Branding of both the Art and Design Degree Shows merged into one

Loughborough University’s Art and Design Degree Shows go digital for the first time

On Tuesday 23 June, the University’s Art and Design Degree Shows will be launched as digital showcases for the very first time.

Over 400 students from the School of Design and Creative Arts will be exhibiting their imaginative and thought-provoking final-year projects online through a selection of carefully curated images, text and video.

The digital showcases provide an opportunity to not only celebrate the efforts of students during their time at Loughborough, but also to offer a platform for them to raise their profile prior to graduating and starting their careers.

Expect to see a rich display of vivid textile prints and fashion garments, bold and playful illustrations, and creative fine art masterpieces, all with their own stories and unique talents and ways of thinking.

image of handmade puppet sat on a handmade sofa in a room created by student Amy Begent

Image: Spud by Amy Begent

Furthermore, members of the public can look forward to viewing innovative concepts, ground-breaking solutions and diverse prototypes which have the potential to become something that could change our lives for the better.

There will also be a collection of news features shared in the coming weeks focusing on some of the fantastic projects produced across each of the subject areas this year.

Dean of the School, Professor Cees de Bont commented: “For the first time in the history of the Degree Shows, we have had to take the difficult decision to change how we display our students’ work. Annually our shows in June are the prime showcase of our students’ work to family, friends, fellow students, professionals, employers and the general public and we always look forward to this time as a chance to celebrate.

“However, the coronavirus now forces us to be creative and to display our graduation projects through different means. This challenge brings about new thinking and new opportunities, so instead of complaining about the impossible, we got ourselves ready for the art of the possible. I am sure you will join me in congratulating our students and wishing them every success in the future.”

Image of illustrative work by Lauren Jefferis for the Arts Degree Show‌Image: Flashback - Celebrating life in 1960's Leicester by Lauren Jefferis

As part of the digital showcases, a series of awards will also be announced and given to students who have gone above and beyond, producing outstanding projects which have been recognised by their peers, University staff and sector-leading companies.

The Degree Shows can be viewed online by clicking on the links below:

Art and Design subjects at Loughborough have been recognised for their excellence both nationally and globally; placed in the UK top five of the Complete University Guide from 2016-2020 and in the top 25 of the QS World Rankings.

Upon graduating, students from the School have gone on to build a strong reputation in a variety of occupations within the creative industries.

Imaged of 'Spored', a spore trap hanging in tree, created by Lucy Mitchell for the Degree Show‌Image: Spored by Lucy Mitchell

Notes for editors

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Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, named the best university in the world for sports-related subjects in the 2020 QS World University Rankings and University of the Year by The Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019.

Loughborough is in the top 10 of every national league table, being ranked 4th in the Guardian University League Table 2020, 5th in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020 and 6th in The UK Complete University Guide 2021.

Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The Loughborough University London campus is based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities. It is home to influential thought leaders, pioneering researchers and creative innovators who provide students with the highest quality of teaching and the very latest in modern thinking.