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BA (Honours) Jewellery, Materials and Design

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Year of Entry 2022/23
BA (Honours)

Jewellery, Materials and Design

Course in clearing
Full-time Art and design

Develop your own creative and innovative approach to jewellery design, challenging and exploring contemporary practices through new technologies and craft techniques.

Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2022. Call us now on 0330 024 6390 or apply online.

Clearing is not open to international students this year.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £14,415 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? W721
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Develop your own aesthetic within a strong studio culture.
  • Gain skills in CAD, microelectronics, sustainable materials and 3D printing. 
  • Create unique jewellery centred around personal, cultural and societal narratives.
  • Collaborate and prototype objects in a supportive and engaging environment.

You’ll develop a critical understanding and awareness of jewellery practices in the 21st century, while gaining real-world skills through applied projects and world-leading research. You’ll create a distinctive portfolio of work that demonstrates your unique strengths to prospective employers in the jewellery industry, design and creative enterprise.

Creative UK membership

We are members of Creative UK, which means our art and design students are also members until they graduate. With 10,000 members in its network, Creative UK represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries, advocating on the issues that matter the most to creative communities.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

Throughout your studies, you’ll build the confidence to develop your own individual voice and contribute to a strong studio culture. You’ll learn through material experimentation, rigorous design processes and engagement with industry partners. You’ll gain the theory, practice and methodology you need to independently organise, manage and carry out complex jewellery making. You’ll also gain the confidence to use technology in the pursuit of innovative and creative solutions. Take a look at the course’s Instagram to see what innovations and creations our students have been working on.

You learn through

  • studio education and collaboration
  • jewellery-making workshops 
  • digital technologies
  • material experimentation
  • industry visits and field trips

Course leaders and tutors

Nantia Koulidou
Nantia Koulidou
Course Leader in Jewellery, Materials and Design

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Your lecturer’s view

Watch course leader Nantia Koulidou talk about the BA Jewellery, Materials and Design course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Student View

Watch student Yijia He talk about the BA Jewellery, Materials and Design course at Sheffield Hallam University.

Applied learning

Work placements

You'll have opportunities to arrange single or multiple work placement/s in between your second and third years. Placements give you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. 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 through the Erasmus+ programme (until 2023) or the Turing scheme.

Live projects

You'll work on live projects where you'll put together bids for commissions, working 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 and participated in international jewellery fairs – as well as developing commercial, ethical jewellery projects with national bespoke jewellery companies.

Field trips

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 taking part in Munich Jewellery Week.

Networking opportunities

We have 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. You’ll also have a range of opportunities to work on live briefs, expanding your real-world professional experience and wider knowledge base. Our 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 enter 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’ve provided our students with opportunities to win bursaries for precious metals.

Future careers

This course prepares you for future study and careers in

  • jewellery design and making
  • wearable technology and healthcare
  • artistic curation and design consultancy 
  • business and entrepreneurship 
  • luxury retail and accessory design 
  • 3D design 

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 lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

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Entry requirements

All students

80 UCAS points, including at least 56 points from two A levels or equivalent, one of which must be Art, Design or Graphics, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If you don't meet these criteria you may be qualified for our BA Jewellery and Metalwork with Foundation Year.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over 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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Creative Strategies, Technologies And Processes Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Materials, Meaning And Making Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Making And Design Strategies Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Creative Enterprise Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Graduation Projects: Jewellery, Materials And Design Credits: 120 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/23 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.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Clearing is not open to international students this year.

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