Illustration at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS

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Course summary

Available for September or January intakes. Course overview: Did you grow up loving images? Can you imagine seeing your drawings in print or on the web? Do you seek a career allowing you to express yourself through drawing? Working in industry-standard studios, you are supported to develop your own creative voice, with guidance from your peers, experienced illustrators and academics, many of who have worked for major brands including The Scottish Government and NHS. You develop your portfolio through live briefs and international competitions, helping you become adaptable by responding to editorial, fashion, children’s books, social media, advertising, packaging, exhibition and corporate commissions. You receive feedback from clients, ensuring you know how to amend and flex in professional environments. Top reasons to study this course: 1. Unique facilities: spend time in our very own international contemporary museum and gallery, MIMA (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). You gain a full artistic experience, learning in a social space that inspires dynamic ideas, fuels collaboration and allows you to build local, national and international networks with industry professionals. 2. Work-ready: the course includes short, career-focused modules helping you understand working in the arts and creative industries. You look at how the illustration industry works, how to access it, who shapes it and how to grow within it. From industry leaders’ professional wisdom and insight, to accessing professional opportunities and creative coaching, you become an industry insider and leave with a working understanding of the professional community. 3. Digital toolkit: our courses and campus are powered by Adobe and Apple. We’re Europe’s first Adobe Creative Campus and the only Apple-accredited university, equipping you with the digital tools and resources to transform the creative world. Our courses have a built in Creative Week - a workshop based, festival style, off-timetable week each semester where you can experiment with new materials, make visits and upgrade your tech skills. 4. Professional connections: we’re a member of the Association of Illustrators giving you access to interactive talks, guidance on contracts and licensing, and your own discounted membership. This gives you the tools you need for a successful career in industry or as a freelancer. You also have access to our network of alumni, as well as practicing creatives at MIMA. Take advantage of our Creative UK membership and help futureproof your career, with networking events, a resource hub to support professional development, and bespoke workshops in partnership with industry leaders and mentors. Sign up for free student membership to get opportunities, events and newsletters sent directly to your inbox. After the course: You have a wide range of career opportunities including illustrator, designer, artist, creative producer, propmaker, or working in heritage, public engagement, marketing, advertising, packaging design, publishing, workshop facilitator, teaching and motion design.


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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

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Applicants are invited to share a portfolio, where applicable, to show creative skills in illustration.

Student Outcomes

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Illustration at Teesside University, Middlesbrough - UCAS