Jewellery Fundamentals

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  • Overview
  • Progression
  • Your career

Learn the fundamentals of professional jewellery manufacturing and design, in the most technically comprehensive and practical beginner’s jewellery design and manufacturing course in the UK.

During this accredited course, students will learn the essential and basic manufacturing and 2D design skills jewellers need. 

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

By the end of the year, students will have a portfolio consisting of technical exercises achieved in manufacturing, assignments, and a sketchbook portfolio of design experimentation. This combined work should be sufficient for them to apply for a degree or diploma.

This course is the ideal stepping stone to progress onto our three-year diploma programme, the Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma.

Jewellery Manufacturing
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Design
Theory

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Choose a pace to suit you

Enrol for our 10-month course studying 2 days per week, or take our fast-track 5-month course, studying 4 days per week.

STARTS
Sept 2020
DURATION
10 months
FREQUENCY
2 days a week
QUALIFICATION
L3 Diploma in Jewellery Design & Manufacturing
STARTS
Sept 2020
DURATION
5 months
FREQUENCY
4 days a week
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)
  • Introduction to branding using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint as a tool
  • Costing with Excel
  • Introduction to Rhino 3D to create 2D images suitable for photo-etching and laser cutting
  • Introduction to Adobe Suite:
  • Transfer hand drawn images into Illustrator to create accurate technical drawings and retouch the resulting images in Photoshop.
  • Understanding of Computer Aided Manufacturing (in jewellery context)
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 & Funding

Depending on your age and economic circumstances there are funding options available, such as learner support funds, bursaries and loans for learners aged 19+. To find out more, talk to one of our Student Services team on 020 3588 0520 or email admissions@baj.ac.uk.

Free

UK/ EU students aged 16-18

£6,421

UK/EU Students aged 19+ with the Advanced Learner Loan

£6,921

Privately funded UK/EU Students

 

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SPACES
SEPT
2020
What our students say
I am doing my Jewellery Fundamentals diploma as an apprentice technician at BAJ. I am delighted by the content of the programme offering us solid knowledge in jewellery manufacturing. 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.
Agnes Wequin

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The Jewellery Fundamentals programme offered by BAJ enables progression to the three-year Jewellery Design and Manufacturing Diploma.

Jewellery Fundamentals 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 programme is 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
JDM LOCATION
London
JDM STARTS
Sept 2020
JDM DURATION
3 years
JDM FREQUENCY
2 days a week
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Jewellery Fundamentals Diploma
SQA Level 3
2D & 3D Design skills
Creative design & manufacturing skills
Ideal stepping stone to JDM Year 1 Diploma

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

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

Jewellery Design and Manufacturing 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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2020

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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SEPT
2020
FAQ’s
The Government recognises that some of our courses 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.  

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • those with no prior experience of the industry
  • those who have already achieved a Level 2 qualification in Jewellery Manufacturing
  • people in employment within the jewellery sector who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • individuals who wish to start their own business
  • adults wanting a change of career
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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