What you will learn
For students who have a good knowledge of jewellery making techniques working to a professional level. Projects are based on jewellery pieces and small scale silverware. You will be encouraged to exhibit in group and individual shows.
By the end of the course you will be able to
- Follow a technical project, using new techniques to develop your skill level.
- Develop personal work with guidance from your tutor.
- Work confidently with metals and/or other materials to produce finished pieces of jewellery.
- identify the correct tools, materials and processes needed to complete the job in hand.
- Work confidently within a shared workshop, applying Health and Safety guidelines.
Class format and activities
This is a practical class and you will be learning to make pieces of jewellery to develop and build on your skills. You will learn to work confidently with metals and other materials.
Each term you will be offered the opportunity to learn new techniques, as well as pursuing personal projects.
You will learn through group demonstrations and individual, one-to-one help and guidance, with technical and critical advice depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects. You will work at your own pace, negotiating individual learning goals with your tutor, and record and assess these on Learning Statements.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.
This is an intermediate level jewellery class and students should have attended jewellery making classes regularly for at least a year. Students need to be able to work independently with help and guidance from the tutor.
What you need to know before you enrol
The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness to be able to use some of the jewellery equipment or machinery. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions.
What you will need for your class
Students will be expected to buy materials for their projects (e.g. silver, silver solder, saw blades). A comprehensive list of these and suppliers will be provided during the first lesson. A note book for technical notes and design ideas is strongly recommended. New students with previous experience should bring an example of their work.
The college provides the tools necessary to take part in the course and materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, paper, acrylic etc.
What you can do next
This is an open-ended course where different techniques are covered each term and you are encouraged to continue with the same tutor in order to develop your jewellery making skills and individual style.
The course could lead to Advanced Jewellery making at Morley College VJE034A/B/C or VJE037A/B/C or will help you gain experience if you are interested in pursuing full time study in the visual/applied arts.
Experience and enthusiasm could lead to the student setting up their own workshop as a designer/maker.