Jewellery and Accessories - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

The Jewellery and Accessories BA (Hons) degree is a creative course, perfect if you want to make an exciting career out of your passion for adornment. You’ll undertake a wide range of experimental projects, developing accessories such as eyewear, handbags, watches, belts, jewellery and even medical aids such as earwear and decorative prosthetics for performance. You'll explore the concept of the body as a theatre for showing off your work.

More about this course

You’ll gain a thorough understanding of the possibilities in contemporary accessories and jewellery through established 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 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 included the USA, Europe and Egypt.

You will benefit from the expertise of current practitioners and teaching staff as well as from 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, in turn offering an easier pathway to success on graduation.

This course gives you a clear mission to discover your own creative identity and passion, 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 work to complete your professional portfolio of projects, which you'll use for an exhibition 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. You'll also gain professional experience appropriate to your discipline throughout the course. Previous work experience placements 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 benefits from collaborative links with the creative industries, which allows you to visit 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.

Assessment

You'll be assessed in a range of ways including peer appraisal and individual reflective practices throughout studio based work and personal projects.

Evaluative achievements are assessed through coursework with presentations, seminars and portfolio reviews used to accommodate different learning styles.

Each assessment (formative and summative) seeks to build your confidence as independent learners, providing advice for all aspects of learning.

Fees and key information

Course type
Undergraduate
UCAS code W910
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Entry requirements

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/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 our Fashion (including foundation year) BA (Hons) or Art and Design (including foundation year) BA (Hons) degree.

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

Example Year 1 modules include:

  • 3D Design Principles
  • 3D Visual Research and Communication
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 1 (3D)
  • Workshop Practice

Example Year 2 modules include:

  • 3D Design
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 2 (3D)
  • Design Resolution
  • Materials, Technology and Markets

Example Year 3 modules include:

  • 3D Project Design and Development
  • Critical and Contextual Studies 3: Dissertation (3D)
  • Major Project Realisation: Fashion Accessories and Jewellery
  • World of Work

What our students say

"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)

After the course

Graduates will possess the skills and practical experience to pursue a wide range of careers in design, including product developer, self-employed designer/maker, fashion stylist, technologist and curator.

Graduates from the course have achieved notable success in the industry. Our alumni include Zoe Robertson, Imogen Bellfield, Mark Bloomfield (Electrobloom) and Jo McAllister.

Alex O’Neil Skjerdal, a recent graduate, has been working with acclaimed designer Jasper Conran on some jewellery prices and is currently working for the Horniman Museum on a range of jewellery.

Graduates may also choose to pursue careers in journalism, promotion, education, retail or digital media, or take on further study at postgraduate level.

Additional costs

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.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

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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