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.
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
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Careers & Progression
This course will endeavour to stretch and challenge your perception of contemporary jewellery design, pushing you to explore these concepts in a creative and practical way. Skills learned are transferable across a wide range of design and making jobs, and focus on developing your creative thinking and approach to making. Our students are keen on experimentation and taking risks to arrive at original ideas. They are interested in learning why something is made as much as how something is made, and their enthusiasm is visible in the objects they create and the ideas they develop. Once graduated, our students progress on to a variety of paths including:
• Independent designer/maker
• Gallery owner/exhibitor
• Post-graduate study e.g. MA
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.