BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

BA Jewellery Design looks for enthusiastic, energetic and talented students who are keen to define the future direction of contemporary jewellery. It values innovation and originality, and enjoys superb industry links. This course will suit you if you’re passionate about jewellery, keen to develop a wide range of skills and willing to seize the opportunities on offer.

This course is part of the: Jewellery & Textiles Programme

Sponsorships and Awards available:

All undergraduate funding options at Central Saint Martins.
Charlotte and Dennis Stevenson Awards
Foundation for Essex Arts Scholarships
Mead Scholarships and Fellowships
Yat Malmgren Bursary
Fung Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship

 Florance Brannan Tebbutt, BA Jewellery Design 2016 graduate work

Florance Brannan Tebbutt

Stacey Huang, BA Jewellery Design 2016 graduate work

Stacey Huang

Akiko Shinzato, BA Jewellery Design

Akiko Shinzato

Vicky Lew, BA Jewellery Design 2014 graduate work

Vicky Lew

Bella Mung, BA Jewellery Design

Olivia Cosh Hall

Caroline Broadhead talks about the Textiles and Jewellery Programme

Great reasons to apply

  • Our live projects include collaborations with Cartier, Swarovski, and The Worshipful Company of Tin Platerers, alias Wireworkers. Awards are offered at the degree show: Boodles Award, Theo Fennell Awards, Solange Azagury-Partridge Award. 
  • The chance to experience study trips to Amsterdam and Munich, offering insight into the artistic and commercial worlds of jewellery design and related fields.
  • Collaborative projects with institutions such as V&A, The Foundling Museum, and the British Museum, as well as in house collaborations with other courses at CSM.
  • Enterprise projects such as the Live Jewellery project and Pop Up Shop, where you'll gain experience of organising events to show your work.
  • Excellent introduction to professional practice, leading to career prospects.
  • In addition to the Swarovski 3rd year scholarship, we offer a £3,000 J&J Bursary to a 2nd year student, and a biennial £1,000 Brian Wood Travel Bursary to a 3rd year student.

Facts

Course Leader

Caroline Broadhead

Course Location

King's Cross, London

Study LevelUndergraduate
Study ModeFull time
Course Length3 years full time
Home/EU Fee

£9,000 per year (2016/17).

Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

International Fee

£17,230 per year (2016/17).

Please note that fees are subject to inflationary increase.

Use our Fees and Funding Calculator to estimate how much your studies may cost you in your first year, and what funding may be available to you.

Start DateMonday 25 September 2017
Autumn Term DatesMonday 25 September - Friday 8 December 2017
Spring Term DatesMonday 8 January – Friday 16 March 2018
Summer Term DatesMonday 16 April - Friday 22 June 2018
Application Route

UCAS

Application DeadlineApplications for 2017/18 entry will close on 15 January 2017.
UCAS CodeW206
University CodeU65

Content and structure

This degree course is for students who want to consider, design and produce exciting and original contemporary jewellery.

It's distinctive because it promotes understanding of a wide variety of approaches and contexts that contemporary jewellers can use or operate in. BA Jewellery Design offers a stimulating learning environment in which innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged and developed.

BA Jewellery Design is part of the Jewellery and Textiles Programme. We aim to help you find and develop an individual identity and recognise appropriate ways of working after graduation. We also aim to initiate an awareness of cultural issues relevant to jewellery and encourage investigation of the social responsibilities and ethical implications of jewellery manufacture.

BA Jewellery Design has excellent links with industry. You'll take part in live projects where your work is seen by leading figures in the jewellery field. This is beneficial not just as a learning activity - it's also extremely valuable for the professional contacts it offers.

BA Jewellery Design promotes active learning through a series of units structured as a means of initiating, developing and realising ideas. These units provide a broad but intensive introduction to observational, analytical, critical and communication skills. Lectures by high profile designers and practitioners allow BA Jewellery Design students contact with professional practice and opportunity for discussion and debate. On top of the many resources, museums, galleries and shops available to BA Jewellery Design students in London, we run international study trips to galleries, exhibitions and trade fairs during Stages One and Two.

We emphasise visual awareness, observation and experimentation as tools for research, and drawing as a means of both investigating and communicating ideas. Information and computer technologies are progressively being integrated into the curriculum, and increasingly students are able to use CAD techniques in their work. You'll gain knowledge and experience of professional practice via in-house and live projects throughout the degree course.

Running alongside the degree course is a cultural studies programme offering opportunities to view ideas and work in a wider cultural context.

BA Jewellery Design runs for 90 weeks full time over three years, and is divided into three Levels, each lasting 30 weeks. The whole degree course is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each Level.

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the Levels for a BA are: Level 4 (which is stage 1 of the course), Level 5 and Level 6.

There's a progression point at the end of each Level and, in order to progress, all units of the preceding Level must normally have been passed.

If you're unable to continue on the course a Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4, or a Diploma in Higher Education following the successful completion of Level 5.

To gain a BA (Honours), students must successfully complete 360 credits. The final award consists of marks from Level 6 units only, weighted according to their credits.

Course outline

Each stage equates to one year's study, and is divided into three terms.

Stage One

A comprehensive grounding in visual, technical and material research together with design and making skills provides a sound basis from which to explore ideas. Stage One introduces you to basic workshop skills and techniques. Projects offer different ways of generating and developing ideas, with a focus on creative use of resources, originality, risk taking, technical competence and material expression. How a piece of jewellery relates to the body and its movements is seen as important. Later in Stage One, project briefs require you to design specifically for particular contexts.

Stage Two

In Stage Two you consider different approaches to jewellery design and test out the different contexts jewellers might operate in. Stage Two examines the possibilities and responsibilities of the jeweller. Projects help to assess and develop your abilities and skills in relation to the outcome required. Emphasis is on professional criteria - you'll be introduced to imaginative ways of exploring ideas within commissioning and production constraints. We'll also encourage you to develop an individual identity and a personal perspective in your designs.

Stage Three

During this stage, work is self-directed. You'll have the chance to concentrate on producing a final body of work which is based on an area of individual concern and which is thoroughly researched and developed. This work is identified through a written statement, contextual, material and technical research, and prototypes. As in all years, you'll get advice and help through individual and group tutorials, reviews and critiques. Collections are displayed in a public exhibition at the end of the year. Personal and Professional Development focuses now on approaching shops and galleries, making press contacts, pricing and presenting work, and on other aspects of professional practice.

In Stage Two you begin work on your degree dissertation research. It provides you with an opportunity to carry out an extended body of research on a subject of your choice in negotiation with your tutor.

The dissertation, which is completed in Stage Three, may be weighted at 20 or 40 credits, balanced with your main study practice. It consolidates research and writing skills, offering you a unique opportunity to develop a cultural study of your own.

Cultural studies

The cultural studies programme is designed to enhance your communication, research, critical and writing skills. The discipline involves the study of cultural and creative processes, but goes beyond history and theory of art and design to encompass various aspects of cultural knowledge. In stage one and two you attend lectures and seminars on units relating to the city and creative culture, you explore key cultural concepts and choose from a range of elective choices such as art and fashion, postcolonialism, visual cultures, the body and sexuality. In the final stage of your degree you undertake dissertation research under the supervision of an assigned tutor who supports your research on a subject of your choice. It may be weighted at 20 or 40 credits. The dissertation is a written project where you explore an aspect of visual, textual material or spatial culture. There are many areas to explore in the cultural studies programme such as art, design, technology, concepts of taste, material culture, multiculturalism, identity politics, gender, consumerism, ethics, sustainability and media studies. 

Personal and professional development

PPD helps to prepare you for employment and career development by providing you with skills to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning. The core study of Jewellery Design also helps develop many of these transferable skills, which play their part in equipping you for a professional career and the generic activities of creative practice.

PPD is integral to BA Jewellery Design and is embedded in many aspects of both the studio and cultural studies programmes as a planned part of their structure and learning content. PPD activities take place in all Stages of the degree course and aim to improve your capacity to understand what and how you are learning and to help you to review, plan and take responsibility for your own learning. A considerable number of the skills learned in the academic context of the Course have a wider value and use in other areas of life. These transferable skills are highly valued by employers.

Developing your skills - external activities

In Stage One there's a study trip to Amsterdam and in Stage Two there's a visit to an international trade fair. These are valuable learning experiences, offering insight into the artistic and commercial worlds of jewellery design and related fields.

EC One Gallery, London, sponsors the final Stage One project. Students deliver their work to the gallery, with all the required professional paperwork for feedback and display. We run a variety of events and competitions with the Goldsmiths Company, and promote first-year entry into the annual British Art Medal society student competition.

Live projects include collaborations with Cartier, Swaroski Crystals, Links of London, Folli Follie, Cool Diamonds, The Worshipful Company of Tin Platerers, alias Wireworkers.

Staff

Course Leader: Caroline Broadhead

Senior Lecturer, Year Tutor for Stage One: Giles Last
Senior Lecturer and Lead Tutor for Stage Two: Max Warren
Senior Lecturer, Year Tutor for Stage Three: Lin Cheung

Associate Lecturer:Naomi Filmer
Associate Lecturer:Katy Hackney
Associate Lecturer: Marlene McKibbin

Senior Technician: Campbell Muir

Cultural Studies co-ordinator: Jane Tynan 

Careers

BA Jewellery Design students develop a broad knowledge of jewellery designing and making, a range of classical and digital techniques, an understanding of the language of materials, plus communication and critical skills.

The degree course is designed to open up a wide range of industry opportunities to graduates, who may also go on to further study at MA level or choose to follow a career in teaching.

Recent BA Jewellery Design alumni activity demonstrates the breadth of student activity within the subject. BA Jewellery Design graduates such as Tomazs Donacik, Zoe Arnold and Hannah Martin have set up successful practices. Others design for studios such as Stephen Webster or Theo Fennell, or work for a commercial jeweller like Asprey, Links of London, or are prominent by virtue of brands or ventures they've launched - Wright and Teague, Dinny Hall, EC One gallery. The skills BA Jewellery Design students learn are also valued in careers such as styling or model making for film and television.

Entry requirements

This degree course requires portfolio evidence

Entry to BA Jewellery Design is highly competitive. Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio of work and written statements. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements detailed below:

  • Foundation Studies in Art and Design
  • A pass in 1 GCE A level
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

or

  • BTEC National Diploma
  • Passes at GCSE level or equivalent in 3 subjects (grade C or above)

This educational level may be demonstrated by possession of equivalent qualifications; e.g. International Baccalaureat or High School Diploma. 

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The standard English language requirement for entry is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in any one paper, or equivalent. For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Border Agency (UKBA) requirements.

International applicants can download the International Application For Admission PDF below:

What we look for

This course is for individuals whose ambition is to engage in defining the direction of contemporary jewellery. We're looking for people who have a strong interest in the subject of jewellery, who have the capacity to learn and to develop a range of skills, and who can take advantage of the opportunities we offer.

Student selection criteria

We select applicants according to your potential and current ability to:

Work imaginatively and creatively in 2D and 3D visual media

  • Engage with experimentation and invention
  • Show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work
  • Take informed risks

Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities

  • Through your portfolio, demonstrate a range of approaches to design development, material manipulation and sensitivity to colour originated from personal experience or visual research and progressed through logical stages to finished design solutions
  • Evidence handling a material or medium with sensitivity to its qualities
  • Demonstrate an awareness of planning and time management skills

Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work

  • Demonstrate relevant research
  • Evidence your ability to evaluate your achievements critically

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work

  • Evidence an interest in contemporary art and design
  • Identify social and/or cultural influences on your work

Articulate and communicate intentions clearly

  • Discuss your work in individual and group situations
  • Present your work appropriately and effectively

Demonstrate commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the degree course

  • Develop your own ideas and address both set and personal project briefs
  • Show willingness to collaborate
  • Show initiative
  • Reflect a knowledge of this degree course

Portfolio and interview advice

As your portfolio will be the first stage of your application and you will not be present to explain your ideas, it should demonstrate the development of ideas that have originated in your own experience and research and progressed towards objects – ideally, objects that relate to the body in some way. Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important at this stage than finished designs and can be shown in 2D work, or through material experimentation, 3D manipulation and the production of models and maquettes. It’s important that the work you include reflects and demonstrates your thinking, initiative and personal commitment to a particular project or idea. It is also useful if each project is clearly labelled.

Both in your portfolio and at the interview we are interested in you as an individual, your personal interests, motivation, your creativity and initiative in finding out about your awareness of jewellery design.

Apply

2017/18 entry

Home / EU applicants

Apply to BA Jewellery Design through the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). From the UCAS home page go to 'Apply', where you’ll be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

The University UCAS code is UAL. The University code is U65. The course code is W206 BA/Jewelb.

The deadline for equal consideration is 15 January.

International applicants

If you are from outside the European Union: You have three options to apply for undergraduate courses.

  • Apply through UCAS. The deadline for equal consideration is 15 January
  • Apply directly to Central Saint Martins. ‌Choose this option if you are only applying to undergraduate courses at UAL. (Application form below)
  • Apply through one of our overseas representatives.

Visit the undergraduate application page for full details of these options.

If applying direct to Central Saint Martins, please complete the form below and sent it along with copies of supporting documents (such as previous qualifications / references) by mail to: International Office, Central Saint Martins, The Granary Building, Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA, UK.

International Undergraduate application form [PDF, 185 KB]

Study Abroad

For information on applying to Study Abroad please visit the Study Abroad section.

We're here to help

Our website includes all the information you need to successfully apply. However, if you still have unanswered questions about the admissions process, please fill out our course enquiry form.

The University has a dedicated team to help prepare you for your studies. For help on visa requirements, housing, tuition fees and language requirements visit the University's International section.

The Language Centre offers international students quality language training from qualified and experienced teachers. The Pre-sessional Academic English Programme is available to all international (non-EU) students who have been offered a place on a full time course at the University of the Arts. For further information visit the Language Centre website.

We also offer a number of short courses that enable students to improve their portfolios and English skills before applying to their chosen course. For further information visit our Short Course section.

Deferred entry

Entry can only be deferred in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before submitting your application if you're considering applying for deferred entry.

What happens next?

Home/EU applicants

The deadline date to apply for BA Jewellery Design is 15 January. We read and consider all application forms and personal references. If you meet the entry requirements, you may then be invited to upload, as part of an initial selection process, a mini portfolio. If you are selected you will receive an email requesting this to be done by a deadline date.

Your mini portfolio should consist of no more than 20 images and should consist of recent artwork and should reflect your creative strengths. It may include work in any medium. The quality of the work is more important than the quantity. Applicants are selected for interview based on:

  • Research originated from personal observation and experience
  • Imaginative progression of research towards objects
  • Experiment and manipulation of materials and 3D forms
  • The testing out of ideas through visuals, models, prototypes
  • Exploration of the way objects relate to the body

You should label each image clearly with the project/work title and a short evaluation of how you felt the outcome worked. Ideas, visual research, experimentation and honest evaluation are more important than finished pieces. Organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

Following a review of your mini-portfolio, you will either be invited to attend with a full portfolio or your application will be rejected.

Full-portfolio review

When you attend with your full portfolio, your application may be successful, you may be invited to interview in order to clarify any aspect of your application or your work, which is not evident from the material submitted, or you may be rejected.

Selection is conducted by two members of staff and offers of places are made on the basis of the selection criteria. Notes are kept in relation to decisions made following the interview process.

Please note that if you are unable to attend the portfolio review the College may not be able to re-schedule, however you could arrange to submit evidence of your work by post.

You should send either a non-returnable A4 portfolio or a non-returnable USB documenting your work, following the guidelines below.

  • Your A4 portfolio or USB should consist of a series of images of your work
  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Please supply title, media and dimensions of each piece, bottom left of the image
  • Where possible, scan rather than photograph work. Large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes
  • Make sure you label your A4 portfolio or USB with your name

If presenting your work as an A4 portfolio please ensure the sheets are attached in order to preserve the sequence. Do not send original work.

If presenting your work on USB:

  • All portfolio images should be arranged in a single PDF file
  • Individual images imported into PDF files should be no larger than 1024 x 768 pixel

International applicants

The closing date for applications is 15 January. Applications received after this date cannot be considered.

When you have submitted your application you will be asked to upload a portfolio containing a number of images of your work for consideration.

Your portfolio should consist of no more than 20 images and should consist of recent artwork and should reflect your creative strengths. It may include work in any medium. The quality of the work is more important than the quantity. Applicants are selected for interview based on:

  • Research originated from personal observation and experience
  • Imaginative progression of research towards objects
  • Experiment and manipulation of materials and 3D forms
  • The testing out of ideas through visuals, models, prototypes
  • Exploration of the way objects relate to the body

You should label each image clearly with the project/work title and a short evaluation of how you felt the outcome worked. Ideas, visual research, experimentation and honest evaluation are more important than finished pieces. Organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

After assessment of your digital portfolio some applicants will be invited to attend an interview (if based in the UK) or a skype interview (if based outside of the UK).

Receiving results of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS track.

If you made a direct application, the result will be emailed or sent by post.

If you applied through one of our overseas representatives, they will tell you the result of your application.

Industry collaborations

Working with paying clients on live briefs will give you valuable commercial experience which may mean your work being taken forward for production or, if so desired, in the purchase of your intellectual property. All paid projects are conducted within a carefully developed legal framework, which includes student agreements to protect your work and help you realise its commercial value. 

Recent client projects in the Textiles and Jewellery programme include: Cool Diamonds | Swarovski | Nissan | Avakian | Topshop | Chow Tai Fook | Legle. Find out more about the Roche Bobois client project. 

Once you’ve graduated, you may be picked as part of a small team to work on a live creative brief, organised by our Business and Innovation department, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. This can be a valuable first step in working professionally in a chosen discipline and has resulted in graduates being hired by clients.

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