HNC Art & Design 3D Design
(Jewellery Design and Manufacturing)

This course is designed for students seeking a vocationally oriented higher education qualification available after two years of study. The vocational orientation of the programme is achieved via an applied and contextualised approach to learning. 

HNC (Level 4) 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.


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Why choose HNC Art & Design 3D Design (Jewellery Design and Manufacturing)?

With our strong connections to the creative industries, you’ll have endless opportunities to learn from and connect with the top professionals in the jewellery sector. Our world-class tutors have first hand experience running their own jewellery businesses, so they know the practical skills needed in the field. You’ll learn both traditional techniques and the latest technology, ensuring you’re fully prepared for success in the industry.  

Our HNC program is designed to be more flexible and cost-effective than a traditional bachelor’s degree. Not only do our tuition fees tend to be lower, but you can also complete your HNC in just one year. You still have the option to progress to HND (Level 5) whenever you’re ready to take your education to the next level.

Entry requirements

Typically 18+ years of age. You must also have: 

Standard route 

  • Acquired Level 3 qualification (equivalent to 60 credits or above), preferably in Jewellery Design and Manufacture, or equivalent. 
  • GCSE Maths and English (grade 4-5 (C) or above, or Level 2 equivalent to CEFR level B2 (CEFR – The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). 

Non-standard route

  • Mature applicants 21+ with limited formal qualifications require 2 or more years work experience in a related field, personal statement, English assessment equivalent to CEFR level B2.

All routes

  • There will also be a one-to-one interview and/or bench test session to understand students’ level of prior attainment and motivations to learn.

Fees & funding

Per academic year: £6.000 

Funding through Student Finance England is available for those eligible.

Tools and consumable materials are not included in the course fee.

What you will learn

Jewellery Manufacturing Skills 

Get ready to unleash your creativity and master the art of jewellery making! Not only will you learn essential “bench skills”, but you’ll also discover how to design stunning jewellery pieces and explore traditional drawing techniques. Plus, you’ll keep a creative journal to document your progress. By the end of the course, you’ll have an impressive portfolio showcasing your finished jewellery pieces and designs. But that’s not all – you’ll also gain valuable knowledge of the business and production processes involved in jewellery manufacturing. With the skills to design, source, create, and produce high-quality jewellery, you’ll be ready to take the industry by storm. 

You will have the opportunity to study in a small and intimate class setting, located in one of our state-of-the-art professional studios. Your expert tutor will be there with you every step of the way, providing you with personalised guidance and support as you master the art of jewellery making. With their wealth of knowledge and experience, you’ll be able to explore traditional drawing techniques, design stunning jewellery pieces, and learn essential practical skills. 

Application of fundamental jewellery techniques learnt on the foundation diploma, the production of specific pieces of jewellery learning of more advanced jewellery making techniques indicative units: 

  • Professional development
  • Contextual studies
  • Individual project
  • Techniques and processes
  • 3D practices
  • Computer aided design (CAD)
  • Material structures
  • Art/craft Production

Upon graduation from the HNC (Level 4), you will receive the Pearson Higher National Certificate.

Student Services & Support

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

At the Academy, we value equality, opportunity, and a culture that embraces diversity. Our learners, staff, and alumni come from a wide range of backgrounds, and this diversity is integral to the Academy’s reputation. We take pride in our inclusive community and are dedicated to creating a supportive environment where everyone feels welcomed and creativity, can flourish. 

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

Our exam-free, blended learning programmes are taught through a range of activities including classroom-based learning, live webinars, supervised independent learning, case studies, group presentations and applied research, to position you for success no matter your learning style. Each unit is assigned a national level indicator of 4, indicating the relative intellectual demand, complexity and depth of study, and learner autonomy. 

Blended learning requires access to a laptop or desktop computer. You also need to use word processing software such as Microsoft Word and Microsoft PowerPoint.

Assessment & feedback

Throughout the HNC program, w will evaluate your progress through a combination of formative and summative feedback. Formative assessment is intended to provide developmental feedback to students on their performance and growth, while summative assessment involves grades that contribute to the overall unit grade. Our coursework assignments and projects are designed with your career development in mind, providing you with the best opportunity to hone and enhance the transferable skills that employers seek.


As you progress through our programme, you’ll acquire the necessary technical design skills and production management knowledge to bring your own unique jewellery collection to life. Whether you aspire to pitch your designs to a high street jewellery company or establish your very own independent brand, we’ll equip you with the tools and expertise to succeed in your jewellery-making career. With our guidance and support, you’ll be able to build a successful and fulfilling career in the exciting and rewarding world of jewellery design and production.

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