Why did you choose Loughborough University?
Textiles: Innovation and Design has such a good reputation at Loughborough. You are really challenged in your first year to develop skills that underline all creative career paths, which was really important for me. I knew that I wanted to specialise in woven textiles so the excellent weave facilities and tutors were another influential factor. It was also crucial that I completed a placement year and this is something that Loughborough offered. Loughborough have excellent industry contacts and really help to find the right placements for you.
What attracted you to the University in the first place?
I liked the idea of attending a campus university and the atmosphere at Loughborough was the best of all the universities I visited. Everyone at Loughborough seemed so proud to be studying at such a brilliant university. The campus facilities are also second-to-none whilst the Union and Exec team hep you get the most out of your student experience.
What do you enjoy about your course?
I’ve really enjoyed specialising in woven textiles and being able to develop my skills. The projects we are given are open to interpretation, which means you can direct them in whichever way you like. We have also been lucky enough to take part in numerous live projects – working with the industry is really beneficial as you develop an understanding of how to design for specific companies.
What do you think of the teaching quality and facilities?
You get so much contact time with tutors – every day you are able to find someone to help. All of the tutors have industry experience which is so helpful when trying to develop relevant and commercial project outcomes. The technical staff are also really supportive and you can book one-to-one time to help develop your technical knowledge and skills. You get access to so many different workshops and are encouraged to explore disciplines not only across your own course but across the whole of the Art School.
Do you have a particularly favourite project/module on your course? Why did you enjoy it?
Working on a live project with H&M in second year was one of my favourite projects. Working with such a big fashion retailer was a privilege as well as a learning curve – it really helped my design work to become more commercial.
What kind of support have you had in the department and from the University?
The tutors within the Arts School are all so helpful, supporting you not only with your studies and projects but also your career development. They encourage you to apply for scholarships and competitions as well as giving you the opportunity to develop contacts in the industry through conferences and guest lecturers. You get lots of contact time with tutors, enabling you to develop really good relationships with them.
What are some of the exciting/different things you can do on your course?
Loughborough really try to get the most out of you as a new designer, pushing you to really explore your specialism as well as develop new skills in different disciplines. They also help to develop your professional career with business modules as well as live projects, placements and industry/networking opportunities. The support, equipment and opportunities available on the textiles course are amazing.
Have you completed a placement whilst at University?
Yes, I completed placements at Monsoon, Next, Dash and Miller and Paul Vogel. It was such a brilliant experience and the tutors have great industry links – I found that my being a student at Loughborough was viewed favourably in all of my applications. I gained so much confidence in myself and my design ability, which has helped me upon my return to final year. My technical skills and understanding of the industry have developed so much and I feel like I have much better direction and career aspirations now.
What do you hope to do when you graduate, and how will your Loughborough degree support this?
I want to continue pursuing a career in textiles and fabric design. Specialising in weave and completing placements have strengthened my technical skills, which can be applied across the textiles industry. Additionally the networking opportunities and contacts I have gained whilst at Loughborough have put me in a really good position for starting a career in textiles.
What would you say to someone considering your course?
Choose Loughborough. Not only does it have a brilliant reputation within the industry but the tutors and lecturers really want you to get the most from your degree, helping you to develop skills that can be applied across the whole creative industry. Although it requires a lot of hard work and passion, the rewards are definitely worth it.
How do you find the social atmosphere on campus?
There are so many different societies and clubs to be part of, which are great ways to meet new people and to break from study. You can take part in so many sports, charity events, music performances and much more – the Union and student life at Loughborough is amazing.
What do you enjoy the most about being a Loughborough University student?
The atmosphere on campus is what originally attracted me to Loughborough. There’s a really friendly, family-like spirit within halls, departments and across the University. You are continually encouraged to make the most of your time at Loughborough not just academically but socially too, with many brilliant events and opportunities available.
Has Loughborough inspired you?
Employment prospects for Loughborough graduates are amazing – there is so much talent and achievement here, which is really motivating. When attending conferences and events there are always Loughborough textile graduates representing companies, which is really inspiring.