Our unique approach to teaching comes from a team of dedicated professional practitioners with hands on industry expertise. Traditional skills are equally as important as cutting-edge technology, and creative thinking is just as important as designing and crafting.
In this specialist course you’ll study in our dedicated workshops in
small focused classes, where you will be encouraged to explore your creative potential and push the boundaries of the discipline.
You’ll investigate a range of topics, materials including metal, plastics and ceramics, processes and techniques to create contemporary jewellery, objects and accessories.
In your first year the focus will be on material experimentation, contextualization and growing awareness of your field through educational research trips and visits.
The second year will see you encouraged to carry out more self-directed independent research into your specialist pathway, whilst building on your employability skills through live briefs, collaborative practice and work experience.
This course has strong links with industry and you’ll be encouraged to explore work placements and opportunities for self-employment.
You will have access to industry standard equipment in our studio workshops with specialist tools, computer suite including CAD design software and laser cutting machine.
Research trips and study visits are integral to the course with an international trip to Munich International Jewellery Week.
- Northenden Campus
- Full Time
- 2 years
- September 2020
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
Academic Entry requirements
• BTEC/A-Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification in Fashion, Textiles, Art and Design, Graphics or Photography
• 64 UCAS Tariff Points
Non-academic entry Requirements
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.
What will I be studying?
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 32 Professional Practice (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 33 Applied Practice Collaborative Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits)
Year 1: Unit 35 Advanced Product Design Studies (30 credits)
Year 1: Unit 4 Techiniques & Processes (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 48 Conceptual Practice (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 5 3D Practices (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 50 Material Selection & Specification (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 55 Jewellery Design (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 7 Computer Aided Design (CAD) (15 credits)
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
How will I be assessed?
• Practical coursework
• Written work
Along with continuous feedback from your tutors.
What are the careers that this will lead to?
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/
Fees, Finance and Funding
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.
Course Associated Costs
• 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