MA - UCA Farnham - 2019

Our MA Jewellery course gives design professionals and graduates the opportunity to deepen their skills and experience in the areas of jewellery, and to refine specific areas of research - whether that be wearable, high-fashion, contemporary or decorative jewellery projects. 

This course is suited to highly motivated and talented people who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline. It's a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance. 

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

This course is suited to highly motivated and talented individuals who wish to work at the forefront of their creative discipline, developing and honing in on their creative skills and understanding of jewellery in practice. It's a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance, and postgraduate students are encouraged to explore their art through different materials and thus have access to a range of studio spaces during their MA course.

Rigorous research will encourage you to explore a wide range of approaches, from traditional to contemporary influences of art, craft, design and technology. As a student on this course, you'll benefit from teaching by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts experts. You'll get to create a range of objects and experiment with different materials and processes, to develop your creative thinking and create bespoke pieces either to be exhibited or displayed on person; the opportunities and ideas are unrestricted, and we encourage our students to enhance their 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:

One year full-time or two years part-time


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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 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.


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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Course connections

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

  • Industry links

    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.
  • Careers

    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.
  • Further study

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


How to apply - 2019 entry

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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.

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Entry requirements

UK entry requirements

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


  • 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.

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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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