MA Design

Sheffield Hallam University

Program Description

MA Design

Sheffield Hallam University

You’ll be challenged to think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, whilst developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer.

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. It is one of the UK's oldest art and design schools and is a member of DESIS, a global network of social innovation and sustainability.

MA Design is an interdisciplinary programme with eight individual courses which promotes an ethos of social and cultural innovation.

  • MA Design (Fashion)
  • MA Design (Graphics)
  • MA Design (Illustration)
  • MA Design (Interaction)
  • MA Design (Interior)
  • MA Design (Jewellery and Metalwork)
  • MA Design (Packaging)
  • MA Design (Product)

The initial modules of the programme are taught to all students and you focus on gaining a critical understanding of design thinking, theoretical studies, research methods and making practices. These modules involve students from fashion, graphics, illustration, interior, jewelry and metalwork, interaction, packaging, and product. In subsequent modules, you will follow your own personal practice, supported by key specialist staff.

Live projects

Live projects are embedded into specific modules and you are also 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 Master's courses working as research assistants and/or continuing their studies to Ph.D.

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

If English is not your first language you typically need an IELTS 6.0 score with a minimum of 5.5 in all other skills or equivalent.

Future careers

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

The primary intention of the programme is for students to achieve their personal employment ambitions whether this is as design professionals in the creative industries, or in related areas such as research, marketing, and education. Students are also well placed to go onto further postgraduate study at Ph.D. level


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

  • 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 / other materials.
  • Studio spaces
  • Photography studios
  • Creative Media Centre
  • Gallery / Exhibition spaces
  • Dedicated postgraduate hub studio encouraging a creative community
  • Award-winning Learning Centre featuring a specialist art, design and media library and extensive online resources

Duration and fees

  • Start date: September
  • Duration: 12 -16 months
  • Fees:
    • EU students 2019/20 academic year £7,200
    • International students 2019/20 academic year £13,500
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated November 19, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2019
12 - 16 months
Full time
6,595 GBP
EU students 2019/20 academic year £7,200; International students 2019/20 academic year £13,500
Sept. 20, 2019
United Kingdom - Sheffield, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
Application deadline Sept. 20, 2019
End date Nov. 1, 2020
Sept. 2019
United Kingdom - Sheffield, England
Application deadline Sept. 20, 2019
End date Nov. 1, 2020

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