Your pathway to a career in Animation, Games or Visual Effects

Craft your journey 

The International Foundation Year in Animation, Games, and Visual Effects at Teesside University International Study Centre is a unique pathway programme designed for students looking to pursue a creative digital career.

Students on this programme will have the opportunity to study their undergraduate degree at either Teesside University in Middlesbrough in the brand new Digital Life building, opening in 2025, or the new Teesside University London campus.

18th in the world

in the Animation Career Review International Animation School Rankings 2023.

(Top 50 International Animation Colleges – formal degree. 195 colleges considered)

Level up your future

With the programme's practical focus, Teesside University students gain hands-on experience and develop essential skills in drawing, game production, 3D modelling and more.

Teesside University’s industry connections offer valuable networking opportunities, such as its annual Animex event. This event is a great opportunity for students to share their work with industry professionals, including a range of local and global creative businesses in the games, animation and visual effects industries.

Teesside’s graduates are working in major studios around the world. They have worked on feature films including "Spider-Man: Far From Home" and “Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi” and AAA games such as "Red Dead Redemption II" and “Horizon Zero Dawn”.

Graduates can look forward to a range of career opportunities in animation, games, and visual effects, supported by Teesside's commitment to industry-aligned learning. This programme not only prepares you academically but also equips you with the employability skills needed to thrive in competitive creative industries.

Your future career

The progression degrees available once you have completed the International Foundation Year programme can lead to a wide range of potential career opportunities for graduates.

Careers in Animation

  • Animator
  • Concept artist
  • Art director
  • Creative director
  • Compositor

Careers in Gaming

  • Game designer
  • Level designer
  • Software engineer
  • UI designer
  • Engine programmer

Careers in Visual Effects

  • Visual artist
  • 3D artist
  • Technical artist
  • Technical director
  • Visual effects producer

Join us today

Our student enrolment advisors are available to answer your questions and help you with your application. We can’t wait to meet you.