Jewellery & Metal Design BDes (Hons)
We are passionate about making objects and exploring how jewellery and metal design can be applied to other areas and impact peoples’ lives. We also create an awareness of the historical, societal and aesthetic context of designs to encourage excellence.
Our jewellery workshop and cutting-edge digital resources and facilities for both 2D and 3D making are supported by a dedicated team of technical and digital staff. We push the boundaries of jewellery and metal design through innovative use of smart materials and digital processes. You will be able to work with a variety of materials in a playful and experimental way.
One of the advantages of joining a vibrant, diverse research university is that you will be able to collaborate with different departments and courses. We fuse together art, science, fashion, politics, culture and technology.
Our strong studio ethos means that you will be able to share ideas in a supportive environment.
Jewellery & Metal Design at Dundee
Jewellery designers create a universal symbolic language that expresses identity, distinctiveness and shared values.
The following are the minimum, up-to-date entry requirements.
|Courses starting 2018 and 2019|
|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|
|BTEC||Via our Art & Design (General Foundation) BA/Bdes course||A recognised Foundation Course or a relevant BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with DDM|
|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|
|Irish Leaving Certificate (ILC)|
|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 may 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.
Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
The University of Dundee has been given a Gold award – the highest possible rating – in the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
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 Centre of Entrepreneurship 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 2018-19
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2018-19|
|Scottish and EU students||£1,820 per year of study|
|Rest of UK students||£9,250 per year of study See our scholarships for rest of UK applicants.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£16,450 per year of study. See our scholarships for international applicants.|
Fees for students starting 2019-20
|Fee category||Fees for students starting 2019-20|
|Scottish and EU students||Fees for September 2019 entry will be confirmed by the Scottish Government in early 2019.|
|Rest of UK students||Fees for September 2019 entry are subject to confirmation by the UK Government and will be published when confirmed.|
|Overseas students (non-EU)||£17,275 per year of study|
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 not to increase by more than 3% per year, for the length of your course.
You may incur additional costs in the course of your education at the University over and above tuition fees in an academic year.
Examples of additional costs:
|One off cost||Ongoing cost||Incidental cost|
|Graduation fee||Studio fee||Field trips|
*these are examples only and are not exhaustive.
- may be mandatory or optional expenses
- may be one off, ongoing or incidental charges and certain costs may be payable annually for each year of your programme of study
- vary depending on your programme of study
- are payable by you and are non-refundable and non-transferable
Unfortunately, failure to pay additional costs may result in limitations on your student experience.
For additional costs specific to your course please speak to our Enquiry Team.
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|