In the first year, you'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. On the course you’ll learn the technical and conceptual skills that will give you a solid foundation from which to explore your areas of specialist activity.
Maker, Materials and Process 1
The purpose of this unit is to introduce you to the act of making as a key skill and means of experimental research through the exploration of materials and processes.
Maker, Materials and Process 2
This unit builds on the previous one, with you extending your vocabulary of material knowledge through the acquisition of a different but related set of material skills and processes. You will test and further develop skills and knowledge from inception to resolution within given contemporary jewellery practice brief contexts, increasingly synthesising design processes of research, ideas generation, iterative exploration, documentation, evaluation, resolution and communication at a fundamental level.
Practice, Process and Concept
The purpose of this unit is for you to develop creative responses to designing and making, reflecting on and using experiences of processes and materials learned in previous units and using new skills learnt in the unit.
This unit promotes a broad speculative approach to the investigation of the relationship between form and surface. It encourages you to develop creative responses to designing and making, reflecting on and utilising your experiences of process, materials and technologies.
The second year focus is on finding your own specialist way of working and you’ll be encouraged and supported to start working more independently. During this year you may also have the opportunity to complete an industry work placement or even study abroad.
Practice Exploration 1
The purpose of this unit is for you to explore individual design identity and interest through engagement with design project briefs. Briefs require consideration from inception to resolution and incorporate all stages of the design process.
Practice Exploration 2
The purpose of this unit is for you to further extend and develop your exploration of individual design identity and interest. This is undertaken through engagement with selected project brief/s set within specific contextual themes. It is seen as an impetus to engage in speculative and conceptually led design in the production of Contemporary Jewellery.
This unit enables you to define you own patterns of study and consolidate your creative and conceptual practice. This unit provides, within a defined contextual framework, an opportunity to develop work in response to students’ own conceptual concerns and personal direction.
This unit will introduce you to a range of contextual, theoretical and critical perspectives that encourage an involved and insightful appreciation of crafts and design practices as expressions of meaning and value. With an emphasis on crafts and design as discourse, and drawing on a range of research methods and thematic content, the unit will seek to highlight relationships between creativity, production, mediation and consumption, promoting analysis and evaluation as essential aspects of creative research and resolution, and encouraging a positional approach to studio practice that identifies objects as experiences.
International Year (optional)
This is an optional unit that will allow you to spend a period of time in an overseas education institution.
Study Abroad Year (Optional)
Students in the School of Crafts and Design have the unique opportunity within UCA to add an additional year of study at an overseas institution (either at a higher education establishment or workplace).
This optional year is designed to broaden your educational experience and deepen your understanding of cultural diversity, enabling you to study within a different cultural context and gain fresh perspectives.
Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. Living in another country, you'll experience new places, people, cultures and possibilities. You'll develop initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where you go, a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for. You will return to complete your degree with all the benefits of the International Year experience behind you.
To find out more about studying abroad as part of your course please see the Study Abroad section:
The third year will see you achieve a greater level of independence with self-managed research, study and practice, resulting in a final major project and a written dissertation.
The purpose of this unit is to prime you in complete readiness for constructive engagement
with your future prospects upon graduation. It helps to facilitate the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or adjacent destination.
Practice Position 1
The purpose of this unit is for you to commence framing an individual Contemporary Jewellery practice position. In order to achieve this two routes of pursuit are offered – (i) research/exploratory prototyping and testing, and (ii) research to resolution.
Practice Position 2
The purpose of this unit is for you to finalise framing an individual Contemporary Jewellery
practice position and realise a self-initiated, graduate major project that realises individual potential. In order to achieve this the body of work and research questions framed in Contemporary Jewellery Practice Position 1 are used as a primary reference point.
Contextual Research and Critical Reflection
The purpose of this unit is for you to conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research. This portfolio informs, augments and reflects upon practice, towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks. These narratives serve to support the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.
Throughout the course, we’ll arrange visits from a range of leading lecturers and industry practitioners, and we’ll encourage you to undertake work experience in workshops and design studios, for example at:
- Geist magazine
- Tatty Devine.