Postgraduate study

Art & Design

Our postgraduate programmes combine artistic flair and creativity with teamwork and a business-like, client-focused approach – and our teaching includes all of these strands. Be inspired and expand your talents while we introduce you to essential knowledge, skills and practices. We’re at the cutting edge of teaching and learning, and we’ve high expectations of you.

Art and design facilities

Study art or design at Teesside University and you can use our dedicated print room, media centre, soundproof recording studios, green-screen production studios, Mac and PC labs, wood workshop, 3D printing, metalworking and welding, and fashion and textiles studios.


  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Fine Art MA Yes Yes View course
  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Digital Arts and Design MA Yes Yes View course
Digital Arts and Design with Advanced Practice MA Yes No View course
Future Design MA Yes Yes View course
Future Design (with Advanced Practice) MA Yes No View course

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Quality teaching

The international team of academic staff and visiting tutors are all practitioners with specialised knowledge in the distinct fields of their interest. They exhibit, curate, publish, and present at venues around the world - allowing you to learn from the most contemporary and dynamic research and practice available. Study visits abroad (most recently to Prague, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam and New York) and connections further afield assure that you have endless possibilities to frame and understand your work and the potential to set up expansive networks of practice.

You also have unrivalled access to mima, to work on collaborations, self-authored studio projects and with the curators.

And you are supported by direct study opportunities with over 20 visiting artists, curators and theorists a year.

A student-centred and rigorous approach to teaching and learning means that we work alongside you to develop challenging and important projects that will guide your artistic practice to the next level.

Professional awareness

Each MA programme enables you to explore and innovate in the context of professional awareness. There are opportunities to undertake projects in partnership with professional clients working in the public realm, gaining experience of current business practices. Our students also present their art works and designs in public exhibitions at client-sponsored events.

First-class facilities

An impressive range of equipment and facilities supports each programme. Most learning and teaching takes place in spacious and flexible studios, well supported by extensive digital resources and a wide range of industry-standard software. Our new buildings provide superb purpose-built teaching facilities, with dedicated postgraduate studios for students working in fine art and design. We offer facilities for printmaking, photography, woodworking, metal, glass, plastics, laser cutting, 3D printing and scanning, all enhanced by excellent technical support.


We offer full-time or part-time research degree opportunities at master of philosophy (MPhil) and doctor of philosophy (PhD) level in a wide range of subject areas.

Areas of interest include:

  • digital arts, new media and environmental graphics
  • contemporary fine art practice
  • applied virtual reality
  • rapid prototyping and manufacture
  • graphic design
  • people-centred design: social and technical innovation
  • creative publishing and graphic arts
  • film and television history and theory
  • film archiving
  • scriptwriting

There are close links with the Northern Region Film and Television Archive, the Centre for Local Historical Research and with the postgraduate programmes in history and heritage.


  • Work on self-authored studio-projects, collaborate with established practitioners and share expertise with curator colleagues at mima gallery
  • Benefit from open access to dedicated studio, exhibition and workshop areas
  • Exhibit and present to external organisations and audiences, and take part in prestigious regional, national and international competitions
  • 30% of our art and design, history, practice and theory research is rated as world-leading and internationally excellent (REF 2014)