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BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

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Veronika Fabian
Central Saint Martins
UCAS code
Start date
September 2024
Course length
Three years full-time or four years full-time with Diploma in Professional Studies

BA Jewellery Design is for students who want to define the future of contemporary jewellery.

Please note this course is undergoing re-approval.

This is the process by which we ensure the course continues to provide a high quality academic experience. During re-approval there may be some changes to the course content displayed on this page. Please contact us if you have any questions about the course

This course offers a stimulating learning environment in which innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged and developed. It is part of the Jewellery, Textiles and Materials programme.

Why choose this course at Central Saint Martins

  • Live projects: Most stages on the course include a live project, in which you will work with a company or organisation. Recent live projects include collaborations with Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Swarovski and The Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers alias Wire Workers.
  • Enterprise projects: You will have the opportunity to take part in enterprise projects such as pop-up shops, where you will gain experience of organising events to showcase your work.
  • Traditional and modern studies: The course promotes a very board interpretation of jewellery design. It is taught by a range of tutors from diverse specialisms in jewellery and design. We value traditional making techniques as well as modern technological approaches.
  • Visiting practitioners: Throughout the course there will be lectures given by a range of visiting professionals such as designers, artists, curators, writers and activists.

Open days

The next open day for this course will take place on Wednesday 11 January 2023. Book now.

Virtual tours:

You might be interested in checking out the College’s facilities and technical spaces through our virtual tours.

Scholarships, bursaries and awards

Swarovski Conscious Design Hub

Learn more about the course's partnership with Swarovski, and student approaches to sustainability and conscious design.

Course overview

BA Jewellery Design promotes a wide range of approaches and contexts for professional jewellers. The course will introduce you to technical, design, critical and communication skills. It promotes active learning through projects which are devised to help you initiate, develop and realise ideas. The course focuses on visual awareness, research, observation and experimentation. Drawing is considered an important tool for investigating and communicating your ideas. Computer-aided design is also integrated into the curriculum, allowing you to incorporate these techniques into your work.

BA Jewellery Design aims to help you find and develop your individual identity. It will also encourage you to discover the ways of working after graduation that suit you most. The course promotes an awareness of cultural issues relevant to jewellery. We also encourage an investigation of the ethical implications of jewellery manufacture. We will support you to explore social and environmental issues and maintain a responsible practice.

The course is strengthened by its excellent, external links with institutions and industry. These provide opportunities for collaborative projects with sponsoring companies and organisations. This will allow you to develop the ability to work with others as part of a team, as well as independently. It will also give you greater awareness of the professional skills needed to further your career. These projects are also beneficial for the professional contacts they can offer.

An important element of the course is cultural studies. This offers a range of ideas and skills to critically analyse objects, images, spaces and practices in art, design and popular culture. Additionally, talks from visiting speakers will educate you in a range of approaches to jewellery design. Speakers include high-profile designers and practitioners, giving you the opportunity for direct contact with industry professionals.

We are committed to developing ethical jewellery design practices. To achieve this, we are working to embed UAL's Principles for Climate, Social and Racial Justice into the course. 

Course units

BA Jewellery Design progressively builds your knowledge and skills in designing and making jewellery. Alongside this, it develops your understanding of professional approaches and contexts. The creation of original jewellery relies on imaginative and observational skills. On the course, you will develop these through a number of projects, looking at a range of different starting points and references.  

You will explore and discuss the quality of materials during Stage 1. You will look at metals, plastics and other materials you may use as a jeweller. You will be expected to explore the qualities and reasons why they are appropriate for use in making jewellery. You will learn about the materials' characteristics as well as the processes used to manipulate and finish them. Throughout the course you will be asked to consider the social, environmental and economic implications of jewellery and its materials and processes.  

Stage 1 

Unit 1: Introduction to Study in Higher Education 
Unit 2: Introducing Jewellery Skills 
Unit 3: Developing Jewellery Skills 
Unit 4: Cultural Histories and Theories (Jewellery)

In Stage 1, you will learn technical processes through talks, demonstrations and processes. Projects are largely concerned with handmaking. Unit 2 covers basic workshop practice, fundamental design and making skills and creative thinking. In Unit 3 you will develop your design work. You will undertake project briefs, which require you to design for criteria such as a specific fashion or cultural context. Unit 4 offers a range of concepts to critically analyse objects, images, spaces and practices in art, design, media and popular culture.  

Stage 2

Unit 5: Research Methods and Approaches (Jewellery) 
Unit 6: Different Approaches  
Unit 7: Different Contexts 
Unit 8: Exploration and Focus 

In Stage 2, you will consider different approaches to jewellery design. You will develop your knowledge and skills. You will learn about batch production processes, computer-aided design and manufacture and build a range of making skills. You will be encouraged to develop an individual identity and a personal perspective in your designs. You will also focus on professional criteria, studying a range of possible contexts for jewellery designers to operate in. These include designing for companies, designing and prototyping for production. You will begin to consider possible future careers. Where possible, there will also be opportunity to present your work to an external audience.  

Stage 3

Unit 9: Pilot Collection 
Unit 10: Dissertation 
Unit 11: Collection 

The work in Stage 3 is mostly self-directed. You will take time to consider the direction and approach you want to pursue. You will work on a significant body of work. Materials, forms and ideas will be tested and resolved to form a pilot collection. This collection will form the basis for the realisation of a wider collection in Unit 11. This will give you the chance to manage work in professional manner, demonstrating both personal and professional development.  

In Unit 10, you will demonstrate your research and critical skills, testing your ability to sustain a focused study of your chosen subject. Completion of a dissertation involves systematic analysis of a chosen aspect of visual, spatial, material, textual culture or practice. In some cases, students may wish to place greater emphasis on the dissertation. There is a route in place to accommodate this which you must make an application for. 

Diploma in Professional Studies 

Between Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the course there is an option for you to work with industry for the duration of an academic year (across three terms/two blocks) and complete a Diploma in Professional Studies. Whilst the Diploma is an optional aspect of the course, it is designed as an integrated and assessed part of your journey through the course, if you do take up this option. The Diploma results in a standalone qualification (rated at 120 credits), which involves researching, undertaking and reflecting on a 100 day/20-week (minimum) placement related to your professional interests and aspirations. The Diploma provides a valuable opportunity to make professional contacts and to develop your personal employability skills.

Mode of study 

BA Jewellery Design runs for 90 weeks in full-time mode. It is divided into three stages over three academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks.   

You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study. 

Credit and award requirements

The course is credit-rated at 360 credits, with 120 credits at each stage (level).  

On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Bachelor of Arts with Honours (BA Hons degree).  

Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications the stages for a BA are: Stage 1 (Level 4), Stage 2 (Level 5) and Stage 3 (Level 6). In order to progress to the next stage, all units of the preceding stage must normally be passed: 120 credits must be achieved in each stage. The classification of the award will be derived from the marks of units in Stages 2 and 3 or only Stage 3, using a dual algorithm.  

If you are unable to continue on the course, a Certificate of Higher Education (CertHE) will normally be offered following the successful completion of Level 4 (or 120 credits), or a Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) following the successful completion of Level 5 (or 240 credits).  

Learning and teaching methods

The learning and teaching methods devised for this course include:

  • Project work including briefings and meetings
  • Studio practice 
  • Lectures 
  • Technical demonstrations 
  • Study visits 
  • Individual and group tutorials 
  • Seminars 
  • Group or peer critiques 
  • Peer learning 
  • Student presentations 
  • Interdisciplinary group and teamwork 
  • Independent study 
  • Self-evaluation 
  • Assessment feedback. 

These teaching and learning methods will be a combination of in person and online activities.

Former Course Leader Caroline Broadhead talks about the Jewellery and Textiles Programme

Diploma in Professional Studies

Graduate Showcase

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    The Eye of The Needle, Katrina Gostanian, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
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    Interwoven, Jessica Pani Ens, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
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    The Worshipful Company of Computer-Aided-Designers, Richard Farbey, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • The Sum of Their Parts
    The Sum of Their Parts, Campbell Hadden, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Naked Without My Hoops
    Naked Without My Hoops, Fariha Ahmed, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
    TAKE A CHANCE WITH ELECTRICITY, Miles Robinson, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • A-Maize-ing
    A-Maize-ing, Mingyue Luna He, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL
  • Tight Knit
    Tight Knit, Bocen Zhou, 2023 BA (Hons) Jewellery Design, Central Saint Martins, UAL

Course publications

BA Jewellery Design stories



Stage 1 Leader: Katharina Dettar

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

Senior Technician: Campbell Muir

Fees and funding

Home fee

£9,250 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

Tuition fees may increase in future years for new and continuing students.

Home fees are currently charged to UK nationals and UK residents who meet the rules. However, the rules are complex. Find out more about our tuition fees and determining your fee status.

International fee

£28,570 per year

This fee is correct for entry in autumn 2024 and is subject to change for entry in autumn 2025.

Tuition fees for international students may increase by up to 5% in each future year of your course.

Students from countries outside of the UK will generally be charged international fees. The rules are complex so read more about tuition fees and determining your fee status.

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Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

120 UCAS tariff points which can be made up of one or a combination of the following accepted full Level 3 qualifications:

  • Three A Levels at grades ABC (at least one subject must include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art and Design (Level 3 or 4) and one A Level at grade C or above
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma equivalent to 120 UCAS tariff points (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design or Design and Technology)
  • Equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma (26 points)

And three GCSE passes at grade 4 or above (grade A*–C).

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

AP(E)L – Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference

Or a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English language requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English language requirements webpage).

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 your work
  • Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities
  • Through your portfolio, demonstrate a range of approaches to drawing, design development and material manipulation
  • Originate ideas from personal experience or visual research and show progression 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 critically reflect and evaluate your work.

Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or the 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:

  • Present your work appropriately and effectively to discuss your work and ideas clearly and insightfully.

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

  • Articulate your knowledge of the subject of jewellery design and your reasons of why you have chosen to apply to this course.

What we are looking for

This course is for individuals whose ambition is to engage in defining the direction of contemporary jewellery. We are 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.

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

If there are places available after this date, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.

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Home students can apply to this course through UCAS with the following codes:

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Application deadline

31 January 2024 at 18:00 (UK time)

If there are places available after this date, the course will remain open to applications until places have been filled.

Apply to UAL

International students can apply to this course through UCAS with the following codes:

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Based across the world, our local UAL representatives can support you with your application from your home country. Check to see if there is a representative available in your country currently.

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How to apply

Follow this step-by-step guide to apply for this course

Step 1: Initial application

You will need to submit an initial application including your personal statement.

Personal statement advice

Your personal statement should be maximum 4,000 characters and cover the following:

  • Why have you chosen this course? What excites you about the subject?
  • How does your previous or current study relate to the course?
  • Have you got any work experience that might help you?
  • Have any life experiences influenced your decision to apply for this course?
  • What skills do you have that make you perfect for this course?
  • What plans and ambitions do you have for your future career?

Visit our personal statement page for more advice.

Step 2: Digital portfolio

We will review your initial application. If you have met the standard entry requirements, we will ask you to submit a digital portfolio.

You’ll need to submit this via PebblePad, our online portfolio tool.

Digital portfolio advice

Your portfolio should consist of recent work that reflects your creative strengths.

It should:

  • be maximum 25 pages
  • include photographs of your work in any medium
  • feature research originated from personal observation and experience
  • include work in progress such as models and prototypes to show how you test out and develop your ideas
  • include examples of experimentation and manipulation of materials and 3D forms
  • illustrate your understanding and exploration of the ways in which objects can relate to the body.

For more support, see our Portfolio advice and PebblePad advice.

Step 3: Interview

You may be invited to an interview following our review of your application. All interviews are held online and last 15 to 20 minutes.

For top tips, see our Interview advice.

You also need to know

Communicating with you

Once you have submitted your initial application, we will email you with your login details for our Applicant portal.

Requests for supplementary documents like qualifications and English language tests will be made through the applicant portal. You can also use it to ask questions regarding your application. Visit our After you apply page for more information.

Visas and immigration history check

All non-UK nationals must complete an immigration history check. Your application may be considered by our course teams before this check takes place. This means that we may request your portfolio and/or video task before we identify any issues arising from your immigration history check. Sometimes your history may mean that we are not able to continue considering your application. Visit our Immigration and visas advice page for more information.

External student transfer policy

UAL accepts transfers from other institutions on a case-by-case basis. Read our Student transfer policy for more information.

Alternative offers

If your application is really strong, but we believe your strengths and skillset are better suited to a different course, we may make you an alternative offer. This means you will be offered a place on a different course or at a different UAL College.

Deferring your place

You must apply in the year that you intend to start your course. If you are made an offer and your circumstances change, you can submit a deferral request to defer your place by 1 academic year. You must have met your conditions by 31 August 2024. If you need an English language test in order to meet the entry requirements, the test must be valid on the deferred start date of your course. If not, you will need to reapply. Requests are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Contextual Admissions

This course is part of the Contextual Admissions scheme.

This scheme helps us better understand your personal circumstances so that we can assess your application fairly and in context. This ensures that your individual merit and creative potential can shine through, no matter what opportunities and experiences you have received.


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.