What is the course about?
This course will refine your existing jewellery making and design skills as well as introducing you to new techniques, focusing on precision and refinement. With an ethos of ‘idea to product’, developing your personal research, design and making approach, there will be structured modules and projects encouraging you to build on your technical skills, presentation and professional practice. We'll explore material, finish and construction, alongside professional practice methodologies such a drawing, prototyping, outsourcing, pricing and selling. The course culminates with working towards producing a final body of work to be exhibited to the public.
25th September - 11th December 2018
22nd January - 26th March 2019
30th April - 2nd July 2019
Please note this course also runs on 3 Sundays.
11th November 2018, 3rd March 2019, and 16th June 2019. Applications for this course will be reviewed in the first week of July and September and interviews will take place on Tuesday 17th July, and Tuesday September 11th 2018.
What will we cover?
- Contextualising your jewellery design and making within the industry
- Research, design development and approaches to design presentation and illustration
- The translation of ideas from 2D to 3D
- Exploration of form, surface texture, measurement, scale and proportion and a relationship between structure and
- Working to a client brief
- Making prototypes
- Construction, soldering, settings, surface finishes
- Polishing and finishing
- Developing technical making skills to a professional standard
- Technical presentation drawing
- Product costing and pricing up your work
- Exhibiting your work and exhibition curation.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Analyse, evaluate and consolidate a body of research to inform the design process and outcomes
- Problem solve through drawing, model-making, materials and processes to realise design outcomes
- Record, reflect and evaluate your progress, keeping a sketchbook, reflective and technical journal.
- Apply precision techniques to realise a high standard of finished jewellery
- Produce a portfolio of technical samples and prototypes
- Confidently select and apply appropriate precision jewellery making techniques
- Use outsourcing in your own practice where appropriate, such as casting and plating
- Confidently present your work verbally and using moodboards, drawings and illustrations
- Apply professional practice, appropriately pricing and presenting your work for exhibition and sale
- Produce a final body of work to exhibit to the public
- Produce a body of supporting work including research, development, illustration and presentation.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at intermediate and advanced students. You should have a good knowledge of metal jewellery skills such as soldering, saw piercing, and surface texturing (etching, roll printing, polishing and finishing). It would be an advantage to have experience of basic stone setting such as bezel settings.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged. Students will be expected to complete additional research, development and preparation tasks in between sessions.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
The tools and equipment required to complete this course are available for student use but as this course is aimed at working towards fine jewellery it is advised that students purchase some of their own tools. This will be discussed during interview.
You will be introduced to outsourcing, including lost-wax casting. You will be encouraged to apply your learning of professional practice, costing and budgeting for outsourcing as these cost will be your own.
Base metals are provided for sampling and completing initial test pieces. Final products for exhibition are expected to be produced in precious metal at the students’ own costs.
All students need to bring a notebook, pen/pencil and basic drawing/sketching materials to every session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a wide range of short and year long courses in jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
These courses, from 17-18 main programme might complement what you learned or your outcomes from this course:
VV415 Electroforming Workshop
VV412 Designing Jewellery through Museum Collections
VV987 Enamelling and Cold Connections.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details