Creative Arts

Our postgraduate students are part of a vibrant and inspiring learning environment in which they are encouraged to develop skills and confidence, as well as demonstrate originality and innovation in their extremely varied creative pursuits.

3rd in the UK for Art and Design The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024
4th in the UK for Art and Design The Complete University Guide 2024
32nd in the world for Art and Design QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023

Creative Arts at Loughborough

We offer a thriving and supportive community with a proven record for publications of international excellence. Our students benefit from interdisciplinary study opportunities that allow them to explore and develop their own unique creative practices with confidence.

Our focus for Creative Arts students at Loughborough is upon sustaining a vibrant, innovative, and practical environment in which they can realise their fullest potential as creative practitioners, with the guidance and inspiration of expert academic and technical support staff. Students are equipped with a wide range of skills and experiences through creative hands-on work and via the School’s extensive industry links.

Research degrees

In addition to our exciting range of taught programmes, there are also a variety of funded and unfunded opportunities to join the School of Design and Creative Arts as a Doctoral Researcher. We welcome applicants who wish to join our interdisciplinary, forward-thinking, inspirational family of researchers, using creative practice to solve real-world problems and improve lives in existing and future communities. You can develop your own unique research proposal or browse our current list of studentship opportunities – either way, we’d love to hear from you.

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Research and teaching

As a School of Design and Creative Arts, our mission is to use our expertise and knowledge to make positive changes to lives around the world. Our world-leading research enables us to discover, explore, and develop new ideas, concepts, methods, tools, services, and products that contribute to a healthier, safer, more productive, sustainable, and equitable world. All academic staff are involved in research, ensuring that students receive contemporary teaching and access to the latest research insight. Find out more about the work that we are involved in.


Our 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.

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.

Career opportunities

Our longstanding industry links allow a variety of ways for postgraduate students to develop their employability whist studying. From in-built opportunities to work with industry to accessing competitions, guest lectures and more, there are lots of ways to enhance your CV before graduating.