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Jewellery and Silversmithing: Foundation (10 credit points)

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 14th January 2019 (Code JS001-201) Mondays from
14th January 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm • (10 classes)
Q24 Jewellery Workshop, ECA • Tutor: Jenny Deans BA Design and Applied Arts
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

In this foundation course, students will be taught the basic jewellery making techniques of saw-piercing, soldering, texturing, roll-printing and forming. Each student will make their own set of simple saw-pierced stud earrings and a basic ring using these techniques. Research and development of design ideas will be taught to allow students to confidently design their own unique pieces, applying the skills they have learnt. These designs will then be made into individual student projects during the remainder of the course.

Students will use various construction methods and be introduced to a variety of materials, such as copper, brass and silver.

Please note - this is a credit course and has an integrated digital component.  All students enrolled on credit courses are required to matriculate through the university student system EUCLID. If you do not do so you will not be able to access information provided by your tutor nor will you be able to submit work for assessment. Please read our Studying for Credit Guide, Rules and Regulations for more information.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous experience of jewellery and silversmithing required.

Special Information


Material you will need to bring for the first night

glasses if you need them for close up work

Any other core materials you will require for the course

In addition to the course fee, students are expected to provide the following list of indicative tools, materials and equipment:

Research for personal projects


Content of Course

The course teaching is typically delivered over weekly class sessions of around 3 hours each and totaling 30 hours. Alternatively, the course can be delivered more intensely or as a block if required.

Over the class sessions the course will cover:

demonstration and practice of Saw-piercing, soldering and shaping

look at and practice making a simple ring

discussion of personal projects followed by experimentations and test pieces to develop ideas

start production of personal project pieces

continue working on personal project pieces

finish work on personal project pieces


Teaching method(s)

The teaching will be based and delivered in specialist art and design studios or workshops and will typically include a range of practical exercises, introductions to techniques, processes and concepts, and set projects which lead to more focused and personal exploration. Over the course, students’ progress will be monitored and supported by the tutor.  Teaching will include practical demonstrations, one to one tuition, group discussions and critiques.

For work required to be undertaken after the class hours are complete, the course tutor will set students a ‘directed study plan’ which can be undertaken without the need for specialist workshops or access to models.

Directed study will include research into a range of suggested artists and their associated movements to engender a contextual awareness. Students are expected to demonstrate how their research has informed their work through annotated sketchbooks, a visual digital journal and practical outcomes. 

The Directed Study Plan will include preparing evidence of research and practical work to form an appropriate presentation for assessment.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Research, context and ideas (33.3%)

Use a range of strategies effective for recording and developing ideas and concepts, drawing from source material and moving these studies into varied designs for pieces of jewellery, supported by contextual references.

Practice, skills and techniques (33.3%)

Demonstrate a confidence in working with a range of basic metalworking techniques, such as saw-piercing, soldering and shaping to make a series of test pieces and samples which could include paper or wire models, leading to at least 1 finished piece.

Selection, presentation and reflection (33.3%)

Demonstrate an appropriate judgment to document select, edit and present your work in an appropriate way for assessment, giving a context to the finished work.



Core Readings

Suggested Readings

GALE, E., and LITTLE, A., 2000, Jewellery making, London: Hodder Headline; Lincolnwood, ILL: NTC/Contemporary Publishing

McCREIGHT, T., 1991, The complete metal smith: an illustrated handbook, Worcester, MA: Davis Publications

WATKINS, D., 1999, Design sourcebook: jewellery, London: New Holland Publishers

      YOUNG, A., 2008, Jewellery materials sourcebook, London: A&C Black


Details of the Art and Design assessment requirements can be found on the short course website. Please click on the following link for more information: Submission and Assessment Information

Studying for Credit

If you choose to study for credit you will need to allocate significant time outwith classes for coursework and assessment preparation. Credit points gained from this course can count towards the Certificate of Higher Education.


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.