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School of Arts & Creative Industries

Study at our School of Arts & Creative Industries

Industry connected and employment focused for the creative industries.

Gain an exceptional experience working with our local, national and international networks developing skills, knowledge and resilience, building foundations for careers in art, design, journalism, film and TV production, music, performing arts and media.

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School of Arts & Creative Industries

Our School of Arts & Creative Industries is uniquely placed to support the journey of creatives at all stages in their careers.

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School of Arts & Creative Industries

See what it's like to study at our School of Arts & Creative Industries.

The Great Create

The MIMA Great Create

Developed in collaboration with our School of Arts & Creative Industries and MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art), we're calling all creatives to celebrate this year's theme of 'creating a sustainable future'.

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Art & Design

We're lucky to have our very own art gallery, MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). Using the gallery as a platform, cultural hub and creative resource, our programmes develop and support you to become a unique, industry-ready talent.

Undergraduate courses Postgraduate courses

Media & Journalism

Media & Journalism

We offer an exciting and distinctive range of hands-on media and communications courses designed to help you expand your critical thinking and creativity.

Undergraduate courses Postgraduate courses

Music Production

Music Production

Studying this subject opens up a number of career pathways, from professional sound to acoustics and audio software development.

Undergraduate courses

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

Today's production industries demand highly trained, professional practitioners who can demonstrate a clear understanding of contemporary creative performance and production techniques.

Undergraduate courses


Creative Apprenticeships

Our creative professional apprenticeships are unique to Teesside University. Developed and delivered in partnership with key stakeholders from the creative industries, our programmes offer dynamic, exciting, and rewarding careers, while contributing to the growth, as well as the social and cultural success of our local and national economies.

Arts Therapist (Degree Apprenticeship) Curator (Degree Apprenticeship)



We support students who are working on a wide range of topics from community engagement through to performance art, drawing or printmaking.

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Degree Show Emerging Talent

Emerging Talent - Degree showcase

View this year's degree showcase brochure featuring the work of our undergraduate and postgraduate students graduating in 2024. Why not join us for the official launch event on Tuesday 14 May at 4.00pm in Student Life?

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Our quarterly magazine - get the latest on all things happening at our School of Arts & Creative Industries

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Undergraduate showcase 2020

Why study with us?

Think, dream and make

Develop your creative voice

Grow resilience

Become connected

Join your professional field

Advance digitally

Expand your horizons


Student work


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Workshop, studio, gallery and classroom-based learning allows you to explore and experiment in your chosen creative subjects. You work with skilled technicians to help you create and innovate, and have open access to all workshops to develop your personally defined project themes.

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Meet the team

Our academic team has a wealth of teaching experience and specialist knowledge, are active internationally across research and industry, and all contribute to our collaborative and interdisciplinary ethos.

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Your career

Your career

You develop the skills, knowledge, resilience and networks to sustain a life of creative practice. Our students go on to work in a range of fields - they are digitally able, financially savvy and know how to make things happen in the world.

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Creative Academy

Creative Academy

Creative Academy uses art and design to innovate businesses, support individuals to be more creative, and develop young minds through our summer schools.

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School executive team

All staff profiles

Laura Sillars

Dr Laura Sillars


Laura is responsible for the overall strategic development of the School. She has spent 20 years working in museums and galleries in the UK and abroad including Tate, FACT, MOCAD (Detroit), the New Museum (New York) and Site Gallery.

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Charlotte Nicol

Charlotte Nicol

Associate Dean (Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange)

Charlotte is responsible for developing partnerships and collaborative projects with the cultural and creative industries. She has worked in a variety of strategic roles, including organisations such as Middlesbrough Council and Manchester International Festival, and is passionate about bringing industry experience to our students.

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Angela Lawrence

Angela Lawrence

Associate Dean (Marketing &; Recruitment)

Angela is responsible for undergraduate and postgraduate student recruitment, including degree apprentices, portfolio development and academic partnerships.

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Rob Burton

Rob Burton

Associate Dean (International)

Rob is responsible for the strategic development of the School's international portfolio. He has developed a wide range of successful partnerships with a variety of businesses and universities in the UK and internationally.

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Clare Fletcher

Clare Fletcher

Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)

Clare is responsible for overseeing all aspects of learning and teaching within the School, including ensuring delivery of a high-quality student experience, curriculum development and quality assurance.

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Jude Thomas

Dr Jude Thomas

Head of Department

As the School of Arts & Creative Industries’ Head of Department, Jude contributes to the overall success of the University by providing leadership and strategic direction to maximise the academic and business performance and development of the department.

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Sara Lewis

Sara Lewis

School Manager

Sara is responsible for monitoring the budget in terms of income and expenditure as well as managing resources such as staffing and facilities.

Jill Grimwood

Jill Grimwood

School Registrar

Jill is responsible for supporting the Dean in the management of academic and student activities through the student journey, and supporting the academic quality assurance of the student learning experience.


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Information desk and general enquiries

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    School of Arts & Creative Industries
    Waterhouse building
    Teesside University
    Tees Valley
    TS1 3BX

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