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Sheffield Hallam University: Fine Art and Design

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


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 - Undertake supervised research into an approved fine art and design topic.

  • Join the vibrant research community in the Culture & Creativity Research Institute.

  • Benefit from sector-leading supervision, resources and research culture.

  • Contribute to the centre’s research, of which 81% was deemed world-leading or internationally excellent in the UK’s most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014).

This course allows you to explore fine art and design topics in detail while studying the techniques required for effective, innovative and efficient research. You’ll benefit from excellent facilities, ongoing support and future career opportunities – all with sector-leading levels of student satisfaction.

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.

Your supervisory team will include a director of studies and one or more second supervisors with expertise in your research area. Much of the work for your degree will be carried out independently – so you’ll need plenty of initiative, motivation and commitment to succeed. Your supervisors will help you define your research programme, agree associated training requirements and direction, and encourage you to develop as an independent researcher.

You learn through

  • supervised study

  • independent research

  • workshops and seminars

  • mentoring sessions

Applied learning Live projects

We recognise that research students arrive with a diversity of skills and experience – so we provide flexible training and development opportunities, covering a range of research-related skills. These include transferable skills, research ethics & integrity (mandatory), data management and career planning. Your development needs will be identified and agreed with your supervisory team at the start of your degree and reviewed as appropriate.

Projects often involve collaboration with respected national and international organisations. Recent partners include Sheffield Museums, S1 Artspace, Site Gallery, Bishops House, The Foundling Museum, The William Morris Gallery, the V&A, Freetown Christiania and Sheffield Hospitals Trust.

Networking opportunities

You’ll be part of the university's community of researchers, with opportunities to attend or contribute to a range of disciplines, college and university-wide presentations, training sessions and conferences.

MPhil (Res)

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