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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 2b (DESI08108)

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 develops existing knowledge and practices in Jewellery and Silversmithing, introducing further experimental creative processes with a focus on colour, surface and texture.

Students are encouraged to develop a clear iterative process that explores these techniques, enriching their creative vocabulary. Further exposure to the specialism through exhibition visits will assist students in evaluating, presenting and reflecting on their work and practices within a contemporary context.
The course aims to extend critical knowledge of practitioners and their own practices whilst developing personal responses to creative projects briefs.
Course description This course introduces students to advanced jewellery and Silversmithing techniques, including stone setting, enamelling, plastic, resin and refractive metals (Titanium and Aluminium) that can be anodised and heat coloured. These techniques and materials will be aligned to the wider ethos of contemporary jewellery and related objects and how they have been utilised and interpreted by designers and makers.

These technical classes will lead to a deeper understanding of the design, craftsmanship and commercial manufacture of applied art. The theory and practices involved in working with live competitions and client led briefs will be explored in greater depth.

Students will experience the complete design process of research, development, making and resolution, through the design and production of an original, personal and contemporary piece of work, incorporating techniques learnt on the course to date.

These project(s) will assist in the development of a design - develop - make - evaluate and present ethos. Work will be collated in a project book that captures the iterative process and development of work and have personal reflective notes accompanying images.
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 Having previously purchased your 2nd year toolkit (approx. £300 in semester 1) this semester's costs are only material consumables (stone, enamel, metal and blades/ drills etc.) for this course and are estimated at approx. £60.
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate evidence of practical and theoretical research in response to jewellery and silversmithing projects and themes.
  2. Select design approaches through the use of rigorous, iterative and innovative research methods.
  3. Resolve studio work demonstrating a variety of appropriate techniques and outcomes appropriate to the discipline.
Reading List
Strosahl, J + Barnhart, C A manual of Cloisonne & Champleve enamelling, Thames and Hudson, (1982)
Darty L, The Art of Enamelling, Lark Books, (2004)
Game, A + Goring, E. Jewellery Moves, Ornament for the 21st Century. NMS Publishing, (1998)
Olver, L The Art of Jewellery Design. A and C Black Publisher, (2001)
Shillito, A Digital Crafts, London, Bloomsbury, (2013)
Cherry, N Jewellery Design and Development from Concept to Object Bloomsbury Publishing, (2013)
Murphy, K Resin Jewellery, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, (2005)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Technical competence and awareness (in studio);
Conceptual design development (Studio and Design);
Reflective creative practices (studio and industry);
Safe working/ handling tools and process (workshops and studio);
Self-organisation and time management (technical exercises);
Awareness of disciplinary history and context (industry and practitioners);
Introduction of competitive design work and client led briefs.
KeywordsMaterials,skills,technologies,tools,research,design thinking
Course organiserMs Susan Cross
Tel: 0131 221 6238
Course secretaryMrs Gill Lowther
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