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BA (Honours) Jewellery and Metalwork

Passionate about making? Explore new and traditional approaches to produce jewellery, accessories and tableware.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS W721 Course code

Course description

What you study

Through intensive and varied project work, you learn how to generate and produce original designs for a wide range of jewellery, tableware and personal accessories. The course supports a wide variety of approaches from one-off, highly crafted pieces to mass produced items.

In the first year we introduce you to fundamental processes and techniques, developing your essential skills and knowledge. Through individual and group project work, you explore diverse and innovative ways of approaching the design process and producing finished pieces.

We challenge and encourage you to explore the use of non-traditional materials and introduce you to new and emerging technologies and processes. As the course progresses you begin to establish your own design direction and develop your skills accordingly.

In your third year, you complete self-directed study that allows you to develop a personal area of interest. By taking increasing responsibility for the management of your work, you are preparing for life as a professional designer.

The number and content of the projects you undertake in the third year is up to you, but we help you to develop a portfolio that best supports your career aspirations. You also learn to complete research and development which supports both your contextual studies and design project work.

As well as learning about jewellery and metalwork and how this relates to other craft and design disciplines, you learn how to specialise. Members of the teaching team have individual specialisms and these form key areas of study on the course. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme.

Work experience

In the second year, projects introduce you to commercial aspects of design, and some involve working directly with a client. We help you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding to a professional level. You learn to communicate and realise your ideas using a variety of media and techniques.

During the course you have the opportunity to enter national design competitions, complete live projects and exhibit your work in professional shows. You can also attend field trips to galleries, exhibitions and studios in the UK and Europe.


You build your skills in well equipped specialist and general workshops, located close to other related design and engineering facilities.

The teaching team includes nationally and internationally renowned practitioners with a range of professional experience, supported by specialist technical staff and visiting lecturers.

We have strong links with the Sheffield jewellery and metalwork industry, such as the Sheffield Assay Office, which offers support with hallmarking and research using its extensive research library.

You develop a wide range of skills and knowledge across the core areas of making, thinking and professional skills.

Making skills include • measuring, marking and cutting • forming • soldering and joining • stone setting, finishing • casting and moulding • machining, spinning • etching and enamelling • drawing and sketching • CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing.

Thinking skills include • gathering and selecting research material • nurturing your creativity, generating and developing ideas • modelling and testing ideas • presenting ideas and supporting views in written work.

Professional skills include • planning and project management • understanding your strengths and your audience • working collaboratively within and outside your discipline • presentation skills • intellectual property and legal frameworks • ethical issues and sustainable practice • identifying career opportunities.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

A portfolio of creative design work available for consideration at interview and GCSE mathematics and English at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 112 UCAS points including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General Studies


• 96 UCAS points from three A levels, including at least 64 points from two A levels, or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General Studies

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access – an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, in an art and design-related programme from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate

• Diploma in Foundation Studies (Art and Design) – pass

If English is not your first language you must have 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 a 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 selection event with a portfolio of work to demonstrate your ability. Find out about the selection process and how to produce a strong portfolio.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

materials and making - design induction projects • fundamental workshop technology and practice • creative practice 1:using primary and secondary research to inform creative design and make projects. Drawing, modelling, making finished pieces • critical reflection 1:research and analysis of key historical and contemporary themes connected to jewellery and metalwork. Presentation skills

Year two modules

creative skills and strategies: series of design projects introducing further technical possibilities. Designing and making for competitions. Recording, reflecting and presenting your practice • creative practice 2: designing for clients, exploring commercial constraints and opportunities, presentation skills, completing finished pieces to professional standards. Managing your creativity, using making processes as a tool to generate design ideas • critical reflection 2: research and critically analyse contemporary themes relevant to your own creative interests.

Option of study exchange in semester 2

Year three

• optional work placement.

Final year modules

independent creative direction: exploring design possibilities through guided independent design and make projects • critical research project: refining your research, critical analysis and presentation skills. Supporting and guiding the development of your design practice throughout the final year • independent creative practice: developing and evolving your own distinct portfolio of design projects and finished objects. Exhibition of work in degree show

  • coursework
  • exhibition at the final year show


This course equips you with the skills you need to pursue a career as a designer, either in self-employment or as part of an established team.

Design courses with a strong focus on making also develop your range of transferrable skills. Graduates leave the course with a vibrant portfolio of design work that demonstrates an ability to think creatively, communicate ideas and manage projects to a successful conclusion.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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