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International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
- Master traditional, new and technological skills in state-of-the-art studios.
- Work with practising designers who bring their experience and networks to the course.
- Experience employability-driven learning through applied real-world projects.
- Build a unique portfolio to prepare for a career in design.
If you don't meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) courses, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study, we recommend you join the foundation year – which has been designed to encourage exploration and experimentation.
Through experimentation with materials, processes, technologies, design and creative thinking, this course will develop your professional, practical and intellectual skills and prepare you for a successful career. You’ll gain the confidence and experience required to utilise new technologies in the pursuit of innovative and creative solutions.
How you learn
You'll learn through critical enquiry and exploration of ideas, materials and design processes. You'll work with external partners and have the opportunity to apply for placements. The distinctive portfolio of work that you'll create will demonstrate your unique strengths to prospective employers. In the first ‘induction’ module you’ll learn to work confidently and creatively with a wide range of different materials. In the second ‘project’ module you’ll be taught by tutors from the BA (Hons) course supported by foundation tutors.
You'll learn through
- studio-based design projects
- designing through making
- industry visits and field trips
- lectures and seminars
- specialist software sessions
- applied industry projects and collaborations with industry professionals
- group collaboration and individual work
- feedback sessions and tutorials
- creative workshops
- exhibitions and presentations
- Blackboard online learning portal
Course leaders and tutors
You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years of the full course. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. For example, previous students have travelled to India and worked with small jewellery businesses where together they developed an innovative fair-trade company. You may also be able to work or study abroad – with the possibility of funding (subject to the UK’s continued participation in the Erasmus+ programme following the Brexit transition period).
You'll work on live projects where you'll put together bids for commissions, work with local museums, charities and subject-specific organisations. Recently our students have produced work for museum collections, made jewellery to raise awareness of national charities, developed commercial ethical jewellery projects with national bespoke jewellery companies and participated in international jewellery fairs.
We'll offer opportunities to go on study trips and visits in the UK and abroad – with free travel and accommodation for all mandatory field trips on the course. These could include workshops, design exhibitions or visits to practitioners’ studios and museums. There may be opportunities to further enhance your studies with optional field trips, though these will incur additional costs. A recent international trip involved participating in Munich Jewellery Week.
We benefit from excellent links with international, national and local designers and makers who bring industry insight into the course. We'll offer a series of talks delivered by external practitioners from various design practices within the UK and abroad, providing you with industry contacts for potential future placements. The course also provides a range of opportunities to work on various live briefs, expanding your real-world professional experience and wider knowledge base. Students take part in industry shows where they showcase their work and build connections with galleries, shops, and industry professionals.
We'll support you to participate in competitions such as the Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Awards. The course benefits from unique support from the Sheffield Assay Office – over many years they have provided our students with opportunities to win bursaries for precious metals.
This course prepares you for future study and careers in
- jewellery and metalwork design and making
- object and tableware design and making
- retail, museums and galleries
- prop making
- knife design and making
- cutlery design and making
- architectural metalworking
Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for
- Heatherwick Studio
- Chris Perry Silversmith
- Others Studio
- Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery
- 5+2 Jewellery Hong Kong
- Catherine Best Jewellery Guernsey
- Weston Beamor
- Humairya: British Contemporary Fine Jewellery
- Hayley Grafflin Jewellery
- Lee Simmons
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
Equipment and facilities
You'll have access to a wide variety of facilities across the university campuses – including a 24-hour learning centre, Students’ Union, cafes and eateries, lecture theatres, exhibition spaces and more. You'll be based in a fully equipped and purpose-designed studio, with state-of-the-art facilities including
- jewellery and metalworking workshops
- dedicated photography studios
- industry-standard computer hardware and software
- exhibition spaces
- outstanding print, wood, plastics, metal, mixed media, casting and ceramic workshops
- CAD/CAM facilities including 3D metal printing, laser cutting, wax printing
This must include at least 32 points from at least one A level or equivalent BTEC National qualifications (to include a relevant subject, such as Art, Design, Design Technology, Textiles and Graphics). For example:
- CDD at A Level with a grade C in a relevant subject.
- MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma in a relevant subject.
- A combination of qualifications which must include an A level grade C or BTEC grade M in a relevant subject and may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies
- English Language or Literature at grade C or 4
• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 18 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in a media-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.
We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying Art and Design.
We treat the foundation year as part of the Art and Design degree programme. Offers made to students will be for four years of study (or five years of study including a placement). This is made up of the foundation year plus one of our Art and Design degrees.
If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider either the International Foundation Programme: Art, Design and Media or Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.
If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a portfolio review, this is where you can showcase your relevant work and highlight any pieces you are particularly proud of. The portfolio review can be shared with us face to face, or you can submit an electronic portfolio via email. Find out about what happens at a portfolio review and how you can prepare to produce a strong portfolio.
Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.
Additional information for EU/International students
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.
For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.
Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.
You can take an optional placement in year three.
|Module: Foundation Induction||Credits: 60||
|Module: Foundation Projects||Credits: 60||
|Module: Creative Strategies, Technologies And Processes||Credits: 60||
|Module: Materials, Meaning And Making||Credits: 60||
|Module: Advanced Making And Design Strategies||Credits: 60||
|Module: Creative Enterprise||Credits: 60||
|Module: Placement Year||Credits: -|
|Module: Graduation Projects: Jewellery, Materials And Design||Credits: 120||
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.
Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.
Financial support for home/EU students
How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.
Additional course costs
This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.Additional costs for Art and design courses (PDF)
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