Design and Creative Arts were two separate organisational entities which came together in 2020 to become one integrated School of Design and Creative Arts. Both parts of the School bring with them areas of excellence in teaching, research and enterprise. Both entities are known for being ‘hands-on’, creative and industry-oriented, incorporating different, yet complementary ways of thinking about problems and proposing solutions in rigorous yet creative ways. We have the benefit of comprehensive breadth across art and design disciplines and being part of a University that covers a wide range of science, engineering and humanities disciplines with campuses in the Midlands and London.
The School of Design and Creative Arts has a strong reputation at international level but would like to have a greater presence on the international stage. Members will go out on visits to other design schools abroad, making use of the opportunities wthin the
Erasmus and Cumulus network. We hope to work closely with key Design Schools around the world on interantional partnerships including teaching, research and enterprise.
We have several national research collaborations (within the UK) and participate in many nationally funded projects relating to Design research.
“Which design schools create the most employable Ba, BSc or BDes industrial or practical design graduates?”
From a list of the current 70 design institutions in the UK, respondents to the survey selected up to five design schools. We were proud to discover that Loughborough came top.
Our multi-disciplinary design courses equip our students with the essential skills and understanding for their respective design programme. Skills include the effective development and communication of design ideas; recognising and understanding the user and their interaction with products, service systems, and/or spaces; product styling; and use of a wide range of prototyping skills and technologies within design practice.
faculties and departments
- Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering
- Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering
- Business and Economics
- Chemical Engineering
- Communication and Media
- Computer Science
- School of Design and Creative Arts
- English, Drama and Publishing
- Geography and Environment
- Mathematical Sciences
- Mathematics Education Centre
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
- Politics and International Studies
- Social and Policy Studies
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Teacher Education
- School of Science
- School of Social Sciences
bachelor level programs
Industrial Design and Technology BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS degree (3 or 4 years)
Design BA (hons) DIntS / DPS degree (3 or 4 years)
Product Design and Technology BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS degree (3 or 4 years)
User Centred Design BSc (Hons) DPS/DIntS degree (3 or 4 years)
Fine Art BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS degree (3 or 4 years)
Graphic Design BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS degree (3 or 4 years)
Textiles BA (Hons) DIntS / DPS degree (3 or 4 years)
master level programs
Ergonomics (Human Factors) Diploma, MSc, PG certificate
Human Factors in Transport MSc
Human Factors for Inclusive Design MSc
Ergonomics in Health and Community Care Diploma, MSc, PG certificate
Human Factors and Ergonomics for Patient Safety MSc
User Experience and Service Design MA
User Experience Design MSc
Integrated Industrial Design MSc
Graphic Design and Visualisation MA
Theatre Studies MA
research activity and main areas
Loughborough School of Design and Creative Arts (SDCA) has a strong international reputation for research and enterprise that makes a real difference to people's lives around the world. With over 50 research active academic staff and about 100 PhD students SDCA is one of the UK's largest centres for design research. Our unique blend of skills, expertise and world-class facilities in design, creative arts, ergonomics and human factors makes us an ideal partner for industry, commerce and the public sector leading to successful collaborations in sectors such as consumer products, healthcare, transport, energy, technology , digital media, sport and government. Our research has been presented around the world in leading conferences and published in the world's highest-ranking journals ensuring that the results of our work reach a truly global audience . In the last 5 years the School has produced more than 670 journal papers which in turn have been cited more than 2,800 times.
We have a number of proven enterprise mechanisms that ensure our research is effectively translated into real impact in society around the world. These include consu ltancy,contract research, knowledge transfe r partnerships, staff secondments and tailored CPD train ing. Our research has led to innovative new products and services, improved safety standards in healthcare and transport and more productive ways of working. We are extremely proud of our facilities, staff , expertise and students and all the potential we have available to our partners in industry and the public sector.
doctorate level programs
We have a PhD community of around 100 full time and part time UK, EU and international research students.
If students would rather do an MPhil, then we also offer these full-time or part-time.
subject areas for exchange students
A number of Design Modules including
Student project (Exchange Students ony)
Normally end of June each academic year
Semester 1 - 1st October to 15th February
Semesetr 2 - 16th February to 15th June
cost of living per month (studying and living)
Cost of living is approximately £700 per month