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BA (Hons) Jewellery and Metalwork
Registration Number (Non-Local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance): 252251

The programme aims to enable students to develop their comprehensive understanding of the scope and demands of the practice of Jewellery and Metalwork. It will provide a strong grounding in both traditional hand skills and evolving modern technologies. The underlying focus of the programme is on creative practice in the demanding vocation of Jewellery and Metalwork. In addition, it will provide an opportunity to develop students’ potential as creative practitioner and prepare them for a subsequent career within Jewellery and Metalwork and other closely associated design disciplines.

The programme will encourage students to experiment, innovate and explore a range of precious and non-precious metals and other materials available to them as designer maker. Drawing, sketching, model making, prototyping, photography, digital design and live projects all form an important part of the programme of study.

Above all, the programme will help students to develop and understand their own creativity and to explore many different approaches to designing and making objects of metalwork, silverware, jewellery and goldsmithing. By the end of the programme, students will have a broad range and understanding of the necessary skills and expertise to work within the challenging discipline of contemporary Jewellery and Metalwork.

The programme will address the aspirations of students who wish to set up professionally as a Jewellery and Metalwork designer maker, whilst developing key skills allowing graduates to pursue careers in related creative industries. This breadth of skills and knowledge reflects the needs of the industry and will provide them with a platform to challenge and enhance contemporary design practice. The programme aims to provide the industry with creative and imaginative designers who are able to understand and respond to the context of their work. For example, how it relates to existing and emerging technology and how it must also respond to wider issues such as lifestyle, contemporary culture, history, society, business and environmental concerns.

Students will be encouraged to develop the means of staying abreast of these issues and to understand the importance of continual professional development beyond university and into employment.

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