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Design and Make Jewellery - Monday Morning Mixed Level

Course Description

This flexible course will address practical and creative needs of individuals who would like to improve and enhance their making and design skills.

Location: Camden

Course Requirements

All levels welcome. Beginners will be given set technical projects to learn the basics such as cutting, forming and soldering and receive guidance on designing their first jewellery pieces. Experienced learners can choose to follow a theme or bring their own ideas to explore.

Course Content

Besides learning and improving on technical skills, this course offers lots of interesting tips and tricks on design. You'll get all the answers on how to make your pieces strong and wearable, such as: the optimal thickness of a bangle; the best positioning of a brooch pin; and the best way to position a bail on a pendant. Besides that, you'll be guided step-by-step to work on pieces that are unique to your personality, which is perfect for the hobbyist, or if you're thinking of developing your own collection to sell. There are optional 10- to 15-minute exercises such as sketching and model making, which you can watch and complete at home, if you need the time in class to use the tools and machinery. Course outcomes include: design and make (more) attractive and interesting jewellery; explore themes and concepts related to your personal interests, heritage and background; get practical advice on the design and placement of fittings and findings, so that your jewellery is strong and durable; improve on judging the scale, weight and and proportion of your jewellery; learn about precious metals, hallmarking and the use of mixed media materials in jewellery; lose the fear of sketching and model making. Class-wide projects are optional, and experienced students are welcome to work on and progress with their own designs.

Teaching and Learning Methods

The tutor will support you with you personal projects or offer projects for you to develop. They will also demonstrate various techniques and approaches. You will receive handouts and diagrams. There will be practical activities, individual tuition, occassional group discussions, and recommendations for books, websites and exhibitions. All resources used within each lesson are available electronically. In addition to the classes, you will be encouraged to keep a notebook/sketchbook to collect inspirational images, make notes, keep technical handouts, and develop your ideas. 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, artist, websites for you to visit to enrich your study.

Assessment

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 and during 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

Learners can progress on the same course working every term on increasingly complex projects or choose other jewellery courses. You may wish to develop your skills and practice in more depth with a Level 1 or 2 accredited jewellery course. See our wide range of offers and specialised Studio classes within our jewellery and creative arts department at WMC. Advice and Guidance for all further study is available from the Curriculum Manager by request.

Additional Information

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 learners’ needs. Provision of assistive equipment is available and access support can be provided through reasonable adjustments, subject to an interview with the ALS team and/or the Disability Officer. Digital Learning support is available in the Learning Centre at our Camden site. Careers and employability advice and guidance is also available to all learners.

Additional Costs

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.
CAMDEN
44 Crowndale Road
NW1 1TR
Tel: 020 7255 4700
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk
KENTISH TOWN
7 Leighton Place
NW5 2QL
Tel: 020 7241 8572
Email: learnerservices@wmcollege.ac.uk