The best contemporary jewellery combines excellent craftsmanship with strong conceptual and critical thinking. This stimulating new course will expand your approach to jewellery practice and challenge you to consider how collaboration and interdisciplinary projects can shape future ways of working and making.
Why study MA Jewellery Futures at Middlesex?
At Middlesex we take a highly practical and critical approach to Jewellery that ensures that you spend the majority of your postgraduate study researching and making. This combination of in-depth analysis and hands-on experience will enable you to draw on a diverse range of expertise and resources while questioning and developing your practice in a contemporary context for a stimulating and successful career.Based in our University's £80 million Art and Design School, our course features state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated studio space for each of our MA students to ensure that we cater for a diverse range of interests and ambitions. With opportunities to collaborate with students from across the School, you'll be part of a supportive and interdisciplinary environment of artists who are shaping the future of creative industries worldwide with their award-winning, innovative work.
This course is flexibly designed to put you at the centre of your learning by using a range of teaching and assessment approaches that take into account your individual interests, abilities and ambitions in jewellery.
Course leaders Helen Carnac and Tim Carson are practising artists who have exhibited internationally, known also for developing thought about new practices. You will be encouraged to look at jewellery practice as more than an isolated solo activity, considering the anthropological, sociological, economic, political and geographic aspects that influence the field. You will explore how jewellery underpins and enables human sociability, engagement and interaction, and how it comes to impact other disciplines.
You will develop your work through individual and interdisciplinary projects, making full use of the many collaboration opportunities available at Middlesex. You will also be supported by some of the best facilities and equipment in the country, with technical tuition on a range of modern and traditional art and design tools.
World-class teaching from some of the UK's leading artists, curators, practitioners who have substantial experience in building successful careers with their artistic talents
Innovative facilities that allow you to experiment and develop your individual approach to jewellery using a wide range of contemporary and traditional equipment, spaces and software
Exhibition opportunities off-site to create networking opportunities, build industry links and explore new ways of working and creating
Direct access to London's art and craft world with valuable industry links to a range of galleries, high-profile creators, libraries and collections to enhance your research and inform your practice
Flexible module structure to meet the needs, ambitions and abilities of each student whatever stage you are at in your creative career
This course is divided into five modules taken over three semesters (if studied full time). Each module is designed to be flexible, allowing you to bring your own interests to the assignments while extending the boundaries of your current creative practice through experimentation, research, analysis, and creative exploration.
Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits)
Through a combination of studio, practice and text-based methods you will explore a chosen area of Jewellery Futures in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. By the end of this module you'll be able to employ a variety of reflective methods to develop your own creative research proposal with the advanced communication skills to present, discuss and evaluate your work effectively.
Critical Debates – Term 1 (30 credits)
Through a series of lectures, seminars and reading groups you'll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of Jewellery Futures. With particular focus on the cultural and social contexts within your chosen discipline, you'll produce a portfolio of critical responses to contemporary debates in research and professional practice.
Advanced Research – Term 2 (30 credits)
Through a series of lectures, workshops, seminars and individual tutorials you will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to jewellery research using both historical and contemporary sources. This module is designed to prepare you for your final Major Project by enabling you to explore the work of practitioners and scholars in your chosen area and the contemporary research problems they face. By the end of this module you will have produced an illustrated Research Survey demonstrating your investigations and findings.
Jewellery Futures – Term 2 (30 credits)
Major Project – Term 3 (60 credits)
The final module is an opportunity for you to bring together the knowledge and skills that you have acquired during the course and apply them to a significant project encompassing Jewellery Futures. Using research methodologies, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate interrelationships between theory and practice. By the end of this final module you will have produced a portfolio or public exhibition of a substantial body of practice work supported by critical and reflective written work that demonstrates your resolution and expertise.
What are the entry requirements for MA Jewellery Futures?
We normally require a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject
We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications
Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
Interviews, entrance tests, portfolios and auditions
The application is just the first step in our selection process, we also invite you to an interview and review your portfolio of art and design work. We've put together some simple notes to help you prepare:
Be selective about the work you show while continuing to show a range of skills and ability
Show mostly recent work that you are most proud of
Consider how to present your work and the impression the overall look of your portfolio will have on the viewer
We like to see lots of work but don't overfill your portfolio - you should be able to carry it by yourself!
You do not need to bring large pieces of 3D work, photographs are sufficient
Sketchbooks are extremely important. They should be a 'diary' of your thinking and include observational and speculative drawings/sketches communicating a visual sensitivity. We also look for evidence of how you develop and work through your ideas. Include photographs and collected images and importantly your reaction to them, but avoid letting your sketchbooks being merely scrapbooks
The interview itself usually lasts about 15 minutes, but please allow an hour as this usually includes a tour of our facilities. We use the interview to allow us to find out more about you, to better understand your aspirations and interests and for you to learn more about us. The interview will explore why you want to study the subject with us, there will be no trick questions, so don't be too nervous.
How to apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
The MA Jewellery Futures will equip you with the critical making skills, knowledge and understanding you need to develop your own practice and projects, either individually or in collaboration. You will have the confidence to pursue self-employment or freelance work in the craft industries, or be employed as a jeweller, artist, designer, curator, writer, initiator or project co-ordinator.
With Craft among the most entrepreneurial of the creative industries sectors and 88% of all makers running their own businesses, practitioners need the skills to approach and maintain working partnerships and think about their business in innovative ways. The MA Jewellery Futures will encourage you to develop new and inter-linked ways of working to sustain your practice and forge a rewarding career in your chosen field.