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Jewellery Design HND

(SCQF level 8)

Design Crafts & Graphic Arts, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This HND course will teach you a comprehensive range of skills in jewellery design and manufacture, with a design-led focus. You'll be able to choose specialisms according to your own interests, as well as the current business environment.

Your course will be delivered by qualified lecturers, all with a degree in Jewellery/Silversmithing, TQFE Certified and have related industry experience and various specialised skill sets.

You'll learn to design and manufacture pieces with various precious and non-precious metals (please see the 'Materials' section, below, to find out more). 

The course is project based with units usually being integrated. You'll study specialist practical techniques which can be found in the 'What you Study' section, below. We focus on marrying new technology with traditional techniques – pushing boundaries of material exploration, and developing skills in emerging technologies including 3D Printing, Scanning, Laser Cutting, Smart Materials.

To reflect the constant changes within the industry, we work closely with a range of industry partners and update course content to ensure you receive relevant skills and qualifications.

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This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Higher Art and Design at Grade C or above AND National 5 English at Grade C or above; OR
  • NC/NQ in an Art and Design subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.
  • You'll be asked to provide examples of your art and design work.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study subjects including:

  • Casting.
  • Experimental Techniques.
  • Enameling.
  • Advanced Stone Setting and Alternative Materials.

After the course


You can set up business as a jeweller or gain employment in the creative industries, by utilising the range of skills you'll learn throughout the course.

Continuing Study

You'll be able to join year one or two of some courses, including:

  • Jewellery and Silversmithing at the Edinburgh School of Art.
  • Silversmithing and Jewellery Design at the Glasgow School of Art.
  • Three Dimensional Design at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen.
  • Jewellery and Silversmithing at Duncan of Jordanstone Scool of Art, Dundee.


Assessment methods

Units are project based and you'll be assessed through learning outcomes on a continuous assessment basis.

Additional Information


The practical element of the course covers a wide range of materials including; Silver, copper, brass, aluminium, wood, resin, precious and non-precious stones. 

Dress code

Dress code is relaxed, but suitable for a workshop environment.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome