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Undergraduate Course: Jewellery and Silversmithing 3a: Limited Edition - Design for production (DESI09100)

Course Outline
SchoolEdinburgh College of Art CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a LIVE externally linked project that follows a complete design cycle as you take your own design to manufacture and market; Concept to 2D design / 3D Prototype to Manufacture/ Exhibition to Sale.
Course description This course introduces students to a range of methods of digital design and manufacture related to jewellery and silversmithing design and production. Theory and concepts exploring the handmade vs machine made will be investigated and discussed through seminar and research activities.

Studio and design work involves the students working collaboratively both internally with other design students at (ECA) and externally with companies, suppliers and manufacturers.

A study visit to the factory is important both to meet the manufacturers and understand the process from an industrial and commercial perspective underlies the live nature of the course work and the project deadlines that culminate in a selling exhibition of work made on this course.

Students learn to cost and value their time while working to these deadlines and appreciate that they may need to collaborate as a designer with industry to achieve commercial work within the market place.

The course syllabus includes:
1) A lecture and briefing about digital manufacture and batch production jewellery
2) Design work. CAD classes in 2D and 3D modelling and studio inductions to laser cutting, scanning, CNC milling etc.
3) A factory visit to a jewellery manufacturer
4) Proto typing and production bench work
5) A selling exhibition with marketing and advertising
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs RP and mould manufacture costs £50
Casting costs / batch production costs (£100 or more depending on materials and size)
Study to Birmingham £100 (possible ECA year 3 travel awards support)
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Utilise appropriate research methodologies and digital technologies in the development of innovative designs in response to a commercial brief.
  2. Develop a collection of jewellery and or small scale metalwork that utilizes a repeat element of manufacture in its design.
  3. Realise a final collection of work that is communicated and presented professionally to an audience for retail.
Reading List
Digital Crafts, Shillito. A, Bloomsbury p.58+9, 2013 ISBN: 9781408127773
Jewel Book 12/13, Van Damme, Jaak, Stichting Kunstboek bvba, 2012, ISBN 978-90-5856-410-8
Abstracting Craft: The Practiced Digital Hand- McCulough M, MIT Press 1988
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Collaborative working-
Time management
Costing and pricing
CAD training
KeywordsCraft,Digital,Manufacture,Limited edition,Batch production
Course organiserMr Stephen Bottomley
Course secretaryMs Jane Thomson
Tel: (0131 6)51 5713
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