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Teesside University, Middlesbrough

Concept Art with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: IW24

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Flexible - each application is considered on a case-by-case basis.

About this course


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Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2021

Other options

5.0 years | Sandwich including foundation year | 2021

Subject

Illustration

**Course overview**: This course includes an integrated foundation year, ideal if you do not have the appropriate qualifications, subjects, grades or experience for entry to year one. Our BA (Hons) Concept Art is supported by a variety of industry experts. You are introduced to concept art and digital painting workflows commonly used within games, film, TV and animation industries. Focusing primarily on the pre-production process, you design from a wide spectrum of topics including character design, creature design, environment design, key art illustrations and weapons and props. You explore these creative briefs through traditional art methods, but are also taught how to utilise a vast range of digital art tools including software such as Photoshop, Clip Studio, Maya, ZBrush and Keyshot.

The course is fully supported by a range of industry staff who, using their array of contacts, regularly invite current artists within the industry to meet students. Previous speakers include Ian McQue, Sandra Duchiewicz, Ubisoft and Atomhawk. We have established excellent long-term relationships with businesses giving you the opportunity to apply for summer, year-long and graduate placements with key organisations such as: Microsoft, Rare, Team 17, ZeroLight, R8 Games, Hammerhead VR, Dojo Arcade, Schlumberger, Sumo Digital and Coatsink. Student selection is carried out by employers through competitive interviews, often with skills tests. Placements are not compulsory but if taken they are assessed and contribute to your final degree award.

**After the course**: Many students have progressed into the industry with successful freelance careers, as well as working for a variety of studios including Atomhawk, Paramount Pictures, Creative Assembly, Rare Ltd., Splash Damage, Sumo Digital, Double Eleven and Games Workshop.

Modules

Access course information through Teesside University’s website using the course details link provided.

Assessment methods

Learning is through a series of lectures and tutorials. Lectures provide you with specific theoretical information relating to the subject while the accompanying tutorials focus on developing practical skills and working on creative briefs for assessment. Further support is also offered online.

The course is practice based, focusing on learning through the experience of doing. The majority of the assessment is in the form of practical projects. In the final year you undertake a major in-depth final year project. With the guidance of staff you create your own brief based on your chosen area of specialisation.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
International
£13,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Teesside University

Department:

Computing

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
high
Illustration

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
85%
Staff are good at explaining things
90%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

84%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
85%
Course specific equipment and facilities
57%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

91%
UK students
9%
International students
42%
Male students
58%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
A

After graduation


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Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
86%
low
Employed or in further education
69%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Design occupations
10%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
8%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts & design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£14k

£14k

£18k

£18k

£16k

£16k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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