Top Four UK Universities for Jewelry Design

A jump through Central Saint Martins, Royal College of Arts (RCA), London College of Fashion and University for the Creative Arts (UCA) for the academically curious jewelry mavens.


From Bachelor of Arts to Masters degrees, there is no shortage of tracks in jewelry design throughout the United Kingdom – right in the heart of fashionably conscious London.


Courses focus on visual awareness, research,  experimentation, understanding the world through materials, sustainable practices, craft and technology and practical experiences.


BA Jewelry Design promotes a wide range of approaches and contexts for professional jewelrs. The course introduces students to technical, design, critical and communication skills. It promotes active learning through projects which are devised to help initiate, develop and realise ideas.


The course focuses on visual awareness, research, observation and experimentation. Drawing is considered an important tool for investigating and communicating ideas. Computer-aided design is also integrated into the curriculum, allowing students to incorporate these techniques into their work.


Three years full-time or four years full-time with Diploma in Professional Studies.



In RCA’s MA in Jewelry & Metal track, the aim is to understand the world through materials. Jewelry and metal both play a significant role in all cultures. The growing importance and interdisciplinary character of this distinctive discipline within the arts gives jewelry and metal a special vibrancy and relevance.


The work that emerges from RCA’s program reflects an expanded practice that views objects as an embodiment of thought. The goal is to question what materials mean on a personal level and how one engages with them and uses them to define daily interactions with the world.


Two-year full-time study with MA in Jewelry & Metal.


BA (Hons) Fashion Jewelry is founded on four key principles: craft and technology, sustainable practice, performance, and identity. These principles inform all teaching in this course.


Students will be introduced to different design methodologies, research and development processes and technical and digital core skills classes. They will learn from experts in the field, as the academic team is made up of active designers who work at the forefront of their disciplines. This helps support students through current relevant practice and knowledge.


Students have previously worked at a wide range of companies including Shaun Leane, Atelier Ted Noten, Michelle Lowe Holder, Simone Rocha, Ùna Burke, Jing He, Valery Demure and The Unseen. 


BA (Hons) Fashion Jewelry runs for 90 weeks in full time mode. It is divided into three stages over three academic years, with each stage lasting 30 weeks.


Students in UCA’s BA (Hons) Jewelry and Silversmithing course will gain valuable practical experience as they take part in international competitions, placements and industry projects. UCA’s talented students have an excellent reputation in the profession, having won awards such as the Goldsmith’s Company Award, Bright Young Gems and the Guild of Enamellers’ Bursary Award.


UCA students have access to fully-equipped workshops and a state-of-the-art jewelry studio, providing access to a range of materials including metal, ceramics, glass, wood, plastics and textiles.


Three years full-time or four years full-time with a professional practice year.