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For students who have a good knowledge of basic jewellery making techniques wishing to develop their own ideas and improve their skills to a professional level. Students should have attended jewellery making classes regularly for a year and feel confident to work independently.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.