Undergraduate study

Undergraduate

“My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it.”

Emma

Year of Study

Final

Qualification(s)

BA (Hons)


Why did you choose Loughborough University?

I was aware of the course’s reputation and wanted to be proud of where I went to university. The idea of studying my foundation at a university rather than a college appealed to me, to be surrounded by people studying a range of courses with a variety of interests.

What attracted you to the University in the first place?

I was extremely interested in studying at a campus university; one that offered an excellent arts department along with a high employability rating, and also somewhere known for its student experience and sports facilities. I didn’t want to study a specialism (such as shoe design) and Loughborough offered a course where I could explore a variety of specialties throughout the degree.

What do you enjoy about your course?

My course has no restrictions; I am able to try a wide range of techniques and processes all within one building, assisted by skilled and knowledgeable tutors. If the first process fails, they would always find a solution – by presenting them with a sketch or an image, they help turn your idea into reality.

What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?

The technicians are always willing to help and make time for you, especially in the 3D department. I’ve always found I have plenty of studio space to do my work properly – my tutors are approachable and well-informed of contemporary and traditional designers, trends and exhibitions.

Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?

My current project is by far my favourite. Taking a year out to work in a range of companies certainly taught me a lot about the industry I want to go into. This year I have been able to channel my projects towards achieving this, and I feel I have a clearer understanding of what will work and what won’t before I’ve attempted it.

What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?

We attend weekly meetings with our tutors and mine always provides continuous valuable support – I feel like their door is always open. We receive regular emails regarding competitions, exhibitions and internship possibilities. The university also hosts the largest careers fair in the UK.

What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?

Our course encourages students to complete a placement year and provides support through the application and interview process. 

Have you completed a placement whilst at University?

My placement year was spent working for five different companies in three different countries, it was the most beneficial year of my life and I would highly recommend it. I gained such an insight into the industry, saw it from many different perspectives and received cultural experiences and knowledge. I grew and developed mentally and socially, but also as a designer.

What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?

I hope to join a small fashion brand based in London with the aim of building my own label. With Loughborough University being known for its Textile degree, I hope this will benefit me when applying, in addition to the skills and knowledge of processes/the industry I have gained throughout my five years at Loughborough.

What would you say to someone considering your course?

You get so much out of the course and University. From day one you feel engaged an enthused, both by the passion and the knowledge of your tutors and your peers. The simplest but most striking testament I can give is that having spent four years studying this course I can honestly say there’s no University or course I would rather have chosen.

How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?

I involved myself heavily in opportunities offered to me by my hall, Faraday. I didn’t excel in any one sport so I participated in inter-hall sports, which still provided the social and competitive aspect I was after. During my first and second year I was part of Dance – we put on a week of shows and held the annual Dance Competition against other universities, I loved it! The campus (in particular the union) provide fantastic social venues not just for evening events and nights out but also day activities and sales such as the Vintage Market and Poster and Book Sale. I was one of my hall’s fresher helpers for two years; I wanted to make new students feel welcomed into our hall and university as I remembered how nervous I was upon arrival – I didn’t want them to feel intimidated by the older students.

What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?

I am proud to say that I’m a Loughborough student; I love how many friendly, outgoing and enthusiastic people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made for life. The university has taught me to get involved in as much as I can, as the skills I gain will benefit my future just as they have done here.

Has Loughborough inspired you?

Loughborough University has inspired me in many ways, from the hall I began my five year experience in to the tutors I have been taught by in each department. My peers and I motivate each other, encouraging one another to succeed. Seeing how we have developed throughout our degree is so satisfying, I feel very proud of us all.

Loughborough University has inspired me in many ways, from the hall I began my five year experience in to the tutors I have been taught by in each department. My peers and I motivate each other, encouraging one another to succeed. Seeing how we have developed throughout our degree is so satisfying, I feel very proud of us all.