Jewellery & Silversmithing*

BA (Hons) - UCA Farnham - 2019

This exciting new course consolidates UCA’s extensive experience and expertise in jewellery onto our Farnham campus, in a new state-of-the-art and greatly expanded jewellery studio. It is part of the vibrant crafts community at Farnham which also includes textiles, ceramics, glass, metalwork and interiors.

The course embraces diverse approaches to jewellery and silversmithing. You’ll have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of materials and processes, including metal, ceramics, plastics, wood and textiles.

With a focus on high quality craftsmanship, we place great importance on traditional hand skills whilst fully acknowledging the new and exciting possibilities also offered by digital fabrication.

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. You’ll be supported by access to excellent workshops and a staff team who are practising designer-makers or researchers, ensuring industry currency and relevance.

*Course subject to validation.

Length of study:

Three years full-time

Campus:

UCA Farnham

Start month:

September

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Entry year(s):

2019

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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UCAS code:

W271

UCAS institution code:

C93

UCAS campus code:

F

Next event

20 Feb 2019

Open Day - all campuses

Course details

  • Year 1

    Maker and Materials Lab

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Process 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Process 2

    Contexual Frameworks

  • Year 2

    Ideation and Insight

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Exploration Process 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Exploration Process 2

    Contexual 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

    Practice Portfolio

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Position 1

    Jewellery and Silversmithing Practice Position 2

    Contexual Research and Critical Research

     
  • Fees

    Find out all about the fees for studying with us, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to:

Facilities

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.

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

I am a UK or EU citizen ...

I am not a UK or EU citizen ...

When to apply:

If applying via UCAS the application deadline is the 15 January. 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:

Go to our how to apply pages

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


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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