This highly practical programme will see you exploring and developing your creativity through a variety of approaches, from the traditional practices of the gold and silversmiths’ trade to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design, technology and science. You’ll have the opportunity to create and present a significant body of work and will graduate with the confidence to establish yourself in our field as an independent maker or designer.
Study jewellery and metalwork at an advanced level and develop your talents for designing and making. You're challenged to think differently about design and creatively push boundaries, while developing the skills needed to become an imaginative and versatile designer. Your studies are project led and develop through researching, designing, producing and exhibiting your work.
Live research and practice
Research Methods for Art and Design
Creativity, Innovation and Professionalism
Theory Supporting Practice
MA/MFA Design: Jewellery asks you to question not only your own practice, but also the essence of what we understand as jewellery itself. Jewellery’s function is diverse and complex, from personal adornment to political statement, and the materials and processes that reflect this are as equally diverse. The wearable object, perhaps more than any other, has manifold relationships with people. Jewellery’s rich history and cultural traditions are loaded with social significance and visual language. This course calls students to question the ways in which, jewellery communicates, and the role the wearable plays in contemporary society. Exploration of both hands-on and digital innovation is encouraged in the development of design, making and communication practices. There is access to an extensive range of material and CAD/CAM workshop facilities and opportunities to experience a diverse range of creative cultures, including related design and craft disciplines such as Graphic and Fashion Design. We have an interdisciplinary approach to designing and making with regular support and contact from specialist staff. Collaboration with peers and engagement with external partners will be encouraged and supported.
Practice 1: Design Intention
Practice 2: Design Proposition
Practice 3: Design Jewellery Major Project
Health and Wellbeing
Images and Archives
Making Our Futures - Ecological Arts & Sustainable Design
Practice 4: Contextualising-MFA
Practice 5: Realisation and Publication-MFA
The best contemporary jewellery combines excellent craftsmanship with strong conceptual and critical thinking. This stimulating new course will expand your approach to jewellery practice and challenge you to consider how collaboration and interdisciplinary projects can shape future ways of working and making.
Over the past decade, advances in technologies and processes used in metal manufacturing have been greatly improved, driven largely by the increase in computing power now available, with the resultant rapid technology advances being both fast and on a global scale. The course has been developed in response to industry demands and needs for a specifically designed technical and technological study option. It provides a link between the creative and technical, with modules developed to ensure that you receive knowledge of current, new and emerging technologies and related pre- and post-processes, that are, or could be, used within the innovative metal manufacturing industries. The course aims to provide a critical understanding of various metal manufacturing processes in relation to technical, industrial and economic/business reasons. You will then be able to apply this understanding within an industry context and critically assess, implement and embed new, innovative and emerging technologies. The course has been designed to be relevant to both, graduates of a design related degree, and professionals in careers such as engineering, product design and/or 3D CAD design, material science, technical and product development. Upon completing the course, you will have acquired the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to work within a wide range of metal manufacturing industries such as precious metal, product, architectural fittings manufacture, luxury product and automotive supplier companies. You will be able to develop your knowledge and experience to generate and facilitate innovative industrial change through knowing how, when, where and why to apply a specific technology. The course will be delivered at the Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre, part of the School of Jewellery which has an outstanding reputation for its pioneering practices in the areas of innovative metal manufacturing and application of advanced techniques.
Research, techniques and methods, personal plan and professional practice
Direct Metal Laser Melting (DMLM) manufacturing technologies, processes and materials
Casting manufacturing technologies, processes and materials
Metal forming manufacturing technologies, processes and materials
Innovative metal manufacturing specialised group research projects
Innovative metal manufacturing individual research project
This innovative postgraduate jewellery course explores the huge design potential within the area of jewellery, silversmithing and related products. Based in the heart of Birmingham’s thriving Jewellery Quarter, you will benefit from unrivalled expertise and facilities as you develop your creativity in inspirational surroundings. The course encourages an entrepreneurial spirit to enable you to set up a successful creative business. Our postgraduate degree in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products is a highly respected, innovative course which develops your creative potential and in-depth knowledge of theories, processes and techniques. The focus is very much on developing your entrepreneurial spirit and helping you become the designer you want to be. You 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 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 your professional skills. You will develop concepts and products, analyse problems and reflect on the relationships between personal objectives, cultural values, market identities, prototyping techniques and new technologies. The course is based at our internationally renowned School of Jewellery, in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. The historical facade of our Vittoria Street building conceals a contemporary environment including workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space.
Design Project: Diagnostic
Design Project: Design Development
Design Project: Research and Innovation
Professional Practice Project
Master Design Project
The challenges and opportunities for design and designers are being constantly re-imagined as the unpredictability of the future tests our capacity to adapt, invent and apply creative design solutions to emerging needs and scenarios. Graduates of this course will design jewellery and contexts for jewellery that have not yet been conceptualised. Knowing that the future is largely shaped by design decisions implies a responsibility for designers to act in a manner that combines experimentation and radical thinking with care, effective research and collaboration with those who will be affected by the outcomes of designers’ work. The work of a jewellery designer is not however limited to ensuring that jewellery functions well as a decorative object. Jewellery designers will want to imbue their work with meaning, to use it to communicate, to engage the emotions and to inspire response. Our goal is to lead our students to achieve all of this.
Design Research for Practice
Design Project Development
Project as Professional Practice
Design Evolutions: Advancing Technologies
Atlas of Storytelling