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Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Design studies
Student score
87% HIGH
% employed or in further study
91% LOW
Average graduate salary
£17.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

UCAS tariff points

112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A Levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels.We accept General Studies. Or 96 UCAS points from three A Levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 96-112 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The fashion design course at the Sheffield Institute of Arts prepares you for a career in the fashion industry and nurtures your creativity, ambition and originality. You gain the skills to analyse existing ideas and express yourself through shocking, overwhelming, playful and desirable fashion designs. On this forward-thinking course, you are encouraged to look ahead to the future of the fashion industry. You are not expected to follow the crowd but to be imaginative, innovative and inventive. You study the wider cultural context of fashion, and are introduced to topical areas like sustainability, user-centred design and trend forecasting. You are encouraged to experiment with fabric to reflect your emotions, ethics and beliefs, working with ideas to generate new treatments and new materials. This deeper knowledge and experience is what fashion employers are looking for, and it helps you find graduate-level jobs in the industry at the end of your course. At the end of your course you showcase your abilities with a collection of 2D and 3D work for your final major project. You graduate with a professional portfolio of work that demonstrates your flexibility and ability to deliver creative and original responses to complex design briefs and to push the boundaries of fashion design. This is a practical course designed to prepare you for a career in fashion. You learn about colour theories and develop creative concepts to generate new materials and invite the spectator into your vision of the world. All our students have the opportunity to showcase their work at Graduate Fashion Week in London. Placements and work experience In your third year you can apply to do a placement with companies such as • Alexander McQueen • Iris Van Herpen • Mary Katrantzou • Burberry • Reiss • Paul Smith • Christopher Raeburn • Jonathan Saunders • ASOS. Placements give you the opportunity to add to your CV by applying your learning, developing new and existing skills and increasing your knowledge and experience while immersed in the fashion industry. Supported by the fashion team, you are encouraged to be resourceful and professional in sourcing and negotiating the length of your placement directly with companies. You also gain valuable experience working on live projects with fashion companies. Previous projects have seen students working in conjunction with a company's design and marketing departments on a real brief, where prizes, such as cash or a period of industrial placement, were awarded to selected students. You have the opportunity to gain exposure in the fashion industry by taking part in national and international competitions like the International Talent Support (ITS) and the Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) competitions. In recent years our students have been finalists and winners of various competitions, showcasing their work at London Fashion Week and other prestigious events across the UK and internationally. Everyone on this course has the opportunity to go on cultural visits to fashion centres such as London, Paris and Amsterdam. You visit exhibitions, studios and salons and meet leading figures in the fashion industry. Previous trips have included a behind-the-scenes visit to Burberry's headquarters and flagship store, an exclusive talk from a world leading couturier at the Fashion and Textile Museum, and a tour of Paris ateliers. We currently receive exclusive tickets to attend the Burberry Catwalk shows in London for both Mens and Womenswear and allocate these to our students, based on a fair application process. This incredible opportunity gives you an insight into the glamorous side of fashion and the buzz and excitement of a world class catwalk show, featuring celebrities, models and key fashion professionals. You will be able to visit backstage and view the garments up close and if you are lucky enough have a chance to speak to Christopher Bailey in person.


**Year one modules**- • fashion fundamentals: design and production 1 • fashion fundamentals design and productions 2 • fashion visual communication. **Year two modules**- • exploration, application and realisation • negotiated projects **Year three**- • optional work placement **Final year modules**- • graduation project: fashion design • competitive design • critical research and theory

Sheffield Hallam University

Adsetts Learning Centre

Sheffield has all the excitement of a major city but the friendliness of a small town. The university and students' union work together to enhance the student experience; your employability is at the top of our agenda. We have lots of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities, plus the largest number of students in Britain on courses with a year's paid work placement.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 92%
Student score 87% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
11% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
63% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
4% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
301 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
58% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
5% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 91% LOW
Average graduate salary £17.5k MED
Graduates who are other elementary services occupations


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are design occupations


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.
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