About the course

This degree involves a practical workshop programme, establishing and refining your understanding of the tactile qualities and properties of materials and how they can be manipulated to express your ideas. In the First Year you’ll learn contemporary approaches to designing and making across a range of 2D and 3D media. Then, in the Second Year, you’ll focus your interests in order to reach the high level of refinement necessary for the professional marketplace. Our students produce a richly diverse range of artefacts, such as accessories, experimental and fine jewellery, and conceptual pieces for exhibition or commission.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Design Crafts

Design Crafts (Jewellery) Gallery

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.

Professional Accreditations

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

Course details


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.

What job can I get?

This course develops your skills for a wide range of career opportunities. As well as marketing your work for retail, exhibition and commission, you could also find yourself running workshops, teaching and curating. Our graduates also land roles as jewellery designers, in retail and styling, and many undertake 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.

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

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.
Find out more about Study abroad opportunities


  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Core Design Skills 30 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Design Principles 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Design Studio (1) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Theory (L4) 30 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Core Design Skills (2) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Professional Design Studio (2) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Theory (L5) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Design Principles (JEWL) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Professional Work Experience 30: Design 30 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Professional Design Studio (3) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Major Degree Project (JEWL) 60 Credits Compulsory
    The Degree Essay (L6) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Year Abroad 0 Credits Optional
    Sandwich Year (Creative Arts) 0 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 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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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    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

    UCAS points A Level BTEC
    96 CCC - Including formal or informal qualifications in Art or Design MMM

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Part Time, 6 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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    25/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
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    24/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students