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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 1b (DESI08106)

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 expands students practical skillsets in studio techniques whilst stretching their creative thinking through the response to increasingly challenging and speculative project briefs. New techniques will be introduced, including stone setting, etching metals and working with resins and plastics.

This course aims to support the development of essential creative methods for researching and evaluating responses to project briefs whilst developing key research and applied design development and communication skills though drawing and presentation.

Resolved 3D work will be produced through a deeper theoretical and practical understanding of how 2D research and design development underpins 3D production process.
Course description Students will be given the opportunity to develop further fundamental studio skills within the discipline of Jewellery and Silversmithing. Students will be introduced to increasingly complex construction techniques such as; silver soldering, riveting and thereby developing confidence with handling tools and materials whilst increasing the vocabulary of production skills. Further working knowledge of associated materials will be gained though technical workshops introducing working with stone and plastics.

This course will be structured around a series of project briefs designed to enhance the students understanding of the discipline, and challenge conventional approaches to both concepts and materials applications of Jewellery and Silversmithing.

Students will explore methods of working with live clients and commission-based work. The course includes visits to key local resources such as the Edinburgh Assay Office, galleries and museum collections, introducing the range of creative work within the specialist discipline and future potential careers or placements.

The courses project briefs also offer the student the opportunity to develop research skills though introductions to established makers and designers, links to public collections and visits to commercial outlets.
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
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a developing awareness of the discipline of Jewellery and Silversmithing through research investigation of a range of sources.
  2. Apply an increasing range of studio skills and understanding in the practical resolution of projects and design challenges.
  3. Communicate and collate ideas and designs in design/sketchbooks, presenting outcomes clearly to an audience.
Reading List
Cane, K. Making and Drawing. A&C Black Visual Arts (2012).
McCreight, T. Complete Metalsmith : an illustrated handbook. Davis Publications (1982)
Gale, E & Little, A Jewellery Making Teach Yourself Books (2000)
Codina, C. Handbook of Jewellery Techniques A & C Black Lark Books (2000)
Watkins,D. Design Sourcebook- Jewellery. New Holland (1999)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Increased technical competence and skills (in studio);
Safe working (workshops and studio);
Developing resources for research investigation (collections, galleries and studio makers);
Self-organisation and time management (project briefs and technical exercises);
Communication (presentations at reviews and critiques).
KeywordsJewellery,Silversmithing,Making,Skills,Process,Techniques,Drawing,Research,Design Development
Course organiserMs Susan Cross
Tel: 0131 221 6238
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
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