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Contemporary Jewellery (MA)

Course Description

UCA Rochester

Our MA Contemporary Jewellery course celebrates the contribution of individual artists and designer-makers. It enables you to extend the boundaries of your practice by examining cutting edge ideas in jewellery which you've not been exposed to before.

As a student on this course, you'll be free to explore a variety of materials and to experiment with scale, form, ornament and body adornment in our dedicated facilities.

Have a question? Just ask us - http://www.uca.ac.uk/ask-uca/

Student work


Course overview

Our course is responsive to a wide range of topics and creative disciplines, including fine art, fashion, design and photography. It's designed to encourage you to explore the relationship between jewellery and other related disciplines.

Conceived as a breeding ground for experimentation and innovation, this MA is an excellent opportunity for you to develop cutting edge work and develop your individual style.

Working alongside creative practitioners from a variety of different design backgrounds, you'll receive specialist tuition through a combination of lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. You'll be expected to present your work-in-progress regularly at formal reviews.

Emphasis will be placed on your personal development through the production of your individual jewellery project.

Course content

Stage 1 -

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

Context and Method: Introduces you to a range of research methods and tools appropriate to an advanced level of study in creative disciplines, as well as outlining key issues and debates in contemporary visual and material culture. It's designed to enable the use of advanced study skills to prepare you for the development of your MA project.

Exploratory Practice: This unit is concerned with the exploration of creative practice, in order to inform the detailed development of your project proposal. It unit provides a structured framework to allow you to investigate the potential of methods, ideas and themes in your discipline.

Stage 2 -

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

Project Development: You'll begin developing your MA project, evaluating and testing the aims of your proposal over a sustained period of self-directed study. At this stage of the course, the development of the project will be guided and questioned through tutorials, group critiques and presentations, which will support the progress of your work and provide rigorous critical appraisal from staff, fellow students and professional practitioners.

Stage 3 -

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

Final Project: You'll apply the knowledge gained through your research to a final body of work. You'll demonstrate the potential of your MA project, its subject and its method, to generate creative work that embodies knowledge.


At UCA Rochester we have dedicated workspaces for postgraduate students, as well as an extensive range of books, journals, special collections and online resources.

Jewellery workshops - Dedicated jewellery workshops for the production of both fine and experimental metalwork

Workshops for wood, metal, plaster and ceramics - Workshops for working in wood, metal, plastics and ceramics

Course staff

Debra Allman - http://www.uca.ac.uk/staff/debra-allman/

Course connections

On this course, you'll be exposed to a world of opportunities

::Industry partners::

The course is based at UCA Rochester, and our jewellery courses at this campus have strong industry links.

You're encouraged to build personal contacts and networks through competitions, exhibitions and publishing.

Our course has long-standing links with the Association for Contemporary Jewellery, the The Goldsmiths' Company and other leading trade organisations.


There are numerous potential career options for graduates of this course.

Our alumni work as:

- Practising jewellers
- Artists
- Designers/makers
- Arts administrators or in design consultancies, galleries and designer outlets.

::Further study::

Some graduates also decide to progress to PhD study.

Your portfolio

For this course, we'll require you to attend an Applicant Day and bring your portfolio for assessment. Further information on how to compile a portfolio and the specific requirements for examples of work to be included will be provided on the Applicant Portal after you've applied.

Student regulations

Find out more about the operation of our courses, student conduct, assessments and examinations - http://community.ucreative.ac.uk/student-regulations

Visit the Contemporary Jewellery (MA) page on the University for the Creative Arts website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Chi-Ching Lai

"The facilities at UCA were really great and this was brilliant as it meant I could bring even my most creative ideas to life. The tutors were so helpful and supportive and I felt that their care extended far beyond the classroom. This has been reinforced since my graduation as we are still in touch and they have continued to show a sincere interest"


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree (normally 2.1 or above) or equivalent qualification in your chosen subject or a related discipline and/or Relevant work experience, demonstrating your ability to study at postgraduate level.

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