BA (Hons) Jewellery — Overview
This programme has now closed for September 2018 entry, and will not be accepting applications for September 2019 entry. We will be accepting applications for 2019 entry to study Ceramics & Glass or Jewellery as part of our BA (Hons) 3D Design Crafts programme - please call us on 01752 203400 to find out about your creative study options.
Our jewellery programme is at the forefront of contemporary jewellery design and making and will encourage you to push boundaries in pursuit of new, concept-driven design statements. With an appetite to challenge conventional precepts of jewellery, you will explore a wide range of materials and making processes with a view to innovative creative practice in relation to the body and conventional notions of wearability.
The jewellery industry undergoes constant transformation, rapidly redefining its form and function to mirror the cultural climate. With employment and business start-ups booming, the UK jewellery market alone is currently worth more than £5 billion per year.
Today, adornment extends from trend-driven fashion pieces to avant-garde sculpture – so whether tapping into luxury e-commerce, catwalk, costume or fine art, this is a sector full of global opportunities to innovate and experiment.
You will take advantage of the latest trends and design movements which influence small jewellery items such as earrings and brooches, but will equally consider larger jewellery forms which interact with the body.
As you are introduced to the broad range of professional opportunities for the jewellery designer-maker, your journey through this study programme will help you realise your particular focus and design approach.
Our BA (Hons) Jewellery programme gives you access to both state-of-the-art digital and traditional workshops, where you’ll gain extensive technical skills and develop a thorough understanding of material properties. Whether working with metals, synthetics, found objects or smart materials, your potential is only limited by your imagination. See your creative expression thrive, with guidance from leading practitioners who can help nurture your ideas into unique wearable art.
Design for jewellery has limitless opportunities and you will learn about these through study trips to major international design events such as SCHMUCK, Munich, where you will meet current contemporary jewellery designers, and Collect, the International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Our programme has strong connections with a number of designer-makers, and through these connections you will have the opportunity to train with successful professionals working in the field of contemporary jewellery.
Students have won awards at Pewter Live and Bright Young Gems at International Jewellery London, and bullion grants from the Goldsmiths’ Company. Our connections also extend to London Design Fair and London Craft Week, where our students have regularly exhibited. After studying with us, alumni have regularly gained places on the Crafts Council’s Hothouse programme.
What will I achieve?
You will practise traditional skills and processes, devising modern approaches to using metals in conjunction with alternative materials. Core features of the programme include conceptual research, drawing and design development, material investigation, prototyping and product realisation.
You will work collaboratively and respond to live briefs, developing a broader understanding of art and design disciplines – such as fashion, accessories, and product design, and how these relate to jewellery in contemporary practice. In 2016 our Jewellery students worked with Not on the High Street for a live project. Previous students have also had opportunities to showcase their work at British Art Medal Society exhibition and Goldsmiths.
With a focus on contextualising your creative outcomes within a commercial realm, you will discover how to position your work for gallery exhibitions, retail opportunities, and successful self-employment.
In 2016 our Jewellery students worked with Not on the High Street for a live project. Previous students have also had opportunities to showcase their work at Pewter Live and Goldsmiths.
Opportunities for studying abroad are available at our partner institutions, click here for more.
BA (Hons) Jewellery — Highlights:
- Work with a diverse range of materials and processes to explore their full potential and acquire technical expertise.
- Develop a strong relationship with national organisations such as the Goldsmiths’ Company and the Worshipful Company of Pewterers.
- Benefit from the creative synergies of working alongside 3D design crafts and ceramics & glass students.
- Take part in work experience and summer internships.
- Show at exhibitions, such as Tent at London Design Fair and the contemporary craft festival.
- Collaborate with fellow students from disciplines across the college.
- Benefit from our wealth of national and international industry links, with regular visiting lecturers and Erasmus and international exchange programmes.
- Gain professional skills through working on live briefs with real clients.
BA (Hons) Jewellery is validated by The Open University.