Design

All of our expertise and teaching is built on the design principles of aesthetics, technology and understanding the user.

Why choose Design at Loughborough?

We inspire our students to develop their skills and knowledge, nurturing them into highly successful graduates.

We want each and every one of our design students to leave us with the drive and determination to succeed in the creative industries, developing into the next generation of talented designers.

We only have three, but we think our design courses are brilliant

The suite of design courses at Loughborough Design School equip students with essential skills and understanding. This includes the effective development and communication of design ideas, the ergonomics of usability and interaction, product styling, three-dimensional designing, and the production and use of prototypes as a key part of design practice.

...and so do our students

My course is already fun but our lecturers somehow make it an even more interesting and exciting subject. It’s obvious how passionate every staff member is.

Tara BA Industrial Design and Technology

You'll have the option to go on a placement year or study abroad for a year

Our students have the option to extend their design course to a four-year degree with a placement year in industry.

We also offer students the opportunity to study abroad at one of the many international universities we collaborate with.

Dominic Hensman's placement year

Dominic Hensman completed a 12-month internship with Clayesmore School, and was nominated for a Loughborough University award in recognition of his achievements.

92% of graduates are in employment or further study

Over 92% of our 2016 graduates were in employment and/or further study six months after graduating. Many graduates gain employment in design, user centred design and design related work. Others choose to study at postgraduate level or become an entrepreneurial business executive.

In 2015 and 2017 the British Industrial Design Association ranked us as 1st in the UK for producing the most employable design graduates in an independent survey of design practictioners in the UK.

You'll have the chance to exhibit your work in our annual degree show

The School holds an annual Degree Show in June each year. This showcases work from the final projects our final year students undertake.

A selection of final year students also exhibit at the annual New Designers exhibition in London. It is the UK's most important graduate design exhibition, full of innovation and fresh thinking. 

Research is at the heart of what we do

The Design School was ranked 4th in the UK for the overall quality of its research, based on the GPA x volume in REF 2014. All academic staff are involved in research and this ensures design students receive up to date teaching. Our current expertise includes:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Service Design
  • Social Innovation
  • 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing
  • Medial Applications of 3D Printing
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • CAD/CAM
  • Additively Manufactured Textiles
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Design for Happiness
  • Sustainable Societies and Lifestyles
  • Systematic Thinking
  • Vehicle Seating Design
  • Driving Ergonomics and Health
  • Ageing at Work
  • Inclusive Design
  • Universal Design
  • Participative Design Methods, including Co-Design
  • Construction Health and Safety
  • Environmental Ergonomics
  • Crash Investigation and Analysis
  • Transport Safety / Road Safety
  • Vehicle Design
  • Industrial / Product Design
  • New Product Development
  • Design Ethics
  • Digital Human Modelling
  • Workplace Design
  • 3D Laser Scanning and Reverse Engineering
  • Product Personalisation and Customisation
  • Designing for Emotion
  • UX Design
  • Interfaces and Usability
  • Eye Tracking Techniques
  • Design Education
  • Sports Clothing

You'll have access to our fantastic facilities

We relocated to a new state-of-the-art building in 2011 which is equipped with interconnecting workshops, studios, specialist laboratories, display areas, and computer facilities. For example, a special CAD/CAM facility includes 3 axis CNC milling machines, industry standard 3D printers, laser cutters and water jet cutting.

The Design School is also equipped with cutting-edge research facilities such as 3D scanners, motion capture, eye-tracking and driving simulators.