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
- August 2019
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 Visual Communication in Art and Design (15 credits)
Develop your skills in communication across specialist applications, both traditional and alternative.
Year 1: Unit 10 Design Method (15 credits)
Build your skills and knowledge in the development of new products or services in design pathways.
Year 1: Unit 2 Ideas Generation and Development in Art and Design (15 credits)
Explore how to generate new creative ideas and communicate your thoughts visually.
Year 1: Unit 3 Contextual and Cultural Referencing in Art and Design (15 credits)
Develop your understanding of the social, psychological, cultural, historical and commercial factors, which underpin all visual arts theory and practice across the spectrum of your specialist subject.
Year 1: Unit 4 Professional Practice in Art and Design (15 credits)
Expand your knowledge of professional practices within your specialist area, relating them to your personal goals and career opportunities
Year 1: Unit 92 Specialist 3D Materials (15 credits)
Year 1: Unit 93 - Specialist 3D Technology and Processes (15 credits)
Extend your understanding of specialist 3D technology and processes.
Year 1: Unit 97 Jewellery, Accessories and Body Adornment (15 credits)
Explore the decorative and aesthetic potential of jewellery, accessories and body adornment to create innovative work.
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