CEAD University Certificate in Jewellery and Object Design

The University Certificate in Jewellery and Object Design (JOD) part-time course offers students an opportunity to explore ideas and develop skills essential for contemporary making and design.

Award University Certificate in Jewellery and Object Design
Credits Level 20 ECTS, Level 7 NFQ
Admission Requirements Age 21 before January 1st 2024, Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent, introductory jewellery course with basic skills, a short Statement of Interest and a completed application form
Portfolio Not required
Duration 23 weeks autumn to spring,
1 evening per week
Fee 2024-2025 €1,200 payable in two installments, September and January
Programme Code AD097
Application Deadline 4 June 2024

About the Jewellery and Object Design Certificate

The one year certificate in Jewellery and Object Design is for mature students interested in ideas and the materials, design processes and technology used in the creation of metal objects and jewellery. The course is designed for students who have already demonstrated a commitment to their art, design and object making education and who wish to develop their knowledge. The course explores traditional and contemporary concepts, skills, techniques and processes for the design and fabrication of jewellery and metal objects.

Admission Requirements

Students are required to be 21 years of age before January 2024, have an Irish Leaving Certificate or equivalent and English proficiency. Applications should include a short Statement of Interest and an application form. Basic drawing skills, an understanding of visual research processes and especially completion of an introductory jewellery course are also requirements. Specifically, students will need to confirm they have basic jewellery making techniques including piercing, use of pliers, filing, emerying and soldering. A desire to explore materials and ideas around contemporary jewellery and object design is important for students applying to the programme.  

Statement of Interest

A Statement of Interest (approximately 200 words long), is required as part of your applicaton. This should begin by providing the name and the where, when, duration and level of any course or means you acquired your basic jewellery making skills and specifically mention the five skills listed above. Your Statement of Interest should go on to talk about your drawing and visual research skills and then include details such as what attracts you to jewellery and object design, why you want to do the course, who are your creative influencers and heroes; historic, contemporary, Irish, international, what do you find exciting about the subject, what techniques and materials do you enjoy exploring, what is your previous experience of jewellery and objects design (your own jewellery and object design endevours, keeping a sketchbook or visual diary, courses, projects and exhibitions you may have worked on, do you use your jewellery or object design as part of other activities etc), have you plans to progress and study further after JOD and anything else you think is relevant. There is no right or wrong answers here. We are looking for two things; precise evidence of the five basic skills and to hear about your interest in learning about jewellery and object design.
Save the file as a PDF. Title the PDF, and also include on the top of your Statement of Interest, your name, course code and the year of application, for example, Joe Bloggs, AD095 2024.

Application Notes 

Bookings are online only
Bookings to be made in the student name and details only
If you have been at NCAD previously use your MyNCAD account
To reset your password contact ITSupport@student.ncad.ie and include your name, date of birth and 8 digit student ID/reference number
First time NCAD students click to apply, then New Account & keep your password safe
Please note that all students are required to have access to a computerInternet and be familar with Canvas (Canvas is a college information system and its easy)
Classes start week of 16th September 2024
JOD classes run Tuesday evening 6.15pm to 9pm 

Apply here for Jewellery and Object Design

Programme Specification

JOD Modules 

Module Name
6.15 to 9pm
CEAD1025 Introduction to Design Practice 5 1 Tuesday
CEAD1026 Materials and Processes 5 1 Tuesday
CEAD1027 Research and Objects Design 10 2 Tuesday

Jewellery and Object Design Tutors

Aisling Higgins BA
Expert team


A key pillar of CEAD programmes is Progression within art and design education. On successful completion of the Jewellery and Object Design certificate, students will have attained 20 ECTS. Students who wish to progress within NCAD are eligible to apply for Visual Arts Practice modules CEAD1001 Theories and Concepts in Critical Cultures and CEAD1002 Professional Practice (each module is worth 5 ECTS credits), making a total of 30 ECTS. Students are then eligible to apply to the AD082 Higher Diploma in Art. Graduates of the Higher Diploma in Art may are eligible to apply for advanced entry into the NCAD undergraduate degree programme in the full-time school.

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