History: Cleveland College of Art & Design has been established for over 130 years and is the only educational institution in the North-East solely devoted to the subject. The majority of the staff are practising artists, designers and craftsmen.
Address: The further education campus is on the edge of Middlesbrough in Green Lane, Linthorpe. There is also a dedicated University level campus at Church Square in Hartlepool.
Ambience: Small and friendly with a traditional art school atmosphere but the majority of students themselves have their own space to work in and make their own. All the buildings on the Green Lane site are purpose-built and are in the middle of a nice residential area. The campus in Hartlepool is located within the traditional red brick, iconic, listed buildings att he heart of the town.
Who's the boss? Martin Raby is the principal.
UCAS code: C71
What you need to know
Easy to get into? Each student is considered on their own individual merits, but a typical offer for an HE course usually asks for 240 UCAS points. A lot of attention is paid to the quality of a portfolio of work and how students present themselves at interview.
Foundation degrees: Creative film and moving image production (with an optional top-up route).
Honours degrees: Textiles and surface design; contemporary textile products; photography (fine art or commercial); entertainment design; fashion enterprise; costume interpretation with design; graphic communication; illustration for commercial application; fine art; and creative film and moving image production (top-up).
Vital statistics: One of only four specialist art and design colleges within the further education sector, with over 1,300 students. Foundation and BA Honours degree provision has been expanded recently to meet the needs of employers.
Added value: The new higher education centre is full of the latest equipment and resources. Studios are well-equipped with industry standard kit, from a digital laser cutter to high end digital backs in photography. There is also a comprehensive specialist library and very good additional support and study support services.
Teaching: Rated outstanding by Ofsted in both 2008 and 2009. Awarded with ‘Confidence’ by the Quality Assurance Agency 2011
Any accommodation? None provided by the college, but students are given assistance for finding their own flats and shared housing. From September 2014, there will be Halls of Residence.
Cheap to live there? Very. Students usually live within walking distance of the college for about £45 to £55 per week.
Transport links: A19 and A66 motorways. For Green Lane campus there are regular train services to Middlesbrough connecting with main line services at Darlington. For Hartlepool campus long-distance coaches stop in Stockton Street only a few minutes' walk away from the campus. The train station is off Church Street, also a stone's throw from campus. It is two-and-a-half hours to London by train and Durham Tees Valley airport is only 10 miles away.
Fees: £8,000 for the academic year starting September 2013. However, this price is being diluted by a generous support package of accessible fee waivers.
Bursaries: All students with high entry qualifications may be eligible for a cash bursary of up to £1,000 per year of study. For other information on fees, scholarships and bursaries, see the financial support page here.
The fun stuff
Nightlife: Middlesbrough has a lively nightlife. Live music can be appreciated at venues like The Cornerhouse and The Empire in Middlesbrough while the Studio in Hartlepool is one of the finest live venues in the North. For the film fanatic there is a large Cineworld in central Middlesbrough and a Vue Cinema in Hartlepool.
Sporting reputation: Does not compete but with the North Yorkshire Moors close by, outdoor pursuits are more than possible.
Glittering alumni: Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner; car designer Keith Patterson; Paul Smith, frontman of Maximo Park; Steve Bell, political cartoonist; and artist Mackenzie Thorpe.