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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 2a (DESI08107)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course Jewellery and Silversmithing 2a reinforces key technical skills and theory central to understanding and making within this specialist area.

You will work on a series of technical exercises of differing time frames and increasing complexity. These techniques will introduce an appropriate range of resistant materials, beginning with metals and their associated technical processes and characteristics to enable you to form a considered understanding of their use within the subject. The course will help develop intellectual and academic skills and an integrated approach between theory and practice.

You will be encouraged to develop an iterative creative process to help enable you to achieve competent standards of craftsmanship, integrated with the ability to effectively utilise materials and processes in the pursuit of innovative outcomes to a high level of professionalism.

Seminars and talks will explore how practitioners personally respond to briefs to resolve problems or technical considerations in the designing and making of functional and non-functional artefacts.
Course description Jewellery and Silversmithing 2a will provide the opportunity to study a range of core technical studio techniques and key materials and tools central to the discipline.

This course introduces you to the field of contemporary jewellery and metalwork its historical precedents, as well as introductory design methods including ways to generate ideas and concepts to develop designs. Students will explore resistant materials that form the foundation of the subject, learning to problem solve and comprehend how to complete work in response to set briefs.

You will be asked to document and record the technical instruction you receive and apply to making a range of technical exercises. This should be achieved through a bench technical notebook, for notes made while you are making and being lectured. A further more resolved project book should capture the iterative process and development of work and have personal reflective notes accompanying images.

Studio work /exercises will be undertaken in metal and in a range of forms (wire, rod, sheet, scrap and grain) starting with copper, brass and gilding metal and then progressing on to silver. Short projects centred on these techniques with different time frames will build with increasing complexity to make a range of small-scale objects to practice making skills and basic design theory.

These projects will assist in the development of a design/develop/make/evaluate and present ethos - culminating in final pieces of work and typically include:
1) Measuring and cutting
2) Construction techniques
3) Forming and shaping
4) Design and theory
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 Year 2 students are required to purchase their own specialist tool kit (at discount) from a tool supplier at the start of year. They are sent a tool list which is all the items are purchased comes to approximately £300.

In addition material consumables (metal and blades/ drills etc.) for this course are estimated at around £60.
Course Delivery Information
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Investigate the application and competent use of a range of appropriate technical and material forms of knowledge and theory related to the discipline of Jewellery and Silversmithing.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the theoretical and technical complexities of designing and making as related to Jewellery and Silversmithing.
  3. Communicate technical expertise and the application of creative design/technical solutions in response to jewellery and silversmithing related problems and exercises.
Reading List
McCreight, T. Complete Metalsmith : an illustrated handbook. Davis Publications (1982)
Dormer, P. New jewellery : trends and traditions. London, Thames and Hudson (1994)
Mansell, A. Adorn : new jewellery. London, Laurence King (2008)
Codina, C. Jewellery and silversmithing techniques. London : A & C Black, (2002)
Brepohl, E. Theory & practice of goldsmithing, Portland, Maine : Brynmorgen Press, (2001)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Technical competence and awareness (in studio);
Safe working/handling tools and process (workshops and studio);
Self-organisation and time management (technical exercises);
Craft competence, understanding, awareness of disciplinary history and context.
Course organiserMrs Jenny Gray
Tel: (0131 6)51 5805
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
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