Our graduates have gone on to work for some of the major players in the animation and games industries, including Pixar, DreamWorks, Framestore, Sega and Ubisoft.

And they’ve worked on top box office animations and computer games such as Kung Fu Panda, Avatar, Mass Effect 2, Monsters University, Gravity, Iron Man 3 and the Grand Theft Auto series.

Our portfolio of programmes stretches from the highly creative to the very technical allowing us to nurture your passion for animation or computer games while developing your creative and technical skills – preparing you for an exciting and rewarding career.

Creative Skillset Media Academy

We are one of only a small group of Creative Skillset Media Academies and our BA (Hons) Computer Animation and Visual Effects and BA (Hons) Computer Character Animation are accredited Creative Skillset programmes.

Enviable international reputation

We are ranked one of the top 20 places in the world to study animation (3D World) – with many teaching staff being industry practitioners and consultants.

Work placements

Our work placements give you a fantastic opportunity to get real world, hands on experience improving your employment prospects and deepening your understanding of your subject. You may even win an internship with a leading animation or computer games developer at one of our award events.

Ryan Broad, Head of Global Recruitment, Moving Picture Company on our Animation and Visual Effects courses

'The quality of teaching is outstanding and the teaching staff provides students with a comprehensive yet grounded education. Through their extensive network of industry contacts they have also ensured graduates have the best possible insights into what is required to work in the industry.'


Our annual international festival of animation and computer games provides inspiration for animation and games students from around the world giving you the chance to meet top practitioners face-to-face. Artists including Disney, Pixar, DreamWorks, Framestore, Double Negative, Valve, LucasArts and Ubisoft have been represented at Animex.

Animex is included in Animation Magazine's 250th special edition as part of its can’t-miss events. Compiled from subscriber views, the list celebrates the best 25 events for connecting with peers, making big deals and being seen by the best and brightest in the industry.
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Our state-of-the-art facilities are outstanding and include:

  • world-class resources with industry-standard animation, visual effects and game development software and hardware
  • fully equipped motion capture studio
  • professional sound stage with motion control cameras and green screen facilities
  • sound recording studios
  • brand new purpose-built buildings with life drawing studios, traditional animation studios and other facilities for animation, visual effects and games production.


You also get a chance to exhibit your work at our annual Expotees exhibition event, giving you an opportunity to showcase your work and network with employers and key industry figures. ‘One of the fastest moving, most exciting universities of the UK.’ Mark Thompson, Director General of the BBC.
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Andrew Oliver, Blitz Games Ltd

‘I have to say that I do believe Teesside University has one of the most proactive games courses in Britain’.


Our research is recognised as excellent. Our Digital Futures Institute (DFI) is host to a range of research activities in computing and aims to achieve a balance between generic research topics, mostly in programming research, and the development of new technologies for user-centred systems, such as multimodal interfaces, accessibility and new interactive media.

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