British Academy of Jewellery

Introduction

Born out of the industry in 1999 by a local Hatton Garden family-run business, we are an Academy providing pioneering jewellery education and training programmes that nurture creative talent and technical ability.

The British Academy of Jewellery aims to be a jewellery school where technical training is not an afterthought. Where technical skills are not seen as a hindrance to creativity, but where knowledge acquired by the hands provides inspiration. Aspiring to be a school where students do not shy away from originality and creativity and where traditional techniques are taught to then be challenged.

Responding to industry needs, we seek to provide the next generation of skilled jewellers who possess the aptitude and ingenuity to shape the future of the industry.

With bases in London and Birmingham, we work closely with industry, government and education partners with hopes to build a support network to help sustain the growth of the jewellery trade and other creative industries within the UK.

Our Vision

To provide a world-class technical and creative education to INSPIRE, NURTURE and TRAIN the next generation of jewellers.

Our Culture

Whilst we have evolved as an education provider, we have retained our traditional values and dedication to teaching excellence.

Our talented team of tutors and staff at BAJ foster our culture seeking:

to INSPIRE, to ignite interest into the world of British jewellery manufacture and design.

to NURTURE, to draw out each student’s individual creativity and vision, and build their confidence.

to TRAIN, to equip students with a conceptual and technical skill set to prepare them for a career in the industry.

to PIONEER, to be at the fore-front of innovation for jewellery education.

to CONNECT, to foster a jewellery network of support to help sustain and support the growth of the jewellery trade.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Beginners Jewellery Manufacturing Techniques

Campus Full time 1 week July 2019 United Kingdom London

During this beginner course in jewelry manufacturing, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of manufacturing processes available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a silver pendant from start to finish. [+]

During this beginner course in jewelry manufacturing, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of manufacturing processes available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a silver pendant from start to finish.

Topics covered:

Piercing Filing Sanding Forming Soldering Finishing

Level: Beginners

Entry Requirements: None

Materials to be brought to course:

Sketchbook Pencils Eraser

Dress code:

Hairband (if you have long hair) Sensible footwear (no open toe sandals) Sensible clothing (no skirts or dresses, clothing to protect your skin in the workshop)

Course Dates: July 16 – 20, 2018, 10:00 – 17:00... [-]


British Culture for the Jewellery Industry

Campus 1 week July 2019 United Kingdom London

During this course, you will be introduced to London’s vibrant Jewellery Industry and the wealth of cultural resources available to you in the city. The course will take place in part at the BAJ where you will be immersed in the workshops surrounded by tools and materials used to create jewelry and in part out and about on organized walks and tours to a variety of museums and cultural organizations. [+]

During this course, you will be introduced to London’s vibrant Jewellery Industry and the wealth of cultural resources available to you in the city. The course will take place in part at the BAJ where you will be immersed in the workshops surrounded by tools and materials used to create jewelry and in part out and about on organized walks and tours to a variety of museums and cultural organizations.While in BAJ’s workshops you will gain an in-depth understanding of technical terms and language used in the jewelry industry.

Description:

Introduction to the London Jewellery Quarter – Hatton Garden Visit the renowned jewelry collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum Experience London In-depth exploration of technical jewelry related terms and vocabulary ... [-]

Intermediate Jewellery Manufacturing Techniques

Campus Full time 1 week July 2019 United Kingdom London

During this intermediate course in jewelry manufacturing, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of manufacturing processes available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a silver ring from start to finish. [+]

During this intermediate course in jewelry manufacturing, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of manufacturing processes available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a silver ring from start to finish.

Topics covered:

Fretwork piercing and black-holing Filing and sanding to high standard Cold forming to size Joint and sweat soldering Polishing to high standard

Level: Intermediate

Entry Requirements:

Have beginner jewelry manufacturing skills or Have completed the summer course “Jewellery Manufacturing for Beginners”

Materials – please bring with you to the course:... [-]


Jewellery Beginner Setting Techniques

Campus 1 week August 2019 United Kingdom London

During this course in setting, you will be introduced to a range of stone setting techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of setting processes and styles available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a pair of set earrings from start to finish. [+]

During this course in setting, you will be introduced to a range of stone setting techniques and skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of setting processes and styles available to jewelers and have the opportunity to produce a pair of set earrings from start to finish.

Description:

Setting theory Grain setting Pave setting Prong setting Rub-over setting Introduction to gemmology

Level: Intermediate

Entry Requirements:

Have beginner jewelry manufacturing skills or Have completed the summer course “Jewellery Manufacturing for Beginners”

Materials to bring to the course:

Sketchbook Pencils Eraser

Dress code:

Hairband (if you have long hair) Sensible footwear (no open toe sandals) Sensible clothing (no skirts or dresses, clothing to protect your skin in the workshop) ... [-]

Jewellery Design and Rendering Beginner Course

Campus 1 week July 2019 United Kingdom London

During this beginner course in jewelry design and rendering, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry design techniques and rendering skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of design processes used by jewelers and have the opportunity to apply the design process to the designing and of a unique piece, which you will be supported with the creation of a professional render of your design. [+]

During this beginner course in jewelry design and rendering, you will be introduced to a range of jewelry design techniques and rendering skills. You will gain an understanding of the wide range of design processes used by jewelers and have the opportunity to apply the design process to the designing and of a unique piece, which you will be supported with the creation of a professional render of your design.

Topics covered:

Research Sketching Soft thinking Hard thinking Brain mapping Rendering

Level: Beginners

Entry Requirements: None

Materials:

Please bring the following with you to the course:

Sketchbook Pencils Eraser

Course Dates: July 9 – 13, 2018,10:00 – 17:00... [-]


Rhino (CAD) for Jewellery

Campus Full time 1 week August 2019 United Kingdom London

During this course, you will be introduced to a range of modelling techniques using the computer-aided design (CAD) software Rhino. [+]

During this course, you will be introduced to a range of modelling techniques using the computer-aided design (CAD) software Rhino. At the end of the course, you will have a solid foundation of core basic solid modelling tools for creating jewellery in CAD, as well as how to take existing jewelry-making knowledge into tolerances for producing 3D models usable for 3D printing and jewellery manufacturing.

Description:

Introduction to CAD/CAM Introduction to Rhino interface Layers, snaps and O-snaps Building objects with curves (explode, join, rebuild, split, trim, fillet, offset) Transformation commands (move, rotate, scale, mirror) Basics of solid modelling Basics of organic modelling Universal Deformation Tools and their application Preparing a file for rapid prototyping ... [-]

Wax Carving Practice and Casting Theory

Campus Full time 1 week July 2019 United Kingdom London

During this course in wax carving practice and casting theory for jewelry, you will be introduced to a range of carving techniques and casting knowledge. You will gain first-hand experience of wax carving as applied by jewelers and will be supported with the creation of a bracelet link suitable for casting. [+]

During this course in wax carving practice and casting theory for jewelry, you will be introduced to a range of carving techniques and casting knowledge. You will gain first-hand experience of wax carving as applied by jewelers and will be supported with the creation of a bracelet link suitable for casting.

Topics covered:

Understanding types of wax Preparing wax for carving Carving techniques Preparing and finishing wax for casting Casting theory Understanding shrinkage Understanding surface defects in castings

Level: Beginners

Entry Requirements: None

Materials to be brought to course:

Sketchbook Pencils Eraser

Dress code:

Hairband (if you have long hair) Sensible footwear (no open toe sandals) Sensible clothing (no skirts or dresses, clothing to protect your skin in the workshop) ... [-]