• For Entry: September
  • Duration: 3 years
  • School: Art & Design
  • Study Abroad: Yes
  • Study Mode: Full Time

Jewellery & Metal Design provides students with an intellectual and creative stimulus that encourages debate around perception and aesthetics. We create an awareness of the social and historical context of the discipline to encourage innovation and excellence. You will study at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), part of the University of Dundee.

Jewellery & Metal Design at Dundee

Jewellery designers create a universal symbolic language that expresses identity, distinctiveness and shared values. 

Work by Rebecca Sarah

Jewellery & metal design fuses together art, science, fashion, politics, culture and technology.

Studying the subject at DJCAD begins with material based exploration. This involves learning the characteristics and qualities of a range of materials such as wood, metal and plastics. We teach traditional hand techniques alongside new technologies. Examples of which include electroforming, laser cutting and digital processes such as rapid prototyping.

Our graduates create work for sale within the contemporary craft gallery. They also develop new markets and arenas for the knowledge and skills they have developed. For example in healthcare with medical alert jewellery, or in forensics with disaster victim identification, a jewellery classification system. Working in collaboration with different departments and courses is one of the key benefits of being part of a vibrant diverse research university.


Did You Know?

  • Our graduates work with Ortak, H&M & Topshop

At the end of the course you will be able to:

  • use a wide variety of materials
  • use workshops to design individual jewellery, fashion and small products
  • use the skills you have gained throughout the course to develop your own unique style


Who should study Jewellery and Metal Design?

You are:

  • interested in creating 3D objects
  • innovative and like coming up with new ways of doing things
  • artistic and visually aware

You want to:

  • develop your knowledge of materials
  • develop your drawing skills
  • develop your creative ability
  • learn how to use a jewellery workshop


Learn more about DJCAD

For further examples of student work, staff profiles and news visit the DJCAD website.

The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.

Courses starting 2017
Qualification Level 1 Entry Advanced Entry to Level 2
SQA Higher/Advanced Higher Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course BB at Advanced Higher, including art and design or a related subject and an appropriate literate subject, plus BB at Higher in different subjects including one other subject outside art and design
GCE A-Level Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course ABB including art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 34 points including 6, 6, 5 at Higher Level to include art and design or a related subject, an appropriate literate subject and one other subject outside art and design
Graduate Entry
BTEC Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Extended Diploma with DDM
SQA Higher National (HNC/HND) Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant HND with BB in the Graded Units
Scottish Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with BB at Advanced Higher
SWAP Access
Advanced Diploma Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Grade B with ASL A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
Welsh Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course Pass with A-levels in appropriate subjects at AB
European Baccalaureate Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course 75% overall with 7.5 in an Art & Design subject and 7.5 in a literate subject
Other Qualifications Foundation course in Art & Design
Notes All applicants must also submit a comprehensive portfolio of art/design/creative work and will be invited to attend a portfolio submission event. In some cases an interview may also be required. All qualifications should include a relevant art & design subject & a literate subject, and will be considered on an individual basis.

 EU and International qualifications

English Language Requirement

For non EU students

IELTS Overall 6.0
Listening 5.5
Reading 5.5
Writing 6.0
Speaking 5.5

 Equivalent grades from other test providers


English Language Programmes

We offer Pre-Sessional and Foundation Programme(s) throughout the year. These are designed to prepare you for university study in the UK when you have not yet met the language requirements for direct entry onto a degree programme.

 Discover our English Language Programmes

The Jewellery & Metal Design team is well established and benefits from having an international reputation, they also draw on the expertise of professional practitioners who have a strong national and international profile with interests in narrative jewellery, sustainability and personal adornment.

How you will be taught

Learning occurs within a dynamic open studio environment where social interaction, peer and group learning and inter-year participation contributes to a stimulating environment. You will learn through a combination of workshopslectures and self-initiated projects.

How you will be assessed

Project work is reviewed at the conclusion of modules and assessed at the end of each level. Some theoretical designs are assessed by supporting essays and exams.

What you will study

Level 1

Students can enter illustration after successfully completing our Art and Design (General Foundation) course (apply for course WW12) or on successful completion of a recognised Foundation Course or equivalent (apply for course W720). This is normal for many art and design courses.

In the Art and Design (General Foundation) course you will learn the core values which will enrich and expand your personal visual language, preparing you nicely for a further 3 years in Jewellery & Metal Design.

Level 2

  • Material Matters
  • The 21st Century Designer or Co-Design in Action
  • Border Crossings
  • Change by Design or Playful Practices

Level 3

  • Partnerships, Networks and Connections 1 and 2
  • Overseas Study Trip
  • Alternative Futures elective
  • study option (Research and creative practice, Design and the market, Design and international contexts: Made in China)
  • Elective modules such as Advertising and Branding, Critical Making, Design for a Living Planet
  • Optional one semester of exchange study at an international institution

Level 4

  • Degree Project and Mission
  • Design History, Theory and Practice

Our programmes of study prepare graduates for employment in a wide range of careers or to progress into postgraduate study. Placements, live project work and participation in national and international competitions all hone the employability and aspirations of our students.

Recent graduates have been employed in a wide variety of fields of work and postgraduate activity including:

  • self-employed artist/designer
  • designer to fine or fashion jewellery manufacturers
  • designer of small products
  • management within the jewellery trade
  • designer of effects in theatre, cinema or television
  • specialist posts within museums and galleries
  • lecturing and teaching in craft, design & technology

Jane Gowans, Jewellery Maker

"My time at DJCAD introduced me to a variety of jewellery making techniques and offered a solid understanding of the craft. It also equipped me with the skills to develop pieces of jewellery from concept to design and production whilst considering overarching craft theory, cultures and market places. I have taken these skills and developed them across all areas of my business including marketing, display and product innovation.

"I currently run a jewellery brand from my studio in Dundee. In recent years we have been lucky enough to work with companies such as Harvey Nichols and The National Gallery London. Our collections have been worn by a selection of celebrities including Brit Award winning Emeli Sande, actress Emma Thompson, MTV's Laura Whitemore and BBC Sherlock star Laura Pulver. We have been nominated for a host of awards- Drapers Accessory Designer of the Year, Accessories Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards and New Designer of the Year at the UK Jewellery Awards. In 2014, I was also named Independent Woman of the Year at the Royal Bank of Scotland Women Ahead Awards and as one of Professional Jeweller Magazine's Hot 100 in the industry." View Jane's work.


Others have gone on to freelance and establishing their own successful businesses. Extra curriculum activities such as the Enterprise Gym help students cultivate entrepreneurial skills. The Greenhouse Business Pre-Incubator facility provides ambitious students with an office space to explore their business idea.

New Designers 

We give final year students the opportunity to showcase their work at New Designers in London. They join with 4,000 other design graduates from around the UK at the show. New Designers brings the design industry together, helping to launch the careers of the attending design graduates. With more than 18,000 visitors throughout the duration of the exhibition there is a great opportunity to be discovered.

86% of exhibiting courses had graduates receive offers of work, placements or commissions.



The fees you pay will depend on your fee status. Your fee status is determined by us using the information you provide on your application.

 Find out more about fee status

Fees for students starting 2017/18

Fee categoryFees for students starting 2017/18
Scottish and EU students £1,820 per year of study (for Sept 2016 entry). Fees for September 2017 will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2017.
Rest of UK students £9,250 per year. See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.
Overseas students (non-EU) £14,950 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.

Scottish and EU students can apply to the Students Award Agency for Scotland (SAAS) to have tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government.

Rest of the UK students can apply for financial assistance, including a loan to cover the full cost of the tuition fees, from the Student Loans Company.

Tuition fees for Overseas (non-EU) students are guaranteed for the length of your course. This means that the tuition fee you pay in your first year (shown above) is the same fee you will pay for each year of your course. We guarantee that this will not increase while you are studying with us. The only exceptions to this are our MBChB Medicine, BSc Medical Sciences and BDS Dentistry degrees which charge a different tuition for the clinical years.

Students applying for Jewellery and Metal Design must successfully complete our 1 year Art and Design (General Foundation) course. In this instance you should apply using the UCAS code WW12.

Alternatively, if you have already completed a recognised foundation course or equivalent elsewhere then apply directly to Jewellery and Metal Design.

Application Consideration Process

Following the UCAS application closing date, the academic staff team will assess ALL UCAS application forms received for entry to Jewellery & Metal Design and based on this information, will select candidates to attend interview to present their portfolio of work. A decision will be made on the basis of your interview/portfolio and you will be notified of this via UCAS Track.

You will be invited to attend interview, giving sufficient notice to enable you to make the relevant preparations/arrangements. Interviews are normally scheduled to commence early March but we will offer a later alternative date for those unable to attend the first round of interviews.  We strongly encourage ALL invited applicants to attend interview but if you are unable to attend due to distance, cost etc., we can consider a digital portfolio submission and subsequent interview via Skype/telephone at a mutually suitable time.

Full details of the digital portfolio submission process will be provided as necessary.

International Applicants

Selected international applicants will be invited, on the basis of the information within the UCAS application form, to submit a digital folio and may be subsequently interviewed via Skype/telephone.  Full details of the digital portfolio submission process will be provided as necessary.


The purpose of the interview is so you can learn more about the Jewellery & Metal Design course and whether this is the right course for you, to give you the opportunity to ask us questions in respect of teaching and learning. 

This might include what work you are likely to undertake and how this will help with your future career aspirations. 

It is also an opportunity for us to have a conversation to find out about your interests.


You will be required to bring your portfolio to the interview as you will have the opportunity to discuss your work with us.

We are looking for students who are enthusiastic and committed to gaining a deep understanding of materials and their unique qualities using craft skills.  In particular we are interested in people who can ‘see’, show us evidence of their observation drawings, an appreciation of 3D form and structure and how you are working with these observations to create design ideas.  This could be in the form of annotated sketchbooks and/or photographs of 3D maquettes and/or finished work.  Let us see how you think too – we want to see where your ideas come from and your creative ways of working.  Everyone is an individual and so we are interested in gaining a holistic picture of who you are, what you care about and your sense of expression.  Let us see some of your best and most recent work!

Digital Portfolio Guidelines

Please select 15 images based on the information provided below for your chosen specialist subject area.

You can also provide us with the URL of your blog, website and any on-line folio of creative work. We can look at this as well as review your images.

Process – your research & development

Show us how you research and develop your ideas in a sketchbook (or similar).  Show us your research and development, thought process related to a specific project or body of work. We are looking to see how you think through an idea / project / concept, how extensive your research is and how thoroughly you develop your visual or spatial research before arriving at the final outcome.

Try to demonstrate:

1. Where your inspiration comes from

2. An understanding of shape and form

3. An awareness of the body and a sense of scale

4. An awareness of the work of other historical and/or contemporary jewellery designers

Drawing & Documentation – creating primary research

How you look, observe and record visual information

Show a selection of drawing / drawing approaches from a source/s or projects of your choice.  Ideally these should exhibit a confident and varied handling of media whilst demonstrating strong observational skills i.e. the ability to observe, document  and explore (visually or spatially) your chosen source/s in order to extract information with potential for further development into a final outcome or solution.

Other forms of visual or spatial documentation such as photography fall into this category.

Try to demonstrate:

1. Evidence of your observation drawings

2. A general sense of visual enquiry within you drawings

3. An awareness of scale and composition

4. How you think/see, where your ideas come from and your creative ways of working

Making & Materials – surfaces, structures & product

Evidence of an understanding or empathy with materials, surfaces, structures or artefacts

Try to demonstrate:

1. An awareness or empathy with metals and/or other materials, such as plastics, found objects, fibre etc.

2. Sensitivity to the development of material samples and test pieces

3. Your technical ability through the creation of examples and finished jewellery e.g. rings, necklaces etc.

Digital Folio Submission Format

jpg, jpeg, gif, tiff, tif, doc, docx, ppt, pptx, pdf, png and bmp file types are allowed and each file size limit of 5Mb.

Movie files can be submitted providing links to YouTube/Vimeo or QuickTime movies.

Digital Folio Submission

You will be prompted by our Admissions Team to submit your digital portfolio (and answer a few questions in respect of your interest in studying art & design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design), via the University of Dundee Applicant Portal, thereafter, if required, we may contact you to arrange an interview in person or via Skype.

If you require further information on any aspect of the application consideration process or the undergraduate programme in general, please do not hesitate to contact us.


  Degree UCAS Code KIS Data
Apply NowJewellery and Metal Design BDes (Hons)W720