Key course information
Art and Design
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This course is for new learners wishing to learn how to design and make jewellery as well as a suitable option for experienced learners having already completed a beginners course and would now like to further develop their skills.
What will I learn?
For Beginners, the aim of the course is to enable you to develop new skills and experience working with various materials, tools and equipment to create finished pieces of jewellery.
For Experienced learners, the course aims to provide an opportunity to experiment with a broad range of jewellery techniques, materials and processes in order to design and complete their tutor supported projects.
We will cover workshop Health and Safety such as the use of machinery and hand tools, and personal safety using naked flame gas torches and chemical metal cleaning solutions.
Beginners will learn about the following topics:
Term 1: Using a piercing saw and silver soldering technique; Make a ring using either copper or silver sheet; Design and make a wire chain bracelet, including silver and copper wire techniques, making a jump ring and twisting wire techniques
Term 2: Casting techniques in Sterling Silver
Term 3: Mounting and setting a cabochon stone; Reticulation and Fusing - Creating texture and joining metals without using solder; Roll Printing - Producing textured images onto metal sheet; Oxidising and Patination - The use of chemicals to colour metal
Experienced learners will be assessed and guidance given by the lecturer regarding their course projects. There will be workshop demonstrations on various jewellery techniques and processes to give the opportunity to develop existing techniques and learn new fabricating processes
There are no entry requirements for this course.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course lecturer. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.
Additional Costs and Information
Learners are advised to wear old clothing and appropriate protective footwear in the workshop. Learners should provide a note pad and pen, A4 size folder, pencil case containing permanent black fine-nib pen, 30cm/12” ruler, drawing compass, collection of hard and soft grade (H and B) pencils and rubber eraser.
The lecturer will advise you where to buy specialist materials, such as precious metal, stones or wires, however these can be purchased through the lecturer at a separate charge on a cost basis if you would prefer, subject to availability.
This course is Termly which means that the learners on the first term have priority to enrol on the subsequent terms. To enrol for the spring term (January) current learners should enrol by 20th November 2020. To enrol for the summer term (April) learners should enrol by 19th March 2021. Following each of these dates if there are spaces new learners may enrol.
This course runs on one day per week at the Trowbridge Campus and the dates are:
17.09.20-26.11.20 Thursday 18:30-21:30
14.01.21-25.03.21 Thursday 18:30-21:30
29.04.21-08.07.21 Thursday 18:30-21:30
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
You might wish to progress onto the next 10 week block(s) of this course to further develop your skills, and perhaps onto the Creative Jewellery Workshop - Advanced in due course.There are a range of creative courses at Wiltshire College & University Centre that may be of interest, which can be found on our website www.wiltshire.ac.uk