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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 1a (DESI08105)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course introduces students to basic technical studio skills, key research methods and processes of design development within this specialist discipline.

The course introduces students to creative methods of research in response to project briefs. The creative potential of sketching ideas and design books will be explored in depth, and methods of model making from 2D into 3D forms will be introduced.

You will be introduced to a range of introductory Jewellery and Silversmithing core technical skills including cutting, shaping, texturing and constructing metalwork.
Course description Students are introduced to the subject of Jewellery and Silversmithing through technical demonstrations of the key tools of the trade. These include introductions to the studio environment, workshop facilities and workshop tool inductions.

Through a series of short thematic projects, (e.g. the City, the Zoo, Conversation piece and found object jewellery) students are encouraged to explore outcomes in a range of resistant materials, including plastic, fabric and wood as well as metals. The subject is not defined by a single material and the projects reflect an open minded approach to designing and making whilst encouraging appropriate choices of materials that are often recycled, sustainable or have material qualities suitable to the communication of your design ideas.

Methods of research include drawing, photography and visiting public collections through themed projects that encourage students to develop approaches to visual research and recording from both primary and secondary sources.

The intention of this course is to equip the students with a basic understanding of the design process through the selection and editing of appropriate resource material, developing an understanding of the design process through material making and the conclusion of an idea through various communication methods such as oral and visual presentations explaining research and design process of completed work.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements If this course is core to your programme you will be automatically enrolled, for all other students, including Design students, the course is open on a first come first served basis until the course is full. Where a course depends on some technical proficiency, PTs are encouraged to help students check with the appropriate Course Organiser regarding suitability, eg if student has previous external practical experience. The course will be open to enrolments from Thursday 13th September at 9.30am. Please sign up for the course through your own School (they will advise if this is done your PT, SSO or Teaching Office). We do not currently keep a waiting list.
Additional Costs Material charges for consumable tools (drills and saw blades) plus materials (metals and plastics etc.) are paid on an individual basis on what is used, but can be estimated at around £60.

Local trips to museum collections (National Museums Scotland) are normally free unless for special exhibitions.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding and awareness of core technical and theoretical themes appropriate to studio Jewellery and Silversmithing.
  2. Explore techniques and processes associated with the discipline and identify appropriate directions for personal design development.
  3. Communicate a personal and professional approach to documenting and developing ideas centered on your subject discipline.
Reading List
McCreight, T. Complete Metalsmith : an illustrated handbook. Davis Publications (1982)
Cane, K. Making and Drawing. A&C Black Visual Arts (2012)
Gale, E. and A. Little, Jewellery Making. Teach Yourself Books (2000)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Technical competence and awareness (in studio);
Safe working (workshops and studio);
Understanding and application of research methods (Sketch books and model making);
Self-organisation and time management (project briefs and technical exercises);
Communication (presentations at reviews and critiques).
KeywordsJewellery,Silversmithing,Research,Drawing,Design Development,Making,Techniques,Materials
Course organiserMs Mirka Janeckova
Tel: (0131 6)51 5448
Course secretaryMs Georgia Dodsworth
Tel: (0131 6)51 5712
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