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Art & Design

Our art and design 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.

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  
Comics, Graphic Novels and Sequential Art BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Fine Art BA (Hons) Yes No View course
  Course title Qualification Full-time Part-time  
Design for the Creative Industries FdA Yes Yes View course
Fashion Design BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Fashion Enterprise BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Graphic Design BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Interior Design BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Product Design and Creative Innovation BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course
Textile Design BA (Hons) Yes Yes View course

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An excellent reputation

Consistently high scores in the annual National Student Survey have placed our levels of student satisfaction among the best in the country.

Design graduate, Dan Walker, designed the Batmobile Tumbler featured in Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Graduate Marek Reichman, director of design at Aston Martin Lagonda, has designed James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre.

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 art and 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.
Our art lecturers
Our design lecturers

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 discipline area enables you to explore and innovate in the context of professional awareness. There are opportunities to undertake ‘live’ projects for external clients to gain experience of real business situations and make a significant addition to your portfolio. Our students compete in national competitions and produce public exhibitions as self-authored research projects for client-sponsored events.


Applicants for art and design courses are normally invited for an interview which enables you to see our outstanding facilities, meet staff and students, and view current work. It also provides us with an opportunity to discuss your portfolio and help you decide which is the best degree route for you.

Offers of places are normally made at or after the interview and we strongly encourage you to attend. If you are unable to attend, we can organise a virtual interview: you send your work to us, usually on CD, and we discuss it with you over the telephone or by email.

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.

Excellent prospects

Our art and design graduates work all over the world – Milan, New York, Shanghai, Krakow, London, Prague. Paris, Lisbon. And, of course, Middlesbrough.

This field of study offers an exciting range of employment possibilities in the arts, entertainment and cultural industries. We enjoy strong local, regional and national links with industry professionals who contribute to teaching and project themes. While mainly vocational, these courses also provide you with useful transferable skills.

Remember, at Teesside University you can study art and design subjects from undergraduate degree right through to PhD level.

Our students

When you look at the art and design course page that you are interested in, you can see student and graduate profiles, and look at current students’ work.