If you dream of creating cutting edge art, interior design, photography or fashion garments, then the creative industries are the perfect career choice for you. You will have access to a range of facilities including three spacious workshops alongside a print and textiles studio, a large Apple iMac Suite and photography studio with darkroom. You will also get involved in a range of projects to develop your skills including fashion shows, designing posters for theatre performances and the end of year art show. 

View the latest Labour Market Information by sector to see the average salary and projected job growth for your dream career!

Labour Market Information

Career Choices

Artists have a variety of career options available to them in a number of fields, including design, photography and even teaching.

MC Progression Pathways

Jobs that you could go on to following completion of one of our Creative Arts vocational courses, include:

Illustrator | Fine Artist | Photographer | Product Designer | Fashion Designer | Interior Designer

Careers in Creative Arts


Teesside University - Fashion Enterprise Degree Interior Design Degree

Cleveland College of Art & Design - Fine Art Degree and Creative Photographic Practice Degree

Edinburgh University - Illustration Degree

Why study with us?

  1. Whether you dream of creating cutting edge art, photography or fashion; our range of creative industry courses can help you get where you want to be!
  2. Thanks to the outstanding range of facilities and equipment on offer at Middlesbrough College, students can expect to develop their skills and knowledge to a standard that will stand out in interviews
  3. Not keen on the thought of going to university? No problem! Alumni have stepped into the role of entrepreneur, designing and setting up their own businesses
  4. Students will be left feeling motivated and inspired thanks to regular trips to museums and exhibitions
  5. The majority of creative courses on offer involve a self-directed final major project, allowing learners to tailor their portfolio to suit their specific career ambitions
Alex Fletcher sitting at a table
The Level 3 Art & Design course at Middlesbrough College has boosted my confidence and developed my skill set.
Success stories
A student sitting in an art room
The Art & Design course is a lot more varied than I first thought it would be, originally I was only interested in the illustration element, but I have since discovered an interest for dress making through my course which I would have never tried had it not been for that module.
Success stories
Lisa Caird Photography student sitting at a table
Before enrolling I had basic skills in photography, but the course has helped me develop my own style, improve my confidence and given me an idea of what it would be like to pursue it as a career. We can also rent the equipment from our department if needed; something that really helps!
Success stories
Josh Kirton Art and Design student in front of a computer
Middlesbrough College is a great place to be. I've made loads of new friends, learn in a fantastic learning environment and am exposed to plenty of exciting opportunities.
Success stories
Abi Saunders Fashion student making a costume
I didn't know anything prior to starting the course, but thanks to the support from the teachers, I've managed to pick up so many skills, and so much knowledge in a short space of time. The teachers have all spent time in industry too so it's great to find out about their experiences!
Success stories