School of the Arts, English and Drama

Undergraduate study

"The 3-year structure really helps you develop your own unique visual language, that you will get to fully explore in the final year." Chris Gilleard, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)
"All our tutors have experience in the industry, many are practising illustrators and technical staff are available to book time with for tutorials and workshops." Emily Lambert, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)
"There’s a wide range of facilities available here, students are able to access any facility hubs regardless of their course and the tutors are always helpful with whatever you want to do create." Hayley Chan, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)

Graphic Communication & Illustration

Graphic Communication & Illustration at Loughborough emphasises understanding the communication value, the contexts and the applications of the image.

Our approach combines technical and semantic explorations of visual communication (with an emphasis on drawing) with hands-on experience of business-facing, applied communication design. Students also have the opportunity to study art history and visual culture and benefit from research carried out across the School.

Inspiring Creativity: Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Daniel Scott talks about being inspired on an open day by lecturer Simon Downs, and the importance of suspending judgement.

Why choose us

  • World renowned 

    Top 40 in the World for Art & Design 
    (QS World Rankings 2015, 2016, 2017)

  • Academic excellence 

    Top 5 in the UK for Art & Design
    (Complete University Guide, 2016, 2017, 2018 and Times Good University Guide 2018)

    2nd in the UK for Design & Crafts [includes GCI]
    (Guardian University Guide 2017, 2018)

  • Great career prospects 

    97% of employed graduates in professional or managerial roles
    (DLHE, 2016 graduates in full-time paid employment - UK/EU and Chanel Islands, full-time first-degree students)

  • Placement year option 

    Open to all students with support from a dedicated Placement Offer

  • Fantastic facilities 

    6 Creative Hubs across the School - available to all students to use

  • Inspiring teaching 

    Excellent communication design teaching informed by excellent communication design research