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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing: Foundation (LLLA07239)

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
SummaryThis course will teach basic jewellery making techniques of saw-piercing, soldering, texturing, roll-printing and forming.
Course description Academic Description
In this foundation course, students will be taught the basic jewellery making techniques of saw-piercing, soldering, texturing, roll-printing and forming. Each student will make their own simple piece of saw-pierced jewellery and a basic ring using these techniques. Research and development of design ideas will be taught to allow students to confidently design their own unique pieces, applying the skills they have learnt. These designs will then be made into individual student projects during the remainder of the course.

Students will use various construction methods and be introduced to a variety of materials, such as copper, brass and silver.

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 Saw-piercing, soldering and shaping
- Look at and practice making a simple ring
- Discussion of personal projects followed by experimentations and test pieces to develop ideas
- Start production of personal project pieces
- Continue working on personal project pieces
- Finish work on 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, 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 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
- Rolling mills
- Soldering equipment and materials
- Drills
- 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 - sheet metal, wire and tube
- Sterling Silver - Sheet metal, wire and tube
- 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)
- Apron
- Sketchbook
- Pencils/ drawing equipment
- Lighter

NB - 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:  9
Course Start Lifelong Learning - Session 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 78 )
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 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: 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 jewellery, supported by contextual references.
  2. Practice, skills and techniques: Demonstrate a confidence in working with a range of basic metalworking techniques, such as saw-piercing, 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. Present your finished pieces in an appropriate way for assessment, giving context to the finished work. Final work will be finished to your best abilities and will demonstrate appropriate finesse.
Reading List
Suggested Readings
GALE, E., and LITTLE, A., 2000, Jewellery making, London: Hodder Headline; Lincolnwood, ILL: NTC/Contemporary Publishing
McCREIGHT, T., 1991, The complete metal smith: an illustrated handbook, Worcester, MA: Davis Publications
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 Basic 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,saw-piercing,soldering,texturing,roll-printing and forming,techniques,base metals
Course organiser Jenny Deans
Course secretaryMs Kameliya Skerleva
Tel: (0131 6)51 1855
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