Niamh Duddy, BA (Hons) Silversmithing, Goldsmithing & Jewellery, UCA Rochester

Jewellery & Silversmithing BA (Hons)

Jewellery & Silversmithing BA (Hons)

Course overview

Blend the traditional with the cutting edge to create stunning work on our BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing course at UCA Farnham.

We encourage diverse approaches to jewellery and silversmithing, providing you with the specialist technical and creative skills you need to develop your ideas and make them a reality.

You will gain valuable practical experience as you take part in international competitions, placements and industry projects. Our talented students have an excellent reputation in the profession, having won awards such as the Goldsmith’s Company Award, Bright Young Gems and the Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to our fully-equipped workshops and state-of-the-art jewellery studio, where you’ll get the chance to work with a range of materials including metal, ceramics, glass, wood, plastics and textiles.

Along the way, you'll be taught by true experts in the craft - all your lecturers are established designers, makers or researchers, so you can be confident that everything you learn on the course will be relevant to real-life working environments.

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Length of study 3 years full-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements 112 UCAS tariff points
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
UCAS institution code C93
UCAS code W271
Course details

Course details

Practice Process 1
You’ll be introduced to researching, developing ideas, drawing, designing and essential making processes in metal and other materials through a series of creative studio projects.

Contextual Studies 1
You’ll explore where crafts and design practices fit within wider social and cultural landscapes. To help you with your research, you’ll learn a range of historical and contemporary contexts.

Practice Process 2
Through a series of project briefs, you’ll develop a further understanding of aspects of the design process and making hollow forms for both jewellery and silversmithing. You’ll improve your research and design methods, CAD and making skills.

Practice Process 3
You’ll consolidate your making ability developed in previous units and gain new skills, including basic stone setting, brooch catches and casting. To respond with confidence to more complex project briefs as you prepare for your second year, you'll extend your understanding of the subject context for your work and begin to explore relevant industry focus.

Practice Exploration 1
An important element of second year experience is to develop an individual approach to practice. You’ll identify your interests and expand your research skills, promoting a critical and reflective approach to designing and making through various project briefs. You’ll be introduced to a range of industry contexts, which might include live projects competitions, collaborations or placements.

Contextual Studies 2
Objects and environments are fundamental to our understanding of the world and this unit introduces a range of contexts demonstrating the importance of meaning and how this can be used to create and express value within the objects you are making. You’ll cover everything from consumer demands to emotional attachment, to the notion of luxury and material culture.

Practice Exploration 2
Building on your experience in Practice Exploration 1, you’ll continue to develop your design identity and interests. An important element of second year experience is to develop an individual approach to practice. You’ll explore and develop processes of designing and making, either as a jeweller making artefacts for the body, or as a silversmith investigating ideas for functional domestic objects.

Practice Exploration 3
You’ll define your own patterns of study and consolidate your creative practice by developing work in response to your own concerns, interests and personal direction, ready for your final year. You’ll complete project briefs from inception to resolution and incorporate all stages of the design process, learning more about professional practice and contemporary context.

Practice Portfolio
Priming you for life after graduation, this unit will help you through the transition from student to early stage professional practitioner or another relevant career. You’ll develop a practice portfolio reflecting your individual interests, which will demonstrate your abilities to create opportunities and to promote yourself, as well as your knowledge of the industry.

Practice Position 1
You’ll begin to outline your individual practice position, with this preparatory unit ahead of your final major project. To achieve this, you’ll take one of two routes - research and exploratory prototyping and testing, or research to resolution. Whichever route you take, you will be developing and realising your own design ideas.

Contextual Studies 3
You’ll conceive, develop and construct a personally meaningful portfolio of contextual research which locates and evaluates your studio practice in relation to a range of contextual frameworks and perspectives. Critical engagement with a range of contextual and theoretical frameworks supports the positioning of individual practice in relation to past, present and possible future endeavours.

Practice Position 2
Following on from the preparatory work completed in Practice Position 1, you identify a personal creative direction and critically define your practice within the discipline. You’ll develop a collection of work for your graduate design project, which will be publicly exhibited and prepare for opportunities and awareness of future direction post-graduation.

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:

Tuition fees
The course fees per year for 2021 entry are:

  • UK students - £9,250 
  • EU students - £9,250 (see fee discount information)
  • International students - £16,950 (standard fee)
  • International students - £16,270 (full early payment fee)

The course fees for 2022 entry will be available here shortly.

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

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.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.


We have specialist jewellery and silversmithing facilities, which include a new refurbished jewellery studio and hammer room, an enamelling room, casting area and associated machine rooms. In addition, there is a ceramic area, glass area, wood workshop and hot metal workshop.


Jewellery studios, UCA Farnham


Jewellery studios, UCA Farnham


Jewellery hearth, cutting and polishing area, UCA Farnham


Jewellery studios, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

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

  • Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
  • Tatty Devine
  • British Art Medal Society

As well as overseas opportunities with Study Abroad placements or the additional International Year of study as an option, a European study trip is organised each year and is open to all year groups.

Our graduates have progressed to a variety of professional roles, including becoming designer makers, designing, working for jewellery companies, marketing, retail and teaching whilst others have chosen to embark on postgraduate study.

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

Explore our Gradshow

Visit our 2021 grad show site to see the incredible work created by our graduating students

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Seongeun Kim
Seongeun Kim

"I chose to study at UCA because the course put value on the process of creating jewellery pieces and the University had produced many well-known, world-class artists and designers. I felt that UCA was where I would be able to learn traditional skills and digital craft abilities at the same time."

Entry requirements

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 / BTEC National 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.

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

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

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

For this course, you’ll be required to submit an online portfolio via your UCA Applicant Portal. 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 and upload your portfolio will be provided once you have applied. If you receive an offer, you’ll be invited to attend an Offer Holder Webinar where you can meet the course team and learn more about the course.

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UK applications

International & EU applications

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 International Admissions Team on +44 (0) 1252 892838 or

When to apply:

We are still accepting applications for 2021 entry - 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.

For more information visit our how to apply pages

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