Train to be the designer of tomorrow, learning both traditional and up to the minute skills and technologies on this HND in Jewellery & Contemporary Design Crafts. Build your knowledge and abilities in the production of a range of jewellery and allied products, and follow an exciting career in this industry.

Investigate material areas of metal, plastics & ceramics, during your first year, alongside work with wood and textiles, as you design and create contemporary jewellery & related accessories. Then complete your own research and self-directed work in year two, developing your own style and preparing yourself for future employment

Northenden Campus
Full Time
2 years
September 2019
You will be taught by a team of experienced tutors:

Eve Redmond is the course leader, and has her own practice in Divinity Studio, Manchester Craft & Design Centre, where she works predominately in precious metals making contemporary collections & working to commission. She has exhibited nationally & internationally. She’s also a founder of Manchester Jewellers Network, member of ACJ and Crafters Inc.

Sadie Blythin has her own studio practice & has created her own original technique in paper & resin. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. She is a member of Manchester Jewellers Network and Crafters Inc.

Anne Brennan is the departmental team leader and specialist ceramics tutor.

Alexia Grantham is a specialist CAD tutor

• BTEC/A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification in Fashion, Textiles, Art and Design, Graphics or Photography

• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
You will need to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to art and design related projects.

Interviews typically last about half an hour.

Your portfolio may be submitted electronically in a Blog

Availability for Skype interviews – for overseas/applicants who have to travel

Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Unit 1 Professional Development (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 17 Art/Craft Production (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 2 Contextual Studies (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 21 Accessories (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 3 Individual Project (Pearson-set) (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 4 Techiniques & Processes (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 5 3D Practices (15 credits)

Year 1: Unit 7 Computer Aided Design (CAD) (15 credits)
Kitsadaviseksak, V. (2016) The development of mixed media jewellery business concept
Juelch, K. (2013) Secrets of Expert Mould Making & Resin Casting
Zilioli, E, Wästberg, I, Warkander, P, Arell, B (2016) Open Space - Mind Maps: Positions in Contemporary Jewellery
Kate Bonansinga, Ursula Ise-Neuman;Rachelle Thiewes (2004) Hanging in Balance 42 New Necklaces
Hash, A (2010) Jewellery & Other Wearable Objects
Oppi Untract (1982) Jewellery Concepts & Technology

Charlotte & Peter Fiell (2002) Scandanavian Design

Trevor Faulkner (1978) Direct Metal Sculpture

Kathie Murphy (2002) Resin Jewellery

Liz Olver (2002) The Art of Jewellery Design
You could be assessed using a range of methods, including:

• Practical coursework
• Written work
• Portfolio
• Exhibition

Along with continuous feedback from your tutors.
Follow in the footsteps of our previous students, with the skills and expertise for a rewarding career in self-employment with your own business, lecturing, or working as a technician within an Art/3D department.

Some of our successful graduates include:

Cailline Lea www.laserlea.com (self-employed)

Jane Dzisiewski www.janedzisiewski.com (self-employed & digital marketing for GNCCF)

Christelle Bileci-Haddow (self-employed & 3D technician at Stockport College)

Sadie Blythin own practice and lecturer at The Manchester College
Rebecca Freya Leech (self-employed) https://www.facebook.com/RebeccaBeyond/

Liliana Natalia Mandziuk-Slezak-(self-employed in www.craftanddesign.com) https://www.facebook.com/DestrezaDesigns/?pnref=lhc

Lucie Fitzpatrick Arc Gallery assistant https://www.facebook.com/ArcCentre/

There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page:
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All of the books required for the course are available from the library.

• There is a research trip in year 1 & 2 to Munich which usually costs approx. £200 per student excluding evening meals, payable in instalments from November
• There are research trips to galleries/Museums which can cost between £5-£10 per trip ( approx. 3 per year)
• We have a one day research trip to London to Collect & V&A which can cost approx up to £40 (depending on train costs)
• Material cost for consumable such as saw blades, solder & emery paper £30 per year. In the second year when you decide on specialism you may be required to buy own materials
• Students are given £10 worth of printing per year and after that have to pay if they need additional printing

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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