Postgraduate study

Arts, English and Drama

The School of the Arts, English and Drama provides a dynamic, creative and technically supportive environment for postgraduate study. We offer a thriving and supportive community with a proven record for publications of international excellence.

Why choose to study Arts, English and Drama with us?

I really like the campus and the facilities. I have developed my independent thinking during my studies.

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  • Top 40 in the world for Art & Design for the last three years (QS World University Rankings, 2015-17)
  • Top 5 in the UK for Art & Design for the last three years (Complete University Guide 2016-2018)
  • 12th in the UK for English and Creative Writing (Guardian University Guide 2018)
  • 6 Creative Hubs house outstanding facilities

The School of the Arts, English and Drama offers outstanding opportunities across its wide remit. Each course is designed to inspire talented individuals with the drive and determination to succeed.

We provide many exciting ways to enhance skills, including research-led teaching by recognised international scholars, access to multi-million pound facilities, contact with prominent industry links, and superb entrepreneurial support.

We cater specifically for the different needs of our programmes. For instance, our art and design students have full access to our state-of-the-art facilities, which offer a tantalising number of creative possibilities and provide industry standard outputs, and receive professional training by using them.

Our Creative Writing students are exposed to different professional writers using a range of genres, as well as dedicated advice in building their future profile as a writer.

Unique and expansive research

A unique range of research opportunities encompass art, design, history, theory, performance, post-medieval literature, publishing, linguistics studies and creative writing, including theatre, fiction and poetry. 

Our students are supported by expert staff with a diverse range of research interests and experience. We have a variety of active research groups within our School from our Animation Academy to Publishing. We also have areas of research that are composed of a multidisciplinary group of researchers, such as our Gendered Lives group. Find our more about our research opportunities.

Extracurricular opportunities

There are a variety of extracurricular activities outside of your studies for you to get involved with to suit your creative interests. Our Stage Society and Shakespeare Society are popular with students within the School and are a fantastic way to develop your acting skills. Both of these societies are student-run so if you want to gain first-hand theatre experience or if you're a budding playwright then this is the perfect opportunity for you to learn about performance, directing and stage management.

If you're interested in a career in the publishing industry then there are opportunities to become involved with Lamplight Press. This is the UK's first student-led, non-profit publishing house who have a growing range of creative and academic publications. They encourage students to gain first-hand publishing experience and have a variety of roles available.

If you enjoy drawing and want to use your creative skills, then our Art Society offer a variety of workshops and Life Drawing classes to suit all abilities. They also run trips to galleries and museums.

Our facilities

In recent years, £3.5 million has been invested in an extensive range of facilities designed to help students throughout their studies and equip them for their future endeavours.

Our campus is one of the largest single-site campuses in the UK, is home to almost 17,000 students, 4,000 of whom are studying at postgraduate level. You will benefit from a friendly and inclusive atmosphere, with comprehensive support systems and incredible opportunities to get involved in social activities, sport, volunteering and the arts.

We cater specifically for the different needs of our programmes with state-of-the art facilities and a rich range of different research methodologies, from archival research to new digital approaches.

You will have full access to a range of outstanding learning and teaching facilities, including newly refurbished study areas, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a theatre, music rooms and a variety of offices for seminars and small-group activities. These inspiring spaces enable you to explore numerous creative possibilities and produce work of an industry-standard.

Our new study areas are fantastic spaces for both individual and group study. Our breakout space situated in Martin Hall is a popular area for students to collaborate on projects.

Our six creative hubs form the heart of creativity and making at Loughborough. These are: Creative Digital Technology and Photography; Print, Stitch and Dye Textiles; Fine Metal, Wood and Woven/Constructed Textiles; Painting and Printmaking; Stone, Heavy Metalwork and Ceramics; and Performance and Rehearsal Spaces, Costumes, Sets and Props.

We can offer you a wide range of specialist areas and facilities in jewellery design and accessories, textiles, fine art, photography, 3D design and ceramics. The latter provides extensive facilities, including an anagama kiln.