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BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery

Start date
September 2018
Course length
3 years
UCAS code

Course summary

Applications closed 2018/19
Applications for 2018/19 entry to this course have now closed.

This unique jewellery design degree adopts an experimental approach to craft technique and production methods, preparing you for a career as a jewellery or product designer.


BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery encourages students to cultivate a unique personal vision using critical design thinking and sustainable technologies. Traditional and digital craft skills merge to define jewellery in the broader context of fashion.

Great reasons to apply

  • Graduates have found employment with companies including ASOS, Tatty Devine and Alexander McQueen.
  • Multi-disciplined collaborative projects prepare students for a varied career in the creative industries.
  • Undertake curriculum embedded work experience.


This course is primarily based at Mare Street, with a few sessions also taking place at Golden Lane. Find out about the local area, including London Fields, Bethnal Green and Hackney Central in our local area guides on the Student Life pages.

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Course details

The BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery course will equip you to become a professionally involved, self-reliant and reflective practitioner within your subject specialism. In addition, projects within the curriculum provide opportunities for you to collaborate with students from other disciplines (Womenswear, Menswear & Textiles), nurturing teamwork, Personal and Professional Development skills (PPD) as well as ethical, social, technological and environmental awareness. You will acquire through the course the relevant professional, communication and entrepreneurial skills to succeed as a fashion jewellery designer / maker in today’s global fashion industries.

There are opportunities within the course to enter Fashion Jewellery design competitions, including the ITS (International Talent Support) jewellery competition in Trieste. Our students and graduates have won a number of competitions, including the Swarovski Jewellery Award at ITS Trieste 2013, and the prestigious Norwegian Nåløyet Design Award 2013. Links with industry occur through projects with particular companies and the short industry placement in the second year. Placements this year have been with a number of companies, including Mawi London, Fannie Schiavoni, Erickson Beamon, Mary Katrantzou, Tatty Devine, Love Magazine, Sarah Angold, Imogen Belfield, My Flash Trash, Noemi Klein, and Tiffany & Co. The course curriculum is enhanced by a series of industry lectures and recent guest speakers have included Melanie Georgacopoulos, Marloes ten Bhomer, Una Burke, Naomi Filmer and Mawi Keivom, creative director at Mawi London. At the end of the course you will be able to make an innovative contribution as a fashion jewellery designer to the fashion jewellery industry.

This course draws on a broad range of specialist facilities at our Golden Lane and Mare Street sites. There are specialist rooms for casting and mould making using a variety of resins, plaster and wax, as well as specialist equipment for metal casting. There is a range of 3D equipment, and jewellery benches, equipment and tools for metal jewellery making. You will have access to CAD software such as Rhino, Flamingo and Adobe Illustrator, a laser cutter and a CNC router for realisation of digitally designed prototypes and engraving.

Course structure

The academic year for this course is divided into Block 1 and Block 2.

Block 1 is of 15 weeks duration from late September to February. In accordance with the University timetable, there will be a four-week holiday in December.

Block 2 is also of 15 weeks’ duration from mid-February to the end of June with a four-week holiday for Easter.

Year one

  • Introduction to Fashion Jewellery
  • Design Practice and Techniques
  • Concept to Object
  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies
  • Sustainable Futures
  • Better Lives

Year two

  • Option: Cultural and Historical Studies unit
  • Concept, Context & Performance
  • Work Experience
  • Identity, Innovation & Impact

Final year

  • Contextualising Your Practice
  • Concept Development
  • Final Major Project

Course units

Year one

Introduction to Fashion Jewellery aims to introduce you to your course and its subject specialism as well as to effective learning and studentship at undergraduate level. It will orientate you to the practices and knowledge-base needed to understand your discipline and help you to develop your skills for independent & collaborative learning, reflection and your own self development. Students come from many diverse educational backgrounds and a part of this unit will enable to reflect on your own background and how that shapes the way you approach your course.

Design Practice and Techniques is driven by experimentation and critical analysis and introduces you to studio design practice and jewellery techniques. You will acquire an understanding of various material manipulations and basic fabrication skills for fashion jewellery. You will be introduced to ways of documenting, recording and presenting your work in creative and technical formats that are visually stimulating, informative and clear.

Concept to Object brings together concept and 3D development to develop and realise jewellery outcomes. The research and design process will be used as a vehicle to explore the translation of ideas from 2D to 3D, underpinned by the development and exploration of a fashion narrative. You will be introduced to multiples in jewellery practice through casting, laser cutting, working with resins and a range of joining and linking techniques. You will develop your design skills through exploration of 2D and 3D alternatives, and use effective visual communication to present your work.

Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies introduces the Cultural and Historical Studies approach to fashion and related areas. The unit provides a broad overview of the subject and introduces key concepts and ways of thinking that will form the basis of subsequent study. It will also inform decisions regarding the Cultural and Historical Studies unit that is chosen for future study.

Sustainable Futures introduces you to collaborative working in a group within a live or simulated industry context. As a group, you will be looking at surface texture, changing lifestyles, markets, future thinking and developing proposals for jewellery in a changing industry. To support your research and design development you will be introduced to practical skills such as trend forecasting, brand identity and philosophy, market levels, customer profiling, range planning and/or ‘collection’ development. You will be asked to collate relevant information, be able to challenge and expand upon current creative concepts and cultural identities and relate this to your working practice. You will be required to collaborate with peers throughout this project and use a range of techniques to initiate and undertake exploration and analysis of information and to propose solutions to problems that arise within the project. Networking, communication, team-work and presentation are all essential skills required to undertake the challenges of the creative industries. The emphasis is on creative problem solving and developing solutions with your peers through discussion and negotiation, in your response to the brief requirements. You will also be asked to employ professional production and presentation skills as part of your collaboration. As an individual, you are asked to identify your own strengths, whilst reflecting on your developing skills, as well as contributing towards the success of the team dynamics and overall outcome.

Better Lives

London College of Fashion, UAL (LCF) is a leader in fashion design, media and business education. We have been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. We encourage students to examine the past and challenge the present. To have inventive, assertive ideas that challenge social and political agendas. We give students the skills, opportunities – and above all, the freedom – to put those ideas into practice. By leading the way in fashion design, business, and the media, we influence culture, economics and our society. This unit will provide you with a solid understanding of LCF’ core values and how they connect to your practice. As part of this unit you will explore diversity, social responsibility and sustainability, themes which you will then apply to a selected project. At this stage the emphasis is on how you apply your thinking across these important themes to your practice. Your thinking is more important than a finished piece of work at this point. Fashion can change lives. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, this unit will get you thinking differently. We want you to use fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future and improve the way we live. That’s why we call this unit ‘Better Lives’.

Year two

You will be able to study a Cultural and Historical Studies unit of your choice that will broaden or deepen your learning of areas relating to your interests in your chosen field. You will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, seminars and workshops with students from other courses within your School, and will read relevant academic texts and complete a formal academic essay for assessment. Further information on the options available will be provided during Year 1 of your studies.

The Concept, Context and Performance unit gives you the opportunity to build on your understanding and experience gained in Stage 1, and encourage you to apply your knowledge to different industry contexts and scenarios. You will design a statement piece followed by a diffusion range within a defined market position. You will continue to experiment with materials and processes and be expected to produce work using traditional and digital making skills. Emphasis will be placed on the aesthetic evaluation and consideration of the human form in relation to object, movement and fashion image in order to develop design responses relevant to the project brief. You will further develop professional creative and technical communication skills through visual and oral methods through CAD, drawing and peer presentation. You will be expected to evaluate your learning in this unit in a technical-folder within your portfolio. Using visuals, notes and annotations you will relate the processes and techniques learnt to your overall designed outcome. A consideration and evaluation of these techniques should evidence your understanding and learning from a professional viewpoint. Awareness of quality, feasibility and ethical production issues will be fostered through the development of self-reflection, critical awareness and rigorous outcome evaluation.

The Work Experience unit will provide you with the opportunity to further develop your skills and apply them in a professional environment.  You will experience real industry challenges and working practice and will be able to examine the way in which a professional team respond to different situations. The unit will increase your awareness of the industry and the opportunities for career progression. You will be expected to take an analytical and reflective approach to the work experience and will produce written and visual evidence of your knowledge, based on a minimum 10-week period in industry. LCF Careers will provide career guidance in order to prepare you for your work experience. You will be expected to engage and be proactive in securing your own work experience, relevant to your skills and career aspirations, this means applying directly to companies.  You will also be expected to provide feedback on your experience both during and after your work placement. The College Placement Handbook will provide additional support for this Unit.

The Identity, Innovation and Impact unit will select a pathway that approaches fashion jewellery from a particular perspective to enhance and direct your studies towards your personal interests. Innovation in Sustainable Practice: This pathway explores the potential of sustainable practice in the context of fashion jewellery in manufacture, materials and processes but also on a socio-economical level. You are to consider the fashion system and focus on longevity over the cyclical hunt for the new such as: sustainability in newness; inclusivity in fashion jewellery; and/or how fashion jewellery can change the world on micro and macro scales. Innovation in Craft and Technology: This pathway explores the potential of innovative craft and technology in the context of fashion jewellery. You are to explore new craft and technology by applying contemporary and traditional methods – the combination of high and low tech or innovation in the use of CAD technologies – to realise fashion jewellery. Innovation in Performance: This pathway explores the potential of performance in the context of fashion jewellery, in the context of new approaches to presenting fashion jewellery on the wearer. You are to consider how fashion jewellery engages with both the wearer and audience; the behaviour of the fashion jewellery; and ultimately how the jewellery performs when presented through one or various mediums. This unit is supported by introductions to range of specialist materials, processes and techniques that further expand your skillset. You will be expected to produce work using both traditional and digital making skills. Your engagement with research methods and the development of a personal design philosophy will provide the foundation for your final year design proposal.

Final year

To begin you will do the Contexualising Your Practice unit which allows you to build on your historical and theoretical understanding of fashion through a research-led extended essay. You will identify a topic, related to your field of practice, that you will investigate through design-led research methods and significant cultural and critical theories. It is an opportunity for you to undertake a substantial piece of structured research that examines fashion practice in context and it will build on the critical debates and concerns raised through your course.

Concept Development informs and prepare you for your Final Major Project. You will be expected to negotiate a project brief that will allow for a full and in depth investigation into areas of interest to you. Exploratory research and practical development will culminate in a body of work that shows innovative design and technical experimentation. Extensive investigation of materials, technologies and processes will be documented alongside the design process. This unit will provide the foundation from which you will be able to formulate an innovative, challenging and enterprising concept and design strategy to take forward into the rest of your final year of study. This will enable you to consolidate knowledge and experience, gained on the course. You will present a major piece of product design and development work that is contextually relevant and informed by appropriate research. Your research should involve both primary and secondary research which must be assimilated and interpreted through your design practice and experimentation. The unit will explore and justify the means by which your proposal can be realised as a collection. Projects may vary depending on your personal direction. You will be expected to produce a consolidated portfolio of work that is visually stimulating and professionally presented.  You will identify your proposed audience, their lifestyle and culture and communicate your brand ethos and core philosophy as a designer. The completed products produced in this unit will form the basis of your collection for your Final Major Project.

The Final Major Project is the culmination of your undergraduate learning experience. Through the development of a final major project you will be further demonstrating your innovative approach and deeper engagement, analysis and conclusions drawn from your Concept Development unit. You should refine and execute your design research, design development and realisations that have been established through a process of analysis and design synthesis. Through practical application, you will be demonstrating your rigorous analysis in the exploration and development of your design ideas. This unit provides the opportunity to apply the findings established through your investigation of the challenges of your chosen brief. It evidences your ability to construct, direct and organise an overall professional outcome. This Final Major Project is the vehicle by which you evaluate and reflect upon your own learning and skills in order to establish a potential career path. The planning and realisation of this Final Major Project encourages you to develop the opportunity to utilise partnerships with other disciplines, which may have been established through earlier collaborative projects with other courses and industry. This allows you to build on the practices within the fashion industries and establish a platform for the Fashion Jewellery outcomes within a fashion environment.

Showing your work

All students are advised to set up a profile on, UAL’s new portfolio platform, which can be done at any point during your time at LCF and will last for up to 12 months after graduation. This platform is often used to source student work for promotional use on the website, social media and for print and can be a great way of getting your work seen. You may also be asked to have a portfolio profile for the selection process when it comes to degree shows.


Bernadette Deddens

Bernadette Deddens is Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery and has been a lecturer on the course since 2010. Bernadette has extensive experience as a designer and curator with her ongoing studies on design and the act of designing reflected in the work of Study O Portable, her design practice. The practice is idea-based and does not limit itself to any material, process or object. In 2014. Study O Portable won the Icon Emerging Design Studio of the Year Award. Bernadette co-founded Workshop for Potential Design, a platform for speculative and collaborative design practice. The work of Study O Portable and Workshop for Potential Design has been published in publications such as Icon, DAMn, T Magazine, The New York Times, Disegno, Case da Abitare and Wallpaper.

Husam El-Odeh

German born Husam El Odeh, Associate Lecturer, studied fine art at the renowned UDK in Berlin and worked successfully as an artist in Berlin until he relocated to London in 1999. There he exchanged the canvas for the body and started to make jewellery.
He received awards by respected talent finder FASHIONEAST and the British Fashion Council and the international award for cutting edge accessories design; and the “so fresh award” given out by Pierre Lang and unit f in Austria in 2009. In 2010 he was awarded the British Fashion Award as Emerging Accessories designer of the year 2010.
Projects with Topman, Topshop, Pringle, Swarovski and Kickers and collaborations with Ann-Sofie Backs and Siv Stoldal as well as with Marios Schwab, have established him as a vital part of British fashion.
His latest collaborations with Acne were endorsed by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Chloe Sevigny.

Jessica Saunders is the Programme Director for the Fashion Design Programme, which includes BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Menswear, BA (Hons) Fashion Design Technology: Womenswear and BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery.

Rob Phillips is the Creative Director for the School of Design and Technology. Trained in fashion womenswear, surface textiles: print, menswear and illustration Rob went on to become the Fashion Editor for International Textiles magazine and consultant for fashion brands. Rob's broad skill set of fashion design, process, graphics, presentation, typography, advertising and communication led to his appointment as Creative Director of Fashion Forecast magazine, where his progressive work promoting young fashion talent garnered him much acclaim from industry. Rob continues to nurture talent at LCF across all courses within the School, teaching holistically about fashion, developing the students’ full potential so they can make their unique contribution to the fashion industry. He furthers the work of the College through many routes, including industry projects, collaborations and competitions. He also curates and directs the School’s events including fashion shows, films, photoshoots, publications and exhibitions. Rob continues to contribute to industry as a fashion commentator (BBC, The Guardian, SHOWstudio and more) and as creative consultant for fashion brands.

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

You must apply through Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), where you’ll need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: W700

Go to ‘Apply’ from the UCAS home page, where you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your application form.

Contact us on:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7514 7344

Or you can use the register your interest form

Please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page.

Applications for 2018/19 entry for this course are now closed. Applications for 2019/20 entry will open in Autumn 2018.

This section includes information on how to apply, course entry requirements, selection criteria, information about interviews and portfolio advice.

International applicants may apply through the following routes:

Further information on applying via UCAS is provided on the Applying through UCAS page.

If applying through UCAS, you will need the following information:

  • University code: U65
  • UCAS code: W700

We continue to accept applications throughout the year, but please note that the equal consideration deadline is 15 January.

For full details on the application process, visit the Undergraduate application page or contact the UAL admissions team who can answer any specific questions that you may have regarding LCF's courses tailored for international students. This can include guidance for your portfolio, advice on the application process and fee advice. We offer a ‘drop-in’ facility for applicants who may be in London and wish to obtain further course and admissions information.

Entry requirements

Entry to this course is highly competitive: applicants are expected to achieve, or already have, the course entry requirements detailed below.

The standard minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • or Two A Level Passes at Grade C or Above; preferred subjects include, Art, Design, English, Maths;
  • or Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • or Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • or Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • or Access Diploma or ’64 tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • or 64 new UCAS tariff points (equivalent to 160 old UCAS tariff points) from a combination of the above qualifications or an equivalent full Level 3 qualification;
  • or equivalent EU or non-EU qualifications. Plus three GCSE passes at grade A*-C.

Exceptionally, 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, 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.

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 when you enrol.

The level required by the University for this course is IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each skill.

Please visit the UAL Language Requirements page. Read carefully and look at the relevant documents.

Student selection criteria

What we look for

The course team seeks to recruit students who can demonstrate:

  • The ability to work in 3D and have the aptitude to develop skills for manipulation of materials
  • A range of drawing skills and a commitment to using drawing and colour as a communication tool
  • An understanding of research and how it underpins the design process
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, linked with an enquiring and innovative approach to study
  • An interest in fashion jewellery and commitment to professional self development, including independent learning

Portfolio and interview advice

For this course you will be required to upload a mini portfolio. Further instructions will be sent by the course administrator after application submission. International students should contact the Admissions Office at to find out about the portfolio application process.

For this course your portfolio should show evidence of: drawing/presentation skills; contemporary fashion/cultural awareness; a level of research, exploration and experimentation; a sensitivity to the selection of materials; construction/technical competence; ability to think/work in 3D; and visual communication skills.

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the following at interview: a strong interest in fashion jewellery and visual imagery; an awareness of technology; a critical and analytical approach; a motivation to succeed on the course; and a motivation for working as a fashion jewellery designer.

What happens next

All application forms, personal statements and references are read and considered by the course team against the selection criteria listed in the Entry requirements and What we look for sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. If the course team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to an interview where the course team will look at your portfolio and ask you questions to establish your suitability for the course. If you are successful at the interview stage you will be offered a place. Applicants are not guaranteed to be asked to upload work, nor are they guaranteed an interview.

Please note that if you are unable to attend, the College may not be able to re-schedule.

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through ucastrack. You will only receive further communication directly from the College if your application has been successful. This will be in the form of a full offer pack including details of accommodation, fees, and other important information.

Deferred entry

Deferred entry is normally only allowed in exceptional circumstances. Please contact us before you submit your application if you are considering applying for deferred entry.

Interview week

Applicants on some courses may be invited to attend an Interview. Further details will be sent to you with your interview letter, confirming location and date. International applicants should contact the Admission Office by emailing about portfolio requirements (if applicable), interview times and dates.

Potential changes to course structure

Please note: the information outlined is an indicative structure of the course. Whilst we will aim to deliver the course as described on this page, there may be situations where it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, for example because of regulatory requirements or operational efficiencies, before or after enrolment. If this occurs, we will communicate all major changes to all applicants and students who have either applied or enrolled on the course. Please note that due to staff research agreements or availability, not all of the optional modules listed may be available every year. In addition, the provision of course options which depend upon the availability of specialist teaching, or on a placement at another institution, cannot be guaranteed. Please check this element of the course with the course team before making a decision to apply.

Webpage updates

We will update this webpage from time to time with new information as it becomes available. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please use the register your interest form above.

Fees & Funding

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This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study. This applies from the 2017/18 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.

International fee


This applies for the 2018/19 academic year.

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.

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Careers and alumni

All of our undergraduate courses offer career development, so that you become a creative thinker, making effective contributions to your relevant sector of the fashion industry.

LCF offers students the opportunity to develop Personal and Professional Development (PPD) skills while studying through:

· An on-course work experience or placement year. Please note, this is not available on every course; please see the Course Details section for information about work placement opportunities.

· Access to to speaker programmes and events featuring alumni and industry.

· Access to careers activities, such as CV clinics and one-to-one advice sessions.

· Access to a graduate careers service

· Access to a live jobsboard for all years.

· Advice on setting up your own brand or company.

Graduates who wish to continue their education at postgraduate level can progress to suitable courses within the College, the University or elsewhere.

Career paths

Many graduates prefer to seek employment as soon as they have completed their undergraduate studies. Our first and second crops of graduates have been welcomed by the industry and are now working for a number of companies, including ASOS, WGSN, Tatty Devine, Alex Monroe, Fannie Schiavoni, Alexander McQueen, Mercury Designs Ltd, and IPR London. The graduate cohort from 2013 exhibited work at Darkroom London for Jewellery Week in July, and two graduates from 2012 have recently had their work featured in Vogue Italia.

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