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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Helen  Hurry

Helen Hurry
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

My tutors helped me to get placements during the summer. This gave me amazing experience and was great for my CV.

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma

Cotilda Makhumula-Nkhoma
MA Future Design

Craig Fell

Craig Fell
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

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.'

Lui Zatrak

Lui Zatrak
BA (Hons) Product Design, 2015

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

Rob Richardson

Rob Richardson
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

The teaching staff are brilliant and supportive and the facilities are excellent.

Olivia Monaghan

Olivia Monaghan
MA Future Design

'It’s a great place to study.'

Rachael Dixon

Rachael Dixon
BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Malcolm Hall

Malcolm Hall
BA (Hons) Design Marketing

Louis-Nicolas  Creusat

Louis-Nicolas Creusat
BA Design, 2005

Graduating from Teesside allowed me to access one the best design schools in France. I now run my own design agency in Paris.

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Tracy Casling

Tracy Casling
BA (Hons) English Studies

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

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.'

David Brown

David Brown
BA (Hons) English Studies

'It opened my eyes to the world.'

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.'

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.'

Sarah Isley

Sarah Isley
BA (Hons) English Studies

'I felt so welcome and well supported.'

Nik Jones

Nik Jones
MA Creative writing

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

Clare  Cheverall

Clare Cheverall
English PhD

'I’m also looking at how screenwriters adapt Austen’s dialogue for films and TV – what do they keep, and what do they change?'

Neil Campbell

Neil Campbell
BA (Hons) English

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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.’

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.

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.'

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.

Jake Birdsall

Jake Birdsall
BA (Hons) History

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

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.

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.

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.'

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.'

Mark Harrison

Mark Harrison
BA (Hons) History

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

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Adam Mann

Adam Mann
BA (Hons) Television and Film Production*

'Being nominated itself was an honour, but actually winning was a dream. My course has prepared me perfectly for the world of industry.'

Rob Sedgwick

Rob Sedgwick
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

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

Tom Etherington

Tom Etherington
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism Professional Practice

'My time at Teesside University was the best possible preparation for my career. The degree allowed me to gain a wide range of skills and experiences, rivalling any other course on offer.'

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.

Matty  Jones

Matty Jones
BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism

The tutors did their utmost to help me forge a career and find work experience placements, which helped me build a range of contacts.

Batyrkhan  Togaibayev

Batyrkhan Togaibayev
BA (Hons) Journalism

'Journalism is an important part of my life – since childhood, I have dreamed about this.'

Jing (Coco) Zhao

Jing (Coco) Zhao
BA (Hons) TV and Film Production

'Apart from the technical skills I learned from the University, the placement and opportunities that Teesside University offered me was most helpful for my career.'

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).

John Coulson

John Coulson
BA (Hons) Media Studies

'I also enjoyed the social side. I met loads of really great people from diverse backgrounds and many of us have gone on to be very successful.'

Danielle Jones

Danielle Jones
Graduated with honours in TV production

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

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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.

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.'

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.'

Alison Beveridge

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

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

Charlotte Brinksman

Charlotte Brinksman
BA (Hons) Dance

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

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.'

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.

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.'