School of Design, Culture & the Arts

Student views

Student satisfaction remains consistently high as evidenced by the independent National Student Survey results each year.

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Lui Zatrak

Lui Zatrak
BA (Hons) Product Design, 2015

I got introduced to many new skills and was guided to continuously improve on them.

Rachael Eland

Rachael Eland
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

'Feedback and regular assessments kept my work focused and ensured I was on track for my deadlines.'

Natalie Aves

Natalie Aves
BA (Hons) Television and Film Production

'I learnt the valuable skills of pitching, producing proposal documents, budgets, marketing and business plans. University was a great place to get hands-on with the equipment, learn key camera skills and edit software.'

Charlotte  Rigg

Charlotte Rigg
BA (Hons) Fine Art

I also got to teach art at a local school and organise an art club as research for my reflective case study.

Ben Russi

Ben Russi
BA (Hons) Product Design*

'The degree at Teesside helped to give me the confidence to apply and push for a role with such an innovative company.'

Andrew Bell

Andrew Bell
BA (Hons) Industrial Design

'I enjoyed the hands-on model-making side of the course. This tied in nicely with the rapid prototyping facility on campus.'

Olivier Blanc

Olivier Blanc
BA (Hons) Industrial Design

'When I came for my interview, I really enjoyed their approach and culture. I felt I would learn a lot.'

Melissa Pink

Melissa Pink
BA (Hons) Fine Art

'It felt right immediately as there was a lot of creative freedom.'

Craig Fell

Craig Fell
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma
MA Future Design

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Amy Archer

Amy Archer
BA (Hons) English Studies

'The direction I have taken isn’t what I expected when I started, but I suppose that’s the point of a degree.'

Sarah Isley

Sarah Isley
BA (Hons) English Studies

'I felt so welcome and well supported.'

Sara Thomson

Sara Thomson
BA (Hons) English Studies with Creative Writing

Tracy Casling

Tracy Casling
BA (Hons) English Studies

'I’d absolutely recommend Teesside University. The English department has surpassed all of my expectations.'

Clive Dunning

Clive Dunning
BA (Hons) English

I did not even expect to get on to the programme, let alone win it.

Amy Burns

Amy Burns
BA (Hons) English Studies

'We work in an atmosphere of mutual respect, and sometimes having your work ripped to shreds is the best thing for it.'

Olivia McHale

Olivia McHale
BA (Hons) English Studies with Creative Writing

'We were given a lot of freedom and encouragement in our writing, so we were able to take any direction we liked.'

Nik Jones

Nik Jones
MA Creative writing

'The course itself is a good mix of the creative and the academic.'

Peter King

Peter King
MA Creative Writing

'I have enjoyed working at the University's Darlington campus. The library is an oasis of calm - ideal for creative writing.'

Chris Robinson

Chris Robinson
MA Creative Writing

'Teesside University opened an entirely new doorway for me.'

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Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison
BA (Hons) History

'I find the course interesting and challenging as I don’t come from an academic background.'

Ben  Roberts

Ben Roberts
History, PhD

The qualifications I’ve gained at Teesside are really essential for me – I want to be an academic historian and history lecturer.

Jake Birdsall

Jake Birdsall
BA (Hons) History

I’m living it to the max, to get the most out of the experience.

Rosemary Stubbs

Rosemary Stubbs
BA (Hons) History, 2013

I had great support from my dissertation tutor, with regular meetings and guidance in how to approach my subject.

Harriet Beadnell

Harriet Beadnell
BA (Hons) History

'I heard good things about Teesside from friends who are studying here – and both my parents did courses here as well.'

Alexandra Smith

Alexandra Smith
MA Cultural History

'My time at University improved my report writing and research skills, and gave me more confidence in my abilities.'

James Beighton

James Beighton
PhD research

I’m looking at how the case for art has been made over the industrial and post-industrial life of Middlesbrough from 1830 to the present.

Paul Stocker

Paul Stocker
PhD Research

I am looking into British fascism in relation to the British Empire. I work in the archives of the period from 1920 to 1960, which are held in various universities, so I have done a lot of travelling.

David Crane

David Cane
BA (Hons) History

'The history degree at Teesside was one where we questioned our own judgements and the views of those around us.'

Rosie Hare

Rosie Hare
BA (Hons) History

‘A history degree was invaluable in giving me the skills to manage my time and use a library in the most efficient way.’

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Jemma Ferguson-Gale

Jemma Ferguson-Gale
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

I now have experience from a national magazine, a well-respected PR company and experience from University working on T-Side (The University Newspaper).

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones
Graduated with honours in TV production

'I became video editor within three years of graduating.'

Rob Sedgwick

Rob Sedgwick
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

The placement was great experience, and I learnt a lot.

Andrew Davies

Andrew Davies
BA (Hons) Television Production Professional Practice

The education I received was really beneficial and has given me a very professional attitude towards my work.

Ravi Sachdev

Ravi Sachdev
MA Television Production

'My MA degree had a massive influence on employers to employ me.'

Mark Oxley

Mark Oxley
BA (Hons) TV and Film Production

I tried to create a diverse skillset for myself, learning how to operate a camera, how to edit, and how to produce content.

Lucy Penn

Lucy Penn
BA (Hons) Media Studies

'I plan and execute digital marketing campaigns for our clients – search engine optimisation, pay per click, email marketing and social media marketing.'

Kiran Shukle

Kiran Shukle
BA (Hons) Media Studies

‘I like to think my work provides inspiration and information, and enables others to experience the best things by giving them the opportunity to plan.’

Lucy  Banks

Lucy Banks
BA (Hons) Television Production*

'I liked Teesside best – I was impressed by the campus and the state-of-the-art newsroom and broadcast studio facilities in the Athena Building.'

Jemma Harris

Jemma Harris
BA (Hons) Media and Television Production Professional Practice

‘The ambitions of the course were impressive and something I wanted to be a part of.’

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Huey Teng

Huey Teng
BA (Hons) Dance

'I enjoyed every module – they all involve theory and practice, and will enhance my future career performance.'

Lynne Lawson

Lynne Lawson
BA (Hons) Performance for live and recorded media

It’s not all performing – there’s essay writing and modules on radio acting and TV presenting, and we get behind the camera and learn to use the editing suite.

Natasha Spence

Natasha Magee
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media

'When I asked my tutors for advice and sought their guidance they were always willing to help.'

Elizabeth Sayer

Elizabeth Sayer
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media

'We spent most of our contact time in practical workshops rather than lectures.'

Benjamin Goldsmith

Benjamin Goldsmith
BSc (Hons) Music Technology

'For me, the best thing about the course is the teaching staff. Each comes from a different background in the industry, and they make a perfect combination.'

Joe  Tasker

Joe Tasker
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media, 2014

If you have your mind set on something in the course, it can help you strengthen your skills in that area, and even better, make you gain new ones you might not have realised you had.

Charlotte Brinksman

Charlotte Brinksman
BA (Hons) Dance

'The teaching offers us ideas … and encourages us to develop our own style.'

Chantelle Wilson

Chantelle Wilson
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media

'The course is awesome. The best part is the people – not just the teaching staff, but the fellow students.'

Alison Beveridge

Alison Beveridge
BA (Hons) Performance for Live and Recorded Media

The expertise of the staff covered a huge variety of genres.