Creative Arts

Undergraduate study

"The 3-year structure really helps you develop your own unique visual language, that you will get to fully explore in the final year." Chris Gilleard, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)
"All our tutors have experience in the industry, many are practising illustrators and technical staff are available to book time with for tutorials and workshops." Emily Lambert, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)
"There’s a wide range of facilities available here, students are able to access any facility hubs regardless of their course and the tutors are always helpful with whatever you want to do create." Hayley Chan, Graphic Communication & Illustration BA (Hons)

Graphic Design

Graphic Design at Loughborough emphasises 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. Students also have the opportunity to study art history and visual culture and benefit from research carried out across the Creative Arts.

Inspiring Creativity: Graphic Communication and Illustration at Loughborough University

Loughborough University student Daniel Scott talks about being inspired on an open day by lecturer Simon Downs, and the importance of suspending judgement.

Why choose us

  • Consistently World renowned 

    31st in the world for Art and Design
    (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021)

    Top 40 in the world for Art and Design for the last five years
    (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)

  • Academic excellence 

    2nd in the UK for Design & Crafts (includes Graphic Design)
    (Guardian University Guide 2020 & 2021)

    2nd in the UK for Art and Design 
    (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)

    3rd in the UK for Art and Design
    (Complete University Guide 2021)

    Top 5 in the UK for Art and Design for the last five years 
    (Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide and Complete University Guide 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020)

  • Great career prospects 

    92% of recent graduates in work or further study within six months of graduation
    (DLHE, 2017 graduates - full-time UK first-degree students available for work or study)

    89% of recent graduates in graduate-level employment and/or graduate-level further study
    (DLHE, 2017, UK and Channel Islands students available for work or further study)

  • Placement year option 

    Open to all students with support from a dedicated Placement Offer

  • Fantastic facilities 

    Our students have access to our 6 Creative Hubs, enabling them to develp new skills and explore exciting possibilities

  • Inspiring teaching 

    Excellent communication design teaching informed by excellent communication design research