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.
Jewellery & Metal Design at Dundee
Jewellery designers create a universal symbolic language that expresses identity, distinctiveness and shared values.
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?
- 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|
|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|
|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.|
English Language Requirement
For non EU students
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.
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 workshops, lectures 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
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.
- Material Matters
- The 21st Century Designer or Co-Design in Action
- Border Crossings
- Change by Design or Playful Practices
- 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
- 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.
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.
Fees for students starting 2017/18
|Fee category||Fees 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.
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.
We have more information on your portfolio in our How to Apply section.
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.
Unistats data set - formerly the Key Information Set (KIS)
|Degree||UCAS Code||Unistats Data|
|Apply Now||Jewellery & Metal Design BDes (Hons)||W720|