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BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery

Unique to Cornwall, this course is perfect for those looking to extend and develop personal practice within Jewellery or silversmithing. Modules of the course give students the opportunity to explore their own interests both technical and aesthetic enabling them to foster their own personal practice.

Why choose this course?

This one year programme is equivalent to the final year of a degree course. Students should have already completed a Foundation Degree or HND in a relevant subject.

The further development of design skills and contextual research in a contemporary craft field will confidently facilitate entering the professional workplace as a silversmith of jewellery designer craftsperson. Students will also have the opportunity to exhibit their work in several professional settings throughout the course to prepare them for a career within the industry. There will be the opportunity to develop traditional craftsmanship in areas such as raising, planishing, box making, making settings and findings, setting stones as well as researching new technologies.

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Start date: 23/09/2024

Course code
HESILVB24T
Level
Level 6
Location
Truro College
Duration
1 year
Qualification
Bachelor’s Degree
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Top Course Highlights

small classes

excellent tutor support

Practical work

A close up of a hand working a pair of tweezers in a piece of silver which looks extremely hot.

First hand experience

You will be encouraged to take on commissions and jewellery repairs to gain first-hand experience of working with real clients. The course is designed to develop the technical and design skills suitable for the student to enter the professional working environment.

A picture of a student sat at a work bench with a lamp. It looks like they are working on a piece of jewellery.

Creative assignments

Through problem-solving assignments you will be expected to take an energetic and creative approach to a range of craft skills, materials and technologies, developing a high level of professional competence.

An art student and a tutor look closely at a piece of metalwork together in a studio.

Traditional Craftmanship

There will be the opportunity to develop traditional craftsmanship in areas such as raising, planishing, box making, making settings and findings, setting stones as well as researching new technologies.

What will i learn?

Modules you could study:

  • Competition
  • Major Research Project
  • Major Final Project
  • Critical and Contextual Dissertation

Programme Quality Handbook 2023-24

Methods of Study:
Research, workshop practice, studio practice, presentations and work-related visits. You will be assessed through a
portfolio, design sketchbook, practical journal, presentations and dissertation.

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Where will it take me?

Your work will be exhibited in professional situations and exhibitions, we expect you to involve yourself in promotional opportunities, preparing work for public exhibition – which includes pricing – and having the ability to discuss your work with the
public.

On completion of the BA (Hons) Silversmithing and Jewellery, students can enter the craft industry or arts administration. Students could also progress to postgraduate study including teacher training.

Graduates have been known to go on to be:

  • Professional Silversmithing Craftworker
  • Jewellery Designer-maker
  • Arts Administrator
  • Art Gallery Director
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Assesment Arrangements

Research, workshop practice, studio practice, presentations and work-related visits. You will be assessed through a portfolio, design sketchbook, practical journal, presentations and dissertation.

Entry Requirements

If you have successfully completed a Foundation Degree or HND in Jewellery, silversmithing of a related course, you may be able to progress onto this stage.

Additional information

Awarding Body:
University of Plymouth

Duration:
One year full time, part-time route available

How to Apply:
UCAS Course Code: W724

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What you could earn

  • Artists
  • Arts Officers, Producers and Directors
  • Textiles, Garments and Related Trades
  • Textile Process Operatives
  • Advertising Accounts Managers and Creative Directors
  • Architects
  • Furniture Makers and Other Craft Woodworkers
  • Other Skilled Trades
Potential Salary

£50,364

Entry Level Salary

£14,159

Average Salary

£27,733

Annual openings in Cornwall

7

Potential Salary

£60,482

Entry Level Salary

£18,822

Average Salary

£34,440

Annual openings in Cornwall

17

Potential Salary

£30,955

Entry Level Salary

£9,188

Average Salary

£21,039

Annual openings in Cornwall

4

Potential Salary

£35,888

Entry Level Salary

£15,618

Average Salary

£24,705

Annual openings in Cornwall

3

Potential Salary

£63,515

Entry Level Salary

£25,514

Average Salary

£36,890

Annual openings in Cornwall

10

Potential Salary

£73,902

Entry Level Salary

£25,802

Average Salary

£42,125

Annual openings in Cornwall

2

Potential Salary

£39,626

Entry Level Salary

£15,119

Average Salary

£26,084

Annual openings in Cornwall

15

Potential Salary

£43,579

Entry Level Salary

£16,697

Average Salary

£30,694

Annual openings in Cornwall

8

Our colleges

Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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