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School of Design and Creative Arts

Industrial Design and Technology, Product Design and Technology and User Centred Design

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

  • Presentation skills;
  • Communication skills;
  • The ability to work to deadlines;
  • Commercial and entrepreneurial skills;
  • Problem-solving skills;
  • The ability to use your initiative and work independently;
  • Teamworking skills;
  • Visual and spatial awareness;
  • General and specialist IT skills, such as computer-aided design (CAD).

Career options

Graduate employment career options related to your degree:

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 resource for creatives working in healthcare.

To find out more about other careers see our Career Areas page or explore the Prospects Job Profiles

 

Further study

Loughborough Design School offers a broad portfolio of taught postgraduate programmes designed to provide students with applied research, knowledge and professional skills relevant to the student's programme of study.

We offer a first class environment for postgraduate study housed in a new state-of-the-art building. We currently have 65 students studying postgraduate taught programmes with us.

The individual programmes are characterised by the balance and focus on key knowledge, skills and competencies. The flexibility and range of choice in the modules provided enables students to develop their own skills and competencies and to establish a personalised approach to the creative and/or analytical aspects of the four core themes.

Design related programmes are also available at the Loughborough University in London campus.

LDS also offers a number of postgraduate research opportunities including PhDs.

Further study elsewhere:

 

Where do graduates go?

What do Loughborough Industrial Design and Technology 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…

  • Main activity: 94.7% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £23,772 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 31% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 23% were in Manufacturing, 14% were in Information and communication, 8% were in Wholesale and retail trade.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 20% stayed in the East Midlands, 20% were working in London, 17% were working in the South West, 10% were working in the West Midlands, 8% were working in the South East, 7% were working in the North West, 7% were working in Yorkshire & the Humber, 5% were working in the East of England, 5% were working in England region unknown, 4% were working in Other EU, 2% were working in the North East, 2% were working in Australasia and 2% were working in Other Europe.

Employers included:

BBC, Boots, Close Brothers, DCI Artform, Epoch Design, Hornby Hobbies, Nomensa, Princess Yachts, Rail Alliance, RedCloud Technology, Unilever.

Roles included:

Design Engineer, Freelance Designer, Graphic Designer, Industrial Design Engineer, Junior UX Designer, Packaging Technologist, Product Designer, Prototype Engineer, UX/UI Designer.

Further Study included:

MA User Experience Design, MSc Sustainability & Management, Design and Technology.

What do Loughborough Product Design and Technology 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 Product Design and Technology

  • Main activity: 93.5% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £23,838 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 38% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities, 27% were in Manufacturing, 16% were in Information and communication and 5% were in Construction.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 26% were working in London, 23% were working in the South East, 20% were working in South West, 11% were working in the East of England, 9% were working in West Midlands, 6% stayed in the East Midlands, 3% were working in England region unknown, 3% were working in Scotland, 3% were working in North America and 3% were working in Other EU.

Employers included:

Alten AB, Dyson, Industrial Design Consultancy Ltd, Plexi-Craft, Safehinge Primera, seymourpowell, Tata Technologies, Ubisence, Vaughan Designs Ltd.

Roles included:

Graduate Design Engineer, Industrial Designer, Product Designer, Product Design Engineer, Product Development Coordinator, Product Development Manager, Service Design Intern.

Further Study included:

MSc Engineering Design.

As a new course for 2017, graduate data for User Centered Design is not yet available.

Further information

Resources to research career areas

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.

Websites:

 

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)