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Sheffield Hallam University: Design (Packaging)

Institution Sheffield Hallam University
Department College of Social Sciences and Arts
Telephone (+44) 0114 225 5533
Study type Taught


Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.

Course summary - Join an interdisciplinary design programme which promotes 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.

Placing emphasis on personal research, this course gives you the opportunity to develop your interests and ideas in a challenging and supportive environment. Our academic staff are design specialists, researchers and practitioners with the experience to help you expand your practice and develop an independent, autonomous approach.

Creative Industries Federation (CIF) membership We are members of the Creative Industries Federation (CIF), which means our art and design students are members as well until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, the CIF represents champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.

How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The initial modules are taught to all postgraduate design students. Here you’ll gain a critical understanding of design thinking, theoretical studies, research methods and making practices. You’ll then follow your own personal practice with support from our specialist staff.

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 Live projects

Through comprehensive interaction with the creative industries, we’ll help you explore the world of professional practice beyond the postgraduate studio. Live, real-world projects are embedded into specific modules – and you’ll be encouraged to seek industrial sponsors or collaborators for your projects.

We also have a long-established link with the Art, Design & Media Research Centre (ADMRC). Our masters graduates often work as research assistants at the ADMRC while they continue their studies to PhD level – which means you’ll get their expert support throughout your projects.

Field trips

You’ll be able to take part in study trips and visits to design conferences and debates.

Networking opportunities

You’ll benefit from a cross-disciplinary, vibrant, international, collaborative and supportive postgraduate environment. Throughout the course you’ll have the opportunity to work alongside our Design Futures consultancy and with researchers from the ADMRC. We’ll also encourage you to collaborate with our exemplary network of design agencies, organisations, museums and practitioners.


Master of Fine Arts - MFA (PG)

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