BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery)

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About the course

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The Contemporary Design Crafts Jewellery degree at the University of Hertfordshire explores in the First Year contemporary approaches to designing and making across a range of two and three-dimensional media in the fields of textiles, jewellery and ceramics and glass. In the Second Year students choose to focus their interests within the jewellery medium and approach, enabling them to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace. We are offering a balance between focused specialist study and experimental mixed media approaches.

This results in the production of a richly diverse range of artifacts - such as experimental and fine jewellery, accessories, objects and conceptual pieces for exhibition or commission. The emphasis is on questioning function and tradition to arrive at fresh, lively alternatives for a sophisticated market.

The workshops are the focus of the student experience our students are using the latest digital textiles printing, laser cutting and rapid prototyping equipment as well as the traditional equipped workshop to develop their practice. 

With a variety of live projects and competition projects the course provides you with a confident start to your professional career; you will evolve from learning basic skills in your pathway through to a position where you are an independent creative thinker capable of making an effective contribution in the sector as a designer maker

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Why choose this course?

  • Contemporary Design Crafts Jewellery degree encourages fresh ideas, inventive use of materials and techniques, and awareness of contemporary markets.
  • You establish and refine your interests in the field of jewellery to reach the high level of skills demanded by the professional marketplace.
  • Placements develop a versatile understanding of the workplace, establishing our graduates as contemporaries in a competitive professional market.

Student Testimonials

"Visiting an open day really was the deciding factor to choose this course. They had examples of current students work on show which was great to see what I could be making!"
Mindy, Jewellery Student.

Key staff

Ms Antje Illner
Her focus is in 3D applied arts, with particular interest between traditional craft skills and new technology methods within production. Her practice includes working as a jewellery designer and design consultant.
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Professional Accreditations

Ranked 10th in the country in the design and crafts section of the Guardian's 2017 University League Tables.

Careers

The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study.

Teaching methods

The course combines studio projects and practical workshop based sessions, where ideas and making are integrated. Students have a base studio, where design development, group tutorials, crits and presentations take place. The Critical and Cultural Studies modules combine lectures, workshops, seminars, and tutorials, and encourage a high level of debate and interaction. Students are encouraged to see their learning as an interactive experience, in which they play an active part, so that they emerge as resourceful and independent professionals, committed to pursuing their ambitions beyond graduation. The degree is staffed by practicing professionals, and Visiting Lecturers who regularly contribute specialist expertise.

Work Placement

A period of work experience is a requirement in your second year of study. We encourage our students to think of themselves as versatile practitioners, able to adapt to the ever-changing contemporary market. The focus throughout level 5 is to identify markets for your interests, develop a personal direction with tutorial guidance, and establish external contacts. This requires a resourceful and enterprising attitude, a sense of ambition, and confidence based on self-reliance. The Professional Practice module is the basis for recognising these qualities, as well as preparing students to promote and present themselves professionally through CVs, and portfolio preparation.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad through the University's study abroad programme.
Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Core Design Skills - 30 Credits
  • Introduction to Design Principles - 30 Credits
  • Professional Design Studio (1) - 30 Credits
  • Design Theory (L4) - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Core Design Skills (2) - 30 Credits
  • Professional Design Studio (2) - 30 Credits
  • Design Theory (L5) - 30 Credits
  • Design Principles (JEWL) - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Professional Design Studio (3) - 30 Credits
  • Major Degree Project (JEWL) - 60 Credits
  • The Degree Essay (L6) - 30 Credits

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year
Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

  • 96 UCAS points
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).  
  • A levels/BTECs to include an art related subject.
  • IB - 96 UCAS points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above to include Visual Arts at SL or HL  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • Subject to portfolio interview.
  • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.
  • For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.
  • Please note, if you apply for advanced entry onto years 2 or 3 in 2017, or year 3 in 2018, your degree certificate will state the course title “Contemporary Design Crafts: Jewellery" instead of the new title, “Design Crafts: Jewellery"

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
17/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
17/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
17/09/201831/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
25/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
24/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)