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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery Techniques: Precious Metals and Sand Casting (LLLA07242)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryCreate distinctive jewellery with exploration into traditional sand casting techniques using precious metals.
Course description This course offers those with some experience of foundation jewellery skills the opportunity to explore the use of precious metals and traditional uses of sand casting techniques. Focusing on small-scale castings, students will create unique contemporary jewellery using individually hand-made two-part moulds which use found objects as the component to be duplicated. The components made by casting will be using sterling silver only, but also does not preclude the use of other materials in the final design.

Outline of Content
The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.
Over the class sessions the course will cover:

- Step-by-step demonstration of making the two-part moulds.
- How to melt and pour molten silver into prepared moulds
- Experiment with multiple castings using a variety of found objects to gain a better understanding of the process itself and to which forms, produce the best results.
- Development of personal projects with one-to-one tuition, followed by experiments with test samples to further develop design ideas relating to their research.
- Exploring the relationship between three-dimensional design and how it relates to the body.
- Production and presentation of final project designs.

The Learning Experience
The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students' progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor. Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a 'directed study plan' which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists or designers with reflection on the context of contemporary jewellery within visual culture and the relationship between the design and function. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes.
The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  10
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 30, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 68 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment (required for all credit courses).
(Occurs in weeks 6 or 7 of the 10 week course)

A formative assessment session will occur in week 6 or 7 of the taught element of the course. Each student will undertake a 5 minute verbally presentation with their practical work in progress to other members of the class group followed by a 5 minute group critique supported by the course tutor. Each student will also electronically submit their work in progress digital journal to the course tutor.

Indicative and supportive feedback will be summarised in written form on the digital journal which will give an indication of what areas requires to be address in order to meet the published learning outcomes. This will comprise of short written summary of action points.

Summative Assessment
(Occurs at least 2 weeks after the last taught class)

Two weeks after the end of the class teaching, this course will be assessed by the submission of:

A digital journal documenting a summary of the learning journey as evidenced in the portfolio
(Indicate time spent: 20 hours)
This will include a summary of idea development, media exploration, contextual research, critical reflection and outcomes through notes, annotation, illustration and photography.

A portfolio of visual art/design works
(Indicate time spent: 80 hours)
This will include a selection of resolved design works, sketchbook works, preparatory studies, visual research and evidence of a contextual awareness.

The Digital Journal and Portfolio must be presented in a clear and professional manner appropriate to the discipline. The submission should include work undertaken within the class as well as directed and independent study out with the class.

The combined Digital Journal and Portfolio submission will be assessed against the three learning outcomes for this course. These are equally weighted (33.3% each) and each will be given a percentage grade. To pass, students must achieve a minimum of 30% in each learning outcome and an overall combined mark of 40% minimum.
Feedback Formative Assessment
This will comprise of short written summary of action points of areas requiring addressing to meet the learning outcomes - but no indicative grades will be given.

Summative Assessment
On completion the assessment - each student will receive a % mark for each learning outcome along with written feedback putting in context the % mark and outlines areas for development.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Research, context and ideas: Demonstrate a range of working practices and strategies for recording and developing a visual journal, which explore themes and inspirations to develop personal design projects, supported by contextual research and references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate an enhanced knowledge and confidence in jewellery making through the use of precious metals and traditional uses of sand casting techniques.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection: Demonstrate appropriate judgment to document select, edit and present design ideas and make at least 1 finished piece, that shows a clear correlation between the research, ideas and resolved work.
Reading List
Suggested Reading
McCreight, T., 1991. The Complete Metalsmith. Worcester, Mass.: Davis Publications.
Astfalck, J., Broadhead, C., and Derrez, P., 2005. New Directions In Jewellery. London: Black Dog Pub.
Mansell, A., Adorn. 2008. London, U.K.: Laurence King Publishing.
McGrath, J., 2005. The Jeweller's directory of decorative finishes, London : A & C Black Publishers.
McGrath, Jinks., 2007. Jewellery Making: A Complete course for beginners. London.
Astfalck, J., 2006. New Directions in Jewellery 2. London : Black Dog Pub.
Woolton, C.,2011. Drawing Jewels for Fashion. Munich: Prestel.

Journal and periodicals
Dazzle : Modern Contemporary Jewellery, 2016. Available at: 13 Apr. 2016.
Welcome To Craft Scotland - The Home Of Scottish Craft, 2016. Available at: www.Craftscotland. Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
Welcome To The Crafts Council. Available at: Web. 13 Apr. 2016.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding of sand casting techniques.
Applied use of three-dimensional design.
Research and reflection on the context of contemporary jewellery within visual culture.
Course organiserMr Oliver Reed
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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