Birmingham is known for many things, one of which being the prestigious Jewellery Quarter, which produces up to 40 per cent of all jewellery made in the UK. If you are thinking of studying for a jewellery degree, our School of Jewellery has plenty of courses to choose from and is home to many alumni that have gone into an array of different careers.
If you’ve ever wondered what you can do with a jewellery related degree, read on.
Gemmology is the scientific study of gemstones and is often used to distinguish different stones from one another, as well as deciphering their quality and value. Gemmologists have a very hands-on and important role and are often based in a lab, so attention to detail, precision and a logical mindset are essential skills for the job. For this, having a degree in the subject is a key factor to securing a role. Other than working in a lab, gemmologists often work within auction houses, helping to appraise any jewellery or gems that get sent in.
Our undergraduate Gemmology and Jewellery Studies course is a perfect introduction to the field, and is one of the only courses of its kind in the world. You will learn essential skills from modules such as ‘Valuation Science’, ‘History and Culture of Jewellery’, and ‘Practical Gemmology’.
Prefer to do something a little more creative? Jewellery design can take you down many paths, whether you want to start your own business or work for a brand; there is even the option to design jewellery to be used in productions such as theatre and TV shows.
Our Jewellery and Objects course focuses on individuality and creativity, giving you the freedom to think outside of the box and experiment with different processes, materials and techniques. Amongst learning practical skills, the course also offers you the chance to host a number of jewellery exhibitions which gives you the opportunity to debut and sell your pieces to the public.
BCU alumni have gone on to work both locally and internationally and start their own jewellery businesses and partake in work experience with companies such as Topshop and Argos, with one graduate going on to design jewellery for Lady Mayoress of London!
Gemstones not your thing? Horology is taught at our School of Jewellery and is the study of clocks and watches. Horology is a much-desired skill, with many businesses seeking what is considered a forgotten art. Our own alumni, Keith Scobie-Youngs, set up his own clock restoration company which has worked on huge tasks such as the current restoration of Big Ben. You can read more about that here.
The undergraduate Horology course covers everything from the study of horological mechanisms to production techniques and servicing skills. The course is also great for networking, being in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter, with connections to key industry members.
With the skills you can learn doing a jewellery related degree, you’ll be all set to take complete control and start your own venture, whether it be your own jewellery business or freelance curation – the possibilities are endless!
If you’ve been considering starting your own business but don’t feel like you have the skills to do so, our Jewellery and Silversmithing course offers you the chance to get hands on with top technology such as laser cutting, marking and wielding, as well as being able to access our dedicated CAD facility; all of which will help you upskill and boost your employability.
Find out about all of our School of Jewellery courses