Arts, English and Drama

We offer a unique, exciting, and ambitious range of courses taught by internationally leading scholars, teachers, and researchers.

Why choose Arts, English or Drama at Loughborough?

We offer outstanding courses across a variety of exciting disciplines. Each course is designed to inspire talented individuals with the drive and determination to succeed.

We provide a rich palette of opportunities to enhance your existing skills, including access to our multi-million-pound facilities, teaching from research-active staff, contact with prominent contemporary industry links and superb entrepreneurial support.

You will also encounter first-class opportunities to study abroad and participate in renowned competitions, industrial placements, art commissions and commercial projects.

We have a great choice of Art courses, English courses and Drama courses

...and they all have a unique focus


The Drama courses at Loughborough University are characterised by their combination of theory and practice, bringing acting, playwriting, dramaturgy and alternative performance methodologies together with theories of theatre and gender, philosophy and politics. Technically, our Drama courses engage the relationships between applied, ‘real life’ and traditional techniques and the expanding arena of digital practice.


The English courses at Loughborough University explore culture and communication in context, developing in our students a critical approach to both literary histories and contemporary literatures and theories. The English courses are designed to have a strong central focus on English literatures and language, yet enable students to explore more interdisciplinary, comparative aspects of the field, such as American literary and visual cultures, creative writing and film.

Fine Art

The Fine Art course at Loughborough University emphasizes the relationship between theory and practice, or thinking through making, bringing together exceptional facilities and expertise to support practices ranging from drawing, printmaking and ceramics, to temporal performance, moving image and photography. With a particular focus on the connections between art, culture and politics, in relation to the public sphere, sustainability, environmental aesthetics and identity in a global world, a degree in Fine Art provides students with a wide array of transferable skills and employment opportunities.

Graphic Communication and Illustration

The Graphic Communication and Illustration course at Loughborough University emphasizes 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.


The Textiles course at Loughborough University enables students to gain high level practical skills in drawing, design and making, through specialist pathways in printed, woven and multi-media textiles. Our Textiles course combines traditional and hand processes with cutting-edge digital technologies, and has extensive links with industry.

I love that we have regular tutorials, valuable workshops, bright and spacious studios and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Erin BA Textiles: Innovation and Design

You'll have the opportunity to go on a professional placement year

We have strong links with the creative industries and cultural sector, which help our students secure year-long and flexible work placements in the UK and internationally. These placements offer an invaluable opportunity to advance your skills and apply your knowledge to a working environment.

School of the Arts, English and Drama Placements

Students from the School of the Arts, English and Drama share their placement year experiences.

Our graduates have an impressive employment rate

Over 93% of our 2016 graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Our students develop excellent transferable skills across the range of topics studied on our courses and because of the diversity of teaching methods we use.

You'll be able to access lots of great facilities

Students on our art courses, English courses, textiles courses, drama courses and graphic communication course will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, offering many creative opportunities. They provide industry-standard production possibilities and an unparalleled level of professional training.

These include six superior creative art and design hubs, a 260-seat proscenium arch theatre, and a variety of other performance rehearsal and study spaces.

For students on our English courses, the School offers great teaching spaces and venues for visiting lectures, readings and workshops by creative writers, as well as excellent audio-visual resources for film screenings.