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Design and Make a Piece of Jewellery

School of Jewellery interiorCourse description

During the course, you will be introduced to the basic skills and methods needed to transform silver into a simple piece of jewellery. You will use the traditional tools and techniques for making jewellery and be involved in the design process.

The course will guide you through the art of shaping and joining metal, so that you can create a wearable form from your own design and understand the fundamental methods of constructing jewellery.

All tools and metals will be provided during the course and any finished work will be yours to keep.

The course also includes a day studying diamonds as an introduction to gemmology, which will be based at our new facility within the prestigious Birmingham Assay Office. You will also visit the Jewellery Quarter Museum, situated in the heart of Birmingham’s historical Jewellery Quarter, and the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Please note that you will be in a workshop environment where health and safety regulations will need to be followed to ensure safe working practice.

What will you study?

Week 1

You will be introduced to the tools and basic techniques required to cut, form and join metals. Your tutor will involve you in the design development process to encourage your individuality and creative application of the techniques learnt.

Week 2

You will experience shaping and joining techniques in copper to explore final design ideas, as well as using drawing and rendering techniques to communicate design proposals. You will be introduced to diamonds and have the opportunity to handle these using specific gemmological equipment.

Week 3

You will be supported by your tutor to realise your personal design proposal in silver, producing a finished piece of jewellery.

Additional Information

Academic status: Practice-based (non-credit bearing)
Faculty: Arts, Design and Media 

Dates: 17 July - 5 August 2017 (three weeks)
Venue: School of Jewellery
English language requirements: No formal qualification will be needed, although all classes will be taught in English.
Academic pre-requisites: Level 3 or equivalent
Fee: £2,000