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BA Jewellery Design

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  • Objectives
    This course is for those whose ambition is to engage in defining the direction of contemporary jewellery. Your personal creative identity is developed by problem solving, fluency of visual language, craft skills and an appreciation of the historic, social and cultural context of jewellery. This course is about creating jewellery of quality in concept and realisation. It is for those whose ambition is to engage in defining the direction of contemporary jewellery, initially by developing the ability to become highly skilled designer-makers. Your personal creative identity is nurtured through the development of creative problem-solving, fluency of visual language, craft skills and an appreciation of the historic, social and cultural context of jewellery. In addition, through the course's long established reputation for breaking new technical ground, it is rapidly developing a reputation for the wide-ranging ideas and innovative use of materials in the work of its students.
  • Entry requirements
    For entry on to the course you will be expected to have successfully completed Foundation Studies in Art & Design and possess two A-levels and five GCSEs (including three passes in academic subjects) at grade C or above. We also welcome applicants with qualifications equivalent to these. As part of your application you will be asked to submit a portfolio of your art and design work.
  • Academic Title
    BA Jewellery Design
  • Course description
    BA Jewellery Design

    Programme

    Stage 1

    In the first year, the emphasis is on learning practical skills and originating ideas. Projects combine design exercises, drawing and model making to support the learning of these skills. To complement the practical work there are lectures on the history and social context of jewellery, textiles and fashion and visits to galleries, museums, and workshops to acquaint you with researching and sourcing information.

    Stage 2

    By the second year you undertake a series of projects that introduce a range of professional contexts in which a jewellery designer might work. More ambitious design problems, concepts and solutions are experienced through extensive exploratory design development.

    Stage 3

    The final year gives you the freedom to demonstrate your individual identity, expressing your creative ideas in a way that will provide a springboard for your career or for further study. Your work becomes self-directed, underpinned by a written commentary on its progress. With tutorial guidance, you will develop a Graduation Collection which gives you the opportunity to demonstrate self-expression and a broad range of design and making skills. You will also be required to write a proposal for your Graduation Collection providing a rationale for your design decisions.

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