On this course, you will learn a variety of enamelling techniques and be encouraged to explore colour and surface texture using the process of applying and firing liquid and powdered enamels. The tutor will introduce different fixing techniques to enable you to incorporate your samples into simple jewellery pieces such as a pendant, cufflinks or earrings. All basic materials and equipment provided, including sheet metal.
No previous experience is necessary, however it would be an advantage to have some workshop experience and jewellery making basic skills. Bring a sketchbook.
By the end of the course you will: - Have produced a series of small copper cabochons to incorporate in your own jewellery projects. - Understand the specific Health and Safety requirements relating to enamels and use of the kiln. - Used sgraffito and wet process enamels to produce surface texture and drawn elements. - Experimented with the application of colour; combining layers of texture and colour to a variety of surfaces. - Use transparent and opaque enamels to create texture and organic surfaces. - Have learnt basic metal cutting, drilling, filing and finishing skills. - Looked at contemporary enamelling, understand the different types of enamelling work.
Teaching and Learning Methods
The tutor will use a range of teaching methods during the course, which will include the following: demonstration- both group and individual, one to one tuition, and group discussions. People learn in different ways and have different needs, which will all be taken into account. For example visual and written handouts will be used, or handouts with extra-large print when required. All resources used within each lesson are available electronically. There is no formal homework, however, your tutor may discuss ideas with you individually to help extend your study and for ongoing independent projects and research. Your tutor will also recommend exhibitions, books and websites for you to visit to enrich your study.
There is no exam or formal assessment for this course. However, you will work with your tutor to identify your aims at the beginning of the session and will receive one to one feedback throughout as well as sharing outcomes at the end of the course. There is no formal qualification attached to this course but you can receive a Certificate of Completion from the college on request.
Next Steps and Progression
Once you have completed the course you may choose to enrol on a further term in jewellery or another subject in the Creative Arts department. For Art and Design courses, once you have developed a portfolio of work you could consider applying to the Foundation Diploma in Art and design as a Pathway in to Higher Education. Studio courses are for those learners with some subject knowledge or who have been studying the same subject at the college for 3 full years. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.
For more information please contact the Learner Services Team via Live Chat or phone: 020 7255 4700 or email: LearnerServices@wmcollege.ac.uk
Additional Learning Support
Teachers are supported to ensure their materials are inclusive to meet all learners needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an assessment by the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers advice and guidance is also available to all learners.
WM College is able to provide financial support for course fees, you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, view our Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.