Undergraduate study


Design study area


Ranked 4th for Art and Design in the Complete University Guide 2018

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.

Career prospects

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, user centred design and design related work.

Others choose to study at postgraduate level or become an entrepreneurial business executive.

Our alumni can be found working in a wide number of prestigious design businesses around the world including, Apple, Seymour Powell, Frog Design. DCA International, Sebastian Conran, Joseph Joseph, Native Design, Tin Horse, The Alloy and Design Bridge.  Others are working at various levels for a number of household names including Dyson, Vax, Sonos, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Virgin Atlantic, Samsung, and IBM. 

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.

Please see the School’s website for more information about placements and studying abroad.

Award winning students

The School is proud of its award-winning students.  Awards include - 2016 James Dyson Award UK; 2016, 2015 & 2014 New Designers Awards; 2016 & 2014 RSA winners; 2016 Starpack Packaging Awards; 2015 Student Packaging Designer of the Year; 2014 International James Dyson Award.’  See the School’s website for more information and the latest awards 

1st in the UK for the most employable design graduates

In 2015 the British Industrial Design Association asked over 1000 design practitioners which design schools create the most employable design graduates.  Out of 70 design institutions in the UK, Loughborough was placed top. 

World-renowned research

The School was ranked 4th in the UK for the overall quality of its research, based on the GPA x volume in REF 2014.  All academic staff are involved in research and this ensures students receive up to date teaching.  Our current expertise includes:

•           Sustainable Design

•           Service Design

•           Social Innovation

•           3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

•           Medial Applications of 3D Printing

•           Rapid Prototyping

•           CAD/CAM

•           Additively Manufactured Textiles

•           Personal Protective Equipment

•           Design for Happiness

•           Sustainable Societies and Lifestyles

•           Systematic Thinking

•           Vehicle Seating Design

•           Driving Ergonomics and Health

•           Ageing at Work

•           Inclusive Design

•           Universal Design

•           Participative Design Methods, including Co-Design

•           Construction Health and Safety

•           Environmental Ergonomics

•           Crash Investigation and Analysis

•           Transport Safety / Road Safety

•           Vehicle Design

•           Industrial / Product Design

•           New Product Development

•           Design Ethics

•           Digital Human Modelling

•           Workplace Design

•           3D Laser Scanning and Reverse Engineering

•           Product Personalisation and Customisation

•           Designing for Emotion

•           UX Design

•           Interfaces and Usability

•           Eye Tracking Techniques

•           Design Education

•           Sports Clothing


Dominic: My Placement at Clayesmore School

Dominic Hensman completed a 12-month internship with Clayesmore School, and was nominated for a Loughborough University award in recognition of his achievements.

Degree Show and New Designers Exhibition

The School holds an annual Degree Show in June each year.  This showcases work from the final projects our final year students undertake.  For more information about the show and how you can visit, please see the School’s website 

A selection of final year students also exhibit at the annual New Designers exhibition in London.  It is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking.  For more information about this please see the School’s website 


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.

The difference between our courses

User Centred Design

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

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

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.