Our MA gives you the opportunity to use a variety of materials, manufacturing techniques and processes. You will build 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.
This new course is in the final stages of design. Once this is complete, and the course has been reviewed and approved as meeting our quality standards, you'll be able to apply directly online as normal. The course starts in September 2017.
We'll be publishing detailed information about all our courses for 2017/18 on the website over the next few weeks, as well as fees and how to apply. Sign up below and we'll send you an email as soon as more information is available.
At Birmingham City University, we’re dedicated to ensuring you develop the skills employers need. So it’s essential that we keep our range of courses at the cutting edge of the discipline in an ever-changing job market.
That’s why we’re reviewing our course provision* for 2017/18, bringing in new courses that we know employers are looking for, and updating existing courses with new modules and structures.
We also aim to give you greater flexibility within your course, by making all courses modular in structure, giving you more control over what you learn.
To ensure all new and revised courses fully meet students' needs, representatives of our current students will be part of the course review panel.
We’re investing in our courses to ensure that our graduates are among the most employable in the UK and beyond. More details about new courses and modules will be available on the website soon.
*Please note: all subject areas are being reviewed for 2017/18 apart from the following:
You will need to apply online direct to the university for this course. A link to the form will be available soon. We'd like to send you an email once the link is available to save you checking back - just sign up for an update.
Our next Postgraduate Open Day will be on Wednesday 26 April 2017, between 2pm and 7pm. Come along to find out more about our courses and see our facilities. You can't book your place just yet, but register your interest and we'll send you an email when you can book.
David Roberts, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media explains why we are changing our courses.
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.
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.
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.
Our atrium area is a lively exhibition space with a frequently changing range of shows and displays.
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 provide cut-out work benches with lights and gas torches plus design work stations.
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.
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.
Jivan Astfalck is a visual artist, jeweller and academic. Born in Berlin, where she was trained and qualified as a goldsmith, she has been living in the UK for more than 20 years. She obtained an MA in the History and Theory of Modern Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design and a PhD in Fine Art at the University of the Arts, London.
Jivan is now Professor at the School of Jewellery, Birmingham City University, and combines studio practice, which she exhibits internationally, with teaching as the MA Course Director for Jewellery, Silversmithing and Related Products.
Her main focus and research interest is in using hermeneutic philosophy, literary theory and other appropriate thought models as tools to investigate narrative structures embedded in body-related crafts objects. In her view, the convergence of crafts, design and fine art practices is conducive to extending the theoretical vocabulary and map out new territories where crafts practices contribute to cultural production and dissemination.