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I-Chen Lee, MA Jewellery, UCA Farnham

MA Jewellery

Jewellery MA

Farnham

Course overview

UCA's MA Jewellery course offers you a unique opportunity to add depth and breadth to your jewellery-making and design practice, as well as your research skills.

This course is based at UCA Farnham, where top-class facilities and a culture of craft collide. As a project-led and studio-based course with close tutorial guidance, it is suited to highly motivated and talented people who want to work at the forefront of their creative discipline 

Rigorous research will encourage you to explore a wide range of approaches, from traditional to contemporary influences, within art, craft, design and technology.

You will be taught by leading specialist designers, artists and crafts experts, creating a range of objects and experimenting with different materials and processes to develop your creative thinking and create bespoke pieces for exhibition or display in-person. Your ideas and opportunities will be unrestricted, and we encourage you to enhance your own creative journey through practice and theoretical learning.

Throughout the course, you'll work closely alongside students from other fields such as textiles, ceramics, metalwork and glass. This will enable you to broaden your knowledge and incorporate elements from various disciplines into your own practice, ensuring your final project is tailored to your desired audience and is a reflection of your own personal journey on the MA course.

Our Farnham campus offers extraordinary facilities, with extensive workshops and equipment to support your study. It's also home to the Crafts Study Centre - a purpose-built museum, research centre and gallery dedicated to crafts. 

A one-year course of advanced study for furthering your research skills and specialising within your discipline.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s, developing your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

The Integrated Pre-Masters course has been suspended for 2022 entry.

A year-long preparatory course of study to ready you for your Master’s in the UK, developing your English speaking and writing together with your specialist skills, research acumen and confidence in working autonomously.

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Course details

Course details

The content of the course may be subject to change. Curriculum content is provided as a guide.

Get ready for your chosen postgraduate course with this preparatory year of specialist study. With a mix of online and face-to-face learning, UCA’s Integrated Pre-Masters is designed to give you insight into the study skills required to complete a Master’s, within the context of your creative subject. You’ll build skills in autonomous learning, forming your own targets and goals, honing your research skills, time management and professional practice.

For our students coming from a non-UK educational background, UCA has launched an Integrated International Pre-Masters year. On this course you’ll prepare for postgraduate study with a mix of online and face-to-face learning that will give you the study skills required to complete a Master’s, and you’ll also improve your English for academic study.

You'll be introduced to the University and the technical workshops and facilities available to you. The first term includes a range of lectures and seminars and you’ll start to explore your creative practice.

Theory and Analysis
This unit focuses on challenging and reflecting upon your practice. You'll achieve this through the development of critical reading, observation, handling and thinking deeply about products, craft artefact, contextual research associated with your work and its field of enquiry.

Exploratory Practice
This unit focuses on developing your practice into a form of enquiry; a questioning, analytical and interrogative approach to your work that will enable you to become a reflective practitioner.

 

 

During term two you begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing out the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study.

Reflective Practice
Reflective practice is one of the most important concepts for a creative practitioner. It enables you to become critically aware and allows you to develop and progress your practice independently. The work undertaken in this unit should begin to address the research questions you explored in the Exploratory practice unit. Work completed for this unit should be considerably more resolved and establish a clear line of inquiry through selected materials, concepts and a clearly articulated context. You'll also have the opportunity to complete a period of professional practice during this unit.

 

 

In the third term of the course, you'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to create a final body of work.

Major Project
This is the culmination of your studies and will form an exposition of the central ideas and concepts developed throughout the course. Its aim is to demonstrate the resolution of previous project units through evidence of advanced conceptual, theoretical and technical capability over an extended period of self-directed study.

Tuition fees - 2022 entry

UK students:

  • Integrated Pre-Masters course - £10,500
  • MA course - £10,500

EU students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)
  • MA course - £10,500 (see fee discount information)

International students:

  • Integrated International Pre-Masters course - £17,500
  • MA course - £17,500

Additional course costs
In addition to the tuition fees there may be other costs for your course. The things that you are likely to need to budget for to get the most out of a creative arts education will include books, printing costs, occasional or optional study trips and/or project materials. These costs will vary according to the nature of your project work and the individual choices that you make. Please see the additional course costs for 2021 entry. The details for 2022 entry will be available here in due course.

Further information
For more detailed information about our course fees and any financial support you may be entitled to please see our fees and finance pages.

The fees listed here are correct for the stated academic year only. Costs may increase each year during a student’s period of continued registration on course in line with inflation (subject to any maximum regulated tuition fee limit). Any adjustment for continuing students will be at or below the RPI-X forecast rate.

To support our students and alumni to progress to the next level of study, we have developed a new range of fee discounts across a range of courses.

Course specifications

Please note, syllabus content indicated is provided as a guide. The content of the course may be subject to change in line with our Student Terms and Conditions for example, as required by external professional bodies or to improve the quality of the course.

Facilities

Our jewellery studios and facilities include rolling mills, presses and small tools; a machine shop with mills, lathes and bandsaw; chemical room for etching, patination and enamelling; silversmithing area with draw bench, roller and folder; casting area for working in wax, mould making and casting in precious and non-precious metals. We have a hearth for large-scale working, chasing and repoussé; and finishing area for grinding and polishing.

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Jewellery Studios, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery chemical room, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery hearth, cutting and polishing area, UCA Farnham

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Jewellery studio, UCA Farnham

Course connections

Course connections

This course has excellent support from:

  • Worshipful Company of Ironmongers
  • The Goldsmiths' Company
  • The Worshipful Company of Pewterers
  • Association of Contemporary Jewellery
  • Jewellers and Silversmiths Network
  • The New Ashgate Trust.

 

Our course will equip you with a host of valuable and transferable skills. Upon successful completion, you might decide to become a self-employed artist, or forge a career within the craft and design industries, for example.

Recent graduates work as:

  • Artists
  • Designers
  • Makers
  • Arts administrators
  • Gallery curators
  • Teachers
  • Writers.

You may want to undertake further study or a research degree to specialise even more.

Tom McDowell
Tom McDowell

"The facilities at UCA were great and allowed me to experiment with a variety of creative techniques. I also really enjoyed the multi-disciplinary course structure and I found that bouncing my ideas off people whose specialities differed from mine was really mind-opening."

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

MA course

  • An honours degree or equivalent qualification in the subject or a related discipline

and/or

  • Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

Consideration will also be given to applicants who can make a strong case for admission in relation to a particular project and can demonstrate their potential to satisfactorily complete the course.

 


 

MA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
MA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

A recognised bachelor degree or 3 year diploma with a strong portfolio in a relevant subject.

Don't meet the international entry requirements or English language requirements?

You may be able to enter the course through the following entry pathways:

Pre-sessional English courses

UCA International Foundation courses

The UCA International College

MA course
MA course with Integrated Pre-Masters course
MA course with Integrated International Pre-Masters course

For these courses, we’ll need to see your visual or written portfolio for review. We’ll invite you to upload your portfolio online via your Applicant Portal – further information will be provided once you have applied. If you would prefer to meet the Academic Team in person for a review of your work on campus, this can also be arranged for you.

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