Course information sheet

Fees: Standard £ 206 Conc £84 Full £383 * Enrol online for standard fee payers only

Day Time Weeks Centre Start End Code Enroll
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 17/09/2019 03/12/2019 AJ1600
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 07/01/2020 24/03/2020 AJ2600
Tuesday 10:00 - 12:30 11 MAC 21/04/2020 07/07/2020 AJ3600

What will the course cover?

This course is designed to boost and expand the range and precision of students existing skills, for those already fairly confident with basic metal / silver jewellery skills. Students are welcome to join at any point in the year as each term will have a different theme and cover different techniques. Students are also very welcome to stay more than one term to continue building their skills. Students will work to a new brief each term and follow a program of technical challenges to link in with that brief. Students will also be supported to work on their own independent projects to boost and improve on their existing skills. Techniques covered will include a selection from; wax carving and casting, etching and surface patterns, chain making, metal forming and forging, batch production ideas, simple boxes or lockets, or improving stone setting skills for claw or bezel setting.

Who is the course for?

This course is for intermediate jewellery students with some (recent) experience of making silver jewellery. Great for anyone who has done beginners course/s before and wants to improve their precision skills, to learn new techniques or start to create more complex designs.

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

Students should have some experience of making metal jewellery and be comfortable with working fairly independently with jewellery soldering, piercing and finishing.

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

Each term students will learn and start to practice at least one new skill/technique or group of skills – this will vary depending on the theme for the term and the students own particular interests. Students will be able to develop their design skills and put into practice various ways of researching and developing jewellery designs to create more fully developed and thoughtful pieces of jewellery and answer the brief for the term. Students should expect to complete a series of test pieces, samples and experiments and at least one finished piece of work each term, depending on the complexity of their designs. Students will be able to (in relation to the new techniques learnt); - • 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 equipment and techniques to execute designs from idea to completion, describing how they will be used and why. Students will also be supported individually to work on personal projects if desired as well as, or instead of, through the group projects and demonstrations, to ensure each person practices and builds on their existing knowledge in a way and at a speed that works for them.

How is the course organised?

This is a hands on, practical course. Students will learn through making, and will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to their designs, while boosting their precision skills to create increasingly professional jewellery pieces. There will be regular demonstrations and explanations of different techniques from the tutor, towards the start of the term, and students will be encouraged to experiment with these techniques before using the later part of the term to develop a design or series of designs that uses these skills in some way. There will be group discussion, written handouts with visual diagrams for techniques, and regular individual tuition and support from the tutor.

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

Some further design work and research may be helpful to develop and practice skills and refine plans for your projects, as may some practical work such as finishing. Visits to museums, craft fairs or jewellery shows and other research will also support your progress.

How will my progress be assessed?

Progress is informally assessed through discussing the work individually with the tutor, as well as with the group and through self reflection which may be recorded in your Individual Learning Plan and/or your 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 help build a portfolio for application to further or higher education courses. Consider working within the jewellery industry.

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

We have a fully equipped craft workshop with larger machinery as well as hand tools for students to use. Included in your course fee is an allowance to cover use of general consumables such as saw blades, emery papers, solder, and base metals in small amounts. If you plan to use precious metals or gemstones, or particularly large amounts of other consumables, then you are required to supply these yourself. Your tutor will provide details of suppliers and help with ordering as needed during the course. It is good practice to keep a notebook or sketchbook for design work, ideas and to make technical notes for future reference.

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 (, in the Guide and the Student handbook, or from teaching or Reception staff.