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This practical 30-week level 2 course begins in the autumn term and runs throughout spring and summer. Please see the specific term dates below.
Duration and times
30 Thursday evenings sessions 18.00–21.00
3 Saturdays 9.00–16.00
Thursday 6 October – 8 December 2022
Saturday 26 November 2022
Thursday 19 January – Thursday 23 March 2023
Saturday 18 March 2023
Thursday 30 March – Thursday 1 June 2023
Saturday 20 May 2023
This course promotes a very board interpretation of jewellery design, where you'll explore a range of diverse specialisms and technologies as well as examining and employing traditional making techniques and approaches.
This course emphasises traditional hand-skills and crafting techniques, and as such you’ll be expertly led to use traditional jewellery making tools safely and effectively to achieve the desired effects and finishes. You’ll experiment with different materials, including but not limited to various metals, precious metals, ceramics, glass, and wood in a vibrant and stimulating environment surrounded by fellow designers and makers.
You’ll explore the process of jewellery making in its entirety, through research, material investigation, designing and physical making. You’ll be taught how to take your ideas and mould them into fully formed concepts and designs as well as be encouraged to develop your own creative identity.
As the course progresses, you’ll develop your own area of interest through project work and support from your tutor. Learning through making will equip you with the confidence and knowledge to take calculated risks and redefine your approach to jewellery and silversmithing.
What’s more, you’ll learn in a stimulating environment in which innovation, originality and excellence are encouraged.
- Cutting, sanding, filing, and finishing metal
- Material exploration and experimentation
- Soldering, folding, and forming metal
- Shaping and texturing
- Decorative techniques including stone setting
- Appropriate and effective use of traditional tools and crafting methods
- Variety of research strategies
- How to turn ideas into creative and sophisticated concepts
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The course aims to:
- Provide you with an understanding of the basic principles and more advanced techniques to create jewellery
- Develop and broaden practical and technical skills, encouraging creative potential
- Develop your ability to work to a set brief and develop suitable ideas and bodies of work in response
- Enhance your ability to visually communicate your ideas and develop your creative voice
- Provide expert support and enable you to increase your confidence through feedback in discussions with the tutor and the group
- Provide you with the essential skills to move into the professional arena or apply for FE/HE enhanced studies
Students who complete this 1-year programme and meet the necessary ongoing assessment criteria shall be awarded an accredited ‘Level 2’ Skills Education Group certificate.
No previous jewellery making experience is necessary, however it'll be advantageous if you’ve already completed one of our Jewellery Making short courses.
We ask that you come with plenty of enthusiasm and a desire to learn and further your skills.
- Pens and pencils
- Wear old clothes or an apron and flat, closed toe shoes
- Glasses (if you need them for close-up detailing)
- Tie back long hair for Health and Safety purposes
You'll need to purchase any precious metals (e.g. silver). This can be purchased independently (a list of suppliers will be available in class) or through the course tutor.
The cost per student will vary, depending on the amount of precious metals used. Projects can be designed to suit everyone’s budget.
All additional course materials are included in the course fee.