Are there one/two or several different approaches of Jewellery Design at CSM and then at the RCA?
When doing a BA you are fed an enormous amount of knowledge: technical skills to design. Like a sponge, you try to absorb all the information whist trying to establish your personal style or voice; it’s like going through jewellery adolescence!
In comparison, when starting an MA you often have a grounding, with some jewellery skills and techniques under your belt and a rough idea of your style. The teaching therefore shifts to help you focus on the direction and growth of your work rather than particular skills (although this is still essential), looking further into concept development and analysis.
What has such a focused education given you?
CSM was both focused and intense! I remember many all-nighters, staying up to complete grueling assignments: making 31 pieces in five days or preparing a design pitch for a fancy competition. I think this period intensity and scrutiny prepared me to work really hard and not be too scared of a challenge, however daunting it can seem at first.