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Undergraduate Course: Wire Jewellery (LLLA07148)

Course Outline
SchoolCentre for Open Learning CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 7 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryManipulate wire in different ways to create a wonderful variety of Jewellery, from rings and bangles to chunky chains and delicate earrings.
Course description Academic Description: During this course students will learn how to use wire to create a range of jewellery pieces, starting with a basic ring. Students will be encouraged to take an experimental approach to playing with wire, Earrings, Rings, Bracelets and Necklaces will all be possible as well as more sculptural objects. Students will design and produce their own personal projects using the techniques they have learnt.

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:
Demonstration and practice of manipulating and twisting wire, making jump rings, and soldering.
Look at and practice making a simple ring
Discussion of personal projects followed by experimentations and test pieces to develop ideas
Techniques needed to complete personal projects will be taught as required on a 1 to 1 basis
Production of personal project pieces

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, student 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 and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. 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
Additional Costs Materials and equipment provided for students as part of the course and included in course fee:

Use of specialist jewellery workshop, tools and equipment including (but not limited to);
Jewellers saws
Hammers and Files
Pliers and Hand tools
Soldering equipment and materials
Forming tools - e.g. doming blocks, mandrels and steaks

Materials and equipment available for purchase during the course: (Estimated cost: £5-£50 depending of usage and metal prices)
Copper and Brass wire
Sterling Silver wire
Silver plated wire
Saw-blades of varying sizes
Sand paper

Essentials Materials and equipment students will need to provide themselves: (Estimated cost: £0 - £5)
Glasses if you need them for close up work
Research for personal projects

Additional recommended materials and equipment students can provide: (Estimated cost: £0 - £10 depending on usage)
Pencils / drawing equipment

Basic Tool List and Suppliers can be provided if the student wishes to purchase their own tools and materials for use at home.
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  8
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio 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: 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: 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 (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 (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 Assessments: 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 Assessments: 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 (33.3%): Use a range of strategies effective for recording and developing ideas and concepts, drawing from source material and moving these studies into varied designs for pieces of wire jewellery, supported by contextual references of contemporary jewellers and how their work has influenced your understanding of contemporary jewellery.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%): Demonstrate a confidence in working with a range of wire jewellery techniques, such as twisting and manipulating wire, soldering and shaping to make a series of test pieces and samples which could include paper or wire models, leading to at least 1 finished piece.
  3. Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%): Demonstrate an appropriate judgement to document select, edit and present your work in an appropriate way for assessment, giving a context to the finished work.
Reading List
Robledo, M., Rower, A. and Rower, H. (2008). Calder jewelry. 1st ed. London: Yale University Press.
Stark, J. and Smith, J. (2007). Classical loop-in-loop chains and their derivatives. 1st ed. London: A & C Black.
Gale, E. and Little, A. (2003). Jewellery making. 1st ed. London: Hodder Education.
Galton, E. (2012). Jewellery design. 1st ed. Switzerland: AVA Academia.
WATKINS, D., (1999), Design sourcebook: jewellery, London: New Holland Publishers
YOUNG, A., (2008), Jewellery materials sourcebook, London: A&C Black
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Wire jewellery making techniques.
Designing jewellery.
Transforming and combining materials.
Ability to undertake research and reflective practice and apply these in the context of jewellery within visual culture.
Keywordsjewellery,jump rings,soldering,rings,wire,catches,techniques,base metals,precious metals
Course organiser Jenny Deans
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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