The latest updates, information, and achievements from the School of Design and Creative Arts.
Keep up-to-date with all our latest stories, exciting developments and proud achievements via the articles listed below. From impressive student success stories to ground-breaking staff research and more, this page is the place to come for information on what's taking place in the School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough University.
MA Theatre graduate works with the Royal Shakespeare Company on their final project and takes their performance on tour
Normal is a semi-autobiographical piece, both written and performed by PhD student and recent MA Theatre graduate Tom Stevenson. Exploring notions of sexuality and Tom’s experiences as an openly gay man, the play is about an actor who since coming out is exclusively put forward to play gay characters by his agent.
Graphics alumna wins the site specific category at the World Illustration Awards
Miriam Pritchard (BA Graphic Communication and Illustration, 2021) has been recognised at the World Illustration Awards and has won the Site Specific category for her illustrations that celebrate the diversity of Loughborough.
Alumnus wins Unblocktober Individual of the Year Award
Nuno Santos Silva (MSc Ergonomics and Human Factors, 2021) has won the Individual of the Year prize at the first ever Unblocktober Awards, a new awards scheme celebrating individuals that embody the spirit of the Unblocktober environmental awareness campaign.
Exhibition that brings together football related research across Loughborough University launches during the World Cup
Jumpers for Goalposts; Improvisation, Experimentation and Play is an exhibition that brings together art, design, science and football related research from across Loughborough University. Showcasing work from Fine Art, the Sports Technology Institute, Architecture, Design, and Coaching.
Industrial Design graduate selected to showcase safety device at Prototypes for Humanity event in Dubai
Recent Industrial Design graduate, Megan Snepvangers has been selected to exhibit her final year project, SAFEX at the Prototypes for Humanity 2022 event held in Dubai on the 16 and 17 November 2022.
AA2A artist-in-residence at Loughborough University is chosen as their Artist of the Year 2022
Artists Access to Art Colleges (AA2A) is a national scheme offering placement opportunities to artists at host universities allowing them to access the facilities and staff expertise to continue their practice. Each year the School of Design and Creative Arts opens its doors to artists allowing them access to its world-class facilities over six superior creative hubs.
Beyond the Bubble: Alumnae curate exhibition to share artwork
Anna Dermitzaki and Francesca Edwards are alumnae whose time at university was impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. They used the experience as inspiration to expand their creative work outside of Loughborough and have recently curated an exhibition.
Loughborough University Teacher in Graphics illustrates book authored by the Children’s Laureate
Richard Johnson, Teacher in Graphic Communication and Illustration in the School of Design and Creative Arts has illustrated a children’s book which has been authored by Joseph Coelho, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate for 2022-2024.
REF 2021: 100% of Loughborough’s research impact in Art and Design is ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’
The results of the 2021 Research Excellence Framework (REF), published on 12 May, show that 100% of Loughborough University’s research impact in Art and Design is now rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally-excellent’.
Art and Design students collaborate with Joshibi University for ‘Cultivate’ exhibition
This year’s Art and Design Foundation Studies Postcard Exhibition aims to celebrate and develop shared global and individual lived experiences, exploring the visual possibilities and concepts of the theme, ‘Cultivate’.
Fine Art graduates exhibit artwork in the Access Group new Loughborough office
Jess Poole, George Robertshaw, Olivia Hollings, Eva Wan, Monica Popham, all graduates from our BA Fine Art (2021) programme, have had the opportunity to showcase their work at the opening of the Access Group’s new office in Loughborough.
Loughborough artist stars in campaign that aims to shine a light on the challenges faced by people living with vision loss
“As an artist who has lost a lot of my sight, I am often asked: How can you still paint? I hope that Change Makers will empower those who similarly are going through the experience of sight loss to know that there is life beyond what is happening to them.”
Graduate’s life-saving device that rapidly stops bleeding from knife wounds wins international Dyson
A Loughborough graduate who has designed a device to reduce catastrophic blood loss from a knife wound has been announced as one of three global winners of this year’s International James Dyson Award.
Industrial Designers Society of America honours Loughborough University academic as its first UK-based Fellow
In recognition of an international contribution to design research and education, Dr Mark Evans of the School of Design and Creative Arts has been inducted to the Academy of Fellows of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
Leading academic is awarded the IEA-Elsevier John Wilson Award and appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ergonomics journal
Dr Patrick Waterson, Reader in Human Factors and Complex Systems at Loughborough University has been awarded the third IEA-Elsevier John Wilson Award for 2021, which includes a monetary prize of $5,000.
Student designs compact lifesaving drone for beach rescue teams after witnessing teenage surfer battle dangerous waves
In 2017, while on holiday with his family in Cornwall, Loughborough University student Dominic Leatherland witnessed a teenager become detached from their bodyboard and pulled out to sea due to rough conditions.
Graphics students design children’s books tackling tough issues and asking big questions
Three Graphic Design students have created books for children that tackle topics including dementia, the importance of accepting people who are different to us, and why we should be encouraged to think outside the box.
Fine Art graduate wins competition to showcase artwork at Nasdaq headquarters
Loughborough Fine Art graduate, Francesca Edwards, has been selected as a winner of the Nasdaq competition 2021, and will have her work 'Light Painting' printed and displayed in Nasdaq's brand-new global headquarters in Times Square, New York City.
Loughborough Design students respond to Signet Branding live brief with innovative designs
As part of Loughborough Design Week, Signet Branding invited second year Loughborough Design students to respond to their live industry brief to develop and create a new pack design for one of their fictitious rum brands.
User Centred Design student wins the IxDA 2021 Student Design Charette
For 2021, the IxDA Student Design Charette (SDC) challenged teams to explore the potential for private data and to enhance global health and wellbeing by asking “How might we achieve greater collective wellbeing through the power of our individual data?”
Winning student responses to the Hexr brief announced as part of Loughborough Design Week
Each year, second year Loughborough Product, Industrial, and User Centred Design students are invited to respond to live design briefs put forward by design companies. This provides the students with valuable experience working with industry partners, and the companies the opportunity to access the talents of Loughborough Design students.
Loughborough Design students are WorldStar packaging design award winners
The WorldStar Student Awards competition is owned and produced by the World Packaging Organisation (WPO). It is an international packaging design competition for students and recent graduates from countries around the world who are involved in projects in the field of packaging.
Ford Fund Smart Mobility Challenge launches for the third year
The School of Design and Creative Arts are delighted to announce that the Ford Fund Smart Mobility Challenge is running again this year and is open for teams of students to register to take part. The challenge invites student teams to propose new ideas for sustainable urban solutions for communities. There are awards to invest in the projects with the most potential, to help realise their implementation.
Design student’s lead project as part of placement wins Gold at the UX Design Awards
Industrial Design and Technology student, Eleanor Bell, has recently completed a year in placement at Team Consulting. Working within the Design Group at Team her role gave her the opportunity to work with a range of departments across the company. This included her main project, the Tympa Health System, which has since won Gold at the UX Design Awards 2020.
Loughborough and Milliken reinforce their powerful partnership during lockdown
For the second year running Milliken partnered with Loughborough University on a project to design carpet tile concepts using Milliken’s proprietary Millitron® patterning technology for theoretical commercial environments. The project, developed closely with the University, forms an important part of the students’ final degree. But in 2020 – the year of the global pandemic – the students and staff faced unique challenges.
Two User Experience Design students are finalists at the IxDA 2021 Student Design Charette
The IxDA Student Design Charette (SDC) champions the next generation of interaction design, by bringing together students and early professionals to tackle big challenges. Samantha Tung and Tara Janes, both MA User Experience Design students at Loughborough University have been selected as finalists and will be joining eight other successful students at the SDC.
Design students are award winners at New Designers 2020
Two Industrial Design & Technology students win awards at New Designers 2020. The virtual award ceremony which took place via Facebook Live was hosted by Sally Bent, New Designers Event Director, and also joined by Luke Pearson from Pearson Lloyd who delivered a keynote speech.
Product Design student gains valuable opportunities with leading software company
Product Design and Technology student, Gregoire Saul, has spent recent months gaining valuable work experience and opportunities with leading software company, Autodesk, who are industry leaders in creating 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.
Graphics student is shortlisted for the Penguin Student Design Awards 2020
Graphic Communication and Illustration student, Hazel Shorney, has been shortlisted for the Penguin Design Awards from over 2000 entrants for her illustrated cover of The Night Manager by John le Carré in the Fiction Cover Award category.
Borderless Art Making - Interview with John Atkin for Sculpture Magazine
Reader in Fine Art and Director of Internationalisation in the School of Design and Creative Arts, John Atkin, was interviewed by Sculpture Magazine in September 2019 as he was completing two large-scale sculpture projects in China.
Students commended by environmental charity Hubbub from their Design By Nature competition
How can design change the world? This year environmental charity Hubbub launched Design by Nature, a competition open to university students across the UK, looking to celebrate innovative ideas that tackle tough environmental issues.
Textiles Company, Milliken, Announce Winning Student’s Designs for their Live Project
Milliken is a global textile design and manufacturing company, with expertise is in chemicals innovation and floor covering, as well as creating innovative textile solutions such as flame-resistant fabrics. They started collaborating with the Loughborough Textiles: Innovation and Design course in 2018, after the Milliken design team were impressed by the students’ work at the annual New Designers fair in London.
AI-powered early Alzheimer's detection project wins RSA Student Design Award
One person in the UK is diagnosed with dementia every three minutes (alzheimers.org, 2017) and over half of the people who have dementia, might not know they have it (NCIB, 2020). Insight allows the user to take a photo of their eye and helps to analyse it. It’s a product and service design proposal which gives peace of mind to those at risk of Alzheimer’s through early detection and provision of guidance post-diagnosis.
Student’s spore trap design aims to save UK trees
The United Nations General Assembly declared 2020 as the International Year of Plant Health – an opportunity to raise global awareness on how protecting plant health can benefit the environment and other areas. Lucy Mitchell, a final year Industrial Design and Technology student, is well aware of the importance of looking after nature as her mother is a landscape architect and she also spent much of her placement year in Putney visiting the renowned Kew Gardens.
Graphic Design and Illustration students win 5 D&AD New Blood Awards
The D&AD Awards are the professional body for Graphic and Communication Design disciplines in the UK. Their New Blood Awards are open to advertising, design, digital and marketing students, recent graduates and young creatives worldwide. Students are invited to participate in industry lead briefs, which provides an opportunity to gain exposure and kickstart their creative career.
Illustrations celebrate life of everyday people in 1960's Leicester
Lauren Jefferis is a final-year Graphic Communications and Illustration student within the School of Design and Creative Arts at Loughborough University, and uses illustration as a powerful tool to celebrate the stories of everyday people from 1960's Leicester.
CAFA Virtual School: Design Thinking Short Course 2020
Prior to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, Professor Ian Campbell, from the School of Design and Creative Arts was due to teach a short course on Design Thinking at Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA). CAFA is China’s leading arts university, ranking 28 in the QS World University Rankings for Art and Design. With the restrictions in place, and by working with a team of academics, this was continued to be delivered through innovative ways of remote teaching.
Loughborough climbs to sixth in The Complete University Guide and third for Art and Design
Loughborough has climbed two places to sixth in the Complete University Guide 2021 and remains the only University in the Midlands to feature in the top ten. Art and Design has also risen to third out of 85 institutions.
Creative Arts teacher produces virtual tour of Bradgate Park
Stuart Franey, who is a teacher in Creative Digital Technologies, has created over one hundred 360-degree panoramic images of Bradgate Park. Although these panoramas made up part of his master's degree, Stuart has spent the past few years continuing to create them as a labour of love for a place that he is passionate about.
Product Design students are Adobe Creative Jam finalists
Product Design and Technology students Robin Pickering, Becky Hicks and Cameron Smith are Adobe Creative Jam Top 10 finalists. Representing Loughborough University, and out of 360 submissions from 3 countries, 570 registered teams and 230 different schools, they were the only remaining team in the finals from the UK.
Alumnus wins prestigious award for ergonomics and human factors project
Alistair Cooper won the Best Student Project award presented by the Chartered Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors (CIEHF) for his project investigating the influence of Safety Management Systems (SMS) on people working on the front line of rail services.
Alumna enterprise duo design postcards to help the public reach out to their loved ones
A small business founded by a current student and an alumna just over one year ago has added quirky postcards to their online shop to help the public stay in touch with their loved ones and keep one another in positive spirits during this period of social distancing, as well as raising money for the NHS.
Placement students organise exhibition at Manufacturing Technology Centre
In February, two Loughborough University Fine Art students, who are spending their placement year as Artists in Residence at Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) in Coventry, organised and curated an exhibition on the MTC site. The exhibition included artwork created by Fine Art students from across the degree, as well as pieces by MTC employees.
Art and Design students collaborate with Joshibi University on postcard exhibition
For the fifth year running, Loughborough University welcomed students from Joshibi University of Art and Design, Japan, studying Art and Culture. The 2nd and 3rd year students spent three weeks collaborating with the Art and Design Foundation students on an annual postcard exhibition, as well as attending English classes on campus.
Academics are prize winners for Beijing’s airport international arrivals art installation
The Public Art Global Competition for the International arrivals corridor was announced in early 2019, with The Beijing New Airport Construction Headquarters (BNACH) and the China Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) as judges. The School of Design & Creative Arts Loughborough University were one of 250 internationally renowned teams selected to submit designs, and one of ten to receive a nomination prize.
Creative Arts students selected to showcase their work for Inspirational Women Project
LU Arts has partnered up with the Women’s Network on an exciting project that has asked students to identify a woman that has meant something to them, either personally or through their achievements, and celebrate them through illustrations and creative writing.
The future of fashion: Where do we go from here? An intimate talk with Patrick Grant
On Wednesday 26 February 2020, as part of the university-wide Spring Careers Fair, Creative Arts students were invited to a day filled with specific workshops targeted at those looking for a career in the creative industry.
Loughborough ranked 24th in the world for Art and Design
We’re proud to announce that Loughborough has been ranked 24th for Art and Design in the 2020 QS higher education league table. The QS rankings assess each school on academic and employer reputations putting us in the global Top 25 for Art and Design subjects.
Textiles: Innovation and Design students exhibit at Première Vision
The Textiles: Innovation and Design programme have exhibited for another year at the international trade fair Première Vision. This unique opportunity allows students to showcase their designs on a global platform and for the course to continue to bolster its deep routed connections within the industry.
‘Making it out there’ career talk by Director of National Scheme AA2A
Loughborough School of Design and Creative Arts recently hosted special guest, Wendy Mason, National Director of the Artist Access to Art Colleges project (AA2A), for a talk aimed at informing students and graduates about self-employment as a career option.
Industrial Design and Technology graduate wins the 2020 IxDA Student Design Charette
The IxDA Student Design Charette (SDC) champions the next generation of interaction design, by brining together students and early professionals to tackle big challenges. A three-day design challenge took place during the Interaction 20 conference from 4-7 February 2020 in Milan, Italy. The brief, sponsored by Amazon Design, focused on using voice to create empowering moments for those facing unique challenges.