Contemporary Jewellery

MA

2017 entry

Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before.

As a student on this course, you'll be free to explore a variety of materials and to experiment with scale, form, ornament and body adornment in our dedicated facilities.

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Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time

Starts:

September 2017

Campus:

UCA Rochester

Course overview:

Our course is responsive to a wide range of topics and creative disciplines, including fine art, fashion, design and photography. It's designed to encourage you to explore the relationship between jewellery and other related disciplines.

Conceived as a breeding ground for experimentation and innovation, this MA is an excellent opportunity for you to develop cutting edge work and develop your individual style.

Working alongside creative practitioners from a variety of different design backgrounds, you'll receive specialist tuition through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll be expected to present your work-in-progress regularly at formal reviews.

Emphasis will be placed on your personal development through the production of your individual jewellery project.

Course content - 2017 entry

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first stage includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Theory and Analysis

    This focuses on challenging and reflecting upon your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artifacts and contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

  • Exploratory Practice

    Focuses on developing your practice into a form of enquiry; a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

During stage two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Reflective Practice

    This is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. Reflective practice enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the Exploratory Practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of enquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

In the third stage of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

  • Major Project

    The Major Project is the culmination of the Masters programme. It is an exposition of individual practice enquiry sustained over an extended period of autonomous, self-initiated research and development. It is articulated through a body of work that is fully resolved within its own critical framework and reflects advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical subject knowledge.

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change.

Course stages

Facilities

At UCA Rochester we have dedicated workspaces for postgraduate students, as well as an extensive range of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

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Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

The course is based at UCA Rochester, and our jewellery courses at this campus have strong industry links.

You're encouraged to build personal contacts and networks through competitions, exhibitions and publishing.

 

Our course has long-standing links with the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, the The Goldsmiths' Company and other leading trade organisations.

There are numerous potential career options for graduates of this course.

Our alumni work as:

  • Practising jewellers
  • Artists
  • Designers/makers
  • Arts administrators or in design consultancies, galleries and designer outlets.

Some graduates also decide to progress to PhD study.

How to apply - 2017 entry

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Entry requirements - 2017 entry:

Entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

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