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Plymouth College of Art: Jewellery

Institution Plymouth College of Art View institution profile
Department Critical and Cultural Studies
Study type Taught


Our MA Jewellery programme encourages the development of an individual and distinctive jewellery practice through engagement with contemporary approaches to materials, body and form.

Ethos Our MA Jewellery encourages you to consider what it means to be a designer and craftsperson in the twenty-first century, when sustainability, material life cycles, added value and approaches to marketing of artisanal products are key issues. The programme sets out to challenge preconceptions about materials and status within the world of jewellery and fashion. Explored through playful investigation of a diverse range of materials, Jewellery is conceived as both a conceptual and material language of adornment. You will be encouraged to explore your current position in relation to design, materials and making, by developing technical skills, and by exploring critical frameworks.

Outline Throughout your studies, reflective practice will enable you to integrate conceptual and material thinking, helping you arrive at a clear position as a maker. There will be the opportunity to investigate the relevance of different markets, from the commercial to the conceptual and the performative. The programme is uniquely placed to offer a rich cross-disciplinary practice; you will have access to our spacious and well-equipped metal and jewellery studios, as well as ceramics, glass and resistant materials workshops, and our superbly equipped Fab Lab. Taught delivery within the programme provides a mix of discipline-specific methods and cross-disciplinary approaches that can be applied across creative and commercial sectors. Our shared module structure allows you to develop a dialogue with creative practitioners across the Graduate School.

Supported practices This programme supports a range of traditional and experimental jewellery design as well as conceptually-informed jewellery practices.


Plymouth College of Art


Plymouth College of Art is a specialist, independent art college – run by artists, for artists. Founded in 1856, we offer a range of Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Pre-Degree study across Art, Design and Digital Media, combining over a century’s worth of history with contemporary thinking and cutting-edge facilities.

Our city centre campus is a close-knit and collaborative community of artists, designers and makers, also home to our ‘fabrication laboratory’, the FabLab Plymouth, and to our public-facing Gallery which exhibits national and international artists and shows.

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