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Undergraduate study


Our 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.

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An excellent reputation

Design graduate, Dan Walker, worked on designs for Batman amongst other movies. Graduate Marek Reichman, director of design at Aston Martin Lagonda, has designed James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 in Spectre.

Quality teaching

At Teesside University you are taught and inspired by doctors, readers and professors – many are active researchers within the field of 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.

Many students stay on to study a postgraduate qualification to enhance their knowledge and skills further. We are constantly refreshing 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.

First-class facilities

Teesside University provides you with an individual studio from the very start, and access to latest facilities with skilled technicians to 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, laser cutting, metalworking and welding, and access to fashion and textiles studios. All enhanced by excellent technical support.

Excellent prospects

Our 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, design, 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.

At Teesside University you can study design subjects from undergraduate degree right through to PhD level.

Our students

Student and graduate profiles, and current students’ work are available for you to browse on each course page.