On this course, you will learn a range of jewellery making and surface decoration techniques including annealing, bending, piercing, filing, soldering and polishing, becoming familiar with tools such as the rolling mill, chasing and forging hammers, metal stamps and the torch. Returning learners are welcome as each term offers a new theme and the opportunity to learn new, and improve, current skills. All basic materials and equipment provided, including sheet metal.
No prior knowledge or experience is necessary to enrol on this course. If you are interested in a specialist technique not listed or described in the course description, please contact the Curriculum manager before enrolling, to find out if it is possible for us to accommodate this.
This course will introduce you to various ways to create exciting textures on metal surfaces before turning them into unique pieces of jewellery. You will experiment and produce samples in copper and brass by using various jewellery making machines and tools such as the rolling mill, chasing and forging hammers, metal stamps and the torch to create the textures. Then you will learn and use various traditional jewellery making techniques, such as annealing, piercing, filing, and soldering, to create bespoke pieces of jewellery out of the textured metals (copper, brass or silver). By the end of the course, you will be able to: use a range of machines and tools to create textured metal samples; use a range of traditional jewellery making techniques like piercing, annealing, scoring, filing and soldering to create exciting pieces of jewellery; work with tools and equipment safely and correctly; create at least one surface textured piece of jewellery in copper, brass or silver.
Teaching and Learning Methods
You will learn through: demonstrations, class discussions, practical tasks, knowledge sharing amongst learners, individual tutorials, hand outs, slide shows and videos. You will work at your own pace and be given feedback on your progress. If you have additional learning support needs, you will be signposted to support. At the end of the course the tutor will assess your progress and advise you on the next step. 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 this subject 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 on 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 with course fees and you may be eligible based on prior qualifications, if you are on a low income or on benefits. For more information and to find out if you are eligible, go to the Fees & Finance page on our website or contact the Learner Services team via Live Chat or on 020 7255 4700.