Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS

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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary

  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attributes of graphic design practices that reflect your values, interests and career aspirations.
  • Apply your skills in creative projects with professional and academic tutors and a rich industry network.
  • Experiment with traditional and future-facing analogue and digital technologies in our purpose-designed studios.
  • Showcase your work to the public and industry professionals via presentations, competitions and exhibitions.
Prepare yourself for a career in the expanding field of graphic design through projects which respond to social, technological, economic and political challenges. By the end of the course, you’ll have the professional skills and knowledge to start your career in graphic design and create design solutions for the future. This course also allows you to specialise in and receive a different named award – Graphic Design: User Experience (UX) – through focused project work in your final year. 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. Based in our bespoke studios, workshops, and digital spaces, you’ll become part of a dynamic and collaborative learning community. Together, you’ll undertake creative adventures, explore possibilities, and challenge conventions. Through our teaching, we help you unlock your potential to contribute as a creative thinker and doer and apply your knowledge to design practice, culture, society, and life systems. You learn through
  • Studio practice
  • Workshops
  • Technical demonstrations
  • Group and individual tutorials
  • Critiquing activities
  • Lectures
  • Guest talks
  • Live projects
Key themes You’ll be encouraged to develop your personal identity and unique style through a portfolio of practical work and active involvement in the industry, design identity and community. This work will demonstrate your unique strengths and interests to future employers when you graduate. You’ll explore design practices such as:
  • Typography and type design
  • Brand and visual identity
  • Publication design
  • Digital product design
  • User experience (UX)
  • Design for visual arts
  • Exhibition and installation design
  • Motion and narrative storytelling
We encourage and support experimentation, adopting a risk-based approach where anything is possible. Across the three years of your course, you’ll explore these approaches through the hand, head and heart:
  • Hand – emphasising risk through play and exploration, practical and experiential acquisition of knowledge and skills.
  • Head – emphasising user research, analysis and responsible contextual application and production, while reinforcing year 1 attributes, skills and knowledge.
  • Heart – emphasising the development and realisation of practitioner identity through a portfolio of practice and engagement with industry, design identity and community, while reinforcing year 1 and 2 attributes, skills and knowledge.
Course support We’re a dedicated, qualified, and highly experienced teaching team, with world-leading research and recognised professional creative reputations, who take the time to get to know you. Applied learning Your course has been designed to embrace real-world challenges and provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to be successful. Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a year-long work placement (25 weeks minimum) or multiple placements between your second and final years. Live projects You’ll have the opportunity to work on live projects, giving you the chance to apply your skills in a professional setting.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Graphic Design Journeys — Pathways & Disciplines Graphic Design Unbound — Principles & Skills Year 2 Compulsory modules Future Now: Collaboration In Action Graphic Design Impact — Context & Responsibility Graphic Design Life — Making & Visibility Year 3 Optional modules Placement Year Final year Compulsory modules Graphic Design Being - Portfolio & Practice Graphic Design Community — Collaboration & Participation

Assessment method


How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

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Additional entry requirements


- If your application is successful, you will receive an email inviting you to submit your portfolio by email and submission details by an online Google form. - The portfolio helps us understand whether we are able to offer you a place on the course you applied for. Your UCAS statement and portfolio provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your creative experience, potential ability and enthusiasm for the course you applied for.


Please note that this information is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £16655 Year 1
International £16655 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2024/25 is £16,655 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Graphic Design at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS