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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 2B: Fundamentals of Designing and Making Silver (DESI08146)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course provides an introduction for year two and direct entry level students to practices associated with the designing and making of studio silver.. The students will be introduced to fundamental silversmithing design skills, utilising a range of materials, through critically underpinned, practice-led teaching.

Key visual research methods will be conveyed through short thematic projects and set technical exercises. Students will be able to apply learnt design process skills towards the production of a range of prototypes and finished pieces. Students will be introduced to creative methods of research in response to project briefs through sketching ideas, the generation of design books as well as methods of model making from 2D into 3D forms. Processes will be recorded via the means of a technical sketchbook.
Course description Students are introduced to the discipline of Silversmithing through a series of short thematic projects. Students are encouraged to explore outcomes using a range of techniques that demonstrate sophisticated material handling and innovative creative responses.

The subject reflects an open minded approach to designing and making whilst encouraging appropriate choices of materials. Methods of research include drawing, photography and visiting public collections that encourage students to develop varied approaches to visual research and recording from both primary and secondary sources. The intention of this course is to equip the students with a fundamental understanding of the design process through the selection and editing of appropriate visual resource material, developing an understanding of the design process through making and the communication of an idea through various methods such as oral and visual presentations explaining the research and design process of completed work.



This course complements Jewellery and Silversmithing 1B: Objects, Materials and Narrative, but has no pre-requisites and takes into account the direct-entry Y2 students without prior experience of metal working and tool handling coming into the department. Students will be expected to have foundational design knowledge acquired in first year or equivalent for direct entry students. The design briefs and technical teaching will be challenging and enable students to acquire discipline-specific practice-led learning at a more developed level to consider function, form and scale.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements This course is only available to students in the School of Design.
Additional Costs Small costs for materials i.e. base metals and 3D modelling materials. Shouldn't exceed £40
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  15
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 44, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 4, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 36, External Visit Hours 3, Formative Assessment Hours 0.5, Summative Assessment Hours 0.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 108 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Components for Assessment - Formative - All LOs are equally weighted:

1 - Visual and Contextual research in the form of at least 1 x research sketchbook with compiled reflective notes, printed information and visual primary and secondary research. 1 x drawing portfolio (studio and location), with initial 2D and 3D 'sketches'. (L01)

2- 2D and 3D preparatory prototypes and models in response to technical exercises and project briefs. Critical reflections on other artists' work. Technical notebook including detailed notes on processes, annotated sketches, technical samples, and further research into technical theory supported by excerpts from textbooks and further samples of techniques not shown in class. (LO2)

3 - 500 word written reflection (LO3)


Components for Assessment - Summative - All LOs are equally weighted:

1 - Visual and Contextual research in the form of at least 1 x research sketchbook with compiled reflective notes, printed information and visual primary and secondary research. 1 x drawing portfolio (studio and location), with initial 2D and 3D 'sketches' (LO1)

2 - 2D and 3D preparatory prototypes and models in response to technical exercises and project briefs. Technical notebook including detailed notes on processes, annotated sketches, technical samples, and further research into technical theory supported by excerpts from textbooks and further samples of techniques not shown in class. Critical reflections on other artists' work (LO2)

3 - Finished work (3D objects and design drawings) presented and communicated through a curated PDF digital design book highlighting key stages of process (20 pages minimum) and oral presentation. Evidence of process/development in response to project briefs. 500 word written reflection (LO3)


Feedback Assessments will be 100% Coursework based
Formative: mid-semester assessment. Verbal Feedback will be provided within 15 working days.

Visual and Contextual research in the form of at least 1 x research sketchbook with compiled reflective notes, printed information and visual primary and secondary research. 1 x drawing portfolio (studio and location), with initial 2D and 3D 'sketches' (LO1)

2D and 3D preparatory prototypes and models in response to technical exercises and project briefs. Critical reflections on other artists' work. Technical notebook including detailed notes on processes, annotated sketches, technical samples, and further research into technical theory supported by excerpts from textbooks and further samples of techniques not shown in class. (LO2)

500 word written reflection (LO3)

Summative: end-semester assessment. Written Feedback will be provided within 15 working days
Students will submit the following via Learn against learning Outcomes:
Visual and Contextual research in the form of at least 1 x research sketchbook with compiled reflective notes, printed information and visual primary and secondary research. 1 x drawing portfolio (studio and location), with initial 2D and 3D 'sketches' (LO1)

2D and 3D preparatory prototypes and models in response to technical exercises and project briefs. Technical notebook including detailed notes on processes, annotated sketches, technical samples, and further research into technical theory supported by excerpts from textbooks and further samples of techniques not shown in class. Critical reflections on other artists' work (LO2)

Finished work (3D objects and design drawings) presented and communicated through a curated PDF digital design book highlighting key stages of process (20 pages minimum) and oral presentation. Evidence of process/development in response to project briefs. 500 word written reflection (LO3)

No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Generate a wide range of practical, theoretical and visual research in response to object making/silversmithing project themes.
  2. Use a range of research, design and innovative methods, some complex, to investigate personal lines of enquiry using materials associated with the discipline.
  3. Resolve studio work demonstrating a variety of refined techniques and outcomes relevant to the discipline
Reading List
- Cane, K. 'Making and Drawing'. A&C Black Visual Arts (2012).
- Cherry, N 'Jewellery Design and Development from Concept to Object' Bloomsbury Publishing, (2013)
- Codina,C. 'Handbook of Jewellery Techniques' A & C Black Lark Books (2000)
- Codina, C. Jewellery and silversmithing techniques. London : A & C Black, (2002)
- McCreight, T. 'Complete Metalsmith: an illustrated handbook'. Davis Publications (1982)
- Rowe, Michael. The Colouring, Bronzing and Patination of Metals: A Manual for Fine Metalworkers, Sculptors and Designers. Watson-Guptill, (1991)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Technical competence and awareness in a metalworking workshop and studio environment
An awareness of health and safety practices in a metalworking workshop and studio environment
Understanding and application of visual research methods in the context of the discipline (primary and secondary)
Translating gathered visual research into finished three dimensional outcomes.
Self-organisation and time management (self-led projects and independent technical exploration)
Communication of ideation and critical reflection through sketchbooks and oral presentations in a group and individual context.
Craft competence, understanding, awareness of disciplinary history and context
KeywordsObject,Metal,Materials,Design,Design Process,Development Process,Making,Studio,Practice
Contacts
Course organiserMs Heather Woof
Tel: (0131 6)51 5807
Email: hwoof@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
Email: jane.thomson@ed.ac.uk
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