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BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years, or 4 years with Optional Diploma in Professional Studies full time
UCAS code

Applications closed 2019/20
Applications for 2019/20 entry to this course have now closed. Visit the ‘Courses with places available’ page for a full list of UAL courses that are open for application.

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 and Materials Programme.

Great reasons to apply:

  • An additional optional qualification of a Diploma in Professional Studies after completing Year 2 and before returning to Year 3 offers a year of work placement/s
  • The chance to join study trips to Amsterdam and Munich, offering insight into the artistic and commercial worlds of jewellery design and related fields
  • Our live projects include collaborations with Cartier and The Worshipful Company of Tin Platerers, alias Wireworkers
  • Enterprise projects such as the Year 2 live project and Year 3 pop-up shop, where you'll gain experience of organising events to show your work
  • Where possible, we organise 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 Central Saint Martins.

Open days

The next round of open days will take place from October to November 2019, please check back here mid September 2019 to book.

Scholarships, awards and funding

Mead Scholarships and Fellowships
The Fung Scholarships
Swarovski Foundation BA Jewellery Design and BA Fashion Scholarship

Recent successes

Esna Su, BA Jewellery Design alum
Hospital 100 Award for Art, Design and Craft

Caroline Broadhead talks about the Jewellery and Textiles Programme

Student work

Course catalogues

BA Jewellery Design stories


Facilities - Jewellery

Jewellery (1st Floor)

Find out more about our jewellery workshops

Facilities - CAD


Find out more about our CAD workshop

Darkrooms in red light


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

Course overview

Information provided by the University is accurate at the time of first publication. Courses, however, remain subject to change. Changes may be necessary to improve the quality of educational services, in order to meet the latest requirements of a commissioning or accrediting body, in order to bring course content in line with best practice activities across the Higher Education sector, in response to student feedback, and/or due to a lack of student demand for certain units or options. Events may arise outside of the reasonable control of the University which lead to changes to courses. Such events may include industrial action, civil disorder, severe weather, and changes in applicable laws and/or safety requirements.

If you have accepted a place on a course, we shall notify you of any changes as soon as reasonably practicable.

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.

Course units

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.


Giles  Last

Giles Last

Course Leader, BA Jewellery Design

Lin  Cheung

Lin Cheung

Senior Lecturer, Stage 3 Year Tutor, BA Jewellery Design

Max  Warren

Max Warren

Second Year Lead Tutor, BA Jewellery Design

Stage Leader: Andi Gut

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

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

One or a combination of the following accepted full level 3 qualifications:

  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4) and 1 A Level at Grade C or above
  • 2 A Levels at grade C or above (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design, or Design and Technology)
  • Merit, Pass, Pass (MPP) at BTEC Extended Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design, or Design and Technology)
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma
  • Access to Higher Education Diploma (preferred subjects include Art, Art and Design, or Design and Technology)
  • Or equivalent EU/International qualifications, such as International Baccalaureate Diploma

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.

APEL - 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 we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

English Language Requirements

IELTS level 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

Applicants are selected according to their demonstration of 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.

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.

Making your application

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

For EU applicants concerned about Brexit, please see our dedicated page: Brexit Information for Students.

You should apply though Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) and you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W206

We do not consider applications for Year 3 Entry for this course.

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January 2019 for equal consideration.  However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Applications for 2019/20 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2020/21 entry will open in Autumn 2019.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at Central Saint Martins:

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.

If you are applying via UCAS you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W206

We do not consider applications for Year 3 Entry for this course.

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by 15 January 2019 for equal consideration. However this course will consider applications after that date, subject to places being available.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online via UCAS or through a UAL representative or direct application you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents / portfolio / book an interview, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, 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 the review of the mini portfolio we select a small number of applicants to move on to the next stage of the process.  These applicants will be invited to a full portfolio review.

Full portfolio review

Full portfolio review takes place at college, normally between February and March.  We may conduct short individual interviews in order to clarify aspects of your application or your work.

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. If you are submitting a full portfolio online, we may interview you by Skype.

Please note that we do not accept portfolios by post.

Portfolio advice

The full portfolio should demonstrate a range of skills appropriate to the subject area, containing examples of work completed within recent years, whether for a college project or personal work. It is important that the work applicants include reflects their engagement in creative practice, critical thinking and technical abilities and also that they include evidence of background research, e.g. sketchbooks, preliminary work and written material.

Ideas, visual research and experimentation are more important than finished work and can be shown in 2D work, made objects and photographs.

Please remember:

  • The quality of the work is more important than the quantity
  • Where possible, large or 3D 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 final outcome of your application through UCAS track.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2020/21).

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

£22,920 (2020/21).

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.


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.

Scholarship search

Careers and alumni

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.


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