Design Innovation

The Institute for Design Innovation combines creative collaboration and co-creation to discover, define, develop and deliver value for users, organisations, ecosystems and society.

Design declares itself inherently optimistic, future-oriented and value adding, and expects to achieve deep understandings of human desire. Design innovation takes the identity and value of design from tangible artefacts and physical space into services, operational strategies and business models. 

The Institute for Design Innovation enjoys a collaborative relationship with Loughborough Design School, based at the University’s main campus. Together, the Institute for Design Innovation and Loughborough Design School epitomise excellence across all strands of their activity: research, teaching and Enterprise.

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Master's programmes

Our Design Innovation programmes enable students to engage in globally connected creative projects whilst studying in the ‘design capital of the world’. These projects will provide students with experience of working in cross-cultural and globally distributed design-teams, skills increasingly required by industry.

By choosing one of our Design Innovation programmes, you will have the opportunity to broaden your expertise across a range of subject areas, including business, media, cultural studies, social sciences and engineering. During the final phase of the programme, you will undertake an independent major project, facilitated by leading experts in design innovation and entrepreneurial design management.

Our research

The research agenda of the Institute for Design Innovation builds on the idea that design contributes to and enables innovation in multiple ways and on various levels. The Institute is currently engaged in and developing further four research areas in the wider design innovation arena, with a focus on the use and application of design knowledge, skills and approaches into varied contexts.

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PhD opportunities

Students who undertake a PhD programme within the Design Innovation Institute will have the opportunity to work with top researchers and industry leaders, and gain first-hand experience of real life problem solving.

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