Undergraduate study - 2020 entry

BA Jewellery and Silversmithing

UCAS code: W721

Duration: 4 years

Delivery: Full-time

School: Edinburgh College of Art

College: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Study abroad
Placements

Introducing BA Jewellery and Silversmithing

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 experience to assist students 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 a range of industrial and craft production approaches.

Integrated with your practical studio work, Design & Screen Cultures courses provide a contextual and theoretical understanding of the holistic nature of contemporary design.

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 with Swarvoski. I felt ready to take that next step in to the working world after graduation and hope that the snowball effect of great opportunities is to continue.

  • Laura Templeton, graduate

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.

Year 1

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. In Design & Screen Cultures you will address the key histories and theories of design.

You will be able to take up to 40 credits of option courses, offering you the flexibility to construct a suite of courses that reflects your interests and enhances your main study.

In Year 1, 20 credits of these must be taken out with ECA. The remaining 20 credits can be taken from within ECA, the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, or from the wider University, subject to availability and discussion with your Personal Tutor and relevant course organisers.

Year 2

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, alongside Design & Screen Cultures courses, you will be able to choose an option course from the wider College, subject to availability.

Year 3

An externally facing professional practice year where there are a range of opportunities for competitions and live projects with industry.

Alongside Design & Screen Cultures courses, option courses are available from within the wider College and opportunities for study abroad help broaden an understanding of the discipline.

A live project allows you to design and develop a jewellery collection for public exhibition as well as work with new production technologies alongside traditional time-honoured techniques and processes.

The LTD Edition course offers you the opportunity to utilise digital design in the production of your work, collaborating with a world leading precious metal casting company in Birmingham. This course has been presented at UK and International conferences and has been exhibited at the National Museum of Scotland.

Year 4

You will feel confident about your ability to express personal ideas, opinions and concerns through your practical and theoretical work, the latter through a written dissertation. 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, and the potential for selection to show work at New Designers, London.

Programme structure

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.

Programme structure (2018/19)

Our facilities

Design students benefit from studio-based learning at our Lauriston Place campus, along with the exhibitions and events associated with a vibrant art college. Some Design & Screen Cultures teaching takes place off the Lauriston campus, across the Central Area of the University, depending on room availability.

Option courses are usually taught outside the School across the wider university campus. You will also have access to the University's extensive libraries, computing and technical facilities.

The University is investing in the Edinburgh College of Art (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.

Facilities and resources at ECA

Placements

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.

Study abroad

There are opportunities to study abroad in Year 3.

What are my options for going abroad?

How will I learn?

The majority of design teaching and learning is through involvement in a range of experiential courses 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, elements of which are taught through Design & Screen Cultures courses. This also involves participation in exhibitions, competitions, collaborations and live industry projects.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment is continuous throughout the year, aiming to give you meaningful feedback against learning outcomes, 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 against course learning outcomes. 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. Your course grades are arrived at through this summative assessment plus a moderation process.

Programme details

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.

Programme details (2018/19)

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, Michael Kors, Hamilton and Inches, Theo Fennel, the Royal College of Art, The Scottish Gallery and Edinburgh Dovecot Studios.

Standard entry requirement

The standard entry requirement is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S5. If you haven’t achieved this by the end of S5 we may consider your application based on a strong performance in S6. A minimum of BBB must be achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

Minimum entry requirement

The minimum entry requirement for widening access applicants is:

  • SQA Highers: ABBB by end of S6, with a minimum of BBB achieved in one year of S4-S6.
  • A Levels: ABB.
  • IB: 34 points (grades 655 at HL).

More information for widening access applicants

Required subjects

The grades used to meet our entry requirements must include:

  • SQA: no specific Higher subjects required. National 5: English at grade C.
  • A Levels: no specific A Level subjects required. GCSEs: English at grade C or 4.
  • IB: HL: no specific subjects required. SL: English at grade 5.

Additional requirements

Mini-portfolio

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. The deadline for mini-portfolio submission is 12 pm midday GMT on 28 January 2020 and late mini-portfolio submissions will not be accepted.

Portfolio guidance

Important dates

  • 2 December 2019: mini-portfolio submissions site opens

  • 15 January 2020: UCAS deadline for Home/EU applicants

  • 28 January 2020 at 12 pm (midday): mini-portfolio submission deadline

  • 30 June 2020: final deadline for UCAS applications from applicants from outside the EU.

BTEC/UAL Diplomas

Applicants studying Pearson BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Art and Design will be considered for entry with the following:

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma with DMM.

  • Pearson BTEC Diploma with MM plus one A Level at grade A (or DM plus B at A Level).

  • Pearson BTEC Extended Certificate / Subsidiary Diploma with D plus two A Levels at grade B (or M plus AB at A Level).

Applicants studying the University of the Arts London Level 3 Extended Diploma in Art and Design will be considered with Merit.

Find out more about entry requirements

International applicants

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.

Entry requirements by country

International Foundation Programme

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.

International Foundation Programme

Mature applicants

We welcome applications from mature students and accept a range of qualifications.

Mature applicant qualifications

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 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 in one set of exams, at first attempt.

You must provide evidence that your written and spoken English is at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies.

English language tests

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS Academic module overall 6.5 with 5.5 in each component

  • TOEFL-iBT 92 or above with 20 in each section

  • Cambridge English: Advanced or Proficiency overall 176 with 162 in each component

  • PTE Academic: Total 61 with at least 51 in each "Communicative Skills" section

  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with a distinction in all four components

About English language requirements

SQA, GCSE and IB

For SQA, GCSE and IB students, unless a higher level is specified in the stated entry requirements, a pass is required in English at the following grades or higher:

  • SQA National 5 Grade C

  • SQA Standard Grade 3

  • SQA Intermediate 1 Grade A

  • SQA Intermediate 2 Grade C

  • GCSE Grade C or 4

  • Level 2 Certificate Grade C

  • IB Standard Level Grade 5 (English ab initio is not accepted for entry)

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It is one of many sources of information which will enable you to make an informed decision on what and where to study.

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Tuition Fees

Tuition fees for BA Jewellery and Silversmithing

Additional costs

There are likely to be additional costs for materials.

In addition, some programmes offer study trips and individual field-based projects. You will usually be required to cover accommodation, subsistence and travel costs.

Your actual contribution will depend on the programme and courses you select and on the nature of each trip.

Funding

For more information on how much it will cost to study with us and the financial support available see our fees and funding information.

Fees and funding