Why did you choose Loughborough University?
For industrial design, Loughborough offered the most in-depth study. We cover everything you would need to create a successful design, from user research through to manufacturing processes and marketing. The course has a fantastic reputation for being a top design school, and is well respected by the industry. Many people would say that for Industrial Design, it’s the best University in the country.
What do you enjoy about your course?
It’s a very diverse course. We cover so much stuff and so many subject areas. It’s very practical and hands on; I’m amazed at how much we’ve all learnt in the past few years. Perhaps the best thing about the course is that everyone supports each other, because of how the course is structured. Everyone has similar design projects but different skills, so you learn to help each other in every area. It’s a real community. Also all the modules interlink, so skills you learn in one module are transferable to others, which is rewarding.
Design Practice was my favourite module and involved taking a project brief, generating ideas in groups, user research, brand research, concept generation, and manufacturing processes. It’s really rewarding being able to get a brief and take a project all the way through. We now all have enough knowledge to see a project from beginning to end. The group work in this project was great, gave us an opportunity to play to everyone’s strengths and really work as a team.
What do you find exciting about your course?
Taking a project through from ideas to manufacture is really exciting. In Design & Manufacturing Technologies we designed a product and now we are machining the injection moulding tools for it, so by next week we’ll have a finished product, made as it would be in industry.
It’s exciting, particularly now applying to placement companies, to think that you could be impacting so many people’s lives, designing the next product used by millions of people. It doesn't really hit you until later on, where you realise that actually, next year you could be working on the iPhone 7 or drawing a new Aston Martin. That’s pretty cool.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
The lecturers are always there to support you, and as far as I’m aware almost all have real experience in industry, so can give you all the tricks of the trade.
The facilities are great, it’s a great building to be designing in, and the open plan means that working is actually quite a sociable experience.
Have you had any support from the University?
Whenever you need a hand you can grab any member of staff and they can probably help. If they can’t they know someone who can!
Have you done a professional placement?
Yes, you’ll struggle to get a job if you don’t have a placement in design, because it’s so hands on. Experience is key. I’m not sure where to go as there’s so much choice. However I’m thinking about a consultancy like DCA or Seymour Powell as you’d get to work on a lot of industry projects.
What do you hope to do when you graduate?
Probably Product design. The degree will have given me all the skills I need to fit into an experienced design team. If not, then something like graphics or fine art. Either way the practical nature of the course will support me. Even if it was something more academic, the course is so broad that it would still have been really helpful.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Go for it. I’ve seen how friends at other universities are doing in their second year design courses, and we’re streets ahead here at Loughborough!