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Sheffield Hallam University

Jewellery, Materials and Design

UCAS Code: W721

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language or Literature at grade C or grade 4 or above. We do accept GCSE equivalents.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies.

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About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subjects

Design

Crafts

- Develop your own creative practice through working in a supportive specialist studio learning environment.

- Learn to identify and solve problems in jewellery and metalwork and other design industries.

- Benefit from strong links with the Sheffield jewellery and metalwork industry.

This degree is designed to give you a specialist education in jewellery and metalwork design and creative practice. You will gain hands on interaction with materials and processes, preparing you for employment in the creative industry.

**How you learn**

This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts — our creative community within Sheffield Hallam.

The course has a strong vocational focus. We encourage innovation and creativity, and you will be able to learn through exploring and experimenting with ideas and materials, and to develop your own personal line of enquiry through critical reflection.

**You learn through**

- creative workshops

- studio based project work

- critique sessions

- individual and group tutorials

- seminars

- field trips

**Applied learning**
**Work placements**

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. The University supports you in finding and undertaking suitable placements. An alternative is an enterprise placement that allows you to practise as a self-employed designer for the placement duration. International Erasmus+ placements are also an option.

**Live projects**

You will work on live projects, some of which involve working directly with a client. In your third year, you complete self-directed study that allows you to develop a personal area of interest. By taking increasing responsibility for the management of your work, you are preparing for life as a professional designer.

**Field trips**

You can attend field trips to galleries, exhibitions and studios in the UK and Europe. These may incur additional costs.

**Networking opportunities**

The teaching team includes nationally and internationally renowned practitioners with a range of professional experience, supported by specialist technical staff and visiting lecturers, providing you with valuable networking opportunities.

**Competitions**

During the course you have the opportunity to enter national design competitions, complete live projects and exhibit your work in professional shows.

Modules

The modules for 2020/21 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2019/20.

Year 1
Compulsory modules
J&M Creative Practice 1 40 credits
J&M Critical Reflection 1 20 credits
J&M Materials & Making 60 credits

Year 2
Compulsory modules
J&M Creative Practice 2 60 credits
J&M Creative Strategies And Skills 40 credits
J&M Critical Reflection 2 20 credits

Elective modules
J&M Practice & Context 60 credits

Year 3
Compulsory modules
Placement Year -

Final year
Compulsory modules
Jewellery And Metalwork Emerging Practice 120 credits

Assessment methods

* Coursework

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Faculty of Science Technology and Art

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.

85%
high
Design

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.

Design studies

Teaching and learning

91%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
96%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
91%
Course specific equipment and facilities
82%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

88%
UK students
12%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

Creative arts and design

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

30%
UK students
70%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
50%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Design studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£19,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
med
Employed or in further education
91%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Design occupations
11%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
6%
Other elementary services occupations

Want to work in a growing, creative sector where we are a world leader? Welcome to design! The UK has a proud reputation as a centre of design excellence, and last year just over 14,000 design degrees were awarded. At the moment, the jobs market looks a little better for fashion and textile designers, and not as good for multimedia or interactive designers — but that may change by the time you graduate. In general, design graduates are more likely than most to start their career in London, although that also varies by subject — last year fashion designers often found jobs in the North West, graphic designers in the South West, illustrators in the South West, East Anglia and Midlands, textile designers in the Midlands and the North West, and visual designers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Midlands. Design is also a good degree for people who want to work for a small business - more than half of graduates start at a small employer.

Others in creative arts and design

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
92%
low
Employed or in further education
62%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

26%
Design occupations
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
12%
Other elementary services occupations

Not many people take this subject, but those that do tend to go into design or craft roles, particularly in the jewellery industry. Be aware that freelancing and self-employment is common in the arts, as are what is termed 'portfolio careers' — having several part-time jobs or commissions at once. As a result, graduates are based all over the country.

What about your long term prospects?

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

Design

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

Crafts

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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£16k

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£21k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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