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School of Design and Creative Arts

Textiles: Innovation and Design

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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

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We look forward to supporting throughout your Loughborough journey.

Key skills developed during your degree

  • Critical awareness of self and external factors and the ability to be reflective
  • Interpersonal and social skills
  • Resourcefulness
  • An appreciation of diversity
  • Creative problem-solving
  • Team working
  • The ability to work independently
  • Decision-making
  • 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
  • Imagination and creativity.

Career options

Graduate employment career options directly 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 resources 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

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 Textiles 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 Textiles

  • Main activity: 97.4% of those available were in work or further study (UK students only).
  • Mean salary: £19,161 for full-time graduate level employment (UK students only).
  • Industry Sectors (professional level roles): 47% were in Wholesale and retail trade, 20% were in Professional, scientific and technical activities and 10% were in Manufacturing.
  • Industry Locations (professional level roles): 43% were working in London, 27% stayed in the East Midlands, 10% were working in England region unknown, 7% were working in the West Midlands, 3% were working in the East of England, 3% were working in the South East, 3% were working in the South West, 3% were working in Yorkshire & the Humber.

Employers included:

Alexander McQueen, Cath Kidston, Diesel, Joules, New Look, Next, Nutmeg Clothing, Ralph Lauren, Self-employed Artist, Ted Baker, VM Fabrics.

Roles included:

Design Assistant, Fabric Buyer, Junior Show Room Assistant Technologist, Print Designer, Print Design Associate, Textile Developer, Visual Merchandiser.

Further Study included:

MA Media and Creative Industries, User Experience Design, Video Games Development, School Direct- teacher training.

Further information

Resources to research career areas

  • Crafts Council - the national development agency for the contemporary crafts in the UK
  • Creative and Cultural Skills  - careers advice for the creative industries
  • Make it British  - includes a directory of British manufacturers.
  • Texselect  - mentors and promotes the UK's most talented textile design graduates with the support of industry professionals
  • The Fold Line - Sewing and textiles related career profiles

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.


10 steps to creating a creative CV

Professional bodies, sector and labour market information (LMI)

Professional bodies: