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The Sheffield College

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Welcome to Design and Visual Arts

It’s undeniable that Sheffield is absolutely brimming with creativity! We’re a city that’s famous for making things, from cutlery and steel to public art and web apps. We’ve got independent art galleries, quirky exhibition spaces and design agencies working in almost every corner of the city. The sector is diverse and the opportunities plentiful. No matter which direction your creativity may be taking you, we’ve got a study programme to match.

If you’ve got drawing skills and a good grasp of IT then you could be perfect for a graphic design or games design study programme. Maybe your understanding of trends and styles, combined with an eye for individual flair, would make an art and design or fashion study programme more up your street? Our design and arts hub is based at our Hillsborough Campus and is just a stone’s throw from one of Sheffield’s creative hotspots, Kelham Island. We’ve invested in state-of-the-art design suites, kitted out with the latest Mac computers and design software. We’ve also got workshops where you can explore your creativity and develop your skills in screen printing, metalwork, pottery and more.

Which course is right for me?

Picking the right course is the first step in your Design and Visual Arts career! Whether you choose a full-time study programme and pick your own specialism, or apply to study a university-level programme, we're sure to have something that suits you and your learning style. 

Just click on a button below to start exploring our Design and Visual Arts study programmes.

Art & Design FAQ

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UAL Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design

Whilst we offer Design and Visual Arts courses starting from Level 1, why not take a minute to find out a bit more about our Level 2 Diploma in Art & Design study programme?

Check out the quick facts below and watch the video to see our FAQs about this course!

  • Location: Hillsborough Campus
  • Mode of study: Full-time
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Qualification: UAL Diploma
  • Start date: September 2020


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What kind of work will I do on a Design and Visual Arts study programme?

All of our design and visual arts tutors are passionate about their specialisms, most of them have worked in their chosen industries for many years, which means they have the experience required to offer you the best support and guidance when it comes to careers. 

Our students get the opportunity to work on live design projects set by local businesses to prepare them for the world of work – something employers love to see on your CV. Our tutors can also support you to find a work placement in your chosen career so you can get a taste of what the job is like. You’ll get to showcase your work in our end of year show, visited by design agencies and other local employers – the perfect opportunity to land yourself that job or university place.


Trips, Visits and Competitions

At The Sheffield College, we go further to ensure that you get the best learning and cultural experiences possible to enhance your time with us. Whether that's through visits to local art exhibitions and museums, guest speakers coming in to demonstrate their knowledge and skills, or visiting major industry leaders so you can see how they go further in the real world.


We’re also keen that you experience as many creative influences as possible so we’re always organising trips for students to experience new things. In the past couple of years alone we’ve taken our students to New York, Iceland and Berlin to name but a few.

Work-related Activity & Industry Placements

As a student at The Sheffield College, you will be encouraged to spend time with an employer in a real-life working environment as part of your study programme. This could be experience of work or an industry placement, depending on what kind, of course, you are studying.

What's in it for me?

  • Improve your job prospects and gain knowledge of the workplace in a variety of areas
  • Enhance your employability skills such as communication skills, problem-solving, social skills, time management, commitment, enthusiasm, flexibility and teamwork
  • Previous experience of work can help you during interviews and it looks impressive on your CV
  • Helps you understand what motivates you and what you are passionate about so that you can apply this to your future career


Hillsborough Campus is our creative hub, housing our custom-built facilities, including Mac design suites, art studios, industry-standard games design software and workshops where you can try your hand at screen-printing, metalwork and pottery!

No matter what study programme you decide on, we've got the facilities you'll need to develop your skills so that when the time comes to enter the workplace you can jump straight in and feel confident in your abilities.

What can I do once I finish my studies?

At The Sheffield College, we know that work experience is key to making you stand out from the crowd when it comes to applying for jobs - that's why all of our study programmes contain an element of practical industry experience. This takes many forms, but may include:

  • Peer reviews and critiques of your work
  • Developing your portfolio
  • Working on design or project briefs that have been set by actual employers from the local area
  • Entering competitions
  • Obtaining a work experience placement with a local company

In a creative city such as Sheffield there are numerous job opportunities within the creative and design sectors, with average wages of around £11 per hour.

Careers advice to help you go further

Choosing a career path when you've only just left school can seem like a daunting prospect, but our Careers Advice Team are on hand to offer you the best impartial careers guidance going. 

They can help you to figure out the kind of jobs that you might enjoy based on your interests, skills and hobbies; or if you already have a pretty good idea of what you'd like to do in the future they can give you some pointers on how to go further and land your dream job. You can talk to them whether you're still deciding on a course or even if you're about to make the jump from education into full-time work. 

Why not ask them a question on Twitter right now? Just send us your question using #AskCareersTSC