Our unique approach to teaching comes from a team of dedicated professional practitioners with hands on industry expertise. Traditional skills are equally as important as cutting-edge technology, and creative thinking is just as important as designing and crafting.
In this specialist course you’ll study in our dedicated workshops in
small focused classes, where you will be encouraged to explore your creative potential and push the boundaries of the discipline.
You’ll investigate a range of topics, materials including metal, plastics and ceramics, processes and techniques to create contemporary jewellery, objects and accessories.
To be eligible for this HND in Jewellery and Contemporary Design Crafts, you’ll need to demonstrate your commitment to studying at a higher level and have at least 160 UCAS points in total. Ideally, you’ll have studied a Level 3 qualification in a creative design subject (such as Art & Design or Photography). We’ll invite you to an interview, where you’ll bring a portfolio of work and show us a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to art and design related projects.
We do consider other equivalent Level 3 qualifications, and we also welcome mature applicants (21 or older), if you can show relevant skills or knowledge that you’ve learnt from work experience in the industry or through other forms of study in this area.
How will I be assessed?
In your first year the focus will be on material experimentation, contextualization and growing awareness of your field through educational research trips and visits.
The second year will see you encouraged to carry out more self-directed independent research into your specialist pathway, whilst building on your employability skills through live briefs, collaborative practice and work experience.
You will have access to industry standard equipment in our studio workshops with specialist tools, computer suite including CAD design software and laser cutting machine.
Continuing Your Journey
After completing this HND course, you’ll have a high level of skills and advanced technical ability, with a number of options open to you. You may wish to continue onto our approved top-up year, and convert your qualification into a BA (Hons) in Creative Media and Visual Communication. Alternatively, you may be able progress to a top-up programme in a related discipline at another institution.Careers page
This course has strong links with industry and you’ll be encouraged to explore work placements and opportunities for self-employment.
Research trips and study visits are integral to the course with an international trip to Munich International Jewellery Week.
Fees, Finance & Funding
As with all creative arts students, you will be expected to contribute to the resource costs of your study including fabrics, print, and general art materials.Fees, finance and funding page
You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for College and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
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