Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma | BAJ

Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma

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  • Overview
  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Your career

The British Academy of Jewellery offers a Diploma Programme in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. It is a three-year study programme, which follows on from the introductory year Jewellery Fundamentals.

The BAJ Diploma Programme provides the essential skills and experience necessary to succeed in the creative sector as well as contribute to the growth and success of the industry at a local, national and international level.

The programmes are intended to develop creative design and making skills , in addition to the entrepreneurial skills needed to build or support a business, and produce an imaginative and versatile designer maker that is able to respond, adapt and lead in the dynamic and fast-changing jewellery industry.

SPACES
AVAILABLE
2020
LOCATION
London
STARTS
Sept 2020
DURATION
3 years
FREQUENCY
2 days a week
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JDM Diploma – Year 1
SQA Level 4
Complex technical skills
Expanding design & creative thinking
Develop Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills

JDM Diploma – Year 2
SQA Level 5
Professional practice
Advanced jewellery manufacturing skills
Strong portfolio of work and skills

JDM Diploma – Year 3
SQA Level 6
Selection of niche manufacturing skills
Create a website with professional images
Final collection and show
Qualification awaiting approval
Why study with us?
Learn from the best
Learn from tutors with years of industry experience across a breadth of jewellery & creative disciplines.
Individual approach
Our intimate class sizes and regular
1-to-1’s ensure that you get the individual support you need to flourish.
Benefit from our relationships
We have valuable partnerships with companies such as Cartier, Graff,
Tiffany & Co. and Goldsmith.
Ready to apply?
Get in touch and we’ll provide you with a world-class technical and creative education.

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SPACES
SEPT
2020

Year 1 SQA Level 4

This year will introduce you to complex technical skills, alongside expanding design and creative thinking skills. You will develop further essential workshop and Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills needed to complete and produce set and self-directed designs.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
START DATE OPTIONS
Sept 2020
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L4 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
What you will learn
Intermediate Jewellery Manufacturing Skills (40%)

Application of fundamental jewellery techniques learnt on foundation, to the production of specific pieces of jewellery including:

    • Introduction to forging
    • Introduction to stone setting
    • Creating professional stone mounts for setting
    • Hand make a clasp, a hinge, mechanisms and linkage production
    • Creating mechanical joins
    • Further knowledge of the casting process and metallurgy
Intermediate CAD/CAM skills (25%)

Use of Rhino 3D to create both 2D and 3D designs appropriate in the jewellery industry, including:

    • Use of curves and bitmaps for 2D drawings for production
    • Use of basic solids and transform commands to create simple objects
    • Use and application of the ‘big 6’ commands to form 3D models for casting

 

Intermediate 2D Design Skills (15%)
    • Ability to apply design process in response to design brief
    • Choose, prepare and apply appropriate presentation skills to communicate ideas
    • Rendering: continuation of metal forms; opaque and translucent cabochons; faceted stones; rendering an orthographic drawing
    • Extending the application of elements and principals of design
    • Exploring different materials for maquette making
    • Designing mechanical linked components for production
    • Technical drawing: isometric and further orthographic drawing
Intermediate Jewellery Studies (20%)
    • Introduction to gemstones and their properties
    • Understanding professional practice within the jewellery industry.
    • Learning to network and develop contacts in the industry
    • Refine development of own career path through a mentoring scheme
    • Developed knowledge of jewellery history through learning and applying cultural jewellery techniques e.g. filigree, granulation
    • Application of metallurgy concepts
Entry requirements
BAJ Jewellery Fundamentals Diploma, or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
with Advanced Learner Loan
£6,921
privately funded

 

What our students say
Changing from my MBA International Business and Marketing career to become a Bespoke CAD Jewellery Designer and Manufacturer is one of the major challenges in my life. The British Academy of Jewellery (BAJ) has taught me practical Jewellery Design and Manufacturing skills, technical knowledge, support and guidance. I’ll carry this amazing experience, wisdom and a whole new set of skills and abilities to the rest of my jewellery design and making journey. If you have the passion, determination and drive, you will go far!
Connie Fung, BAJ Student of the Year 2017/18
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Year 2 SQA Level 5

In the second year, you will concentrate on advanced jewellery manufacturing skills. In addition, you will be introduced to professional practice and challenged by exciting projects further encouraging the development of an individual creative language and a strong portfolio of work and skills.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
START DATE OPTIONS
Sept 2020
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L5 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
What you will learn

Advanced Jewellery Manufacturing Skills (35%)

  • Advanced forming skills
  • Advanced soldering skills
  • Understanding of experimental jewellery techniques
  • Ability to experiment with jewellery techniques
  • Intermediate to advanced finishing and polishing skills

Advanced skills using CAD/CAM (15%)

  • Advanced Computer Aided Design skills
  • Ability to design for and apply Computer Aided Manufacturing techniques innovatively

 

Advanced 2D Design Skills (20%)

  • Intermediate drawing skills
  • Intermediate painting skills
  • Produce innovative jewellery designs in conjunction with set parameters as specified in the design brief
  • Apply effective and appropriate communication skills and tools to professionally present work

Advanced Jewellery Studies (30%)

  • Basic market research for business
  • Understand environmental and social impact of work
  • Identify, read and critically evaluate material related to their own research interests in jewellery
  • Intermediate gemmology knowledge
  • Basic writing skills
  • Develop a personal professional development plan identifying areas and opportunities for continuous expansion
Entry requirements
BAJ Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Level 4 (Year 1)
or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
Advanced Learner Loan
£6,921
Privately funded

 

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Year 3 SQA Level 6

During the final year, you will develop a selection of specific jewellery manufacturing skills and professional attributes informed by your career aspirations. Whilst developing a final collection as accumulation of all acquired knowledge and skills, you will start producing content in support of future goals. With support in personal promotion through and a dedicated final show at the end of the qualifications,  you will have taken all required steps to launch your career upon completion.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
START DATE OPTIONS
Sept 2021
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L6 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
What you will learn

During the final year, you will develop a selection of specific jewellery manufacturing skills and professional attributes informed by your career aspirations. Whilst developing a final collection as accumulation of all acquired knowledge and skills, you will start producing content in support of future goals. With support in personal promotion through and a dedicated final show at the end of the qualifications, you will have taken all required steps to launch your career upon completion.

Upon completion of the qualification you will have gained:

  • Advanced jewellery manufacturing skills
  • Ability to utilise traditional and new technologies and techniques, materials and processes to creatively produce a final collection
  • Ability to efficiently plan and manage the development of a collection from initial design through to final production, meeting all deadlines
  • Creative problem-solving skills to overcome design and making problems
  • Ability to produce and present a brand built around own work, business values, and correct market placement within the jewellery industry
  • Ability to reflect on and describe their own practice in relation to contemporary contexts
  • Ability to describe the relationship between their research topic and the issues explored in their own practice
  • Ability to write for print/online distribution
  • Ability to produce a professional portfolio
  • Ability to confidently present a body of work tailored to their chosen target market
  • Capacity to analyse product images, and create or collaborate to develop own professional imagery
  • An understanding of business and e-business

 

You will also have:

  • Developed and organised an in-depth, well-presented extensively researched project utilising appropriate research methods, and with reference to a variety of appropriate and fully-referenced research sources
  • Produce and present a creative and industry-ready promotional package documenting designs of the final collection
  • Used supporting business skills to plan the achievement of your individual career goals during studies and upon graduation
Entry requirements
BAJ Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma Level 5 (Year 2) or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
Advanced Learner Loan
£6,921
Privately funded

 

Interested in this course?

Our courses are designed to provide you with the technical craftsmanship, creative thinking and entrepreneurial approach to design, make and build your own jewellery brand.

As well as giving you the skills you need, we’ll introduce you to our close relationships with small and large employers, and key industry experts in the field, putting you at the forefront of the jewellery industry in the UK and globally.

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The start of your career
The Academy has close relationships with small and large employers, and key industry experts in the field, putting our Diploma students at the forefront of the jewellery industry in the UK and globally. BAJ’s involvement with the sector ranges from educating individuals wishing to enter the trade, apprentices and industry experts wishing to upskill.

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SPACES
SEPT
2020
FAQ’s
The Government recognises that some of our course can help young people to get a job in the jewellery industry and therefore through grant funding enables us to make them virtually free to young people aged between 16-18, and at a lower rate for others.
Depending on your age and economic circumstances there are also payment programmes, learner support funds, bursaries and 24+ loans available. To find out more talk to one of our Student Services team on 020 7405 0197 or email admissions@baj.ac.uk.

Yes. Our diploma programmes, Jewellery Fundamentals; Jewellery Design & Manufacturing and Preparation for the Jewellery Industry, are all globally recognised and accredited by the Scottish Qualifications Authority Awarding Body. 

These qualifications are recognised as part of of the Regulated Qualifications in England and Wales and are also supported by Creative and Cultural Skills, the sector skills council (SSC) for the jewellery industry.

Short courses and online courses are non-accredited. A BAJ certificate of completion is awarded upon successful completion of these courses.  

 

Each course has its own specific entry requirements. For the Level 2 courses, there are no entry requirements whatsoever, just enthusiasm and willingness to learn! As the courses get more advanced, the predecessor course or proven experience in the trade of equal worth are required.
We welcome all international students. Over the years, we have had learners join us from all over the globe. Unfortunately, we are currently unable to provide CAS numbers to non-EU nationals to enable them to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
We have a strong policy to not discriminate or treat unfavourably anybody who has any form of disability. We appreciate that all disabilities, both mental and physical affect people in different ways. As such, try and accommodate each individual student as best we can. To discuss this with someone in our admissions department, please email info@baj.ac.uk and for more information contact us or call us on +44 (0) 20 7405 0197.
What our students say
Thank you so much for everything this year, you’ve all been great and I feel one step closer to achieving my goals.
Heather Ecola

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