Course Overview


The Jewellery Design course promotes creative design and thinking about objects relating to the body. With a strong focus on innovative approaches, our students embark on an exploration of materials and are challenged to question traditional notions of adornment. The objects they make within the college’s network of specialized workshops reflect jewellery’s rich heritage, with a special focus on embracing contemporary ideas, materials and technologies. Be it by hand, machine or digital technologies, students are encouraged to find their own creative language of expression interpreted through an ever-expanding viewpoint of what contemporary jewellery can be.

Students on the course are supported via individual tuition and group discussion with a team of talented lecturers, technical demonstrators and visiting professionals, each with their own creative practice and expertise in the field. Live briefs throughout the course and a specialized Professional Practice module prepare students to launch a career in the creative industry as independent artist jewellers and designer-makers.


  • Personalised, individual tuition from a team of highly experienced lecturers
  • Designated studio space for each student
  • Specialist workshops overseen by technical experts
  • Excellent links with creative industry professionals and organisations
  • Excellent student-to-staff ratio and a balanced curriculum based on plenty of individual tuition, group discussion, educational visits, workshops and demonstrations.
  •  Dedicated modules, live briefs and strong industry relationships offer ample opportunity to develop and nurture relevant career experienc
  • An active Visiting Lecturer programme brings a variety of professional jewellers and specialists to the college during each year of study
  • All students are supported in applying for national and international competitions such as those offered by The Goldsmiths’ Company, British Arts Medal Society, Munich’s Talente and the Craft Council’s Hothouse programme.
  • Many students recognized for their excellence via such awards as: The Goldsmith's Precious Metal Bursary, New Designers ‘One to Watch’, craft&design magazine’s ‘Associates Prize’, and more.

Critical Studies

These studies are entirely focused around the students’ course area, providing a solid grounding in subject history and in critical ways of thinking about creative practice. The Critical Studies programme enables students to set their own work in a wider context, and also helps them develop a better understanding of how creative work can be interpreted and assessed. Click here for more details.

Careers & Progression

You will be equipped to become an independent maker, or find employment in wider creative design, or through teaching, community arts, or postgraduate study.

Workshops and studios

Jewellery Design students each have their own designated workspace situated in a spacious studio where they can share ideas and practice. In addition, all students have open access to a range of specialist workshops, including two small metals workshops and the tools and equipment for working in any number of materials. Facilities include traditional hand tools, enamelling kilns, an etching station, micro-welders, laser cutters, a designated tech suite with CAD, rapid-prototyping technology, and much more.

One of the college’s greatest assets is the expert technical staff on hand in each workshop, ready and willing to assist as needed. Students have free use of IT facilities running industry standard software on both MAC and PC systems, a photography studio with equipment available for loan, and libraries with excellent jewellery-related journals, catalogues and books.


Entry Requirements

  • Minimum age 18
  • Successful portfolio & interview
  • 80 UCAS Points New UCAS Tariff system for 2017 (equates to 200 UCAS points previous tariff) For more details on the new tariff system please visit
  • Mature students with related experience
  • Applicants whose first language is not English - proof of IELTS overall score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all sections (reading, writing, listening & speaking)
  • Recognition of Prior Learning Opportunities - The college welcomes applications from students with prior learning and/or previous experience.  Further details on eligibility can be found on page 15 of our Admissions Policy.  Alternatively, please contact us at and we can advise you on the college’s and the University Awarding body requirements


What you will study:

During the first year of the course, you will be engaged in a wide variety of studio and workshop activities designed to introduce and develop strong visualisation, communication, design and production skills associated with traditional and contemporary approaches to Jewellery Design. The course - which is primarily project based - encourages creative thinking and experimentation in both two and three dimensions. Particular emphasis in the first year is placed upon the development of appropriate visualisation skills using a variety of media and the promotion of good problem solving skills through the exploration of materials and processes. An ability to communicate different design aesthetics and understanding of contemporary and professional practice is continuously cultivated within studio and workshop based projects. Throughout the whole of year one, studio activity is underpinned by a Cultural Studies and Discourse lecture programme in which issues of a broader cultural and contextual nature are explored
In the second year, you will build upon the understandings and experiences of the first year and begin to undertake more open ended and self-directed projects. Designing and making skills incorporating more advanced research methodologies as well as the development of a more ‘personal’ approach to contemporary practice are encouraged. You’ll also have the opportunity to create and develop innovative solutions to design challenges, by responding to a number of live briefs and entering national design competitions. In addition to the programme of Cultural and Professional Studies, you’ll begin formulating a business plan for development in year three.
The final year of the course provides you with a set of specific opportunities to assemble a highly specialist and professional portfolio of work. There is increased emphasis on research, critical thinking and innovation. You’ll be expected to work in an increasingly self-directed manner to a professional level, and you’ll have the opportunity to produce a body of work for public exhibition. A series of ‘master’ classes focusing upon the development and refinement of workshop making skills will be delivered to underpin studio practice, and you’ll also be expected to undertake subject specific seminars related to the development of their business plan and market analysis depending on their projected career interests. You will be given the opportunity to contextualise your own ideas and design philosophy by undertaking a critical enquiry project, in the form of a dissertation or case study.