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Jewellery Futures MA

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Jewellery Futures

October 2018
September 2018 (EU/INT induction)
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£7,800 (UK/EU) *
£13,500 (INT) *
Course leader
Helen Carnac

The best contemporary jewellery combines excellent craftsmanship with strong conceptual and critical thinking. This stimulating 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 University?

At Middlesex we take a highly practical and critical approach to jewellery that ensures 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.

Our course features state-of-the-art facilities with dedicated studio space in our £80 million art and design building for each of our MA students to ensure we cater for a diverse range of interests and ambitions. With opportunities to collaborate with students from across the Arts and Creative Industries Faculty, 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.

Course Highlights

  • World-class teaching from some of the UK's leading practitioners, curators and artists who have substantial experience and successful careers in crafts
  • Exhibition opportunities on and 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
  • Access to networking opportunities, world-leading research and expertise through the Lansdown Centre for Electronic Arts (LCEA) and Art & Design Research Institute (ADRI) on campus
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MA Jewellery Futures?

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.

What will you gain?

You will further develop your practical skills in the design and creation of jewellery. By the end of the course you will have an understanding of the different social and cultural contexts in which jewellery is made, as well as awareness of historical and contemporary styles. You will have the experience and knowledge to forge your own path in jewellery, whether working artistically or commercially within the industry.

  • Modules

    • Developing Practice – Term 1 (30 credits)

      You will explore a chosen area of jewellery in a contemporary context while enhancing your technical skills. 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)

      You’ll explore the key concepts, ideas, issues and research methodologies relating to the practice and theory of jewellery. 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)

      You will examine a diverse range of advanced approaches to jewellery research using both historical and contemporary sources. You’ll explore the work of practitioners and scholars in your chosen area and the contemporary research problems they face. By the end of the module you’ll produce an illustrated research survey.

    • 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 methods, concepts and processes previously explored in the course you will evaluate relationships between theory and practice. By the end of this module you will produce a portfolio or public exhibition of a substantial body of practice work supported by critical and reflective written work.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MA Jewellery Futures taught?

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.

The course is highly practical with the majority of time spent in the jewellery workshop. You will further develop your practical skills in designing and making jewellery in a variety of styles. You will develop your work through individual and interdisciplinary projects, making full use of the many collaboration opportunities available at Middlesex.

Course leader Helen Carnac and tutors like Tim Carson are practising artists who have exhibited internationally, known also for developing thought about new practices.


Your skills, knowledge and understanding will be entirely assessed by coursework including practical projects, oral presentations and supporting written work. There are no exams.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International

How can the MA Jewellery Futures support your career?

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 coordinator.

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.

Resourced with facilities to help you achieve pioneering design projects and research, our design engineering labs are custom built to incorporate the latest in industry standard equipment and software including lasers, Computer Aided Design (CAD) programmes, water jet cutters, CNN milling and CMM reverse engineering amongst many others.

The extensive suite of 3D workshops houses an incredible range of facilities and machinery, 5 Dimensional milling machines and CAM-CAD lathes in the CAM lab, Mig, Tig and Arc Welding equipment, large CNC Router, computer controlled lathes and saw tables, laser cutters, perspex oven and vacuum-forming machines. Students and staff can work with wood, metal and plastics and the latest technologies, including a computer-controlled 3D printer.

A wide range of specialist equipment is also available for the creation of three dimensional jewellery, accessories and other artefacts including traditional jewellery benches, laser cutter, laser welder, rapid prototype machine and rotary polisher.

In addition, our workshops also offer a range of equipment for the creation of pottery and sculpture; there are ceramics and glass kilns, ceramics printing and body casting facilities and traditional potters wheels.

Helen Carnac
Senior Lecturer in Art & Design

Helen Carnac is a London-based maker and curator. She has exhibited her work both locally and internationally and enjoyed a privileged position as artist in residence at the world famous Chelsea Flower Show in 2016.

Tim Carson
Senior Lecturer in Art & Design

Tim Carson has been making jewellery and other larger scale 3D work for over 20 years. He is the co-founder of Timothy Information Limited and has exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at Galerie Smit in Amsterdam, Velvet da Vinci in San Francisco and Galerie 84Ghz in Munich.

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