• CollegeCSM
  • Start dateSeptember 2018
  • Course length3 years
  • UCAS codeW206

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 and Textiles 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 third year student.

Meet the Course Leader, Caroline Broadhead

 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

<b>Jane McAdam Freud, alum</b>

CSM has given me a 'tool kit' of skills and instruction and a confidence which comes from the fact that I have studied there. This in itself is a 'proof of pedigree'.

Jane McAdam Freud, alum

Course catalogues

Course detail

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 four (which is stage one of the course), level five and level six.

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 four, 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.

BA Jewellery Design Programme Specification 2018/19 (PDF, 411KB)

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. 

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.

Facilities

  • Jewellery (1st Floor)

    Find out more about our jewellery workshops

  • CAD

    Find out more about our CAD workshop

  • Photography

    Find out more about our photography facilities at King's Cross

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 

 

 

 

 

How to apply

When to apply

The deadline for ALL applications (Home, EU and International) is 15 January 2018.

Please note BA Jewellery Design does not consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as late.

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system.

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London.

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W206
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM
  • This course does not accept Year 2 and Year 3 Entry.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. 

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 20 pages comprising your 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.

You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. 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 

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

Full portfolio review

  • If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry. 

When to apply

The deadline for ALL applications (Home, EU and International) is 15 January 2018

Please note BA Jewellery Design does not consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2018 will result in the application being marked as late.

Applying and how your application is considered

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at CSM: 

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS homepage, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. 

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W206
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.
  • This course does not accept Year 2 and Year 3 Entry.

Please note that you can only apply to the same course once per year whether you are applying via UCAS, UAL Representative or using the UAL online application system. Any duplicate applications will be withdrawn.

For further advice on how to apply please visit the UAL International Application page.

After you have successfully submitted your application online, you will receive an email confirming your application and providing your login details for the UAL Applicant Portal.  Please do log into your applicant portal as this is where we will send you important updates and requests, as well as allowing you to contact us with any questions you may have about your application. 

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an Immigration History check.

Please note: If you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application and portfolio review.

What happens next

If you meet the entry requirements you will be invited to submit a mini portfolio through UAL’s online portfolio review system. 

Mini Portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 20 pages comprising your 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. 

You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. 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 

Following a review on your mini portfolio, you will either be invited for a full portfolio review or your application will be rejected via UCAS Track.

Full portfolio review

  • If you have been successful with your mini portfolio, we will invite you to a full portfolio review at college, normally taking place between February and March.
  • If you are unable to attend the full portfolio review in person, you will be asked to submit a FULL digital portfolio (up to 30 pages) through UAL’s online portfolio review system.
  • Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.
  • Where possible, large or 3-dimensional work should be photographed and scanned
  • Please organise your work by project, with supporting work presented alongside final outcomes.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through UCAS track and the UAL Applicant Portal.

Deferred entry

Please note that CSM does not accept application for deferred entry.

Study Abroad applicants

International undergraduate students may apply to join a BA course for a period of up to three terms as a study abroad student. 

Please visit the UAL Study Abroad for details of how to apply to one of our courses or contact the UAL Study Abroad Team central offices for more information:

T: +44 (0)20 7514 2249
E: studyabroad@arts.ac.uk
W: UAL Study Abroad

 

Entry requirements

Entry to BA Jewellery Design is highly competitive. Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio 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 details below:

  • Foundation Diploma in Art and Design
  • 1 GCE A Level
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • 3 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Other University of Arts London awarded level 3 Pre-University Diploma and Extended Diploma in Art and Design
  • 4 GCSEs grade C or above

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma pass achieved at 28 points or above 

OR

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Lever 3 or 4)
  • An equivalent high school qualification from an EU or non-EU institution

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 English language requirement for entry for this course is: 

IELTS Academic 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each of the 4 skills (on one single test)

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 Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements. 

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.

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to their 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.

Fees and funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19). TBC

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2018/19 academic year, subject to changes in the law. Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students, in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Please visit our Undergraduate tuition fees page for more information.

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Career paths

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.

For details of the wide range of careers support provided for students, please visit our Careers support page.

Alumni profiles

  • Bella Mung

    Bella discusses her ‘Animated Jewellery’, that saw her nominated for a Nova Award 2013.

  • Caroline Kernick

    Caroline Kernick talks about her phenomenally intricate hand-painted collection.

  • Rachel Trattles

    Rachel talks about her graduate collection, made from of fermented bacterial cellulose.