Postgraduate study

Design, Fashion & Textiles

Our design, fashion and textile degrees 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 have high expectations of you.


  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 level of vocational skills and the impressive employment record of graduates from art and design contributed to national recognition of the high quality of our course provision by the Quality Assurance Agency which awarded us an excellent teaching quality score. Their review also highlighted our well-planned learning resources, particularly IT provision.

As Teesside University you are taught and inspired by doctors, readers and professors – many are active researchers within the field of design. And you benefit from the fact that a number of academic staff and an impressive list of specialist visiting lecturers are creative practitioners, offering professional experience as well as high standards of tuition and guidance. Staff are also involved in research which informs teaching and ensures our standards are abreast of current practice.

Many students stay on to study a postgraduate qualification to enhance their knowledge and skills further. We are constantly expanding our range of postgraduate courses to meet the needs of industry and employers.

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

Teesside University provides you with individual studios from the very start, and access to latest facilities with skilled technicians that can help you create and innovate. We have a dedicated print room with bookbinding, a media centre that loans cameras and equipment (even video drones), soundproof recording studios, green-screen production studios, Mac and PC labs, a stellar workshop for wood, 3D printing, metalworking and welding, and access to fashion and textiles studios. We are also one of the only art programmes in the UK with dark rooms to work with analogue photography - 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.