Jewellery & Silversmithing*

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019, 2020

This exciting course is based on the traditions of craftmanship, combined with a forward-thinking approach to designing and making.

We encourage diverse approaches to jewellery and silversmithing, providing you with the specialist technical and creative skills required to develop and realise your ideas. 

You'll gain invaluable experience by taking part in international competitions, placements and live projects. With an excellent reputation in the industry, our talented students have achieved outstanding success, winning awards such as the Goldsmith's Company Award, Bright Young Gems and the Guild of Enamellers' Bursary Award.

Access to excellent workshops and our new state-of-the-art jewellery studio gives you the opportunity to work with a range of materials including metal, ceramics, glass, wood, plastics and textiles.

Our aim is to help you develop a personal design identity, providing a stimulating creative environment where innovation is encouraged and you’re able to pursue and realise your ideas. The team of lecturers, who are practicing designers, makers or researchers, ensures what you're learning on the course is current and relevant to industry.

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Length of study:

Three years full-time


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Entry year(s):

2019, 2020

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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  • Year 1

    The first year explores the process of jewellery and silversmithing, with physical making and material investigation at the core of your studies. Great importance is placed on learning traditional hand skills whilst acknowledging the possibilities offered by digital fabrication.

    Maker and Materials Lab

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Process 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Process 2

    Contextual Frameworks

  • Year 2

    Your second year focuses on exploring and developing sustainable process of designing and making, either as a contemporary studio jeweller making artefacts for the body, or as a silversmith investigating ideas for functional domestic objects. Learning through making equips you with the confidence, knowledge and flexibility to take risks and redefine your approach to jewellery and silversmithing.

    Ideation and Insight

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Exploration Process 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Exploration Process 2

    Contextual Perspectives

  • 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:

  • Year 3

    In your final year, you'll pursue and realise your designs, developing a personal creative identity. Participation in exhibitions and the development of a professional portfolio will help establish you within the field. 

    Practice Portfolio

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Position 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Position 2

    Contextual Research and Critical Research

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2019 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £15,500 (standard fee)
    • International students - £14,880 (full early payment fee)

    The fees for 2020 entry have not been confirmed but will be listed here as soon as possible.

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2019 entry.

    Further information
    Find out more about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to:

    These fees are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.


We have specialist jewellery and silversmithing facilities which include: a hearth; an enamelling area and a chemical room. There are also metal workshop with lathes, mills and bandsaw; coke and gas forges; power hammer; welding and plasma cutting. We plan to renovate the existing studios for this course during the summer of 2019, see the artist's impression below of the new studio space.

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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    We enjoy close links with a range of Worshipful companies and other organisations who are able to benefit our students in the form of bursaries, awards, seminars, workshops, commissions and competitions. These include:

    • Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
    • Worshipful Company of Pewterers
    • Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
    • Weston Beamor Ltd

    Our students have also taken part in competitions with the British Art Medals Society and the Lighting Association.

  • Careers

    Many of our graduates become self-employed designers, makers or practitioners, setting up their own businesses and also taking freelance commissions. Others pursue positions within galleries and curatorships, or enter teaching roles.

  • Further study

    You may also like to consider further study at postgraduate level.


How to apply - 2019 entry

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How to apply - 2020 entry

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When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2019 entry via UCAS - get your application in now.
If applying directly to us, you can apply throughout the year but we recommend you apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas.

More information:

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

The standard entry requirements* for this course are:

One of the following:

  • 112 new UCAS tariff points, see accepted qualifications
  • Pass at Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (Level 3 or 4)
  • Distinction, Merit, Merit at BTEC Extended Diploma
  • Merit at UAL Extended Diploma
  • 112 new UCAS tariff points from an accredited Access to Higher Education Diploma in appropriate subject
  • 27-30 total points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma with at least 15 IB points at Higher level, see more information about IB entry requirements.

And four GCSE passes at grade A*-C and/or grade 4-9 including English (or Functional Skills English/Key Skills Communication Level 2).

Other relevant and equivalent Level 3 UK and international qualifications are considered on an individual basis, and we encourage students from diverse educational backgrounds to apply.

*We occasionally make offers which are lower than the standard entry criteria, to students who have faced difficulties that have affected their performance and who were expected to achieve higher results. We consider the strength of our applicants’ portfolios, as well as their grades -  in these cases, a strong portfolio is especially important.

International entry requirements

To view the equivalent entry requirements for your country please select it in the list below.

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Non-UK equivalent qualifications

English language requirements

Don't meet the international entry requirements or english language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the UCA International College

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Your portfolio

For this course we will require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment.At the Applicant Day you will have a chance to meet the course team and other applicants, and take a tour of all our facilities. Students from diverse educational backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We welcome students with a broad range of A-level subjects, as well as students with appropriate Art & Design Foundations or BTEC/UALAB diplomas which allow you to demonstrate your ability to research, evaluate and produce creative solutions. 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 apply.

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