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Animation and Special Effects

Learn from tutors who are practising industry animators and effects artists. Members of our teaching team have worked on award-winning productions across all disciplines of animation and visual effects.

You will develop an advanced range of creative, conceptual and technical skills and you equip yourself with the knowledge and ability to work as a professional in this exciting area. We have modern animation digital compositing software and facilities. We also support standard and super 16mm origination on film alongside digital formats.

You will attend animation festival trips and film seminars to help create a stimulating environment and to ensure that you gain the latest industry knowledge. We also run a programme of visiting guest lecturers. Our industry links include Aardman, Double Negative, Frame Store, McKinnon and Saunders and Finger Industries.

As you make and complete animations and effects to a high professional standard, you develop an impressive portfolio of work that showcases your skills to future employers.

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Did you know?

Sheffield Institute of Arts graduate Nick Park, the Oscar-winning creator of Wallace and Gromit, regularly judges the animation category in our final year degree show.

It could be you

We have graduates working for Finger Industries, Double Negative, Fuzzy-Frog Games, Northern Creative Studio and many more. Others have launched their own companies, such as Scrapbook Development and Oh Captain, My Space Captain.

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Architecture

Prepare for a career in architecture the first university in the UK to be recognised as a 'centre of excellence in architectural technology' by the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists.

You study the latest techniques on courses designed in consultation with employers and industry experts. You are based in our design studios where you work on individual and group projects under the guidance of expert tutors with extensive experience in industry. Throughout your course, you will become familiar with a range of IT software, including AutoCAD, ArchiCAD, IES, Calculux, Design Workshop Lite, Autodesk Viz 4, Ecotect, Energy Plus, Photoshop and Navisworks. We also have extensive facilities for lighting, acoustics, environment, testing and air movement, including a heliodon, artificial sky and wind tunnel.

You benefit from our well established and long-standing relationships with practices like WS Atkins and the Bond Bryan Partnership. Students undertaking placements are regularly offered permanent work or sponsorship by their placement providers. There are also opportunities for working abroad.

Our BSc (Hons) Architecture course is validated by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and prescribed by the Architects Registration Board for exemption from RIBA Part 1 examinations. It is also accredited by the Chartered Association of Building Engineers.

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Our professor of architecture Julian Marsh, recently had his home listed as one of the top ten eco homes in the UK by the Guardian.

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BSc (Hons) student Suki Sehmbi's marina regeneration designs scooped him the Gold Prize in the 2013 Royal Institute of British Architects Yorkshire Student Awards. Since graduating he's been invited to discuss his proposals with Whitby Town Council with a view to taking them forward.

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Art

We encourage you to develop your own approaches, to take creative risks and to experiment with different media, all within the context of the contemporary art world. You learn from fine art tutors who are nationally and internationally renowned artists and explore all aspects of contemporary art practice.

You will have access to a huge range of creative resources to engage with. Facilities include 3D printing for rapid prototyping, state-of-the-art hardware and software, TV, film and photography studios, a creative media centre, performance spaces, a gallery and well-equipped workshops.

The creative community in Sheffield is very active. We work collaboratively with artists and curators, as well as researchers and students in other areas. You have access to a network of public galleries, art organisations and artist-run spaces, and opportunities for exhibiting and publishing happen throughout the year.

You can gain work experience through placements and public exhibitions. We have a working relationship with a number of studios, including Yorkshire Artspace and S1 Gallery, which provides a bursary for a number of our fine art students, allowing them to move into professional studios. We also have strong links with regional and international arts organisations, such as the Venice Biennale and Tate.

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We host two weekly lecture programmes, Gravity and Transmission, giving students the opportunity to learn from a range of world-renowned artists. Previous speakers have included Turner Prize nominees Jeremy Deller, Karla Black and Martin Boyce.

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Our graduates include Oscar-winning founder of Wallace and Gromit Nick Park, Turner Prize nominee George Shaw and artist and musician Kid Acne.

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Creative Writing

Develop your prose, scriptwriting and poetry as well as your knowledge of literary culture on a courses led by widely performed and published poets, scriptwriters and novelists.

You explore and develop writing skills in prose, drama and verse, and your understanding of what it means to be a writer through workshops, seminars and tutorials.

We have a well-published and professional writing team whose work includes scriptwriting for prime time soap and drama programmes, short stories, novels, poetry, and memoir. Visiting writers, literary agents and publishers come regularly to share their valuable insights about what is happening in the industry.

You can choose to study overseas on one of our creative writing exchanges at the Sorbonne, Paris or Carnegie-Mellon, USA, and you can gain professional experience on work placements with community writing groups, the local press, in-house publishing and working with non-governmental organisations.

Some of our most successful students include best-selling author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, Marina Lewycka, T S Eliot short-listed poet Frances Leviston and Radio 4 and BBC TV scriptwriter Sharon Oakes.

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Every year we host Off the Shelf, one of the UK's most popular and exciting cultural events attracting some of the best known names in literature and the media.

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MA Creative Writing graduate Susan Elliot Wright's first novel The Things We Never Said sold over 45,000 copies. She now has a three-book deal and teaches on our programme.

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Fashion

If you have the flair and ambition, these courses can help you become a highly innovative designer within the fashion industry. The courses benefit from an experimental approach with a strong focus on product design.

We help you develop your design skills and creative awareness by building on your strengths and individual creativity through guided projects. Based in industry-standard workshops with excellent digital resources, including digital pattern cutting and printing systems, you work on real-world briefs set by professionals.

You can enter national and international design competitions and visit major fashion centres, such as London, Paris and New York, before building your professional experience by applying for internships and placements with major labels like Iris Van Herpen, Julien Macdonald and Paul Smith. We have also been selected to be part of Graduate Fashion Week.

Many of our graduates are either self-employed or working for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry, such as Barbour, Topshop and Zara, across a variety of roles such as assistant designer, visual merchandiser and textile technologist. You could also work as a fashion illustrator or stylist on fashion shoots or for the press.

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You gain exposure in the fashion industry by taking part in national and international competitions like the RSA Student Design Awards and the Fashion Awareness Direct competitions. In recent years our students have been finalists and winners, showcasing their work at London Fashion Week and other prestigious events.

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Film and Media Production

Learn creative skills and techniques from tutors who are award-winning industry practitioners and artists.

Based in the heart of Sheffield's thriving Cultural Industries Quarter, you benefit from internships and work experience opportunities with Sheffield-based independents like Warp Films and Studio of the North.

We are also a BBC partner organisation, offering you the chance to apply for placements, to get involved in BBC projects and to attend specialist workshops and training events.

On campus, you benefit from excellent resources designed to meet the intensive demands of film and digital media production to a high creative and professional standard, including a fully equipped purpose-built cinema, a professional studio, and the latest digital media software.

Throughout your studies you develop a portfolio of work to showcase your skills to potential employers, while our partnerships with local events such as internationally acclaimed documentary festival Doc/Fest and Sensoria provide invaluable opportunities for industry work experience.

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Sheffield′s Doc/Fest has been running for 21 years and is recognised as one of the top three documentary film festivals in the world.The festival's main screening venue is the award-winning Showroom Cinema, one of the UK's leading independent cinemas, and is located next door to us.

It could be you

As a result of our internship programme with Warp Films, our final year students have worked on the set of Channel 4 series This is England 88, 86 and 90 and award-winning films including Submarine, Tyrannosaur and '71.

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Games Design and Development

Do you have the artistic and technical flair to create the next generation of games? We work in close partnership with games companies such as Sumo Digital, SN Systems and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE). They provide equipment and input into the design, development and delivery, ensuring we teach the very latest topics.

We have the world's largest PlayStation® teaching lab and PlayStation First status by SCEE, providing unique access to PlayStation professional development hardware and software development kits.

Our games design courses are recognised as industry relevant by the British Kinematograph, Sound and Television Society. Our games development courses are accredited by Creative Skillset and the Chartered Institute for IT, and count towards the academic requirements for registration as a chartered engineer.

You will use the latest industry-standard technology and techniques to develop new game ideas and create prototypes. We also teach you project management techniques, including the stages of game production, the structure and operation of the games industry and issues surrounding intellectual property. During the course, you create a personal portfolio that you can use to demonstrate your skills to prospective employers.

In your third year, we can help you secure a 12-month placement, at companies such as Sony, Team17, Autodesk and Sumo Digital, on a salary of up to £18,000. This allows you to apply your skills and gain real world experience before you graduate.

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Did you know?

We are home to the world's largest PlayStation® teaching lab.

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Our students were the first ever to develop and release a PlayStation game, Steel Minions. The game won three Game Republic Student Showcase awards, and students Tom Sampson and Andrea Redhead secured jobs with games development companies before they graduated.

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Graphics and Illustration

Learn about the core principles of graphic design and its application across a range of sectors, with the opportunity to specialise in advertising, illustration, motion and interactive or traditional graphic design.

You have the opportunity to enhance your career prospects by taking part in international competitions, live briefs and work placements. There are also residential study trips at home and abroad, complemented by visits to design conferences and professional design association events.

Developing your design portfolio is an important way for you to evidence your talents and skills to employers when you graduate. Throughout the course, we will be looking to you to innovate, take creative risks and challenge social and cultural conventions.

There are excellent career prospects for graduates in a range of design jobs in the UK and overseas in areas such as advertising, designing for environments and three-dimensional spaces, branding and identity through to illustration, printmaking, animation, screen-based graphics, interactivity and typography.

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Our Curated By lecture series and events attract a wide range of practitioners from across the industry, sharing innovative ideas, attitudes and approaches for students to consider. Speakers have included Brendan Dawes, Ken Garland and Kate Moross.

It could be you

Final year student Becky Roberts won the Best in Show award at the New Blood exhibition - D&AD's annual showcase of new talent.

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Interior Design

Develop a range of practical and intellectual skills that will allow you to take risks and develop an inventive, problem-solving approach to interior design.

You will develop your creative and technical skills in the studio, while lectures and seminars focus on contemporary issues affecting design today to help you understand your work in a wider historical and social context.

You will visit design consultancies, industrial facilities, museums and exhibitions, which will help you develop a deeper contextual and industrial understanding of interior design. You work with clients and industry professionals, such as Avanti Architects and Urban Splash, on live projects to further deepen your understanding of the design industry. There are also placement opportunities with local companies, such as HLM Architects.

Field trips to international cultural centres help you extend your contextual knowledge and to provide an insight into the international role and position of the design professions. Previous destinations have included Milan, Barcelona and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

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Did you know?

Our students exhibit at the Free Range art and design exhibition in London's Brick Lane.

It could be you

Jim Butterell won the interior design award at his final year degree show in 2012 with his project, Updating The Gay Bathhouse. Judge Tim Hubbard, from design agency 93ft, was so impressed that he gave him a job and Jim's now working as a fully-fledged interior designer.

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Jewellery and Metalwork

These courses equip you with the skills you need to become a designer-maker, either independently or as part of a team. You join an established community of designer-makers and learners, based in our well-equipped specialist workshops.

Through intensive project work, you learn how to generate and produce original designs for a range of jewellery, tableware and personal accessories. We introduce you to fundamental processes and techniques, developing your essential skills and knowledge.

All staff engage with professional practice and research, and we bring in external specialist lecturers at relevant points throughout the course.

Field trips to studios and galleries mean you can engage with professionals in their place of work. We have industry connections with Museums Sheffield, the Goldsmiths' Company, Sheffield Assay Office, the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council and the Goldsmiths' Centre, all of which give you opportunities to exhibit your work and undertake live commissions.

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Did you know?

Every year Sheffield hosts Galvanize, a festival of contemporary metal.

It could be you

Second year student Hannah Chapman recently exhibited her work in the city's Millennium Art Gallery after being selected for a bursary from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies.

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Journalism

Our courses are led by award-winning journalists with a wealth of experience and strong links with the industry. We focus on digital technologies, ensuring you can understand and use the latest journalism tools in preparation for a career in today's fast moving media landscape. We help you to think like a journalist and to present work to a professional standard.

Working in our well-equipped newsrooms, you will gain hands-on practical experience by completing tasks such as researching and writing news and magazine stories and features, producing TV and radio packages, and creating live online news and magazine websites. You will also learn how journalists use social media, such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to find and research stories and to promote their work.

You will be able to develop your knowledge of a range of media specialisms including sport, lifestyle and entertainment journalism. You will also become familiar with the legal, social and economic constraints that inform the professional practice of all journalists.

Find full details at www.shu.ac.uk/prospectus

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Our course was ranked in the top ten journalism degrees in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2015-16.

It could be you

Journalism graduate Ian Barber now works as planning ITV Granada Reports at ITV and was Liaison News editor at ITN before graduating.

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Media and PR

Our media and public relations courses combine academic theory and practical application, giving you a well-rounded understanding of the media and the technical and social skills to gain a job in the creative industries.

Throughout your course, you will build your understanding of the cultural, political and economic roles of media PR forms, organisations and technologies in contemporary society. You also learn to effectively conduct research, write and produce content for different audiences, verbally and visually present ideas with clarity and confidence, and work both individually and in teams.

You will research, plan and implement practical work in a range of media formats, design and conduct research projects, work in groups to deliver oral presentations, create public relations campaigns, write essays and more.You will learn how to communicate with audiences in the most appropriate way – this might be through professional use of social media tools, but could also be via media relations, media production, written reports, word of mouth or direct communication.

You will have opportunities for work experience throughout your course. Using our strong links with the creative and media industries, we will help you find work in your chosen field, from script development to market research.

You will develop important skills using equipment in our specialist facilities, which include newsrooms, a radio studio, a TV studio and a photography studio. You also have access to our dedicated media store, where you can borrow production equipment such as cameras and microphones, supported by expert technicians.

You are taught by a team of experienced and active researchers and industry professionals who have worked in PR, radio, newspapers, TV and film. We regularly welcome high-profile guest lectureres from industry and academia, and students attend field trips to places such as Media City in Salford and the Berlinale Film Festival.

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Did you know?

Our PR course was ranked as a top ten UK PR degree in the Guardian University Guide 2015-16

It could be you

BA Public Relations and Media graduate Jade March now works in the press office at the Championship football club Sheffield Wednesday.

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Performing Arts

Our screen studies and performing arts courses are led by award-winning and high profile academics, including current screenwriters and performers. Teaching locations for the courses include theatre studios, state of the art music studios and our own film theatre, the Void. The city's Lantern and Montgomery theatres are used for student performances.

Our professional and creative environment is enhanced by expert speakers who give lectures and master classes in stage and screen. Previous speakers include practitioners from the British Film Institute and the BBC. We have extensive professional links within the film and performing arts industries, resulting in excellent work-based learning and employment opportunities.

In the past, placements have included work at local flagship theatres, such as the Crucible and the Royal Exchange in Manchester, and with theatre companies such as Point Blank, Third Angel and Paper Birds.

Find full details at www.shu.ac.uk/prospectus

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World-renowned playwright John Godber is one of our visiting professors. In 2013 his new play Jack Steele and Family opened at the Crucible theatre, with our students working behind the scenes and starring in the cast.

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In 2014, our students worked with playwright Chris Bush, to produce BeSpoke - a spectacular outdoor theatre event to celebrate the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire.

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Photography

This course is about discovering who you are as an individual practitioner. You are introduced to a diverse range of ideas, practices, processes and issues and encouraged to pursue your own interests in developing project work in a creative and critical specialist community.

You study a range of advanced photographic techniques, theories and concepts, and develop your own creative personal practice through experimental production and testing of materials.

Our well-equipped photographic facilities include two industry-standard photography studios, portable lighting equipment, a dedicated digital darkroom, colour and black and white analogue darkrooms and an extensive lending store where you can borrow equipment such as cameras, lenses and tripods.

We bring in a wide range of practitioners from different sectors to talk, lecture and run regular workshops.

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In your second year you'll have the opportunity to exhibit work at public exhibitions organised by our students at a gallery in Sheffield. In your final year, you'll exhibit in our own gallery at the SIA degree show, which regularly attracts over 3,000 visitors.

It could be you

Graduate Will Boase works as a photographer throughout east Africa. His images have been used by the Guardian and BBC Comic Relief, as well as being exhibited in the National Museum of Uganda and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe.

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Product and Furniture

Learn to design products that are original, attractive, usable and functional in an environment that thrives on new ideas. We help you to think like a designer and to develop the ability to design and present work to a professional standard.

You also gain skills in industry standard computer-aided design software that employers look for. By developing your skills in research, design and development, you develop a clear understanding of social, market, technological and materials-based trends and of what products mean to users.

You also build up your industry knowledge by taking part in sponsored, live projects for well-known companies such as Morphy Richards and Ideal Standard.

We have strong links with industry, leading to live projects that help you to understand market forces and technological issues. This industrial input, coupled with our professional studio approach, is fundamental to helping you develop a career in industry.

There are also opportunities to visit national and international exhibitions and companies such as Ocee, Tom Dixon, Jasper Morrison, Moooi, Vitra, Viaduct and Senator. The work you complete throughout your course grows into a portfolio, which helps you apply for work placements and later to seek professional employment.

Our graduates have gone on to work in companies including Dyson, Volvo, Mamas and Papas, Kenwood and Mothercare. Many others are self-employed, running their own successful design consultancies in Sheffield and beyond.

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Final year design students can showcase their work at the national New Designers exhibition in London.

It could be you

Sheffield has a growing design scene based around several businesses - many started by our graduates, including Psalt Design, Click and Tim Fish Design.

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