Jewellery & Metal Design

Experiment with a range of precious and non-precious materials to develop wearable objects, from concept to finished piece

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Degree

BDes (Hons) Jewellery & Metal Design

Degree Duration

3 years

Pathways Available

International Year Zero

4 years :

1 year pathway + 3 years degree

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Degree Overview

Despite its origins in historical tradition, the world of studio jewellery encourages its practitioners to be innovators and pioneers.

Using novel materials and digital technologies, you will work to develop your own voice in an increasingly diverse conversation. Our strong studio culture means that you will be able to share ideas in a supportive environment.

You will develop pieces of jewellery and wearable objects by gaining a deep understanding of the design process, from visual research to concept development to finished outcome. Technical skills form the basis of the course, but you will also learn to consider the historical, social, and aesthetic context of your creations through written assignments.

We teach traditional jewellery making techniques as well as technologies such as CAD/CAM, microelectronics for wearables, novel materials and 3D printing.

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design’s facilities include a specialist metal and mixed materials workshop, in-house casting facilities, studio spaces, digital resources in a well-equipped Make Space, a wood workshop for both 2D and 3D making, and a foundry – one of only a handful in UK universities.

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to exhibit your work, as well as participate in special projects as they arise within the exciting research environment of DJCAD. Your final year will culminate in an exhibition of your final outcomes as part of the annual Degree Show.

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  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design’s facilities include a specialist metal and mixed materials workshop, in-house casting facilities, studio spaces, digital resources in a well-equipped Make Space, a wood workshop for both 2D and 3D making, and a foundry – one of only a handful in UK universities

Why Study this Degree

Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work and postgraduate activity including: self-employed artist or designer

Your Pathways

The International Year Zero is the first year of the four year undergraduate course. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English Language, before you continue to year one of your chosen University undergraduate degree course.

Following successful completion of the IYZ, you will continue onto Year One of your degree directly with the University of your choice.

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University of Dundee

Ranked in The Guardian's Top 20 UK Universities in 2021, the University of Dundee prides itself on three things: Impactful research, an excellent student experience and a community campus in the city.

Situated beside the majestic River Tay, Dundee is Scotland’s sunniest city. It also has the highest student ratios per head of population anywhere in the UK so there is an exciting and diverse range of nightlife, leisure activities and culture.