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HNDJewellery and Silversmithing

Birmingham City University
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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Overview

Based at the internationally renowned School of Jewellery in Birmingham, you will be supported by tutors with specialist knowledge and a wealth of expertise, sharing traditional skills, current practice, research, and design techniques. You’ll have opportunities to engage in live projects, enter for awards, and showcase your work to industry.

Most of our graduates are employed in the jewellery industry, with 95 per cent of students in employment or further study six months after graduating. Our National Student Satisfaction rating is exceptional at 91 per cent. The School’s strong links with industry provides highly employable graduates who go on to work for companies such as Tiffany & Co, De Beers, Links of London, Fei Liu and Weston Beamor, or set up their own successful businesses.

This course will enable you to develop a high level of professional craft and design skills in traditional jewellery workshop practice. You’ll develop a portfolio of skills, including knowledge of new technologies and current manufacturing processes. You will work with computer-aided-design technology, and in fully equipped workshops and have access to cutting-edge design production equipment.

Based at the School of Jewellery in the heart of Birmingham’s thriving Jewellery Quarter, this course will develop your hand making skills, knowledge of the jewellery industry and provide an opportunity to create individual designs by exploring ways of working with metal and gemstones. You’ll produce pieces of jewellery and other products within each module to build competence and knowledge to equip you for employment in the industry or progression to a top-up degree course.

Programme structure

This practice-based course will introduce you to techniques and processes associated with the traditions of the jewellery industry, enabling you to construct pieces in both precious and non-precious metals.

The knowledge and skills of jewellery-making are developed through ‘hands-on’ experience in the workshop and you will benefit from demonstrations given by experienced practitioners in the field. These practical experiences help you to decide on your preferred scale of working, whether that is jewellery or silversmithing.

Our uniquely well-equipped studio workshops offer a range of equipment from traditional Victorian fly-presses to cutting-edge laser-welding and advanced CAD CAM technologies, enabling you to not only learn about the traditional techniques of the bench jeweller but to enhance those skills with the most contemporary processes, through projects which incorporate new jewellery technology.

The course is assessed via coursework, and you will undertake practical and written modules. Alongside workshop practice and demonstrations you’ll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, critiques, team work, presentations, tutorials, online learning, and self-directed study.

A design focus encourages you to be creative within structured projects. Each project involves a new technique or process, and Ideas are developed and problems solved through drawing, model making and practical experience of materials, tools and techniques.

The practical focus of the course is balanced with personal research to develop intellectual thinking.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States