• Code: DN
  • Certification QQ1 Level 5 Award in Creative Craft (5M1981)
  • Duration One Year


This is a one year course which introduces students to the basic principles of design through the craft of jewellery making. All modules on the course will link together. Students will use drawing as a source for their designs. These designs will be developed further to suit the materials and techniques applied to create finished pieces. Students will be introduced to working with a range of materials including Wood, Brass, Copper, Aluminium and Silver. Techniques such as piercing, filing, soldering and polishing will also be covered. Combined Materials and Wood Turning is a core part of this course with students learning a wide range of wood craft skills that link in with their designs.

Programme of Study
  • Design Skills  
  • Drawing 
  • Art Craft Metalwork 
  • Wood Finishing
  • Combined Materials 
  • Wood Turning 
  • Communications 
  • Work Experience

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants - experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications
Career Opportunities
  • Jewellery making
  • Craft industry
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:

Graduates are eligible to apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to Institutes of Technology and Universities.

Course Co-Ordinator

Noel Sweeny

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

catriona kelly"I loved this jewellery making course. The instruction is superb and I learned lots of new basic skills. I learnt how to use tools and machinery that took me out of my comfort zone. I enjoyed the practical work in an amazing workshop where (under instruction) we were allowed to experiment, be creative and work on those newly learnt skills. Learning to turn wood was another great joy and if I had not signed up for the course it is something that I would never have learned to do. Again expert teaching and guidance at every step. You have to be prepared to meet assignment deadlines and spend the time working on the other subjects for the course too. There is help and support at BIFE to assist you. I love having this qualification. It has given me the confidence to be creative. You won’t regret it – sign up today!" - Caitríona Kelly

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