Work on display: Jewellery and Metal Design
What does it mean to be a designer today? By immersing our students in cutting edge technology as much as traditional skills, we help them to challenge convention and develop their own vision of what a designer can be.
They address contemporary issues linked to materials, sustainability and the emerging dichotomy between the digital and the handmade. The latter is a major focal point, with students being encouraged to experiment with digital making, computer-aided design, and wearable electronics as well as learning more hands-on making techniques. The result is the wonderful array of pieces.
Jewellery & Metal Design is about much more than aesthetics. While these collections may well be beautiful, they are also the result of extensive research and deep reflection on contemporary issues such as travel and adventure, personal identity, political and spiritual beliefs, mental health and wellbeing, and the natural and the built environment.
Our graduands have produced work in a variety of precious and non-precious materials, focusing on objects and design. Sometimes this translates into a body of handmade work or a commercial batch product. We also include all aspect of CAD, using the latest software packages and wearable electronics where more experimental pieces can be created, even incorporating media such as photography or the moving image.
Our graduates work in varied careers. They work as artists and designers. They can be found in management, education, or in specialist posts within museums and galleries. Wherever they are and whatever they do, they display the versatility and innovation that are characteristic of a true designer.
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