Ranked 6th for Art and Design in The Times / Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015
Why choose Design at Loughborough?
We inspire our students to develop their skills and knowledge, nuturing them into highly successful graduates.
We want each and every one of our students to leave us with the drive and determination to succeed in creative industries, developing into the next generation of talented designers.
The School relocated to a new state of the art building in 2011 which is equipped with interconnecting workshops, studios, specialist laboratories, display areas, and computer facilities. For example, a special CAD/CAM facility includes several rapid prototyping machines, water jet cutting and vacuum casting. They have also just opened the doors to a new DReAM laboratory specialising in providing high spec 3D printing equipment.
A distinctive feature of the Industrial/Product Design and Technology courses is the requirement for students to produce fully working prototypes of their major project in the final year. This can include electronic/mechanical systems, innovative manufacturing techniques or product innovation.
The outcome is always user-focused, being realised as a working prototype that demonstrates the underlying technology and functionality in addition to proposals for the product appearance.
Degree Show and Exhibition
The School's annual public exhibition of finalist students work (known as the Degree Show) is well known for the innovation, variety and the quality of the designs. This show sees students from the Ergonomics, Design Ergonomics, Industrial Design and Product Design courses come together to showcase the outputs from their final year.
It is held in early June and details are available on request or from the School website. Work is also exhibited at the New Designers Exhibition in London in July.
All academic staff are involved in research and this ensures students receive up to date teaching.
Current research groups in the School are Behavioural Safety Research Group, Design for Additive Manufacturing, Design Ergonomics, Design Practice, Environmental Ergonomics, Human Factors in Complex Systems, Sustainable Design, Transport Collision Research Group and User-Centred Design.
Professional placement year and study abroad
Our students have the option to extend their course to a four year degree with a placement year in industry.
We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad at one of the international universities we collaborate with.
Over 93% of our graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating in 2014. Many of our graduates gain employment in design, ergonomics and design related work.
Others choose to study at postgraduate level or become an entrepreneurial business executive.
The difference between our courses
User Centred Design BSc
The User Centred Design BSc course places less emphasis on the fundamental understanding of form giving, technology, materials and processes and more emphasis on human capability, user research and evidence based designing. Design activity on the course explores both products (artefacts) as well as services and systems.
Industrial Design and Technology BA
The Industrial Design and Technology BA course concerns itself with the development of skills and ability in the development and communication of ideas, ergonomics, interaction, the techniques of planning and costings, product styling, three dimensional design, materials, processes and the production of prototypes and finished artefacts. The course specialises in the understanding of the creative form and the aesthetics of manufactured products. The course tends to look at the product from the outside, in.
Product Design and Technology BS
The Product Design and Technology BSc course specialises in the technical aspect of the design process through the study of both electronics and mechanics. The emphasis of the course targets product functionality through the innovative application of technology and the delivery of a range of working prototypes and artefacts for the evaluation of highly technical solutions, materials, manufacture and aesthetics.