What is the course about?
This course is an opportunity to develop your jewellery design practice and learn to work more independently on your own projects in a supportive, challenging and creative teaching environment. If you are already experienced in
jewellery-making and are confident piercing, filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, bending and forming metal with
minimal supervision, this course is ideal for you to perfect your ongoing skills, discover different techniques, and
consider new ways of approaching design and making. You'll work independently on your own projects all with the guidance of an expert jewellery-maker and the use of a fully equipped jewellery studio.
What previous students loved about the course:
"That I could work on my individual design and was free to work at my own pace."
What will we cover?
There are no set topics or class-wide projects in the Jewellery Design Lab: you should bring to class some ideas of
what you would like to make, and with guidance from the tutor you will realise these plans at your own pace, picking up new skills, techniques and approaches along the way.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise the working properties of metal and other materials
- Use a range of techniques used in the making of pieces
- Identify and use a range of hand tools and types of machinery with confidence
- Recognise and implement good health and safety practice in the workshop.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is not suitable for complete beginners - you need to be confident in basic jewellery-making skills such
as piercing, filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, bending and forming. You should be familiar with properties of
commonly used metals in jewellery and be aware of health and safety best practice in the studio.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and health and
safety information. It will be beneficial if you can take part in informal group discussions. You should be happy
using numbers, able to do simple measurements and calculations, and recognise and draw simple geometric
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and health and safety information. It will be beneficial if you can take part in informal group discussions. You should be happy using numbers, able to do simple measurements and calculations, and recognise and draw simple geometric shapes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is held in a well-equipped workshop setting, and is taught through demonstrations and photographic examples, with individual support and advice given to guide and extend your abilities. There are no class-wide projects, rather the tutor will guide you in developing your own work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Build provides most of the tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making, and basic materials in reasonable quantities such as base metals, hard solder, paper, enamel, chemicals, and sundries (etching resist, polishing compound etc.) However you will need to buy some specific items such as saw blades, emery paper, medium and easy solder, precious metals, and stones. You will also need a sketchbook for your design work and to write notes. As you gain experience you might want to invest in your own tools.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For heath and safety reasons no sandals, open shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.
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.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV973 Appraising jewellery and gemstones
VV821 Jewellery making: all levels
VV121 Jewellery workshop after work: jewellery findings
VV434 Colour, Print and dye on metal for jewellers.
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