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    L O U G H B O R O U G H D E S I G N S C H O O L

    At Loughborough Design School we want to share our world-leading expertise. Offering 8 postgraduate programmes, the School is proud to be helping to prepare the next generation of designers and ergonomists for highly successful careers. This brochure provides an insight into these programmes, together with information about the School itself.

    On the east of the University campus, the School is based within a 21million state-of-the-art building, with a fully equipped environmental ergonomics laboratory based close by. This purpose built building has practical and theoretical teaching spaces at its heart, ensuring that you are given a professional experience.

    The powerhouse behind the Schools strong reputation and successes are the staff themselves, who are imparting their expertise and knowledge to successive generations of graduates now embarking upon careers all over the world. This expertise, built through research and industry experience, guides our students to understand and work to a high professional standard.

  • Based at the heart of the UK, with easy transport links to the rest of the UK and beyond, Loughborough University welcomes students from all over the world to learn, build their skills and become highly qualified and confident in their chosen careers. The University provides a wealth of support, resources, activities and information to all its students to ensure that their experience is very enjoyable and beneficial. Information about the University and these resources can be found on our prospectus website


    L O U G H B O R O U G H U N I V E R S I T Y

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    School and University Introduction


    Student profile

    C O N T E N T S


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    Interaction Design

    2D/3D Visualisation Student profile

    Ergonomic and Human Factors programmes application information

    Student profile

    Design and Innovation for Sustainability

    Design programmes application process

    Finance and Funding information

    Student profile

    Information for all Ergonomics and Human Factors programmes

    Industrial Design and Technology Ergonomics and Human Factors

    Ergonomics in Health and Community Care

    Human Factors in Transport

    Human Factors for Inclusive Design

    Design programmes Ergonomics and Human Factors programmesC O N T E N T S


  • Knowledge and skills advancement are at the heart of everything we do, pushing innovation and creativity to its highest potential. Aiding us in our pursuit are our fantastic facilities. Industry specification machinery, purpose built teaching areas and specialist laboratories provide a state-of-the-art learning and teaching environment for all of our students.

    Space within the School covers both practical and theoretical teaching. Every space has been specially designed to promote the sharing of ideas and information, emulating the work environment. As well as a lecture theatre, seminar rooms, meeting rooms, informal study areas and computer facilities, the School also has over 13 areas dedicated to the teaching/learning of practical skills and the manufacture of products and systems prototypes.

    We have highly qualified and industry experienced technical staff supporting each of our practical areas. These staff provide a safe working environment, giving information, advice and professional training on all machines, tools and equipment.


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  • Compute r A ided Des ign/Manu fac tu r ing (CAD/CAM)

    This area houses the machinery required to carry out CAD/CAM 3D cutting of metals and plastics. The equipment available includes industry standard XYZ Vertical Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machines. You can use the machinery in this area to produce a wide range of complex engineered components for plastic vacuum forming/injection moulding patterns/moulds. Recently a model car chassis was made using this equipment.

    Rap id p ro to t yp ing a rea

    The Schools additive manufacturing 3D printers are located in this area. You can use this equipment by creating 3D CAD models and then print the parts to realise your design in a physical 3D plastic form. The parts created are more complex than can be achieved by conventional manufacturing techniques and can be used for a variety of solutions such as electronic product casings and medical equipment parts.

    Route r room

    This space caters for the (CNC) 3D shaping of different sizes of rigid foam and wood prototypes and moulds. Recent work using this machine includes a concept wooden sewing machine base and vacuum forming moulds for custom motorcycle helmets.

    Eng inee r ing mach ine workshop

    This specialist workshop helps you to carry out precision cutting of metals and plastics. You can use the lathes, milling machines, drills and grinders within this area. Training can be supplied if necessary. The equipment is used for the prototyping of items such as can crusher mechanisms and injection moulding tools.

    Water j e t cu t te r

    The waterjet cutter machine is able to carry out 2D CNC cutting of most sheet materials to 100mm thickness. In recent years the machine has been used to cut furniture and bicycle frames prior to assembly.

    Meta l f ab r i ca t i on workshop

    This room is used for the fabrication, cutting, brazing/welding and assembly of metal prototypes. You are taught how to safely use hand tools, guillotines and brazing techniques to form and join sheet metal. A baby pram attachment to a wheelchair was one of the prototypes manufactured within this facility recently.

    Wood p repa ra t i on workshop

    Used by trained technical staff, to support students, this workshop is used to carry out the basic cutting and preparation of MDF, wood and foam for many projects. The wood machinery within this workshop includes dimension, board/cross cut saws and planers.

    Wood mach ine workshop

    This workshop is used for the cutting and machine sanding of wood, MDF and plastics. You are trained to use band saws, hot wire cutters and sanders to create shapes, compound curves and finishes on both conceptual and functional models.


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    Mul t i mate r i a l s workshop (MMW)

    The MMW is used for the hand and machine modelling of artefacts and prototypes. The majority of the area comprises of 24 large workbenches used by students for wood and foam working. Other resources found in this workshop include vacuum forming machines, plastic welders/folders and drills. Example project outcomes include small hand-held digital device models, through to a large concept speaker system and ply wood bicycles.

    Glass Re in fo rced P l as t i c (GRP) Room

    This room can be used for fibre glassing over moulds and the resin vacuum casting of prototypes. A user-friendly wheelbarrow body was produced using this process.

    Spray boo th

    This facility has 4 areas specially designed and ventilated for the spray painting of models to create a professional finish.

    E lec t ron i cs t each ing l abo ra to r y

    Equipped for teaching electronics, this laboratory is also used by students to design and build and test electronic solutions to projects. The lab contains IT equipment/CAD software for drawing Printed Circuit Boards (PCB), modern PCB manufacturing facility including surface mount technology and test equipment. The outcomes from this process can be included in the many products that have electronic functions/controls such as lighting, movement sensors and sound.

    Mechan ics and sc i ence t each ing l abo ra to r y

    Within this room you are taught mechanics and science. The mechanics area consists of equipment to practically test the properties of materials and structures under certain conditions. The results of this testing can be incorporated into any project to ensure that structures do not fail or material usage is optimised.

    The science area of this room has a fume cupboard, sinks and a gas supply along with equipment used for teaching mainly chemistry and physics.

    C l imat i c chambers

    These two climatic chambers are used to create artificial climatic conditions for experiments and research activity. As well as working between -300C to +500C they can also be used to simulate altitude, wind and radiation.

    Mul t i - zone the rma l man ik ins

    These specialist manikins help us to measure body heat loss under a variety of conditions.

    Veh ic l e sa f e t y l abo ra to r y

    The School has a laboratory dedicated to research into road and vehicle safety. We also have a range of equipment which we can use to simulate driving, driving conditions and monitor drivers and equipment related to a number of vehicles.

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