Through intensive and varied project work, you learn how to generate and produce original designs for a wide range of jewellery, tableware and personal accessories. The course supports a wide variety of approaches from one-off, highly crafted pieces to mass produced items. In the first year we introduce you to fundamental processes and techniques, developing your essential skills and knowledge. Through individual and group project work, you explore diverse and innovative ways of approaching the design process and producing finished pieces. We challenge and encourage you to explore the use of non-traditional materials and introduce you to new and emerging technologies and processes. As the course progresses you begin to establish your own design direction and develop your skills accordingly. In your third year, you complete self-directed study that allows you to develop a personal area of interest. By taking increasing responsibility for the management of your work, you are preparing for life as a professional designer. The number and content of the projects you undertake in the third year is up to you, but we help you to develop a portfolio that best supports your career aspirations. You also learn to complete research and development which supports both your contextual studies and design project work. As well as learning about jewellery and metalwork and how this relates to other craft and design disciplines, you learn how to specialise. Members of the teaching team have individual specialisms and these form key areas of study on the course. You may be able to study abroad as part of the Erasmus programme. **Work experience** In the second year, projects introduce you to commercial aspects of design, and some involve working directly with a client. We help you to develop your skills, knowledge and understanding to a professional level. You learn to communicate and realise your ideas using a variety of media and techniques. During the course you have the opportunity to enter national design competitions, complete live projects and exhibit your work in professional shows. You can also attend field trips to galleries, exhibitions and studios in the UK and Europe. **Facilities** You build your skills in well equipped specialist and general workshops, located close to other related design and engineering facilities. The teaching team includes nationally and internationally renowned practitioners with a range of professional experience, supported by specialist technical staff and visiting lecturers. We have strong links with the Sheffield jewellery and metalwork industry, such as the Sheffield Assay Office, which offers support with hallmarking and research using its extensive research library. This course is part of the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), an amazing, diverse community of makers – where staff, students and partners work as equals to deliver real innovation and creativity. SIA opened in 1843 and is one of the UK's oldest Art and Design Schools. We have recently moved into the Head Post Office, a redesigned Grade II listed building. It includes state-of-the-art workshops which provide you with a unique studio-based learning environment in the heart of the creative community. You develop a wide range of skills and knowledge across the core areas of making, thinking and professional skills.