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Teesside University

12 months
14000 GBP/year
6100 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Illustration programme, offered by Teesside University is a highly practical course, utilising methods through which illustration can be created and applied by challenging making and thinking. This approach enables you to become competitive, recognisable and adaptable.


You work on illustration practices, processes and outcomes, including commercial, editorial, authorial, sequential, multiform or active/participatory. You produce work for print and publishing, international competitions, children's picture books, zines, graphic novels, digital and screen-based production including animation, motion or large-scale installation.

You study at MIMA School of Art & Design, an art school led by Teesside University and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), an international contemporary museum and gallery. 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 for your future illustration career.

Career opportunities

You could work as a freelancer or as an in-house studio illustrator across print, publishing or digital/screen with a degree in Illustration programme, offered by Teesside University.

You are taught by tutors with strong industry backgrounds and excellent networks. You have access to international artists and cutting-edge practice through MIMA’s visiting speaker programme. Recent speakers include Jimmy Turrell, Charli Vince, Nosy Crow publishing house and the contemporary studio Visual Editions. The course is also affiliated to the Association of Illustrators, providing access to their professional advice and content.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Fundamental Illustration
  • Illustration for Communication
  • Illustration in Brief
  • Launchpad: Exit to Industry
  • Masters Project: Illustration
  • Research Methods
  • Visual Identity

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will normally have a first degree in related discipline (2.2 minimum) or relevant experience or equivalent qualifications.
  • In addition, international students will require IELTS or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    14000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14000 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    6100 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6100 GBP per year during 12 months.

Fee for UK applicants

  • £3,935 a year with advanced practice
  • Part-time: £680 for each 20 credits

Fee for international applicants

  • £8,500 a year with advanced practice

Living costs for Middlesbrough

600 - 1000 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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