About the Programme
Jewellery & Metal (J&M) forms part of the School of Material. Within this context, we are committed to exploring the rich and diverse field of adornment and object culture. We encourage an open-minded approach that in principle embraces all materials. But it is metal that constitutes the technological core of our subject and we believe that a deepening understanding of the metal elements is key in these developments; the Periodic Table is our reference in expanding our activity within the subjects of jewellery and metalwork.
The attitude of Jewellery & Metal has shifted from a purely object-centred focus to a wider scope, questioning and exploring issues centred on the human condition. We are responsive to the rapidly changing social and cultural landscape and draw on history and technology in nurturing intellectual and creative skills directed at understanding and pushing forward jewellery and objects of human making. The rich and extensive bodies of knowledge associated with object-making and jewellery underpin an approach that is outward-looking, open to the wider discourse on commodity objects, connecting to contemporary life.
As applied artists, being in control of the making process either by using our hands or through digital technologies is very important, it is our way of making sense of the world. As individuals, we are fascinated with the rich and diverse materials and resources the world has to offer, and through the individuality of our personal visions, we make our contribution to the bigger picture.
Jewellery & Metal provides an environment for exploring, in practical and theoretical ways, what it means to be an applied artist today. We see our role as challenging norms and questioning conventions, interrogating the role and purpose of objects and adornment through the development of a personal approach to researching, experimenting, designing and making in the context of an increasingly complex object culture.
The growing importance and interdisciplinary character of our distinctive discipline within material culture give the applied arts an added vibrancy and relevance. We believe the physical act of making has an essential role to play in an increasingly virtual world, but we also embrace digital technologies and the virtual and believe that creating a dialogue between these worlds provides the applied arts with one of its most fertile testing grounds at this time.
MA Entrance Requirements
Candidates for all MA courses are assessed on their existing qualities as demonstrated in their work and in their interview, as well as on their potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve MA standards overall. The assessment will consider creativity, imagination and innovation evident in the work; ability to articulate the intentions of the work; intellectual engagement in relevant areas; appropriate technical skills; and overall interview performance, including the oral use of English.
You must possess a good undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in metalwork, jewellery or a related subject, for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture or industrial design. Your application should be supported by good academic references and you should possess a range of practical skills. Equivalent professional experience or apprenticeships are also taken into account.
Applications may be considered from candidates without formal training and/or qualifications in other subjects, but you must clearly demonstrate a passion for our subject area.
All candidates are required to submit a portfolio of work to be assessed by the programme’s senior staff team and student representatives.
The folio should show the range of your creative and technical abilities, communicate your inspirations and ideas – most importantly, it should demonstrate how you think.
Please submit up to ten digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as 3D models, drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relevant to your creative thinking.
Images must be in JPG or PNG format (2MB max, and we prefer 1024 x 768 pixels or greater) or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V (80MB max) format.
Interview (if invited)
You should bring a selection of your submission in its physical form, including finished pieces and workbooks.
Please bring examples of additional work, completed or in-progress since your original application.
You will be sent more detailed instructions if invited for an interview.
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Last updated October 26, 2018