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ADT – GCSE, AS & A2 Product Design

Published on 14th May 2015

Dear Parent / Carer,

At this time of year, all final year Industrial Design / Product Design university students exhibit their major projects to the public alongside their best design work. Many of the students do this with the hope of some of the major companies which visit the exhibitions offering jobs, but all shows are open to the general public and are free to get in.

If you get an opportunity at a weekend, or even some free time in the early evening it would be really advantageous if you could take your child along to view some of the work in two of the local universities. This will not only inspire them with their coursework, but also expose them to possible routes into further education. The exhibitions are really impressive, and it’s almost like walking through a series of ‘Dragons Den’ with the variety of ground breaking products on show.  Design students are always on hand and delighted to talk to visitors, sharing their stories with them.

Following are the dates of the local exhibitions.

Loughborough University

Type: Industrial Design Degree Show 2015

Times: Open Friday 12th June – Monday 15th June from 10am-5pm daily

Location: The Design School, Loughborough University, LE11 3TU


Notes: Loughborough is repeatedly ranked as the top university in the UK for design, and has a course of around 120 students per year focussing on industrial design and technology. It’s a half hour drive from Wollaton, but well worth it! If you can only visit one, make it this one.

Nottingham Trent University

Type: Product Design Degree Show 2015 (Alongside Art, Furniture, Textiles & Photography)

Times: Open Friday 29th May – Saturday 6th June from 10am-5pm Mon to Fri, and 11am to 4pm at weekends.

Location: The Newton and Arkwright Building, City Centre, Nottingham


Notes: Nottingham Trent has an amazing array of product design students amongst art, fashion and textiles. Their show is normally stunning. It’s a great inspirational experience for a quick trip in the local area.

I hope that you find this information useful, and that you enjoy any visits that you manage to make.

Kind regards,
Mr D. Jones
Head of Faculty
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Art, Design and Technology

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