The British Academy of Jewellery is pleased to announce that it is expanding into higher education with the launch of its first ever BA (Hons) course in Jewellery Design & Production, starting in the academic year 2022.
The unique three-year degree is a future-focused programme which encourages students to explore new techniques and materials in order to become the next generation of creative, boundary-pushing jewellers.
Structured around the four pillars of technique, innovation, professional practice, and history and theory, the course aims to mould graduates who are not only technically competent jewellery professionals, but also pioneering creators ready to shape the future of the industry.
Teaching therefore places strong emphasis on the latest developments driving the evolution of the sector, such as virtual reality, emerging materials, sustainability, and smart jewellery. By working in these cutting-edge fields, students will explore the potential of these new areas, stretch their limits, and contribute to their development.
Throughout their time at the Academy, students will have access to dedicated jewellery workshop spaces and innovative jewellery design and manufacturing technology.
They will also benefit from BAJ’s close proximity and working relationships with key industry figures and brands. Upon completion of the course, students receive a BA (Hons) degree in Jewellery Design and Production, awarded in partnership with Kingston University (subject to validation).
“The BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production is a unique course where students are expected to think through making, and adequately prepare themselves to contribute to the development of a fast-evolving and diverse sector,” said BA Course Leader Sofie Boons. “We are looking for candidates that want to skilfully experiment with the latest techniques and materials and produce work that makes a meaningful addition to an oversaturated world of objects and things.”
“The launch of BAJ’s BA (Hons) Jewellery Design & Production reaffirms our commitment to providing unparalleled educational opportunities that prepare students for a dynamic and ever-changing jewellery industry,” added Kate Rieppel, Head of Academy at BAJ.