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School of Design and Creative Arts
Graphic Communications and Illustration
Your careers team
Careers Network is here to support you by providing information, advice, guidance, events and opportunities to enable you to secure placements, work experience, self-employment and graduate careers.
Working closely with your academic school, our team of experts ensures that every student has access to careers advice. As well as large careers fairs, we hold sector-specific events, involving employers and Loughborough alumni, to help you make valuable connections and secure high-quality placements and graduate roles.
To find out more about what we do and how we can support you, visit Meet the team.
Details of the Placements Officers for your school can be found here.
We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.
Key skills developed during your degree
- Imagination and creativity
- Critical awareness of self and external factors and the ability to be reflective
- Interpersonal and social skills
- An appreciation of diversity
- Creative problem-solving
- Team working
- The ability to work independently
- Oral and written communication
- Visual presentation
- Information and research
- Self-motivation and self-management
- Organisation and planning
- Networking and industry awareness
- Career planning and management
- IT, particularly using creative software.
Graduate employment career options directly related to your degree:
- Advertising Account Planner
- Advertising Art Director
- Creative Director
- Digital Marketer
- Exhibition Designer
- Games Designer
- Graphic Designer
- Marketing Executive
- Media Planner
- Medical Illustrator
- Multimedia Programmer
- Product Designer
- Production Designer (Theatre/ Television / Film)
- Social Media Manager
- User Experience (UX) Designer
- UX Researcher / Analyst
- Web Designer
Graduates from creative degrees often have many transferable skills which can be applicable to a wide variety of jobs and industries, not just the creative sector.
For example, here is a resources for creatives working in healthcare.
Further study at Loughborough University:
The School of Design and Creative Arts offers a portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes that enable intellectual and creative development and foster transferable and marketable skills, enhancing employment possibilities in a range of fields.
The School of Design and Creative Arts also offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment. Our research students are supported by our expert staff who have a diverse range of research interests and experience. Becoming a postgraduate research student in the School allows you to have the opportunity to work within an informal and friendly environment, whilst also becoming part of an innovative research community.
Further study elsewhere:
Where do graduates go?
What do Loughborough Graphic Communication and Illustration graduates do?
Destination details for 2018 graduates (under the new Graduate Outcomes survey) is due to be released soon.
Six months after graduating in 2017…
For Graphic Communication and Illustration
- Main activity: 92% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
- Graduate level activity: 89% were in professional or managerial employment roles or graduate further study (UK & CI students only).
- Mean salary: £18,447 for full-time graduate level employment (UK & CI students only).
- Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 38% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 18% were in Information and communication, 13% were in Wholesale and retail trade, 8% were in Arts, entertainment and recreation, 8% were in Education and 8% were in Manufacturing.
- Industry Locations (professional level roles): 35% were working in London, 22% stayed in the East Midlands, 11% were working in the South East, 11% were working in Yorkshire & the Humber, 3% were working in the East of England, 3% were working in England region unknown, 3% were working in the North West, 3% were working in West Midlands, 1% were working in Asia and 1% were working in Other EU.
BYG Systems, Black Card Music, Debenhams, DeVOL Kitchens, Hotel Chocolat, IBM, Plum Pudding Illustration Agency, REN Skincare.
Creative Design and Brand Specialist, Digital Designer, Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Junior Designer, Marketing Manager, Music Director, Social Media and Content Intern.
Further Study included:
MA Media and Creative Industries, User Experience Design, Video Games Development, School Direct- teacher training.
- View Graduate Profiles from this department.
Resources to research career areas
- Bubble Jobs - advice, events and trends for careers in the digital industry
- Bubble Guide to the Digital Careers
- Grads in Games
- Illustration careers - How to gain employment as an illustrator
- Screen Skills: Animation - careers information, job profiles and case studies
- Screen Skills: information and advice on careers in animation, film, games, TV and VFX
- Target Jobs: Creative Careers for Graduates
Resources to find experience, placements and graduate jobs
There are a wide range of resources available to you to search for placement, internship and work experience opportunities.
There are many opportunities advertised on Careers Online, the University’s online vacancy system.
- Ad Job Wall
- Arts Jobs
- Arts Thread
- Creative Access
- Creative Opportunities
- Design week
- If you could jobs
- LinkedIn Jobs
- Run The Check
- Screen Skills jobs
- The Dots
- Young Creative Council - Placement Poverty Pledge