Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - GradCert

Attendance:
Full Time
Starting:
February 2017, February 2018
Fees:
£5,160 for UK/EU Full Time 2017 entry (view all fees)

Our intensive Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products course is perfect if you want to become a jewellery designer-maker, but feel you need more practical experience and skills.

This six-month course is ideal for international students looking to top up their skills before taking an MA, as well as art and design graduates looking to specialise in jewellery.

We attract students from all over the world looking to upskill. You'll benefit from outstanding workshop based development from expert staff.

Our graduates secure roles with prestigious names such as the ATTA contemporary art jewellery gallery in Bangkok.

What's covered in the course?

You'll be given demonstrations and experience techniques and processes particular to a jewellery studio.

The course combines theory and practice. You’ll develop your skills and work in workshops to produce pieces of a professional standard jewellery and related products. Lectures and seminars will be backed up by industry and cultural visits.

You'll have fantastic project opportunities on this GradCert in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products. Students were given the opportunity to take part in a design competition to create an item or collection of jewellery inspired by the Staffordshire Hoard. The winning design is to be manufactured in the Jewellery Quarter and sold through Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

You'll finish your studies with a project in which you create your own design brief to develop a product and showcase what you’ve learnt.

The course is part of our internationally-renowned School of Jewellery, based in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter where much of today’s jewellery is still made. The historical facade of our Vittoria Street building conceals a contemporary environment including workshops, a specialist library, an atrium gallery and exhibition space.

Why Choose Us?

  • All successful graduates from the course are also automatically accepted onto our MA in Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products.
  • Founded in 1890, our internationally-renowned School of Jewellery is the largest in Europe, located in the heart of Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter. An estimated 40 per cent of British jewellery is still made there today and you’ll gain contacts, inspiration and experience.
  • The School of Jewellery has strong and well-established links with national jewellery industry, including companies such as Cartier, London, and Georg Jensen, Denmark.
  • Sponsorship, support and strong collaborative links with industry will help you to develop an entrepreneurial outlook and an insight into the professional world.
  • We have an excellent reputation for highly employable, creative graduates with an in-depth understanding of the latest technology and the manufacturing industry.
  • Our nearby Jewellery Industry Innovation Centre (JIIC) offers expertise in a range of industry-related techniques, including CAD and manufacturing, rapid prototyping, surface finishing, reverse engineering and project management.
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This course is open to International students

School of Jewellery

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Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • ATTA Gallery

And in jobs such as:

  • Assistant and Educator

Entry Requirements

UK students
Essential

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

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.

EU/International students
Essential
You must hold a qualification recognised as graduate status and agreed by Academic Registry and English IELTS 6 (average) or GCSE English C or above.

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
GradCert Feb 2017 FT 6 months £5,160
Feb 2018 FT 6 months TBC

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
GradCert Feb 2017 FT 6 months £7,250
Feb 2018 FT 6 months £7,250

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

Additional costs

Our courses include activities such as performance, exhibitions, field trips and production of works or artefacts which may require you to purchase specific equipment, instruments, books, materials, hire of venues and accommodation, or other items. Many of these activities are essential and compulsory parts of your learning experience.

The link below gives you an estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

On receipt of your application form, your application will be considered and you may be called for interview. After interview, if you are considered suitable for the course you will receive an offer of a place.

Got any questions?

Search our Frequently Asked Questions for a range of information about our courses and studying here.

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible postgraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Did you know that you will soon be able to apply for a postgraduate loan of up to £10,000 for some courses and options?

Postgraduate loans

Modules

This postgraduate course consists of a total of 60 credits. Each 30 credit module consists of a nominal 300 hours of study time.

Modules explained:
Materials and Processes - Conventions and Innovation
30 credits

During this module, you will:

  • Gain experience of, and be able to apply and critically evaluate technical skill and processes specific to jewellery and related product
  • Gain a breadth of knowledge and understanding of critical debate and professional issues particular to the area of contemporary jewellery and related product.
Self-Initiated Project
30 credits

During this module, you will:

  • Develop intellectual thinking and academic skill with an integrated approach to theory and practice in relation to jewellery and related product practice
  • Develop independent reflective working practice and flexible learning in relation to sustaining self-initiated project work of a professional standard in relation to jewellery and related product practice.

Running from February to September, this intensive, six month postgraduate jewellery course will help familiarise you with the key practical processes, techniques and terminology within contemporary jewellery and related products.

You’ll be taught by experienced jewellery designer-maker, Bridie Lander and have access to our first class studios five day a week, with intensive, full-day tutorials three days per week.

The course consists of two modules. Each module consists of a nominal 300 hours of study time.

Key course dates
DatesModule
Early February Induction week
February - May
(10 weeks)
Module 1 - Conventions and Innovations
Mid May Assessment and Feedback
May - July 2014 (10 weeks) Module 2 - Self-Initiated Project

Further Study

Successful students can apply for our Master's level jewellery course, Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products - MA.

The School of Jewellery offers a range of postgraduate courses, all of which involve innovative research and provide vocationally valuable experience.

Trips and visits

You'll be encouraged to visit local and national galleries and recommended exhibitions, along with industry visits where and when appropriate.  

Enhancing your employability skills

Graduates from the School of Jewellery are highly employable and are familiar with the latest industry skills and techniques.

You’ll have the knowledge and skill to work with the materials, processes and techniques to create innovative 2D and 3D design.

The course will have enabled you to demonstrate independent thinking and the ability to prepare and realise a successful self-initiated project.

You’ll have a collection of work, completed to a high standard of professionalism, which shows your creative identity.

You’ll also develop a range of transferable skills, such as how to communicate ideas and solve problems, as well as developing negotiation and planning skills.

OpportUNIty

OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.

Graduate jobs

We have an excellent success rate for graduate employment. Our graduates find roles as jewellery designers and designers or secure positions in retail and marketing or academia.

They go on to work for companies such as Cartier, H&M, Domino and Bicknells, or set up their own successful businesses, with their own collections and bespoke commissions.

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Our international students

This course is ideal for international students looking to top up their skills before taking an MA.

The international reputation and outstanding location in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter attracts students from all over the world. Our course is particularly popular with students from the Far East who want to study advanced design techniques from top professionals.

Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)

International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.

BCUIC

BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.

Learn more about BCUIC

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our jewellery and silversmithing course is most popular with international students from:  

Facilities

Vittoria Street building

The School of Jewellery's Vittoria Street building is inspirational and functional. A blend of traditional historic and cutting-edge contemporary, it is light, spacious and extremely well-resourced.

Refurbished

An extensive refurbishment programme integrated the Victorian Gothic building of 1863 with the adjacent 1912 extension and a site further down the road. The architects’ success in doing so resulted in awards from the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and the Civic Trust.

Equipment and Machinery

The Basement contains machinery and equipment that requires higher levels of supervision. As well as conventional tool room machines such as lathes and milling machines, this area includes rooms for casting and electro-plating, and a tool and material store.

Atrium

Our atrium area is a lively exhibition space with a frequently changing range of shows and displays.

Horology facilities

Horology students also have dedicated areas, as well as the latest CAD equipment. You’ll also have access to specialist equipment, a subject specialist library, seminar rooms and lecture theatre.

Studio Workshops

Studio Workshops provide cut-out work benches with lights and gas torches plus design work stations.

Process workshops

Process workshops contain larger soldering hearths under extraction hoods with pickling and cleaning facilities. These workshops also have polishing machines and other bench mounted powered equipment. Each studio workshop has access to one of the process workshops.

Assay Office

Assay Office

Our gemmology students are based in new, state-of-the-art premises at 1 Moreton Street in the Jewellery Quarter with access to the highest specification of equipment available for gemmological education within the UK. You'll use diamond-testing equipment at Assay Office Birmingham's AnchorCert Gem Laboratory.

Bridie Lander

Course director Bridie Lander is an experienced jewellery designer/maker and lecturer. She spent several years as an artist and academic in Australia where latterly she was Coordinator of the Jewellery and Object Studio at Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney.

Some of her work was recently included in a group exhibition, “Transplantation: British and Australian Narrative Jewellery”, that is touring UK and Australia.

Bridie worked with a Sydney colleague as co-curator of “By Example” – a significant exhibition of contemporary Australian jewellery shown at the Itami Cultural Foundation, Itami, Japan.

Her personal research interests include issues of the handmade and the digital, intersections of art and design. She considers art jewellery as a medium, an interface of the virtual (interiority, the imaginary) and the real.

She uses a variety of materials in various combinations with metal, including plastics as well as found material, minerals (non precious stones) and organics (shell, horse hair).

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295