
-Major project
Semester Four – MFA students only
-MFA project

Part time structure
Semester One (Year 1)
-Theory supporting practice
-Negotiated project
Semester Two (Year 2)
-Project 1
-Project 2
Semester Three (Year 3)
-Major project
Semester Four – MFA students only (year 4)
-MFA project

Assessment: assessment and feedback are vital parts of the learning process in creative disciplines. Most assessment is through individual project work which combines research and creative practice. Assessment calls for both excellent creative work and well-documented research

Other admission requirements

For information on applying, the interview process and your portfolio, download our MA and MFA Design application support. Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

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

Entry Requirements

Normally you need: a 2.2 degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline or significant relevant experience; appropriate study plans, including an indication of possible project topics and clear, appropriate and realistic learning aims; a high level of creative ability, as evidenced by a portfolio of work; ability to discuss design issues critically and confidently. See course description for further admission details.

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