Contemporary Jewellery

MA - UCA Rochester - 2018, 2019

Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates groundbreaking, bespoke contemporary jewellery and the artist journey with a freedom to express social, historical and political issues through their craft. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting edge ideas in your chosen field which you may not have been exposed to before, and access to some of the best creative facilities in the UK. 

As a student on this course, you'll be free to explore a variety of materials and to experiment with scale, form, ornament and body adornment in our dedicated facilities on campus, with access to a range of professional partners in industry.

Our course is responsive to a wide range of topics and creative disciplines, including fine art, fashion, design and photography. Its very purpose is designed to encourage exploration of the relationship between jewellery and other related disciplines. 

Conceived as a solid foundation MA with the freedom for experimentation and innovation, this course is an excellent opportunity for you to develop cutting edge work and develop your individual style. 

Working alongside creative practitioners from a variety of different design backgrounds, you'll receive specialist tuition through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll be expected to present your work-in-progress regularly at formal reviews. 

Emphasis will be placed on your personal development through the production of your individual jewellery project.

Length of study:

One year full-time or two years part-time


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Entry year(s):

2018, 2019

Entry requirements:

Honours degree, normally 2.1 or above, and/or relevant work experience

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Course details

  • Term 1

    You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

    Theory and Analysis

    This unit focuses on challenging and reflecting on your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artifacts and contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

    Exploratory Practice

    This unit will focus on developing your practice into a form of enquiry; a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

  • Term 2

    During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

    Reflective Practice

    This is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. Reflective practice enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the Exploratory Practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of enquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

  • Term 3

    In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

    Major Project

    The Major Project is the culmination of the MA course. It is an exposition of individual practice enquiry sustained over an extended period of autonomous, self-initiated research and development. It is articulated through a body of work that is fully resolved within its own critical framework and reflects advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical subject knowledge.

  • Fees

    Uncover all the costs involved, as well as the grants, loans and other financial support you may be entitled to.

  • Fee discounts & scholarships

    To support all of our current students and our recent UK and EU alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.


At UCA Rochester we have dedicated workspaces for postgraduate students, as well as an extensive range of books, journals, special collections and online resources. Also, dedicated jewellery workshops for the production of both fine and experimental metalwork, and workshops for working in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics.

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

  • Industry links

    The course is based at UCA Rochester, and our jewellery courses at this campus have strong industry links.

    You're encouraged to build personal contacts and networks through competitions, exhibitions and publishing.

    Our course has long-standing links with the Association for Contemporary JewelleryThe Goldsmiths' Company and other leading trade organisations.

  • Careers

    There are numerous potential career options for graduates of this course.

    Our alumni work as:

    • Practising jewellers
    • Artists
    • Designers/makers
    • Arts administrators or in design consultancies, galleries and designer outlets.
  • Further study

    Some graduates also decide to progress to PhD study.


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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

  • A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline


  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who present a degree with a lower classification, but can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

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Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. 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've applied.

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