Jewellery and Contemporary Design Crafts UCEN Manchester (The Manchester College)


Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

The HND in Jewellery & Contemporary Design Crafts programme aims to train the designers of tomorrow in both traditional and up to the minute technologies and skills. Our bespoke course is for students who are interested in specialising in the production of a range of jewellery and allied products.

In the first year, you will investigate materials areas of metal, plastics & ceramics. There will also be an opportunity to work with wood & textiles. You will focus on designing and creating contemporary jewellery & related accessories.

You continue into the second year through more independent research and self-directed work developing your own style.

  • Qualification

    Higher National Diploma - HND

  • Study mode


  • Location

    Northenden Campus

  • Start date

    September 2018

  • Duration

    2 years

Course details


Year 1

Visual Communication (15 credits)
This unit aims to develop the necessary skills for artists, designers and craft workers to communicate their ideas across specialist applications, both traditional and alternative.

Ideas Generation and Development in Art & Design (15 credits)
Creative thinking and the ability to generate free flowing ideas are vital skills for all artists and designers. This unit aims to develop skills in generating and communicating ideas visually.

Contextual & Cultural Referencing in Art & Design (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to encourage an understanding of the social, psychological, cultural, historical and commercial factors which underpin all visual arts theory and practice across the spectrum of subject specialisms.

Professional Practice in Art & Design (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to extend learners’ knowledge of professional practices within their specialist area and to relate these to personal goals and career opportunities.

Design Methods (15 credits)
This unit aims to give learners opportunities to develop skills and knowledge in the development of new products or services in design pathways.

Digital Media (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ understanding of the scope and potential of digital media in art and design, coupled with the application of skills in and detailed knowledge of software applications in a specialist pathway.

Specialist 3D Technology & Processes (15 credits)
This unit aims to develop learners’ understanding of specialist 3D technology and processes. Learners will develop skills in applying this understanding to their chosen area of specialism, taking into consideration the commercial context.

Jewellery, Accessories & Body Adornment (15 credits)
The aim of this unit is to enable learners to explore the decorative and aesthetic potential of jewellery, accessories and body adornment to inform innovative outcomes.

Year 2 - Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits), Critical Study in Art & Design (15 credits), Professional Studies in Art & Design (15 credits), Ideas in Context (15 credits), Research Project (20 credits), Business Practice in Art & Design (15 credits), Art Design & Media Practice within the Digital Environment (15 credits), Specialist 3D Materials (15 credits).

Assessment method

A range of assessment methods are used and will be in the form of the following:

• Practical coursework,
• Written work,
• Portfolio
• Exhibition

Along with continuous feedback from your tutors.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code D3J6
Institution code M10
Campus name Northenden Campus
Campus code 5

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

The Manchester College is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 64 points

We do consider other equivalent Level 3 qualifications, and we also welcome mature applicants (21 or older), if you can show relevant skills or knowledge that you’ve learnt from work experience in the industry or through other forms of study in this area.

Additional entry requirements


Applicants are required to attend an interview and bring a portfolio of work that demonstrates a range of creative thinking and technical skills applied to art and design related projects.
Interviews typically last about half an hour.
Portfolio may be submitted electronically in a Blog
Availability for Skype interviews – for overseas/applicants who have to travel
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. • There is a research trip in year 1 & 2 to Munich which usually costs approx. £200 per student excluding evening meals, payable in instalments from November • There are research trips to galleries/Museums which can cost between £5-£10 per trip ( approx. 3 per year) • We have a one day research trip to London to Collect & V&A which can cost approx up to £40 (depending on train costs) • Material cost for consumable such as saw blades, solder & emery paper £30 per year. In the second year when you decide on specialism you may be required to buy own materials • Students are given £10 worth of printing per year and after that have to pay if they need additional printing