Jewellery and Accessories - BA (Hons)

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Why study this course?

Our Jewellery and Accessories BA (Hons) degree is a highly creative course, perfect if you want to make an exciting career out of your passion for adornment. The course will prepare you for a career as a jeweller, gallerist, curator, stage prop designer/maker, silversmith or fashion accessory maker, as well as setting you up for postgraduate study.

Our students have won various awards including the Paul Podolsky Award for Best Creative Collection, the Simon Benney Award for Technical Skills and the Richard Akehurst Award for Technical Achievement as well as significant University prizes each year. Our alumni include hundreds of practising jewellers currently working as professional independent designers and makers. We are proud to see our graduates in the collections of museums, at high-end fashion shows and in the windows of galleries all over the world.

More about this course

You will gain a thorough understanding of the possibilities in contemporary jewellery and accessories through your modules. Your learning will be enhanced thanks to the School’s established links to industry, as well as engagement in national and international live projects and events. You will be expected to take part in professional briefs and to experience real work challenges including  placements, competitions and events, such as International Talent Support and London Fashion Week.

We provide the chance to visit craftspeople, fashion designers and manufacturing companies to broaden your understanding of the context of your work. You are even able to participate in overseas visits – recent trips have included the USA, Germany and Egypt. Our next trip is to South Africa for our exhibition in Johannesburg.

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 degree course will give 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 excellent studios and workshops allow the broadest possible range of options in traditional and digital technologies. Workshop-based equipment includes precision and pillar drills, laser and micro welders, hydraulic presses, enamelling kilns, leather working tools, hat formers, 3D printers and much more.

During your final year on this Jewellery and Accessories course, you will work to complete your professional portfolio of projects, which you'll use for an exhibition in our annual graduate show. You are encouraged to develop entrepreneurial opportunities during the course. You may participate in subject-specialist work placements. You will also gain professional experience appropriate to your discipline throughout the course. Previous work experience placements have included companies such as Kelvin J Birk Jewellery, Simon Harrison, Aston Martin and Saatchi and Saatchi.

When 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 establish your own future as a designer and maker.

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)

 

"I just wanted to let you know I did it, I qualified as a teacher, and I'm now one term into my job as a Design and Technology teacher in Aylesbury! It's great, and I love it. Thanks to you and the course at the Cass I got here and achieved my dream. So just wanted to say THANK YOU!

Sophie Yarrow (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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To see just what our current Jewellery and Accessories students are up to right now you can also follow our separate Instagram account.

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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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