BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery)

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.

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.

What will I study?

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.

Professional Accreditations

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


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.

'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!'


BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery)