Jewellery & Silversmithing BA (Hons)

UCA Farnham - 2020

Length of study:

Three years full-time


UCA Farnham

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Entry requirements:

112 UCAS tariff points

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Course overview

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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Course details

  • 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.

    Practice Process 1
    The purpose of this unit is to introduce Jewellery and Silversmithing students to the act of making as a key skill and means of experimental research through the exploration of materials and processes. Students are introduced to fundamental skills and knowledge that provide the subject learning foundation and inform design process.

    Contextual Studies 1
    This unit introduces you to a range of historical and contemporary contexts that serve to locate crafts and design practices within wider social and cultural frameworks, and promotes contextual research as a fundamental aspect of creative practice. Through a series of illustrated lectures and seminars, the unit will explore a range of theoretical and practice-based positions in order to demonstrate the rich diversity of existing approaches to crafts and design, and to consider specific aesthetic decisions in relation to their contexts.

    Practice Process 2
    The purpose of this unit is to extend existing and develop new material knowledge and process skills. Elementary project briefs remain the primary means of learning delivery. You'll develop an understanding of all aspects of the design process at a fundamental level - research, ideas generation, conceptualisation, iterative exploration, design development, documentation, evaluation, resolution and communication.

    Practice Process 3
    The purpose of this unit is to consolidate competency in the range of skills previously developed, and to acquire new skills that together supports increasingly confident and accomplished responses to more complex project briefs. Cultivating an exploratory outlook is key to preparation for second year study. You'll extend understanding of the subject context for their work and begin to explore relevant industry focus.

  • 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.

    Practice Exploration 1
    The purpose of this unit is for you to start developing and exploring individual design identity and interest. This is undertaken through engagement with conceptually led Jewellery and Silversmithing project brief(s) including where possible, live projects, collaborations, competitions and placement to link with industry.

    Contextual Studies 2
    Objects and environments are fundamental to our understanding of the world. The purpose of this unit is to introduce a range of contexts that demonstrate the importance of meaning, and the ways that this meaning can be used to create and express value within crafts and design practices.

    Practice Exploration 2
    The purpose of this unit is to extend and further develop individual design identity and interest. Briefs incorporate all stages of the design process from inception to resolution and include live projects, collaborations, competitions and placement where possible. You are encouraged to actively explore contrasts of approach to test their individual identity and project outputs.

    Practice Exploration 3
    The purpose of this unit is to enable you to define your own patterns of study and creative practice. You are encouraged to develop and refine their individual practice approaches to research, designing and making. Reflection upon the full scope of second year exploration promotes identification of potential areas of interest for further pursuit in third year study.

  • International 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
    The purpose of this unit is to prime you in 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. You are required to curate a bespoke, purposeful and future-facing practice portfolio reflecting your individual interest and position.

    Practice Position 1
    The purpose of this unit is for students to commence framing their individual Jewellery/Silversmithing graduation practice position. In order to achieve this, two option routes are offered, allowing for differing student aptitude and interest:

    (i) research / exploratory prototyping and testing

    (ii) research to resolution.

    Contextual Studies 3
    The purpose of this unit is for you to conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research that informs, augments and reflects upon practice, towards the provision of structured narratives that critically engage with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks and serve to support the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.

  • Fees and additional course costs

    Tuition fees
    The course fees per year for 2020 entry are:

    • UK and EU students - £9,250 
    • International students - £16,250 (standard fee)
    • International students - £15,600 (full early payment fee)

    Additional course costs
    In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2020 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.


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UK/EU applications

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International applications

If you are applying for more than one course in the UK please apply via UCAS, to apply direct to UCA please use the links below:

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Due to visa requirements, this course is not available to students that require a Tier 4 (General) visa

If you have another category of visa please contact us: to find out if you are eligible to study.

If you're interested in joining Year 3 of this course, please contact our Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892 960 or

When to apply:

The UCAS application deadline is 15 January. If you are 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.

For more information visit 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

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

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry courses:

Pre-sessional English courses in the UK or China

International Foundation courses in the UK

The UCA International College

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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