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Xuecheng Wang, MA Jewellery, UCA Farnham

MA Jewellery

Jewellery MA

Course overview

UCA's MA Jewellery course offers you a unique opportunity to add depth and breadth to your jewellery-making and design practice, as well as your research skills.

This course is based at UCA Farnham, where top-class facilities and a culture of craft collide. As a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance, it is suited to highly motivated and talented people who want to work at the forefront of their creative discipline 

Rigorous research will encourage you to explore a wide range of approaches, from traditional to contemporary influences, within art, craft, design and technology.

You will be taught by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts experts, creating a range of objects and experimenting with different materials and processes to develop your creative thinking and create bespoke pieces for exhibition or display in-person. Your ideas and opportunities will be unrestricted, and we encourage you to enhance your own creative journey through practice and theoretical learning.

Throughout the course, you'll work closely alongside students from other fields such as textiles, ceramics, metalwork and glass. This will enable you to broaden your knowledge and incorporate elements from various disciplines into your own practice, ensuring your final project is tailored to your desired audience and is a reflection of your own personal journey on the MA course.

Our Farnham campus offers extraordinary facilities, with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts. 

Length of study 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Campus Farnham
Entry requirements Honours degree and/or relevant work experience
Course entry options Sept 2021, Sept 2022
Course details

Course details

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 upon your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artefact, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

Exploratory Practice
This unit focuses 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.

 

 

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
Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It 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 inquiry 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.

 

 

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
This is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout the course. Its aim is to demonstrate the resolution of previous project units through evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.

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

  • UK students full-time - £10,400
  • UK students part-time - £5,200

  • EU students full-time - £10,400 (see fee discount information)

  • International students full-time - £17,500 (standard fee)
  • International students full-time - £16,800 (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.

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

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.

Facilities

Our jewellery studios and facilities include rolling mills, presses and small tools; a machine shop with mills, lathes and bandsaw; chemical room for etching, patination and enamelling; silversmithing area with draw bench, roller and folder; casting area for working in wax, mould making and casting in precious and non-precious metals. We have a hearth for large-scale working, chasing and repoussé; and finishing area for grinding and polishing.

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Jewellery Studios, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery chemical room, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery hearth, cutting and polishing area, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery studio, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

This course has excellent support from:

  • Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
  • The Goldsmiths' Company
  • The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
  • Association of Contemporary Jewellery
  • Jewellers and Silversmiths Network
  • The New Ashgate Trust.

 

Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you might decide to become a self-employed artist, or forge a career within the craft and design industries, for example.

Recent graduates work as:

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Makers
  • Arts administrators
  • Gallery curators
  • Teachers
  • Writers.

You may want to undertake further study or a research degree to specialise even more.

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Tom McDowell
Tom McDowell

"The facilities at UCA were great and allowed me to experiment with a variety of creative techniques. I also really enjoyed the multi-disciplinary course structure and I found that bouncing my ideas off people whose specialities differed from mine was really mind-opening."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

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

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

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. 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: internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk 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 internationaladmissions@uca.ac.uk

When to apply:

You can apply throughout the year but we recommend you try and apply as early as possible so you have time to arrange accommodation and visas, if required.


For more information visit our how to apply pages

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