UCAS code: W721
Duration: 4 years
School: Edinburgh College of Art
College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
Our programme aims to produce designers who create fresh, exuberant work demonstrating originality and innovation. We encourage students to combine new technologies with traditional techniques in materials including precious or semi-precious metal and gemstones, plastics, wood, paper, stone and textiles.
We maintain an outstanding international reputation and an impressive track record of employability with strong industrial links. Our staff regularly exhibit their work and lecture internationally; they are committed to sharing their experiences to assist their graduates to move rapidly into the professional design world.
We aim to equip graduates with a realistic understanding of the wider industry including career and future study opportunities. International exchanges and live projects enable you to gain a greater understanding of the industry and craft techniques.
We have close ties with industry professional bodies, including Edinburgh’s Scottish Goldsmiths Trust and London Goldsmiths Company who annually support our final year students with precious metal awards and sponsorship and run or support educational events, training, mentoring, competitions and exhibitions that we participate in fully.
Everything seems to have come together for me, each opportunity inspiring or leading onto the next. The summer costume jewellery internship led onto a costume jewellery workshop in Germany, which inspired the theme for my dissertation that subsequently inspired me to apply for a job for Swarvoski. I feel ready to take that next step in to the working world after graduation and hope that this snowballing effect of great opportunities is to continue.
- Laura Templeton, Year 4
You will be introduced to the foundation theoretical and practical concepts of studio based research in design, through a range of projects and collaborative activities.
You will be able to take up to 60 credits of option courses, either from within ECA, or across the wider College. These are subject to availability but offer the flexibility to construct a suite of courses that reflects your interests and enhances your main study.
Introductory and intermediary principles, theories, working practices and technical instruction will be covered, and you will be set projects that offer a broad introduction to materials, specialist jewellery and silversmithing techniques.
Again, you will be able to choose option courses, subject to availability.
An externally facing professional practice year where there are a range of opportunities for internship, exchange, competitions and live projects with industry. Options from within the wider University are also available.
A live project allows you to design and develop a jewellery collection for public exhibition as well as work with new technologies alongside the traditional time-honoured techniques and processes.
The LTD Edition project (established in 2008) offers you the opportunity to utilise digital design towards the production of your work, collaborating with a world leading precious metal casting company in Birmingham. This project has been presented at UK and International conferences and has been exhibited at the National Museum of Scotland.
You will feel confident about your ability to express personal ideas, opinions and concerns through your practical and theoretical work. Practice based methods are consolidated and refined while developing an individual voice to produce a final body of studio work.
You are encouraged to develop an awareness of the commercial and critical potential of your work and future career possibilities.
Your final year will involve mandatory participation in a public exhibition of work as part of the Degree Show.
Find out more about the compulsory and optional courses in this degree programme.
To give you an idea of what you will study on this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Design students benefit from studio-based learning at our Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. Option courses are usually taught outside the School across the wider university campus. You will also have access to the University's extensive libraries and computer facilities.
The University is investing in the ECA estate and facilities to further develop our flexible, stimulating, supportive and sustainable learning and research environment for students and staff.
Further information is available on the ECA website.
The Hamilton & Inches Scholarship Programme was established in 2014 to support emerging talent in jewellery and silversmithing. It is supported by Hamilton & Inches, a 150 year old family run jewellery retailer, silversmith and watch specialist based in Edinburgh who have held a Royal Warrant as silversmiths to Her Majesty the Queen for more than 120 years.
The programme provides two £1,500 scholarships per annum to students in Year 4 of our BA (Hons) Jewellery and Silversmithing programme. Scholarship recipients are also provided with a paid internship at Hamilton & Inches, providing the opportunity to work alongside their talented team of craftsmen.
We maintain a broad and diverse portfolio of exchange agreements with a range of prestigious academic partner institutions specifically for jewellery and silversmithing: South Korea (Kookmin University), Japan (Hiko Mizuno), Canada (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design), USA (Boston Museum School), Finland (Lahti University of Applied Sciences and Saimaa University) and Estonia (Academy of Arts).
The majority of design teaching and learning is through involvement in a range of experiential projects situated in a studio environment. Conceptual, material and technical issues are explored through seminars, workshops, lectures, tutorials and critiques.
Research, critical thinking and study of the visual, intellectual, social and professional contexts that shape creative design practice are regarded as essential to your development. This often involves participation in exhibitions, competitions, collaborations and live industry projects.
Formative assessment is continuous throughout the year, aiming to give you meaningful feedback and to encourage experimentation in the studio and beyond. Formative assessment for compulsory courses is through a mix of verbal and written modes such as portfolio, presentations and essays.
There is a mid-session review, usually at the mid-point of any given course you study. Summative assessment at the end of all the courses you take is informed by your academic and creative progress and performance throughout.
Find out more about this programme's aims, what you will learn, how you will be assessed and what skills and knowledge you will develop.
To give you an idea of what to expect from this programme, we publish the latest available information. However, please note this may not be for your year of entry, but for a different academic year.
Our graduates emerge with the confidence to establish themselves as designers and makers, industrial designers, and teachers within the discipline.
Our alumni have proceeded to exhibit internationally, and graduate employers include Edinburgh Assay Office, Gucci, Hamilton and Inches, Theo Fennel, the Royal College of Art, The Scottish Gallery and Edinburgh Dovecot Studios.
The typical offer is likely to be:
Applicants will be asked to submit a digital mini-portfolio to provide evidence of artistic aptitude and potential, this will form an important part of the selection process. Information on mini-portfolio submission will be available here by early August. (Revised 16/05/2017 to provide more accurate information.)
Pearson BTEC and University of the Arts London Diplomas in Art and Design are accepted for entry on their own and in combination with other qualifications. Further information on accepted combinations and required grades will be made available here shortly, or please contact the Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Admissions Office.
We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
If you are an international student and your school qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to the University you may be eligible for admission to this degree programme through our International Foundation Programme.
Entry to the second year is available. Successful completion of a Foundation Diploma (at Merit Grade), a relevant HND or equivalent is required. Applicants will normally be expected to have undertaken these qualifications in addition to having met the minimum entry requirements (Highers, A Levels, IB etc). In some of our less competitive programmes it may be possible to consider applicants presenting ABC (or equivalent) or above at A-level. These grades must have been achieved in a single first sitting.
You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.
If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:
For SQA and GCSE students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:
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Your actual contribution will depend on the programme and courses you select and on the nature of each trip.
For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.