The teaching staff are fantastic and supportive especially the career staff. The content is great and teaches you everything you would need to know. With an optional sandwich year you have all sort of opportunities within the industry as they have such strong links with the best designers.
I can’t deny that the design course leaves you with an impressive set of skills and opportunity. However, the course is outdated and incredibly restrictive.
“Design whatever you want” - as long as it fits within a very specific set of criteria of what Loughborough views as ‘Industrial Design’.
Furniture design is almost completely banned and don’t even think about using the workshops for your own, personal projects. It is not encouraged and you won’t be able to use the machines you may already be trained on for fear of heath and safety risks.
The only way to design is the Loughborough way. It is less about good design and more about designing to hit points on a mark scheme.
If you want to attend a free thinking design course that encourages individuality and creative expression... this is not the course for you. I can’t wait to be finished so I can pursue what I think of design and actually work on projects that can inspire me.
I'm usually not one to jump to conclusions but the teaching standard throughout Loughborough is top-notch. There are a few weak links, sure, but they are few and far between.
The course content is relevant and challenging, while the staff at the University are more than willing to give you a helping hand should you require it.
I can't comment much on 'Job Prospects', what with being a new student, but I am quietly confident that Loughborough has my back.
I haven't been in touch with my personal tutor much this could be my fault but I didn't really understand if their role was directly related to my course. I love the content of the course and find workshops/studio sessions in the mac lans particularly enjoyable/useful. Lots of information regarding placements too
The tutors on my course are really easy to talk to and approach with issues or questions. All tutors are inspiring in all areas but offer further help in their specialities. The art and design building could do with a complete refurb however the facilities are all there (mac labs, photography and film studio, animation lab and print studio). Final year space is really great for working full time in the studio around fellow students.