All Levels

Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 196 Conc £80 Full £364 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 18/09/2018 04/12/2018 AJ1600
Tuesday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 18/09/2018 04/12/2018 AJ1610
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 AJ2600
Tuesday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 AJ2610
Tuesday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 08/01/2019 26/03/2019 AJ2611
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 AJ3600
Tuesday 13:00 - 15:30 11 MAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 AJ3610
Tuesday 18:30 - 21:00 11 MAC 30/04/2019 16/07/2019 AJ3611

What will the course cover?

Beginners will be guided through a series of projects to introduce metalworking skills including texturing metal, cutting out shapes, drilling, and creating forms. Students will be introduced to soldering, polishing and attaching ready-made findings or fabricating their own to complete a variety of jewellery items – rings, pendants, earrings and more. Students who already have these skills will work to a new brief each term, on independent projects and have the opportunity to follow a program sampling more complex techniques that will vary each term, depending on the group’s interests, including enamelling, wax carving, etching, basic hinges and joints, chain making, box making, forging (i.e. a taper), press forming, fold forming, creating hollow shapes, claw, bezel or gypsy stone setting, fusing and reticulating silver and simple casting.

Who is the course for?

Beginners or intermediate learners. The course will also benefit people who need a refresher course. Great for people planning to start their own business, individuals who are interested in working within the jewellery trade or anyone hoping to explore their creativity.

What skills, knowledge or experience do I need to start this course?

None, this course is suitable for you whatever your experience as you will progress at your own pace to reach your full potential.

What should I be able to do by the end of the course?

Use basic metal working techniques including sawing, filing, drilling, bending, soldering and annealing metal to create jewellery items. Create textured patterns on sheet metal using hammering, punching and rolling mill. Finish and polish completed work using the polishing motor and other methods. Students should expect to complete two / three pieces of work each term, depending on the complexity of the plans. Put into practice health & safety procedures relating to materials and equipment. Use necessary tools and equipment with a degree of competence. Select and obtain materials for your own project. Identify and use a range of materials for jewellery making, including settings and fastenings, and give examples of a range of uses for them. Select tools, equipment and techniques to execute designs from idea to completion, describing how they will be used and why. Additional skills will be taught to those who are confident in the basic skills, to ensure each person practices and builds on their existing knowledge.

How is the course organised?

There will be practical demonstrations of different techniques, formal instruction, group discussion, practical experience and individual tuition and support.

What extra study or practice is expected outside of the class?

Some design work may be advised, as may some practical work such as finishing. Visits to museums and other research will also support your progress.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is assessed through discussing the work individually and in groups and recorded in your Individual Learning Plan and Learning Journal and sketchbook.

What can I expect to go on to after this course?

Continue in the same or similar classes to increase your skills by tackling different projects. Use your work to form a portfolio for application to further or higher education courses. Apply for work with a jewellery company.

Are there any other costs and what do I need to bring?

We have a fully equipped jewellery workshop containing larger machinery as well as a range of hand tools for students to use. You will be required to supply all consumable materials for your projects, for example copper or silver sheet and wire, as well as items like saw blades, drill bits, and sandpaper depending on your projects – your tutor will provide details of suppliers as needed during the course. We have added a £5.00 charge for any materials used in class to save the inconvenience of having to pay at reception for these as a separate charge. It is good practice to keep a notebook or sketchbook for design work, ideas and technical notes.

What support is available?

Help with literacy or numeracy is available through the basic education programme and the ESOL programme offers help for speakers of other languages. Additional support can be provided for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities. Details of all available support can be found on our website (hfals.co.uk), in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.