What is the course about?
This is a rigorous, level 2 equivalent course for intermediate jewellery makers. You will be guided through a series of structured projects which will challenge and develop your skills. We will cover; observation and drawing, critical thinking, generating concepts and ideas, exploring, researching and recording your findings and outcomes, designing and testing, and technical skills.
As part of this course you will participate in tailored workshops and presentations as well as live projects to introduce you to the diverse areas of contemporary jewellery. In addition to metal, you will be given the opportunity to explore a number of other materials and technologies. We encourage experimentation and risk taking to open up opportunities in your making. At the end of the course you will work towards an end of year project and exhibition.
Although this is a non-accredited course, students successfully completing the course will be awarded our City Lit Certificate - based on achievements of the course outcomes and attendance.
Thursday 17th January – Thursday 4th April (12 weeks)
Thursday 2nd May – Thursday 4th July (10 weeks)
Thursday 19th September – Thursday 21st November (10 weeks).
What will we cover?
- The sources, influences, uses and trends in contemporary jewellery
- Designing from research working through ideas making samples and test pieces
- Looking at a variety of materials, techniques and technologies to enable you to translate your ideas and designs
- Developing technical making skills to a high standard
- Working to a brief including some live projects.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- produce a range of samples, test pieces and models to explore material, processes and ideas.
- develop your thinking and your visual research skills to fully explore the potential of your ideas.
- present a body of research that informs your own design and making
- create a final body of work and price, promote and exhibit to the public
- work within health and safety guidelines.
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 solid fundamental knowledge of jewellery making and design. Word processing skills would be an advantage. You should be able to follow written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and handouts, and health and safety information. You will be invited to take part in both group discussions and critique sessions, where you will need to be able to communicate with your fellow course members. You will need to be able to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers. You will need to be able to source information from websites, and should be aware that a lot of communication between the tutors and the student group will take place via Google Classroom and e-mails.Please consider the course outline carefully to decide if you might benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
There will be tailored workshops and presentations from visiting tutors as well as a series of set projects to work on. You will be given demonstrations, handouts and technical notes, and continuous advice and guidance. There will also be group and individual discussions and tutorials. You will be expected to carry out independent work outside the class, in desig and research. It will be useful if you can do some making at home. The tutor team will look at your research, practical work, sketchbooks and folders on a regular, on-going basis. There will be individual tutorials at the end of every project, as necessary. There will be plenty of opportunities for feedback from other members on the course. At the end of the year there will be individual presentations, tutor and peer assessment and, an exhibition of work produced during the course.
About your tutor:
A studio jeweller, teacher and author. Elizabeth has been practising for over two decades and her work has been exhibited and sold widely both in the UK and internationally, and featured in numerous jewellery publications. She has a BA in Crafts – wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. In 2011 she was commissioned to write a book: 'Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers – techniques, treatments and applications for inspirational design' (Search Press). Elizabeth works primarily in precious metals using hand-fabricating techniques. She has taught at degree level and in adult education throughout her career. .
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides most of the tools and equipment you will need for basic jewellery making.
City Lit will also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as hard silver solder, base metals such as copper, and other materials (paper, enamel, etc.), chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.), and consumables (etching resist, polishing compound, etc.)
Should you wish to work with precious metals, precious and semi-precious stones, or unusual materials, you need to supply them yourself.
You will also need to bring in all sundry items such as medium and easy silver solder, pendant motor bits such as split pins, burrs etc., saw blades, drill bits, abrasive papers, polishing mops, sketchbooks, notebooks, pens and pencils, and a series of folders. You will also need to cover any entrance fees to exhibitions, fairs or other events.
You may choose to buy and bring in your own basic tools to use during the course; advice and guidance will be given when appropriate.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For health 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?
City Lit 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:
VV648 Enamelling workshop: dry-sifting, wet-packing and cloisonné
VV355 Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
VV606 Introduction to leather jewellery.