BA (Hons) Jewellery
Design and Production

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The British Academy of Jewellery’s BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production offers a unique degree programme combining technical skills with creative development in design, theory and innovation for jewellery.

Students will learn advanced technical skills in jewellery design and manufacturing, taught through rigorous and fast-paced practical training. They will also explore creative and sustainable applications of both traditional and new materials and technologies.

A future-oriented programme enabling creative expression, the BA encourages students to design and produce original and innovative jewellery, developing their own unique vision. The programme culminates with students creating their own professional-standard jewellery portfolio at the end of the final year.

The British Academy of Jewellery’s BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production is validated by Kingston School of Art, Kingston University, which was rated the top in the country for design and crafts in the 2021 Guardian University Guide league table.

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Why choose BA (Hons) Jewellery Design and Production?

The degree programme is structured around four fundamental pillars: technique, innovation, professional practice, and history and theory. This holistic approach means that students can evolve into technically competent and highly creative jewellery professionals with a solid grounding in all areas of the jewellery industry. They will therefore be prepared to pursue their choice of career in jewellery or the broader creative industries, whether through professional practice, related employment, or further study and research.

We are a vibrant and diverse centre for academic excellence in jewellery, imbuing our students with exacting technical expertise, a strong sense of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit.

All of our tutors are practising jewellers, meaning that their teaching is informed by their own professional experience and in-depth knowledge of the demands of the industry.

British Academy of Jewellery graduates are recognised as well-rounded and highly employable individuals with a broad range of relevant skills that are valued by the industry.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from diverse academic backgrounds. Applicants are invited to meet the minimum entry qualifications listed below; however, mature students and non-standard applicants who have not obtained the minimum entry qualifications may still apply through a submission of samples of their work prior to being called for interview.

Students must normally be 18 years or over on 1st September in the session of admission.

Minimum entry qualifications: 

  • A minimum of 112 tariff points from recognised level 3 qualifications to include an Art or Design subject such as Foundation Diploma in Art or Design or an Art/Design related A-level or recognised equivalent.
  • Plus GCSE candidates are normally required to hold four GCSE subjects grades 9 – 4 including Mathematics and English Language.
  • Additionally, for applicants for whom English is not their first language, a score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each element in the British Council IELTS Academic English Test, or equivalent, is required.
  • Offers will be made on the basis of a portfolio of work and interview for selected applicants.

 

All applicants invited for an interview are required to present a portfolio of work.

Fees & funding

The tuition fee you pay depends on whether you are assessed as a ‘Home’ (UK), ‘Islands’ or ‘International’ student.

Tuition fees may be subject to annual increases but will not increase by more than the fee caps as prescribed by the Office for Students or such other replacing body. Eligible students can apply to the Government for a tuition loan, which is paid direct to the University. This has a low interest-rate which is charged from the time the first part of the loan is paid to the University until you have repaid it.

What you will learn

 

Academic support

The British Academy of Jewellery offers a range of student services and Academic support.

Your Personal Tutor will work with you to review your progress on your Course and help you identify and achieve your personal goals.

Student Services and Administration provide a range of support, information, and specialist services to enhance your student experience.

Academic Development Tutors support students in developing the skills they need to be more confident in their studies. They work with a range of Academy programmes to help students in areas such as academic writing, time management, use of feedback, and working in groups.

Student Welfare and Support Officer can advise on Academy Policies and Procedures, any concerns, emotional or personal difficulties and provide information on external support services.

Delivery & Structure

The course is fast-paced and focused, and you will work predominantly within dedicated studio facilities. A range of teaching methods are used throughout the course, including workshops, studio-based projects, seminars, lectures, discussion groups, project critiques, technical inductions, peer and self-assessment, individual and group presentations, essays, and critical writing.

You will have access to dedicated, professional-quality jewellery workshop spaces and a range of jewellery design and manufacturing technology in order to gain familiarity with professional equipment for careers in jewellery.

Assessment & Feedback

Assessment is both summative and formative. Primarily, summative assessment is intended to identify what has been learned (assessment of learning) and therefore the assessed mark counts towards the module grade awarded. Formative assessment is intended to help students to learn (assessment for learning) and provides opportunities for students to identify their strengths and weaknesses, focus on areas they need to work and improve, and identify how to achieve improvements.

Formative assessments will take place at several intervals during the course. Feedback, both formal and informal, is maximised throughout the programme and may take the form of individual tutorials, presentations, essays, shows and degree exhibits, portfolios, and module assessments. Students are given regular feedback/feed-forward through interaction in the studios in the development of projects, tutorials, group crits, and practice presentations.

The programme also contains a capstone project (JA6001) which is designed to be a culminating educational experience for students. It aims to summarise and synthesise all or part of a student’s academic career at the university.

Progression

Graduates of the course leave the British Academy of Jewellery as highly skilled technical makers and independent thinkers with a portfolio of jewellery creations that will allow them to enter the jewellery sector or start their own brands.