Language
English
Start date
September 2020
Duration
Full Time: 3 years
Part time: 6 years
Mode
Full-time
Tuition fees
Full Time: GBP 6900 per year
Part time: GBP 4400 per year
Payment by installments is possible
BA (Hons) Design Crafts: Jewellery
About the course
Jewellery Design is a specialist area within the programme and it is an ideal area of study for an artist/designer who wants to develop a range of contemporary artefacts and raise awareness of contemporary markets and audiences within the specialist area of jewellery and small metals. This results in the production of a richly diverse range of artefacts such as experimental jewellery and accessories and conceptual works for exhibition or commission. Students establish and refine their interests in the field of jewellery and small metals to reach the high level of skills demanded by the professional marketplace.

BA (Hons) Design Crafts (Jewellery) programme ensures that creativity, innovation and problem solving are developed, sustained and valued as a discipline. The Jewellery award engages the learner through hands-on exploration, the development of ideas and experience of working with materials in an innovative and creative way. Through collaboration with industry, students are encouraged to take risks, understand and interpret commercial applications and employ traditional and technological aspects of making.

The aim is to provide opportunities for students to exploit their creative ambition to develop their practice within small production runs, commissioned works as well as within the public and private sectors. Makers are instinctively pioneers, they are entrepreneurial and enterprising, and as such the programme develops their critical thinking, making skills and commercial knowledge ensuring the continued renewing and creative thinking that underpin their creativity long after they have graduated. This results in the production of a richly diverse range of artifacts — such as experimental and fine jewellery, accessories, objects and conceptual pieces for exhibition or commission.

The emphasis is on questioning function and tradition to arrive at fresh, lively alternatives for a sophisticated market. The workshops are the focus of the student experience, our students are using the latest digital CNC milling machine, rapid prototyping and laser cutting equipment as well as the traditional equipped workshop to develop their practice.The degree can potentially lead to a wide range of career opportunities, from small business, to design for manufacture, unique artifacts for exhibition and commission, museums and collectors, running workshops, teaching, curating and retail, journalism and styling, as well as postgraduate study.

Studies focus on provision of opportunities for cooperation with design and business communities both in Russia and abroad. Starting in the second year, students are involved in projects, which are to be implemented for real customers. The school cooperates with well known companies, including: Carrera y Carrera, Gourji, Sokolov Jewellery Factory, Sunlight, and this list lengthens each year.
What makes the programme unique
ALL-ROUND DEVELOPMENT
The program is aimed at higher education goals such as interdisciplinary approach and use of contemporary art and design context. Students gain general knowledge in the field of culture, which allows them to think outside the box of conventional art of jewelry and develop entrepreneurial skills that are part and parcel of British higher education.
WIDE RANGE OF MATERIALS AND PROCESSES
Students learn about a wide range of materials and processes, both traditional for jewelry art and contemporary and experimental ones. During the study process, they work with metal and stones, as well as plastic, wood, and other materials, using classical manual methods alongside laser-cutting technologies and 3D printers, thus developing their original innovative techniques.
International Diploma
BHSAD graduates will receive a University of Hertfordshire Diploma that will allow them to continue studies or work anywhere in the world.
CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY
Stylistic approach used in the program is aligned towards making contemporary designer items, creating world-class conceptual pieces of art as well as functional items designed for small-batch and mass production.
WELL-EQUIPPED JEWELRY WORKSHOP
In our jewelry workshop, each student is assigned an individual working place. Here, they study various techniques of working with materials, master the use of professional equipment and hand tools.
LEARNING RESOURCES CENTER
The School’s library boasts a large collection of books and periodical publications on history of jewelry, material sciences, principles of marketing and PR, legal regulations in the field of jewelry. Moreover, the students are granted access to TrendStop.com resource.
FINAL EXHIBITION
Best graduation works will be displayed at the final exhibition, which provides an opportunity for students to present their art to the general public.
USE OF GLOBAL EMPLOYMENT SYSTEM
The program employs mechanisms that allow to fit into and make use of the global employment system. The program trains qualified specialists who know how to develop a brand and how to understand the preferences of western consumers. This is especially important since Russia has the necessary resources for development of jewelry industry, but lacks skilled personnel.
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Programme Structure
Year 1: Modules
The student experience is focused on developing the basic design ‘toolbox’ skills required by jewellery design students. Students will become familiar with design practices and processes including visual language, design and communication, materials, techniques, vision, function, construction, production, decision-making and challenges. Students will develop drawing, computer, workshop and presentation skills through focused project activity. A module in critical and cultural studies will enable the students to develop study skills and gain a broader knowledge of relevant cultural and historical matters. There are inductions to general health and safety issues in relation to best practice in a studio environment.

Level 4 modules:

- Introduction to Core Design Skills
- Introduction to Design Principles
- Professional Design Studio
- Design Theory L4
Year 2: Modules
Practical work in workshops and implementation of companies’ projects allow students
to improve understanding of the methods which are used by professionals as well as to
expand their knowledge and improve professional skills. The implementation of projects
helps to develop their own ideas and identify their advantages, while practical training
incorporates current design practices and the opportunity to interact with the professional community. Using related CAD technologies or other media, students will develop skills to assist in the visual communication and presentation of design ideas. Assignments are designed to support further development of construction methods, fabrication awareness, finishing techniques and fitting and visualization processes.

Level 5 modules:

- Core Design Skills
- Design Principles (Jewellery)
- Professional Design Studio
- Design Theory L5
Year 3: Modules
During their final year leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts students can study either in Moscow or in the UK depending on their choice. This year is designed to prepare the student for the world of work. It focuses on developing and consolidating key skills and provides the student with opportunities to work on external projects. During their third year, students improve their communication and presentation skills, actively participating in various competitions; they write degree essay along with project-related activities. The degree project combines accumulated experience, so graduates can demonstrate their achieved level.

Level 6 modules:

- Major Degree Project (Jewellery)
- Professional Design Studio
- The Degree Essay L6
Tutors
Angus Colvin
course curator
How to apply
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Entry exams
Applicants who apply for Year 1 of British higher education courses, need to sit the following:

- English exam
- Portfolio assessment
- Entry interview

During the admission exams, the admissions staff will arrange a convenient date and time for demonstration of portfolio and interview, after that, the matriculant will be allowed to pass the English test. 

English test is not required for students from English-speaking countries or if an IELTS or equivalent certificate is produced. For international students we can organise skype entry interviews. In such cases the portfolio can be sent via email.
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Required level of English
IELTS band 6.0 (or equivalent certificate). Along with the IELTS results, the following certificates are also accepted:

- CAE (Certificate in Advanced English) grade C or above;
- FCE (First Certificate in English) grade A.

If a prospective student does not have an IELTS certificate of the required level but successfully passed BHSAD English test as part of BHSAD entrance exams, he/she needs to obtain an IELTS certificate before the start of the first semester on Year 1.
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Required portfolio
The range of work in your portfolio should cover a broad spectrum of media, materials and approaches. Projects may be submitted in different disciplines including but not limited to graphics, drawing, painting, textile, photography, decorative art, design, web-design, animation.

First of all, the admission committee would like to see how you can generate and develop your ideas; that is why, besides finished projects, the portfolio should also include notebooks with sketches, sketchbooks, written works (articles, essays, if any). Please try to present examples of the best and most recent projects which reflect your creative abilities.

Your portfolio needs to be printed (А3 format or larger). Animation and CG works should be presented on CDs or memory sticks. It advisable to show photographs of large works which otherwise would be difficult to transport. 
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Interview procedure
Prospective students will be asked questions regarding their education and professional background in order to make a final decision about admission on to the course. Please be ready to tell the interview panel about yourself, your design experience and projects in your portfolio. 

You may be asked about the history of creation of a particular work and the context of its creation. The panel may ask you about well-known designers to learn about the influence of creative activities of other designers and artists on you, the reason why you follow them and the main incentive for your development in terms of your occupation.
Admission requirements
Application deadlines will be announced in spring 2020.
How to enrol
To enrol on the course, applicants have to present a portfolio of their work and evidence of their English language competence. A grade 6.0 or higher on the IELTS scale is acceptable and the CAE and FCE qualifications are considered. If the applicant cannot produce a certificate, their English is tested together with prospective students who are applying for the Foundation Art & Design Course. However, the applicant must provide the IELTS certificate later on, by particular deadline. 

Enrollment is based on the results of a portfolio assessment and an interview with one of the tutors. The applicant's knowledge and skills reflected in their work should be comparable to the knowledge and skills students acquire at Foundation level. Interviews and portfolio assessments are usually scheduled in the 3 days followed by the language test.

Transfer to Year 2 will be possible only if a student attended a higher education institution which uses a credit-based system. For these purposes, the number of previously received credits is compared with the number of credits which is necessary for transfer to the relevant stage of a British undergraduate course.
Required documents
- Online application form
- Copy of previous education certificates and academic qualifications. The following documents can be submitted: high school diploma, college degree diploma, higher education or BA diploma
- 2 photos 3х4 cm
- Copy of your passport
- Personal statement
Tuition fees
Full-time: GBP 6,650 / year*
Part-time: GBP 4,200 / year*

Students as a rule pay their tuition fees once a semester, that is, twice a year, but at their request can choose to pay on a monthly basis.

You will be expected to meet additional costs which may arise as a result of materials, art supplies and consumables you may need for your projects, as well as printing and copying services and other types of services and consumables. Their list and the amount of costs depends upon the requirements of your course and the nature of your projects.

Additionally during your time at BHSAD you may be recommended to visit museums, art galleries and other venues as part of your learning and there may be a cost for such visits which you should also budget for.

Below is the list of materials and supplies which BHSAD students use most frequently and which are likely to be among those you may need:
A3 or A4 hardback sketchbook, A2 or A3 portfolio case with ringbound plastic sleeves, HB pencils and rubber, UHU glue, Pritt stick, PVA glue, small lined notepads, spray mount, masking tape, sellotape, double sided tape, invisible scotch tape, scalpel with replaceable blades, basic set of acrylic paints, coloured pencils, basic set of drawing pencils, highlighter, assorted brushes, writing pen, fine line drawing pens, small plastic ruler etc.

Please note that this list is indicative and given for your reference only. Full list will depend upon your project and the range of materials and techniques which you may wish to adopt.

* This proposal does not constitute an offer, the prices are subject to change. Cost of services and conditions of their provision will be specified in the contract.
FAQ
How can I apply?
Applicants need to provide the following documents:

- online application form
- copy or the original of previous education certificates and academic qualifications.
- 2 photos 3×4
- copy of your passport

After the necessary documents are provided you need to sign the contracts. For applicants under 18 presence of one of the parents is required. More details about the application process can be found in the “How to apply” section of the website.
What is the language of delivery?
The education at BHSAD is provided by an international team of lecturers but the working language is always English for our British programmes.

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