Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma

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  • Overview
  • Foundation
  • Years 1, 2 & 3
  • Your career

The British Academy of Jewellery offers a Diploma Programme in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing. The four year study programme consists of a foundation followed by Year 1, 2 and 3.

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.

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LOCATION
London
STARTS
Sep 2018
DURATION
4 years
FREQUENCY
2 days a week
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Foundation Diploma
SQA Level 3
2D & 3D Design skills
Creative design & manufacturing skills
Ideal stepping stone to Year 1 Diploma

Year 1 Diploma
SQA Level 4
Complex technical skills
Expanding design & creative thinking
Develop Computer Aided Design (CAD) skills

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

Year 3 Diploma
SQA Level 6
Selection of niche manufacturing skills
Create a website with professional images
Final collection and show

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.
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Learn the foundations of professional jewellery manufacturing and design, in the most comprehensive and practival beginner’s jewellery course in the UK.

During this accredited course, you will learn the essential and basic 2D Design, 3D Design, and manufacturing skills jewellers need.

With a large amount of contact hours with a range of industry specialists and professional jewellers, you will gain an insight into the industry and take the first step towards developing the creative and technical skills required to become a jeweller.

As a foundation course in to the subject, this course is the ideal stepping stone to progress onto our 3-year Diploma programme in Jewellery Design and Manufacturing.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
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START DATE OPTIONS
Sep 10th
Mon & Tue 9:30 – 5pm
Sep 13th
Thur & Fri 9:30 – 5pm
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L3 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
What you will learn
Jewellery Manufacturing
  • You will learn to maintain and prepare the workshop
  • Mark out and measure materials, use tools to cut, pierce and file jewellery and precious metal objects
  • Use equipment to permanently join jewellery or silverware components
  • Design and make models for use in lost wax casting (a process by which a sculpture is cast from an original sculpture in wax)
  • Polish and finish it to industry standard
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Produce CAD designs for precious metal objects
  • Produce CAM (Computer Aided Manufacture) prototypes for precious metal objects
Design
  • Research and respond to a brief
  • Produce designs for production
  • 2D drawing design
  • Design critical thinking
Theory
  • Maintain knowledge of the jewellery industry, allied trades and related technologies
  • The history and social impact of creativity and it’s influence on design
  • Develop and extend critical and creative thinking skills
Entry requirements
No prior knowledge or skills are required to take the course but prior jewellery knowledge may be advantageous.
Fees
£6,421
UK/EU Students
Advanced Learner Loan
£6,921
UK/EU Students
Privately funded
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What our students say
I am doing my Level 3 jewellery manufacturing as an apprentice technician at the BAJ. I am delighted by the content of the programme offering us solid knowledge in jewellery manufacture. It is also pleasant to collaborate with the entire BAJ team, as I have had the opportunity to work with marketing, enrolments and external companies such as The New Designers exhibitions.
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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.

Interested in this course? Get in touch, only a few spaces left for 2018.
Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
START DATE OPTIONS
Sep 17th
Mon & Tue 9:30 – 5pm
Sep 20th
Thur & Fri 9:30 – 5pm
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L4 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
What you will learn
Jewellery Manufacturing
  • You will learn intermediate jewellery manufacturing skills in technical excercises
  • To execute your own designs in response to set and self-set briefs
Skills covered: forming, soldering, filing, finishing, polishing and more.
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
  • Use technical CAD skills for professional fine jewellery manufacturing using a CAD software package
Skills covered: prototyping using CAM technology and designing using CAD technology at an intermediate level.
Design
  • Create your own individual designs in response to industry set and your own self set briefs
Skills covered: interpreting the design brief in your own way and following the design process.
Theory
  • Cover jewellery specific subjects (gemmology and jewellery history) in addition to subjects that will prepare you for a jewellery career
Skills covered: Engaging with the Wider Creative and Cultural Context, Art and Design: Cultural Identity, Creative Industries: Preparing for the Workplace, and Understanding Gemstones.
Entry requirements
BAJ Foundation Diploma Jewellery Design and Manufacturing
or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
Advanced Learner Loan
£6,921
Privately funded

 

Year 2 SQA Level 5

In your 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 you in the development of an individual creative language and strong portfolio of work and skills.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
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START DATE OPTIONS
Sep 17th
Mon & Tue 9:30 – 5pm
Sep 20th
Thur & Fri 9:30 – 5pm
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L5 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
Entry requirements
BAJ Foundation Diploma Jewellery Design and Manufacturing and SQA Level 4 or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
UK/EU Students
Advanced Learner Loan
£12,000
UK/EU Students
Privately funded

Year 3 SQA Level 6

During your 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 setting up content and matter in support of future goals. With the support in creating a website, taking professional images and a dedicated final show at the end of the qualifications, you will have taken all required steps to launch your career upon completion.

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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory
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START DATE OPTIONS
Sep 17th
Mon & Tue 9:30 – 5pm
Sep 20th
Thur & Fri 9:30 – 5pm
DURATION
10 months
QUALIFICATION
L6 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
Entry requirements
BAJ Foundation Diploma Jewellery Design and Manufacturing, SQA Level 4 and SQA Level 5 or proof of equivalent qualification. A bench test and portfolio review may be required.
Fees
£6,421
UK/EU Students
Advanced Learner Loan
£12,000
UK/EU Students
Privately funded
Our facilities and tutors
Our courses are taught in professional quality bench studios, CAD suites and design studios, all in the heart of London’s ancient jewellery quarter – Hatton Garden.
We keep our classes small so that students get one-to-one tuition from our jewellery experts.

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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.

Our Learner Services team is also on hand to provide you with careers advice and guidance, and you will be able to access our database of current jobs and Apprenticeship vacancies in the jewellery industry.

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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.
Additionally, in your final year we invite prospective companies to come and view your work at your final year show, giving you the opportunity to find a career with one of our partners.

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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.
Absolutely. Our diploma courses are all accredited by City and Guilds. Our short courses are exemplary certificates but at the moment are not accredited.
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.
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