The application process

Applying for one of our undergraduate courses? Here’s some important information…

Writing a personal statement

The personal statement is an integral part of any UCAS application and provides an opportunity to share more about yourself. We are looking for individuals with a real passion for Art and Design and you should work to reflect this in your statement as best you can.

What are your reasons for wanting to study on the course? What are your long-term goals? We want to know that you understand what you will be studying, and that it will be fully suited to your aspirations. How can you demonstrate contextual understanding of Art and Design – where does your subject fit in the wider world, and what part of this broad spectrum of opportunity appeals to you the most? Tell us about your personal interests in Art and Design and what helped to shape these. Got any hobbies or extra-curricular interests and achievements? Tell us about those too.

Use the personal statement as a chance to demonstrate independent thinking, engagement with the world in which you live and an individual perspective, with the initiative to do well at University.


Applications for our undergraduate courses are made via UCAS. For entry requirements, UCAS codes and other key course information, please visit the relevant course page in our online prospectus. Remember to ensure that you are familiar with key UCAS dates and deadlines.

Portfolio and interviews

All applicants to Design and Creative Arts courses at Loughborough University will be required to produce a portfolio to evidence their practical work. Once you have submitted your application, if you are successfully shortlisted (or invited for interview) you will be contacted by email with information about where, when, and how to submit a portfolio.

Students applying for Design BA, Industrial Design BA, and Product Design and Technology BSc will also be required to complete a design task; you will receive more information on this if your application is shortlisted. Students applying for Fine Art BA, Textile Design BA, and Graphic Design BA are invited to join us for an interview if shortlisted.

Visit days

If your application is successful following the above stages, you will be made an offer to study on our course. At this point you will receive an invitation to attend a visit day, where you will be able to find out more details about the course, speak to academics and current students, tour department facilities and meet other offer holders.

You'll also have the opportunity to find out more about the wider Loughborough University student experience, including accommodation, the Students' Union, student services and more. Please note that our 2021 visit days are being held virtually in accordance with government guidelines.  

Got questions?

Get in touch with our friendly admissions team if you have any questions about submitting an application or replying to an offer.

Creative Arts admissions

Design admissions