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BA (Hons) Jewellery Design

College
CSM
Start date
September 2019
Course length
3 years, or 4 years with Optional Diploma in Professional Studies full time
UCAS code
W206

Course summary

It values innovation and originality, and enjoys superb industry links. This course will suit you if you’re passionate about jewellery, keen to develop a wide range of skills and willing to seize the opportunities on offer.

This course is part of the Jewellery and Textiles Programme.

Great reasons to apply:

  • 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

Saturday, 20 October at 9:30am
Tuesday, 6 November at 11am
Tuesday, 13 November at 12pm
Saturday, 17 November at 9:30am
Monday, 26 November at 10am

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 alumna
Hospital 100 Award for Art, Design and Craft

Caroline Broadhead talks about the Jewellery and Textiles Programme

Student work

Course catalogues

BA Jewellery Design news

Caroline Broadhead

After nearly ten years as Jewellery and Textiles Programme Director and BA Jewellery Design Course Leader, Caroline Broadhead will be stepping down from her role at Central Saint Martins to […]

Take Five: Bam Jansanjai

With Degree Show Two: Design now closed, we take a look back at our students’ final projects and the inspirations behind them. BA Jewellery Design Bam Jansanjai’s final collection How […]

Show Two: Maison/0 Green Trail Winners Announcement

2018 marks the inauguration of the Maison/0 Green Trail. Guiding visitors through Show Two: Design, the Green Trail signposts the best of our students’ sustainable projects.  Spanning all disciplines in […]

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Show Two Theme: Beyond Borders

For Show Two: Design, we connect the dots on a few students presenting their work to the public for the first time.  In a current climate focused on borders and boundaries, […]

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Take Five: Ruby Parker

With Show Two: Design opening next week, we talk to exhibiting design students about their work and the inspirations behind it. Ruby Parker’s final BA Jewellery Design collection transforms deconstructed household waste materials into items […]

Facilities

Facilities - Jewellery

Jewellery (1st Floor)

Find out more about our jewellery workshops

Facilities - CAD

CAD

Find out more about our CAD workshop

Darkrooms in red light

Photography

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

Course details

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

Course structure

Year one  -  stage one  -  level 4  -  120 credits

Introduction to Fashion Jewellery (20 credits)
Design Practice and Techniques (20 credits)
Concept to Object (20 credits)
Introduction to Cultural and Historical Studies (20 credits)
Sustainable Futures (20 credits)
Better Lives (20 credits)

Year two -  stage two -  level 5 -  120 credits

Cultural and Historical Studies Option (20 credits)
Concept, Context and Performance (20 credits)
Work Experience (40 credits)
Identity, Innovation and Impact (40 credits)

Third year -  stage three -  level 6 -  120 credits

Contextualising Your Practice (20 credits)
Concept Development (40 credits)
Final Major Project (60 credits)

Year one

In the first term you will study two units.

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.

In the second term you will study two units.

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 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.

In the third term you will study two units.

Sustainable Futures will introduce 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

In the first term and second terms there are two units.

Concept, Context & Performance builds 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.

Work Experience provides 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.

In the third term you will select a pathway from the Identity, Innovation & Impact unit 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.

Year three

In the first term you will undertake the Contexualising Your Practice unit allowing 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 in the first and second terms will inform 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.

Your Final Major Project in the second and third terms 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 portfolio.arts.ac.uk, 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.

Staff

Lin  Cheung

Lin Cheung

Senior Lecturer, Stage 3 Year Tutor, BA Jewellery Design.

Max  Warren

Max Warren

Second Year Lead Tutor, BA Jewellery Design

Giles  Last

Giles Last

Course Leader, 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 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

Entry to BA Jewellery Design is highly competitive. Selection is determined by the quality of the application, indicated primarily in your portfolio and written statements. A very high proportion of successful applicants complete a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design.

Applicants are normally expected to have achieved, or be expected to achieve, the course entry requirements details below:

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

OR

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

OR

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

OR

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

OR

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

Applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the application demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might be demonstrated by, for example: related academic or work experience; the quality of the personal statement; a strong academic or other professional reference; or a combination of these factors.

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability in order to apply for a visa, enrol, and start your course. The English language requirement for entry for this course is:

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

For further information visit the English Language requirements page.

Applicants who will need a Tier 4 General Student Visa should check the Visa and Immigration page which provides important information about UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) requirements.

What we look for

This course is for individuals whose ambition is to engage in defining the direction of contemporary jewellery. We're looking for people who have a strong interest in the subject of jewellery, who have the capacity to learn and to develop a range of skills, and who can take advantage of the opportunities we offer.

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to their potential and current ability to:

  • Work imaginatively and creatively in 2D and 3D visual media;
  • Engage with experimentation and invention;
  • Show imagination and ambition in proposals for your work;
  • Take informed risks;
  • Demonstrate a range of skills and technical abilities;
  • Through your portfolio, demonstrate a range of approaches to design development, material manipulation and sensitivity to colour, originated from personal experience or visual research and progressed through logical stages to finished design solutions;
  • Evidence handling a material or medium with sensitivity to its qualities;
  • Demonstrate an awareness of planning and time management skills;
  • Provide evidence of intellectual enquiry within your work;
  • Demonstrate relevant research;
  • Evidence your ability to evaluate your achievements critically;
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness and/or contextual framework of your work;
  • Evidence an interest in contemporary art and design;
  • Identify social and/or cultural influences on your work;
  • Articulate and communicate intentions clearly;
  • Discuss your work in individual and group situations;
  • Present your work appropriately and effectively;
  • Demonstrate commitment and motivation in relation to the subject and the degree course;
  • Develop your own ideas and address both set and personal project briefs;
  • Show willingness to collaborate;
  • Show initiative;
  • Reflect a knowledge of this degree course.

Selection criteria

Making your application

The deadline for ALL applications (Home, EU and International) is 15 January 2019.

Please note BA Jewellery Design does not consider late applications. Applicants may only change their course choice within 14 days of submitting an application. Any changes made to your application after 15 January 2019 will result in the application being marked as late.

Applying and how your application is considered

You will need to apply through the UCAS online application system. Visit the UCAS BA Jewellery Design page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W206
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM

Please note this course does not accept Year 2 and Year 3 Entry.

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

What happens next

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

Mini portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 20 pages comprising your recent artwork, and should reflect your creative strengths. It may include work in any medium. The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.

You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. Applicants are selected for interview based on:

  • Research originated from personal observation and experience
  • Imaginative progression of research towards objects
  • Experiment and manipulation of materials and 3D forms
  • The testing out of ideas through visuals, models, prototypes
  • Exploration of the way objects relate to the body

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

Full portfolio review

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

Please remember:

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Deferred entry

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

Applying and how your application is considered

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

To apply via UCAS, visit the UCAS BA Jewellery Design page and click the ‘Apply’ link on the right. From here you will be able to register and create a password that gives you unique access as you complete your online application form. Central Saint Martins (CSM) courses are listed under University of the Arts London. You will need the following details:

  • University code: U65
  • Course code: W206
  • There is no 'campus code' for CSM.

Please note this course does not accept Year 2 and Year 3 Entry.

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

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

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

Immigration History Check (for International Applications only)

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

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

What happens next

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

Mini Portfolio

The mini portfolio should be no more than 20 pages comprising your recent artwork, and should reflect your creative strengths. It may include work in any medium. The quality of the work is more important than the quantity.

You can create the pages in any layout (For example: presentation boards) but they should be uploaded as jpeg images. Applicants are selected for interview based on:

  • Research originated from personal observation and experience
  • Imaginative progression of research towards objects
  • Experiment and manipulation of materials and 3D forms
  • The testing out of ideas through visuals, models, prototypes
  • Exploration of the way objects relate to the body

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

Full portfolio review

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

Please remember:

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

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

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

Deferred entry

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

Study Abroad applicants

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

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

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


Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

£9,250 (2018/19). TBC

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

International fee

£19,350 (2018/19).

Additional costs

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

Accommodation

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

Scholarships and awards

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

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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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