Taught course

Jewellery and Related Products - GradDip

Birmingham City University · School of Jewellery

Entry requirements

Undergraduate honours degree, first or upper second, in an Art and Design related subject.

Candidates may be admitted without an Art/Design degree via APEL/APL subject to agreement of Academic Registrar, for example if they have a high level of educational, industrial or professional experience.

Months of entry


Course content

This unique one-year Graduate Diploma is a two-semester practical course in jewellery and related products aimed at pre-Masters level study. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your portfolio, specifically in the field of contemporary jewellery, to better enable progression onto MA or other higher-level study, and Studio practice.

The Graduate Diploma will encourage creative jewellery and related product studio practice that develops confidence in self-directed study and independent creative practice skills. You’ll acquire the professional and academic development needed for progression onto MA study and into industry.

During this course, you will gain knowledge and understanding of Studio practice as a designer-maker within the industry through guest talks, and location visits. You will develop your understanding of the historical and theoretical underpinnings of contemporary jewellery with regular lecture and seminar sessions throughout the course.

The course provides a significant amount of technical and studio based learning and teaching to help you gain an understanding of a range of skills, materials and techniques. You’ll be supported and encouraged to create innovative designs to a high standard of professionalism for your final body of work.

During your studies you will gain hands-on experience through the demonstrations and use of machinery and processes available within the school. You will explore modelling and prototype development skills and critical design thinking, as well as communication skills through presenting your work and ideas to your peers and tutors.

You are strongly encouraged to identify and develop your own specific design interests and will be guided through developing critical reflective skills whilst enhancing your competence in sustaining an in-depth studio material practice within the specifics of jewellery and related product studio techniques and processes. Participation in critical reflective discussions around your progress and development is core to this course and will help prepare you for future progression.

The course concludes with an exhibition of your final collection alongside other completing undergraduate students at the School of Jewellery. This gives you the experience of showcasing a professional body of work as well as being a part of the end of year celebrations.

Past graduates from this course have been shortlisted as part of the Global Design Awards in ArtsThread, a design graduate platform that provides exposure to an international audience and a launchpad for creative practice graduates.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands.

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • GradDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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+44 (0)121 331 6295