Creative Arts

Creative Arts provides a dynamic, creative and technically supportive environment for postgraduate study.

Why choose to study creative arts with us?

We offer a thriving and supportive community with a proven record for publications of international excellence.

Our academic reputation is truly outstanding

2nd in the UK for Art and Design (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020)
Top 25 in the world for Art and Design (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020)
3rd in the UK for Art and Design (Complete University Guide 2020)

Our range of postgraduate programmes aim to inspire creativity and nurture artistic potential

There are research-based degree options, too

The Creative Arts PhD welcomes students who wish to join and contribute to a variety of research areas spanning drama, fine art, graphic communication, illustration and textiles.

Main research groups within the Creative Arts include The Animation Academy, Arts in the Public Sphere, Drawing and Visualisation (TRACEY), Genders and Identities, Sculpture Research Group, Storytelling Academy, Textile Design, and Theatre and Performance.

Find out more about studying a research degree here.

Our expert staff are involved in unique and expansive research

Loughborough is one of England's top 10 research-led universities (REF 2014) and is renowned for the benefits its academic work brings to students' learning and society.

Our students are supported by staff with a diverse range of research interests and experience. We have a variety of active research groups within Creative Arts, as well as areas of research that are composed of a multidisciplinary group of researchers.

There's a variety of opportunities to gain additional experience outside of your degree

LU Arts is the University's student-focused, extra-curricular arts programme. It covers a wide range of art forms from performing arts and music, to visual arts, creative writing and spoken word. Events typically include live performances, artist talks, discussion events, workshops and more.

We also have a range of societies, including our Stage Society and Shakespeare Society, which are typically popular with students within the School and are a fantastic way to develop acting skills. Both of these societies are student-run, so for those who want to gain first-hand theatre experience or any budding playwrights then this is the perfect opportunity to learn about performance, directing and stage management.

Lamplight Press is the UK's first student-led, non-profit publishing house who have a growing range of creative and academic publications. They encourage students to gain first-hand publishing experience and have a variety of roles available.

Our students have access to extensive learning and practical working facilities

Our six creative hubs form the heart of creativity and production at Loughborough. These are: Creative Digital Technology and Photography; Print, Stitch and Dye Textiles; Fine Metal, Wood and Woven/Constructed Textiles; Painting and Printmaking; Stone, Heavy Metalwork and Ceramics; and Performance and Rehearsal Spaces, Costumes, Sets and Props.

Students have full access to a range of outstanding learning and teaching facilities, including newly refurbished study areas, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, a theatre, music rooms and a variety of offices for seminars and small-group activities. These inspiring spaces enable exploration of numerous creative possibilities and the production of industry-standard work. Students can access a wide range of specialist areas and facilities in jewellery design and accessories, textiles, fine art, photography, 3D design and ceramics (including an anagama kiln.)

Please note that access to certain facilities may be limited in line with COVID-19 safety measures.