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Brief description

Working on tutor led pre-set exercises or personal projects you can use our well-equipped workshop to develop your skills and awareness of contemporary jewellery.

Course Outline

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is aimed at people who want to develop their jewellery making skills without working towards a formal qualification. It suits people at any skill level who want further their knowledge and practical ability in a structured learning environment.

Course description in brief

This is a practical jewellery making class for mixed ability students. It will introduce you to a range of enamelling techniques and create a portfolio of work. You will design and make your own enamelled jewellery for you to keep.

By the end of the course I will have learned:

    • I will have practical experience of a range of enamelling and jewellery making techniques
    • I will show evidence of my skills through a portfolio of work
    • I will further my design skills through personal research and by keeping a sketchbook
    • I will have confidence to discuss my own work and the work of my peers
    • I will be familiar with health and safety issues in the jewellery workshop

Do I need any skills, experience or qualifications before I join the course?

No previous experience or qualifications are required for this course.

What equipment will I need for the course?

All tools are provided in the jewellery workshop, but students may wish to invest in some smaller items for personal use. Non precious and some precious metal can be purchased through the tutor, but students are recommended to purchase their own supply of precious metal as the course progresses. Students should bring their own sketchbook and writing material and it is advisable to have a folder to keep handouts and research material. As this is a practical course, students should dress accordingly and it is advisable to wear an apron to protect your clothes.

What materials will I need for the course?

All materials will need to be purchased. We sell copper sheet at £1.50

What activities will I take part in and how will my course be structured?

  • College and course induction
  • Health and safety in the workshop
  • Individual project, working on own designs using core skills through tutor-led demonstrations and guidance
  • Maintaining a personal sketchbook/technical journal and developing individual design skills

The course will be structured through a combination of tutor-led sessions, group discussion and individual progression.

What will be expected of me in terms of personal or time commitment?

We hope that you will attend all the classes. The duration of each session is 2 hours.

We ask that you arrive on time and let us know in advance if you will not be attending. There will be no formal homework given throughout the course, but it is advisable to undertake some of your design and research projects outside of the session time. This is to maximise the practical time you have in the jewellery workshop.

How will my learning be assessed and reviewed?

Although there is no formal assessment, there will be ongoing informal reviews and discussions.

Students are expected to contribute to group discussions regarding their own work and the work of their peers. Self and peer assessment is encouraged. The tutor will have discussions with each student regarding their own progress, this is to review and assess their individual achievements.

What could I go on to do after I have finished the course?

Once the course has finished there are many options available.

  • Students can continue on the leisure courses that are on offer and take their skills further as the techniques that are taught are always expanding.
  • Students may wish to pursue a formal qualification with an accredited jewellery course at Swarthmore.
  • They may want to expand their general arts and craft knowledge by doing another leisure course in a different area.

There will be the opportunity to discuss your options towards the end of the course with the tutor to obtain guidance.

How will I say what I think about the course?

You will have many opportunities throughout the duration of the course to discuss your views, both in group discussions and individually with your tutor. As a leisure course it is important that the content meets your expectations and needs, so please let you tutor know of any issues.

You will complete a simple feedback form at the end of your course

Available timetables for this course

Please make a note of the course Ref for the course you are interested in.

Course Ref Hours per week Days(s) Time Course Dates Costs
S533b 2 Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 9 Jan to 20 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £94.00; A rate £67.00 (funder_code:S)
S534b 2 Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 10 Jan to 21 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £94.00; A rate £67.00 (funder_code:S)
S535b 2 Thursday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 11 Jan to 22 Mar 2018 (10 weeks) Full rate £121.00; R rate £94.00; A rate £67.00 (funder_code:S)

Course Funding

Swarthmore provides a variety of courses some of which are subsidised by public funding.

Courses with course codes pre-fixed by a letter ‘F’, ‘L’ or ‘N’ are subsidised and have age restrictions.

  • ‘F’: courses are accredited and are funded by the ‘Skills Funding Agency’ for those aged 16 and over.
  • ‘L’ & ‘N’ courses for those aged 19 and over.
  • ‘L’ courses are supported by Leeds City Council for Leeds Metropolitan area residents, priority given to those living in disadvantaged areas, people not in employment and/or in receipt of benefits, those with low skills, no qualifications, disadvantaged groups or individuals with specific needs e.g. lone parents, BAME groups, adults with LDD.

For information funding and eligibility see the ‘costs’ page.

Unless stated otherwise - all courses take place at Swarthmore Education Centre Leeds

What next?

To enrol in a course complete the enrolment form on the download page using the correct course reference (Course Ref) from above.