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Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Art Studies

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview:

This course has a strong focus on preparing you for working in the industry. The course has been designed by and is run by industry professionals (who are still active and work in the industry today) with an overwhelming knowledge of film, TV, game, animation and comic productions. There are regularly consultations with studios, such as Atom hawk, to ensure our teaching practices are reflective of current industry trends. We also invite guest speakers from studios, such as Ubisoft and DreamWorks to not only engage with our you but to set you briefs reflecting the kind of work you would be expected to do in a professional environment.

You will have access to excellent facilities which include high-specification computers with graphics tablets and more specialized equipment such as Cintiqs, green screen facilities and motion capture, as well as drawing studios, scanners and light boxes for more traditional art development.

In recent years the role of a concept artist has become increasingly important in film, television and games and the need for this specialism continues to grow. In film and television this is due to the increasing use of computer-generated imagery requiring a creative individual to visualize an idea or scene. In games the role also continues to be vital to a successful production pipeline. There is a genuine demand for concept art graduates in this expanding marketplace.

How you are assessed:

The programme assessment strategy has been designed to assess your subject specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace. The strategy ensures that you are provided with formative assessment opportunities throughout the programme which support your summative assessments. There is a mix of practical work (usually in the form of a portfolio), poster and viva presentations, reflective blogs, and written reports. Formative feedback is typically given during lectures, tutorials and summative feedback using on-line methods. The assessments can include individual or group work. The assessment criteria, where appropriate, will include assessment of presentation skills and report writing.

Career opportunities:

Many graduates have become professional freelancers, as well as working at a variety of studios including Creative Assembly, Splash Damage, Atom hawk and Paramount Pictures.

Different course options

Full time | Teesside University | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time


2 years

Start date



Vocational: spend one semester working full-time in industry or on placement in the University. We have close links with a range of national and international companies who could offer you the chance to develop your knowledge and professional skills in the workplace through an internship. Although we cannot guarantee internships, we will provide you with practical support and advice on how to find and secure your own internship position. A vocational internship is a great way to gain work experience and give your CV a competitive edge. Research: develop your research and academic skills by undertaking a research internship within the University. Experience working as part of a research team in an academic setting. Ideal for those who are interested in a career in research or academia.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants need to have 2.2 degree (or above) or significantly documented relevant industry experience; portfolio of appropriate work of a good standard.

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