Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

School of the Arts

Undergraduate study

Undergraduate artwork

The School offers five undergraduate programmes:

We welcome applicants with both traditional and non-traditional qualifications. It is preferred that applicants will have completed a Foundation Diploma or similar, in order to produce a portfolio on which, in conjunction with an interview, selection is largely based. However, this is no longer mandatory and consideration will be given to applicants applying from A-level study.

Critical and historical studies

Critical and Historical Studies forms an integral part of all our studio based degree and foundation programmes. It consists of seminars and lectures in a wide range of subjects relating to the history and theory of art and design, as well as providing professional and business studies expertise at BA level. We aim to form an integrated and dynamic relationship that provides a stimulating environment for intellectual and professional development.


Assessment is normally continual, through written work and oral presentation. Student artists and designers need to develop an awareness of the professional dimension of their practice. Aspects of this are treated as an ongoing part of studio and workshop practice and there is a Professional and Enterprising Practice module in Part B.

The work produced for Studio Practice and Critical and Historical Studies modules is assessed at the end of each semester. Modules are weighted and the overall marks for progression and for the final class of degree are based on the aggregation of module marks. Assessed work includes practical work, essays and oral presentations.

In the final year of all degree programmes, students undertake a dissertation and a major practical project, both self-defined and self-directed, on which the final assessment is substantially based.

Trips abroad

Each year there are trips and visits for all students. Places have included New York, Paris, Valencia, Venice, Barcelona and Milan.


There may be an opportunity to do either a work or study placement as part of your programme.


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Contact us

General enquiries

Tel: +44 (0)1509 228903
Fax: +44 (0)1509 228902