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
- Develop an original design from research based on a project brief.
- Develop personal work with guidance from your tutor
- Research and use new techniques based on the terms technical theme.
- Develop good benchbook use for recording designs, ideas, samples and techniques.
- Develop critical decision making skills in relation to the use of tools and your own work
Class format and activities
This is a practical class. You will learn to expand your ideas into constructive designs and to develop a professional finish and approach to your jewellery making. You will be set a design project to encourage research, inspiration and the development of original designs. Each term the class will be introduced to new techniques that are suitable for the design brief and will help you to develop your technical skills. You will also be encouraged to pursue personal project work, for which guidance and support will be given on a one to one basis. Teaching is both in groups and on an individual one to one basis, with technical and critical advice depending on your needs. The tutor will give demonstrations, presentations and lead group discussions around technical and creative subjects. All students negotiate individual learning goals with the tutor and assess these on a learning statement.
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.
Yes. You will need tutor approval for this course. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org . An informal interview will be arranged for the tutor to assess your learning needs and students can orientate themselves with the studio.
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 jewellery equipment. 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
All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We also provide base metals in small quantities. You will need to purchase your own silver, gold, stones, saw blades and drill bits etc. to complete your projects. You should bring a small bench-book to record ideas and designs and a pencil / pen for taking notes. Please bring an apron, a hairtie if your hair is long, and wear sensible footwear, no open toed sandals. Advice and guidance will be given on where to purchase suitable materials.
What you can do next
Further advanced classes at Morley College. Part time or full time jewellery/ silversmithing courses i.e. BTEC, Jewellery Foundation, BA or MA