Taught course

Jewellery and Related Products

Institution
Birmingham City University · School of Jewellery
Qualifications
MAPGCertPGDip

Entry requirements

Applicants require a good degree in Art and Design or recognised equivalent subject (degrees in business related and other theoretical subjects without evidence of advanced creative practice are not recognised as equivalent subjects). Applicants will be requried to submit a study proposal that indicates development potential supported by evidence of high level creative work.

PgCert / PgDip / MA

Months of entry

September

Course content

This is an innovative course which develops creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques.

Students will use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes, of much greater potential than indicated by the term ‘jewellery and silversmithing’.

The scope for design is very broad and builds on knowledge in the area of personal ornaments, body signification and decorative metal objects. There are also affinities with industrial design, fashion design, fine art and sculpture and content is often informed by philosophy, conceptualisation and critical theory.

Project-based activities will develop creative, design and making skills and enhance students' professional skills. Concepts and products will also be developed. Students will analyse problems and reflect on the relationships between personal objectives, cultural values, market identities, prototyping techniques and new technologies.

This course is divided into three trimesters to allow students to work towards a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master's qualification.

Modules:

PgCert: Design Project: Diagnostic; Design Project: Design Development; Research Project.

PgDip: Design Project: Research and Innovation; Professional Practice Project.

Master's: Master Design Project

Assessment:

Studies include structured, project based learning activities which develop creative, design and making skills, research and investigative abilities, evaluation and independent learning to an advanced level; it includes individual and group tutorials, tutor-led and student-led seminars, lectures, and workshops as well as report writing and project work.

Information for international students

International students must hold a qualification recognised as graduate status and agreed by the Academic Registrar. They must also have appropriate English language skills. Candidates may be admitted without a first degree via APEL/APL subject to agreement of the Academic Registrar, eg high level of educational, industrial, or professional experience.

Qualification and course duration

MA

full time
12 months
part time
24 months

PGCert

full time
4 months

PGDip

full time
8 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment30
Creative work60
Professional practice10

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiry Team
Email
courseenquiries@bcu.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)121 331 5595