Jewellery Design Online: Working Through the Process

When and Where

2 Oct 2020 - 23 Oct 2020 (10 hours, 4 weeks)
Days and times
Friday 10:00 - 12:30


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee now part of Concession fee

Quick Facts

Louise Seijen Ten Hoorn
Course code

What you will learn

Try out a range of fun and experimental methods to find ideas for your jewellery designs on this online course. Create paper models, prototypes, sketches and plan drawings of your designs. Research a theme and find out what inspires you. You will work towards developing a personal style. You will also learn about fittings and finding and how your designs sit on the body. Some design theory will be covered on the course. No prior drawing or design experience is needed. All levels welcome

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • develop fun and experimental drawing and design techniques to find new ideas for jewellery designs
  • create a range of models and protypes using readily available materials as well as paper and card
  • create plan drawings of your final ideas
  • follow a design process and learn about the design cycle
  • have a range of jewellery designs or a collection that is ready to be further developed in the workshop.

Class format and activities

This is a practical online course. In the first session there will be a course overview, we will look at materials, the design process and design cycle. We will do an observational drawing and experimental drawing and brainstorm how these sketches/ drawings can be a starting point for jewellery designs with the addition of findings. In the second session we will look at designers of your choice, develop themes of pattern and repetition, hollow forms and paper model making. Again we will look at practical modifications and the addition of findings in relation to jewellery pieces.
Subsequent sessions will continue to develop your ideas and jewellery designs through guided exercises.
We will try out collage, sketching in 3D with objects found at home- wire, paper, string. After experimenting with the various materials, you will select and edit your designs and create a plan drawing at home with tutor support. The class uses Teams for group discussions and you will be able to view demonstrations of techniques and materials. Your tutor will offer individual feedback by Teams and email on any images of your work that you send in. Peer discussions will be part of the class and you will receive plenty of 1:1 support. The tutor will provide a time table so you will know what is covered and expected in each session and also homework tasks. Constructive and supportive feedback from your tutor will help you succeed during the class.

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.

Entry requirements

All levels welcome. You may have been learning technical skills and now want to shift the focus onto developing unique jewellery designs. You must have access to the internet and a computer/ laptop

What you need to know before you enrol

Knowledge of using a computer, smart device or tablet is needed for taking part on this online course. The course will be taking place on Microsoft Teams or Zoom so you will need good internet access. You will also need to do some online research.

What you will need for your class

A 4 Paper, this can be printer paper (optional: sketchbook, graph paper)
Scissors (optional: scalpel)
Glue such as pritt stick, pva or super glue and/or tape
Pencil + sharpener
Pens. Ideally fine liners (such as Micron) but ballpoints, gel pens or fine sharpies will also work
Internet connection and a computer/ laptop!
Coloured pencils, paint such as watercolour or acrylic paint will be useful.
More detail about what to have ready for the first session will be communicated directly by your tutor.

What you can do next

You may want to start developing your designs in the jewellery studio with the help of a professional tutor. Morley offers practical onsite Jewellery classes for students at all levels of experience. Why not try VJE022B Beginners Jewellery or VJE001B- Beginners and Intermediate Jewellery. We are developing new online jewellery courses all the time- please check the website for more courses