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BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery

College
LCF
Start date
September 2020
Course length
3 years
UCAS code
W700

BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery equips students with the tools to become a visionary jewellery designer, thinker and maker. Students will learn to apply critical design thinking, traditional and digital craft techniques, professional communication skills and a strong sense of innovation to redefine jewellery in the broader cultural context of fashion.

Why choose this course at London College of Fashion

    • Unique: this is the only jewellery course embedded in a fashion-dedicated college. This allows for cross-pollination and collaboration that mimics industry practice and the collaborative nature of the fashion industry. This makes BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery the start of a student’s global professional network.
    • Industry links: The course is supported by guest lectures with industry partners which have included designers Noel Stewart, Michelle Lowe-Holder and Melanie Georgacopoulos, as well as live briefs and competitions.
    • Personalisation: several taught units on the course allow students to choose a direction that best suits their interests, personal development and career goals, allowing students to tailor their studies to their needs.
    • Facilities: students have access to a range of different workshops and technologies, from traditional benchwork studios to casting rooms and digital fabrication studios such as the Digital Learning Laboratory. Teaching focuses on how traditional and digital making can work hand-in-hand.
    • Skills: the course focuses on globally recognised industry skills in jewellery design. The focus is on personal vision as well as quality product design, supported by transferable skills that enable students to navigate and adapt to the ever-changing creative industries.

Location

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.

London College of Fashion is planning to move to a new single campus on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2022. This is part of a new development for London prioritising culture, education and innovation, known as East Bank. Students studying this course will begin their studies at Mare Street and are likely to be transferred to LCF’s new site in East London, to complete their studies there, from September 2022. Please see ‘4Fashion: LCF’s move to the Olympic Park’ for more information about the College’s relocation.

Student and graduate work

BA fashion jewellery stories

Student Life: Budget tips on campus

Welcome to all our new students on campus! A lot of view will have just moved to London, and we know it’s an expensive city to live in as a student. So here are our tips in order to save while studying at LCF.

Facilities

Library, John Princes Street
Library, John Princes Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF archives and library

Take a tour of LCF's world renowned fashion library, ideal for research and study.

Mfundo Mahlangu from BA Cordwainers Footwear- Product Design and Innovation; Photographer Alys Tomlinson

Footwear, accessories and jewellery facilities

Take a tour of Golden Lane's workshops and leather room.

Canteen, Mare Street
Canteen, Mare Street Photography by: Ideal Insight

LCF's social spaces

Explore our social spaces, for collaborative study and breaks, across our six sites in London.

Course overview

Introduction 

BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery is founded on four key principles: craft and technology, sustainable practice, performance, and identity; these principles inform all teaching on this course.   

What to expect 

  • Students will take part in Design and Studio sessions where they will be introduced to different design methodologies and to research and development processes. This supports students in finding a method that works for them.  

  • Technical and Digital Core Skills classes from a dedicated technical team help students to materialise ideas into jewellery products. 

  • Outside of taught sessions students are expected to make the most of the open access workshops, IT facilities and the libraries. 

  • Students will learn from experts in the field as the academic team is made up of active designers who work at the forefront of their disciplines. This helps support students through current relevant practice and knowledge. 

  • Several units on the course allow students to choose a direction which best suits their interests, personal development and career goals so students can tailor their studies to their needs. 

  • Critical thinking and cultural and contextual awareness are supported by the Fashion Cultures and Histories Research Centre who enable students to appreciate the bigger narrative of the subject area and the impact of their practice.  

Work experience and opportunities 

Students will be given the opportunity to undertake a short work experience placement during their second year of study. This provides increased industry awareness as well as crucial experience and valuable contacts within the industry. Students have previously worked at a wide range of companies including Shaun Leane, Atelier Ted Noten, Michelle Lowe Holder, Simone Rocha, Ùna Burke, Jing He, Valery Demure and The Unseen.  

Studies will also be supported by visits to galleries, museums, manufacturers and studios, alongside optional study trips outside of London and abroad.  

Mode of study 

BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into 3 stages over 3 academic years. Each stage lasts 30 weeks. 

Course units

Introduction

The BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery is founded on 4 key principles that inform the teaching on the Course in the first 4 blocks: 

  • Craft and Technology centres around the development of technical expertise from traditional jewellery benchwork to digital design and fabrication techniques as well as outsourced manufacture.  
  • Sustainable Practice approaches sustainability in a broad sense, through materials and processes as well as through collaborative practice developing challenging proposals for the future. 
  • Performance explores how to convey bold concepts through fashion jewellery statement pieces, how they are worn and the context they are shown in.  
  • Identity; is about defining who you are as a designer developing your unique vision for fashion jewellery that builds on personal strengths and interests while developing new expertise. 

Year one block one

  • Introduction to Fashion Jewellery introduces you to your discipline and the college through a project that focusses on research, development and presentation skills for fashion jewellery design. 

  • Design Practice and Techniques focuses on design driven by experimentation and takes you into the workshop to learn basic jewellery benchwork techniques. 

  • Concept to Object takes a concept-led approach to designing and introduces you to casting techniques, laser cutting, plastics and resins. 

Year one block two 

  • Sustainable Futures is a collaborative project that supports future thinking to respond to changing markets and aspirations and the development of proposals for a fashion jewellery collection that challenges the system as we know it. 

  • Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies acquaints you to fashion theory through critical research and analysis skills through the writing of an essay 

  • Better Lives is a College wide options unit based on the idea that fashion can change lives. You can choose a module from the School of Business or the School of Media to gain knowledge and experience in a different fashion discipline to suit your personal interests and development. 

Year two block 3 

  • Concept, Context & Performance Unit asks you to consider fashion jewellery in relation to different industry contexts and scenarios and develop a statement piece as well as a collection of refined batch-produced products. 

  • Cultural and Historical Studies unit allows you to choose an option covering a current cultural theme in fashion studies to write an essay about. It is supported by lectures and seminars. 

Year two block 4 

  • Work Experience is a 10 weeks placement in a fashion jewellery or related company to give you real-life experience of an aspect of the industry.  

  • Identity, Innovation & Impact asks you to select one of 3 pathways directed by external researchers or practitioners that approaches fashion jewellery from a particular perspective to enhance and direct your studies towards your personal interests. 

Final year 

  • Contextualising Your Practice allows you to build on your historical and theoretical understanding of fashion through a research-led extended essay that is related to your design ethos and interests. This theoretical unit supports your development for your final year design project 

  • Concept Development Unit informs and prepares 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. 

  • Final Major Project is the culmination of your degree in which you will further demonstrate your innovative approach and deeper engagement, analysis and conclusions to develop a major body of work. You will leave the course with a professionally presented fashion jewellery project that showcases your vision, your creative direction and your technical abilities through products and portfolio. 

Learning and teaching methods

The following teaching and learning methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Academic skills, design thinking for textiles and other workshops
  • Brainstorming sessions
  • Briefings, tutorials and feedback
  • Collaborative group project work
  • Lectures and seminars
  • Library and workshop inductions
  • Museum, gallery and other visits
  • Online learning
  • Presentations
  • Research methods
  • Studio teaching

Assessment methods

The following assessment methods are employed to support the integrated achievement of the course outcomes:

  • Blogs
  • Essays, reports and ​dissertation
  • Final show examination
  • Mid-year reviews
  • Peer assessment
  • Portfolio of work
  • Presentation
  • Student self-evaluation
  • Tutorials

Staff

Course Leader Bernadette Deddens holds an MA in Design Products from Royal College of Art under Ron Arad. She runs a design and curatorial practice with a keen interest in object culture, the origins of things and the environment that creates them. In her multi material practice medium, form and method are subject to the idea. This is reflected in her teaching. Her practice and approach to designing rely on transferable skills. Her design practice won the 2014 Icon Award for Emerging Design Studio and the 2018 Swarovski/Design Miami Designers of the Future Award. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally.

Lecturer Husam El-Odeh, has a background in Fine Art and Jewellery, graduating from Middlesex University under Caroline Broadhead in 2005. His eponymous jewellery label works on projects and collaborations for Acne, Mihara Yasuhiro, Tasaki, Topman, Topshop, Pringle and Swarovski. His collaboration with Acne was endorsed by the likes of Kylie Minogue and Chloe Sevigny and customers of his own work include Karl Lagerfeld, Rhianna and Chloe Moretz.He developed Atelier Swarovski's best-selling Core Collection for Nadja Swarovski in 2015. His latest collaborations include work with Vogue Fashion Fund winners Palmer//Harding and and fellow academic, NewGen menswear designer Per Gotesson.

Associate Lecturer Sabine Roth holds a BA in jewellery and combines this knowledge with Textiles and Technology since graduating from MA Textiles and Mixed Media at Royal College of Art. She worked with jewellery designers Scott Wilson and Saskia Diez and the innovative London based design consultancy Hirsch&Mann whilst running her own jewellery line.  Her strengths and interests lie in combining traditional materials with contemporary techniques in future-facing production and material making. Through Peut-Porter Platformshe explores the body in the digital age developing materials, textiles and artefacts using digital and bespoke manufacturing skills. One of their last projects included costumes & stage for Julie Cunningham's - Reckonings at Sadler’s Wells.

Associate Lecturer Carol Wiseman holds a BA in Silversmithing & Jewellery from Glasgow School of Art and an MA Fashion at CSM, specialising in jewellery for fashion. She runs her jewellery practice and design consultancy and works across the fashion, jewellery, lingerie, media and music industries, collaborating and designing for catwalk, editorial & advertising, and press or stage pieces for musicians. She has worked with Danielle Scutt, Julien Macdonald, new menswear brand - Parc London and Phoebe English. She has also created catwalk collections for one of fashion’s most innovative and ground-breaking designers, Hussein Chalayan. Her work has appeared in ID, Another man, Purple, Elle, Dazed, Chinese Vogue and other renowned publications.

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. Read Jessica Saunders' full profile here.

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 disability@arts.ac.uk 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 minimum entry requirements for this course are:

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

  • Two A Level Passes at Grade C or above (preferred subjects include, Art, Design, English, Maths);
  • Pass Foundation Diploma in Art and Design;
  • Merit, Pass, Pass at BTEC Extended Diploma in Art & Design;
  • Pass at UAL Extended Diploma;
  • Access Diploma or 64 new UCAS tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma;
  • 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 such as International Baccalaureate Diploma;.
  • and three GCSE passes at grade A*-C or grade 9-4.

Entry to this course will also be determined by assessment of your portfolio.

APEL (Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning)

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered in exceptional cases. 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 with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Please check our main English Language Requirements 

Selection criteria

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

Making your application

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

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

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W700

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

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

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 Selection Criteria sections.

If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements we will invite you to submit a mini portfolio which should include a number of images of your work. 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. The mini portfolio is assessed by Academic Reviewers who will select applicants to attend an interview.  Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview.

Rich Mix Interview week

If you are selected for interview, these will take place at the Rich Mix Arts venue in Shoreditch from February 17th to 21st 2020. Please see here for a map of the location; nearest stations are Liverpool Street (Central, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith and City and TFL Rail), Shoreditch High Street (Overground) and Bethnal Green (Central). Local buses also serve the venue – please see the Richmix website for further details.

Should you be unable to attend your interview, you must notify us as soon as you can. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to reschedule so you should make every effort to attend the scheduled interview.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

This section includes all the information you need on how to apply and how your application is considered, and what happens next.

How we assess your application

Your application form is reviewed when you apply to the University. If you have achieved or expect to achieve the standard entry requirements you will be invited to submit a portfolio of no more than 45 images. Your portfolio is assessed by our academic team who will select applicants to attend an interview. Please note that not all applicants are invited to attend interview. When you have attended your interview we will advise you of your outcome.

There are three ways international students can apply to an undergraduate course at London College of Fashion:

If you choose to apply though UCAS – Universities and Colleges Admissions Service – you will need the following information:

University code:          U65

UCAS Code:                 W700

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 application will be withdrawn.

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

London College of Fashion does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Entry to Year 2 or Year 3

If you have successfully completed 120 credits (year 1) or 240 credits (years 1 and 2) in the equivalent units/modules on a degree course at another institution and wish to continue your studies at London College of Fashion, you can apply to transfer to year 2 or year 3 respectively. The Admissions Tutor will consider applicants for entry to year 2 and 3 on a case by case basis, subject to places being available on the course. You must apply through UCAS and indicate POE 2 for entry to year 2 or POE 3 for entry to year 3 on your application. Click here for important information about our UAL External Student Transfer Policy.

Application deadline

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

What happens next

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 identify whether you are eligible to study at UAL. Do be aware, if you do not complete the Immigration History Check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

Initial application check

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 Selection Criteria sections.

Depending on the quality of your application, you may be asked to submit a number of images of your work. 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.

If the academic team wish to consider your application further, you will be invited to attend an interview either in person or via telephone where an international academic will look at your portfolio and ask questions to establish your suitability for the course. 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.

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.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

If you applied through UCAS the result of your application will be communicated to you via UCAS through UCAS Track. If you have applied directly or through an agent, we will notify you through the UAL portal. 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.


After you apply

After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal. We’ll use this Portal to contact you to request any additional information, including inviting you to upload documents or book an interview, so please check it regularly.

Once we’ve reviewed and assessed your application, we’ll contact you via UCAS Track or the UAL Portal to let you know whether your application has been successful.

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

Home / EU fee

£9,250

This applies for the 2020/21 academic year.

Tuition fees for undergraduate degree courses have been set at £9,250 per year for full-time study, 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

This applies for the 2020/21 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.

Charges may be made for special clothing or equipment which students may need in order to participate in certain activities which form part of the course but which they retain. However, where such clothing or equipment is necessary for the student’s health or safety a charge may only be made for clothing and equipment which the student retains if the student also has the option of borrowing the clothing or equipment free of charge.

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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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. Graduates are now working for a number of companies, including Bogara, ASOS, WGSN, Tatty Devine, Alex Monroe, Fannie Schiavoni, Alexander McQueen, Mercury Designs Ltd, and IPR London. Others have gone on to establish their own brands and design studios or are working educating others in jewellery design.

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