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11 June 2007 PR 07/79


Degree shows offer exciting glimpse into the future of art and design

Hundreds of working prototype designs and stunning works of art will be on display at this year’s Loughborough University Design and Technology and Art and Design degree shows.

The shows are open to the public from Saturday 16 to Tuesday 19 June.

At the Industrial Design and Technology show, almost a hundred students, who are graduating from one of the top rated product design courses in the UK, will be exhibiting their final year projects, many of which have been developed in collaboration with industry.

Designs on display this year will include a children’s booster cushion with a height adjustment to fit the child as it grows; a stylish new high-heeled shoe design; and a sledge that simulates the movements of skiing.

Similarly, the School of Art and Design show will showcase the striking artwork produced during the students’ final year. Over 200 students will display their work from conception to completion, including paintings, sculptural works, photographic prints and 3-dimensional designs; exquisite printed textiles, developed for use by the fashion and interior design industries; and graphic designs and illustrations for magazines, packaging and promotional material.

Paul Wormald, a lecturer in the Department of Design and Technology, says the shows will provide businesses and members of the public with a fascinating insight into both design and the designers of the future. “Loughborough’s students are among the most creative and inventive in the country. We’re looking forward to what promises, once again, to be a really exciting event,” comments Paul.

Clive Edwards, director of LUSAD, adds: “Our annual degree show is always an engaging event. This year visitors have the opportunity to see work from an extremely wide range of creative practices, so if you’re looking for a new person to employ, work to buy, or thinking about a future course to study, please come and visit.”

Members of the public are welcome to come along to the degree shows. The Design and Technology show will be located in the Sir Denis Rooke building, in the Holywell Park area of the University campus. The majority of the LUSAD show will take place in the LUSAD building, off Epinal Way. Graphic Design and Illustration will be displayed in the department’s building at 12 Frederick Street in the town centre.

The shows are open daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free and advance booking is not required.

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Notes for editors:

  1. Members of the media are invited to come along to both of the shows. Please contact Hannah Baldwin in the Public Relations Office, in advance, T: 01509 222239, if you wish to attend.

  2. Images of examples of the students’ work are available. Please contact Hannah Baldwin in the Public Relations Office, T: 01509 222239, E: H.E.Baldwin@lboro.ac.uk if you wish to attend.

  3. Further information about the degree shows can be found on the Design and Technology web pages at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/cd/degreeshow/ and the School of Art Design at http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ac/mainpages/degreeshows.htm

  4. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research-intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2006 National Student Survey, the University gained a top five place, with nine out of

    Loughborough’s 23 departments topping their subject tables. Loughborough was also placed 6th in the 2007 Times Good University Guide and was named winner of the 2006 THES award for the UK’s Best Student Experience. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded five Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.


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