Fashion Accessories and Jewellery - BA (Hons)
Why study this course?
The Fashion Accessories and Jewellery BA (Hons) degree is a creative course, perfect if you have a passion for adornment and want to make it an exciting career. You’ll undertake a wide range of experimental projects developing accessories such as eyewear, handbags, watches, belts, jewellery, and even medical aids such as ear wear and decorative prosthetics for performance. Consider the body as the theatre to show off your work.
In this degree you’ll gain a thorough understanding of the possibilities in contemporary accessories and jewellery through well established and excellent links to industry alongside national and international live projects and events. You’ll be expected to collaborate on professional briefs and experience real work challenges and environments such as placements, competitions and events including International Talent Support and London Fashion Week. Our students have won various awards including the Simon Benny Award for Technical Skills and the Richard Akhurst Award for Technical Achievement.
We provide the chance to visit to high profile fashion houses and manufacturing companies to broaden your understanding of the context of your work. You could also participate in overseas visits – recent trips have been to the USA, Europe and Egypt.
The expertise of current practitioners and teaching staff is supported by our intensive programme of visiting speakers who enrich the University atmosphere, encouraging discussion and the exchange of ideas. These will become part of your network of connections leading to an easier pathway to success on graduation.
With a clear pathway to discovery of your own creative identity and passion your exploration will be highly experimental with results in the form of working prototypes and models through to finished objects. Our studios and workshops are excellent and allow the broadest possible range of options in traditional and digital technologies. Workshop-based equipment includes precision and pillar drills, laser and micro welders, a hydraulic press, enamelling kilns, leather working tools, hat formers and much more.
During your final year, you'll be expected to work towards completion of professional portfolio of projects, culminating in exhibition of these in the annual graduate show. You’re encouraged to develop entrepreneurial opportunities during the course and apply for and participate in subject-specialist work placements as well as gain professional experience appropriate to your discipline throughout the course. Some of the work experiences have included companies such as Simon Harrison, Aston Martin, Saatchi and Saatchi, Marks & Spencer, and our regular employer Camp America in New York State.
The course has collaborative links with the creative industries directly through visiting professional designer/makers who regularly teach and mentor throughout the programme.
By the time you graduate your CV and portfolio will be full of records of events, exhibitions and exciting projects that will demonstrate your creativity and expertise to prospective employers and your future clients.
The course deploys a range of formative and summative assessment methods, including peer appraisal and individual reflective practices throughout studio based work and personal projects. These evaluative achievements are evidenced through coursework and demonstrated within presentations, seminars and portfolio reviews, to accommodate differing learning styles. Each assessment (formative and summative) seeks to build your confidence as independent learners, providing advice for all aspects of learning.
In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:
- a minimum of grades BBC in three A levels in relevant art and design, art history or design and technology subjects (or a minimum of 112 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification in relevant art and design subjects)
- a portfolio review
- English Language GCSE at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent)
We encourage applications from international/EU students with equivalent qualifications and also accept mature students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Applicants living outside the UK will be required to submit a portfolio of work via email.
If you do not have traditional qualifications or cannot meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the Fashion and Textiles Extended Degree (with Foundation Year) BA (Hons).
All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.
Year 1 (Level 4) modules include:
- 3D Visual Research and Communication
- 3D Design Principles
- Critical and Contextual Studies 1
- Workshop Practice
Year 2 (Level 5) modules include:
- Making Matters
- 3D Design
- Critical and Contextual Studies 2
- Design Resolution
Year 3 (Level 6) modules include:
- Major Project Realisation: Fashion Accessories and Jewellery
- 3D Project and Design Development
- Exhibition Practice
"I thoroughly enjoyed my time at The Cass and feel it was my tutors who made my experience so special, generous with their knowledge and time and all experts in their own practice. It's through my tutors that I found employment after graduating and through The Cass social media that I found my workshop!"
Tilly Sudsbury (Jewellery graduate)
Graduates of this creative courses leave with the skills and practical experience in a wide range of careers in design including product development, self-employed designer/maker, fashion stylist, technologist or curator.
Our graduates are well known in the industry with names such as Zoe Robertson, Imogen Bellfield, Mark Bloomfield (Electrobloom) and Jo McAllister amongst our alumni. Alex O’Neil Skjerdal, one of our recent graduate has been working with acclaimed designer Jasper Conran on some jewellery prices and is currently working the the Horniman Museum on a range of jewellery.
Outside the industry, graduates can also follow careers in journalism, promotion, education, retail or digital media.
There is also the option of further study at postgraduate level.
We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.
Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.
All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
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How to apply
If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.
UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.
Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.
When to apply
The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.
If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.
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News and success stories
pages from Impulse book showing metal spoons and jugs
Simone ten Hompel features in new book celebrating thirty years of innovative artist-in-residence programme.
Collect Open: 27 February 2018
Fashion students at the Cass have been gearing up for the annual PROJECT RED fashion show.
Susanna Edwards has been asked to use her expertise to visualise what Southampton will be like in 2117.
Jewellery Design graduate wins a prestigious award at the Goldsmiths’ Fair 2017.
image of yellow pin made with metal and twine
Cass MA by Project student exhibits at international exhibition of ethical metalworkers
Old letterpress sets
Exhibition of student work and street party event at The Cass as part of London Design Festival 2017.
In celebration of its students, alumni, new home and London Design Festival, The Cass plays host to a series of exhibitions and workshops this September.
Art courses ranked second best in London again for student satisfaction, while the School of Computing and Digital Media's Maths course scores 10/10 for ‘Value Added’.
woman in red dress sashays down catwalk
24 February 5pm
First year fashion students bring the catwalk to The Cass as part of Celebration Week.
Image of the exhibition
Exhibition by Cass alumna explores the relationship between jewellery, the body and performance.
Meet the team
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Date 2 May 2018 Time 1:00 PM Venue London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
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