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Jewellery Design

Hereford College of Arts

UCAS Code: W700 | Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

80

We would normally expect applicants to have achieved 80 UCAS Tariff Points at entry but whilst qualifications are important, our offers are not solely based on academic results and we may make offers based on other evidence of talent and suitability for the course. Portfolio submission (where applicable) and successful interview or audition are required.

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About this course


Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Crafts

This exciting degree programme is built around creative design for objects relating to the body. You will be encouraged to explore materials and challenge conventional notions of adornment. Through investigating ideas and processes, you’ll create considered and thoughtful designs that explore your own ideas about what contemporary jewellery is, or what it could be.

This is a practical course, based in studios and our specialist workshops. You will learn traditional craft making skills that reflect the subject’s rich heritage, whilst embracing contemporary ideas, materials and technologies. You will be given the support and freedom to find your creative voice, and to express it through developing your own original design practice. On this small and friendly course, you’ll join a supportive environment where students share ideas and experiences and benefit from both individual tuition and group discussion. You will be taught by a team of lecturers, technical demonstrators and visiting professionals, each with their own creative practice and expertise in the field. You will acquire skills in designing and making by hand, by machine, and by using digital technologies.

**Industry Links**

You will be given opportunities to take part in real ‘live’ projects, as well as high-profile industry competitions. In the second year, you will be encouraged to make connections and gain valuable experience with makers and professionals on a local and international arena. In your final year, emphasis on your own practice will prepare you to begin professional life after college. The course has well-developed links with local and national industry professionals and gallery owners, including Hereford’s own vibrant jeweller’s group ‘Alloy’ – who also offer a graduate residency as an annual prize.

**After this Course**

You will be equipped to become an independent maker, or find employment in wider creative design, or through teaching, community arts, or postgraduate study.

**Highlights**

1. Designated studio space for every student.
2. Specialist workshops, overseen by technical experts.
3. Well-developed links with local and national professionals, organisations and gallery owners.
4. Hereford is home to a vibrant jeweller’s group Alloy – who offer an annual residency prize.
5. HCA students have been recognised in awards such as: ‘Mark your Mark’ from the Goldsmiths’ Company, The Goldsmiths’ Precious Metal Bursary Award, The Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards, New Designers ‘One to Watch’ and more.

Modules

From your first day at HCA you will work as a creative, developing your skills and your own voice through a series of projects. You will develop your creative practice, practical skills alongside your critical awareness and theoretical knowledge. You will study a range of modules that build your knowledge and confidence and total 120 credits each year.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£11,200
per year
International
£11,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Hereford College of Arts

Department:

Art and Design

TEF rating:
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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

88%
med
Crafts

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in creative arts and design

Teaching and learning

100%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
100%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
100%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

88%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

After graduation


We don't have more detailed stats to show you in relation to this subject area at this university but read about typical employment outcomes and prospects for graduates of this subject below.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Creative arts and design

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