Extend your jewellery design and jewellery making skills with the Flux one year, part time Intermediate Certificate in Jewellery Making.
– While strengthening your core jewellery making skills, the Flux Intermediate Certificate in Jewellery gives impetus for your creativity to flourish. The programme of modules for this one year, part time course will raise your existing skills, meanwhile broadening your repertoire to include more complex techniques. This provides inspiration for your creative ideas, also sharpening your problem solving skills.
We put the focus firmly on your personal development, and you’ll be assigned a tutor at the start of the programme. This connection provides us all with a clear avenue for communication. It also ensures that you get the very best experience of learning during your time here.
We have put together a combination of weekend and evening study which we have selected from our full range of courses. The core of your learning is delivered through the Thursday evening sessions that run through the academic year. Additionally these classes provide you with regular weekly contact with your tutor. Then to complement your skills we have selected a series of short specialist courses. Here we introduce new techniques to further enrich your skills and creative development.
How will my learning be structured?
Between September and July you will have attended three 10 week evening courses and 4 specialist weekend courses. Additionally, across the year you will have 3 enriching personal development days with your tutor.You’ll spend an additional weekend at Flux for your exhibition and in total this amounts to more than 180 hours of workshop time. With a maximum ratio of 1 tutor to 6 students this means we can provide the input you need to keep developing to the highest level. To gain the Flux Intermediate Certificate in Jewellery you will need to attend all sessions. (flexibility around dates can be arranged but please discuss this with us in advance).You can see the full timetable at the bottom of this page.
What will I learn?
By the end of this course you will have extended your jewellery making repertoire to include a range of more complex techniques in jewellery making. Having a broad knowledge – and experience – of, for example, stone setting, this gives new perspective to your jewellery designing and problem solving challenges. Meanwhile, through your project work you will further embed and hone those core skills that underpin every jeweller’s practice.
We have a strong interest in your creative development and we will support your creative and jewellery design skills through assignments, project work and study days. However, fabulously creative ideas need to be achievable. Therefore your creative development will be grounded through application. We have planned every project to give you new insight into the possibilities – and limitations – of process and material.
Which techniques will I explore?
Connections – When it comes to making flawless jewellery, good silver soldering skills are key, and you’ll have the opportunity to really hone those skills on the soldering masterclass.
Casting and related processes – we examine a range of approaches to creating solid 3D form. You will explore studio casting techniques including cuttlefish casting and delft casting. Additionally we introduce wax carving as a means for making a model for the lost wax casting process. Learn how to design for one- off jewellery items, or develop a wax original for mass production.
Decorative techniques – Enamelling and etching are on the menu for you this year. Quite diverse in appearance, these techniques can however be used together to great effect.
Stone setting – you will make tension, claw and flush setting samples, as well as settings for more complex or irregular gemstone shapes. Also, you’ll get to explore ways to make use of broken or unwanted beads and stones using the crushed stone inlay technique.
Designing for silver jewellery – designing is of course integral to your project work. Additionally, we structure the Personal Development days to further support your jewellery design skills. On these occasions you will work with your tutor to develop research methods and drawing skills, sketches and presentation skills, and design ideas that will feed your creative output.
What will I produce for the Flux Intermediate Certificate in Jewellery?
Physical objects – Since your creative spirit knows no bounds we cannot precisely say what you will make during your year here, but we can suggest you will produce a minimum of: 3 silver rings, 2 hollow formed pendants and a small lidded box, and a charm and a ring each with a stone setting.You will also have made earrings with silver and keum boo, enamelled pendants and maybe some tags, delft-cast charms, cuttlefish-cast objects, and you will have made a brooch that incorporates metal and textiles.
Sketchbook work, and notes – You will produce at least one sketchbook over the year. In your sketchbook you will record ideas, technical problem solving, sources of inspiration, drawing and sketching exercises and design work. You may like to keep technical notes in your sketchbook too – or if you prefer you may have a separate notebook for these.
Treasury of samples – We find that people best learn through experience, so all your courses begin with experimentation. These experiments and tests form the basis of your own, personal reference treasury – a visual, tactile library of materials and techniques that you can use to develop future jewellery projects. How is this useful? Those periods of experimentation are aways followed by a project with a brief. As your skills develop you will gain progressively more freedom to explore your own design ideas, informed by your tests, and within the context of a brief.
An exhibition – At the end of the year, as part of your final assessment, you will present a selection of all of these outputs for exhibition. This normally exhibition normally falls in mid June, as part of Camberwell Arts Festival.
What do I gain?
In addition to all of the products listed above, you will be presented with the Flux Intermediate Certificate in Jewellery. The certificate includes credits and evaluations for each module of learning that you have completed. These can be used to support the physical evidence of the skills you have implemented in your project work.
Take the Flux Advanced Certificate in Jewellery to raise your skills to a professional level, or use your products and supporting evidence to gain for work in the jewellery trade.
The fee for the Flux Certificate One Year Course in Jewellery is £2850. You can pay in instalments too:
- One payment of £2850
- 2 instalments of £1440 (Course fee total£2880. additional cost to cover admin)
- 3 instalments of £980 (Course fee total £2940. additional cost to cover admin)
If there are any aspects of this course you’d like to discuss you can Email us
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Course Tutor: Vicky Forrester
Max Student numbers: 5
Dates: 21 September 2017 – 15 July 2018
Class Times: Evenings, Weekends
- Crushed stone inlay for silver jewellery– Thursday evenings 21 Sep – 23 Nov 2017, 10 meetings 6pm – 9.15pm
- Saturday personal development day – accent on design (Autumn term, we’ll agree a date with you) 10am – 4pm
- Stone setting techniques – Fine and Fancy – Thursday evenings 18 Jan – 22 March 2018, 10 meetings 6pm – 9.15pm
- Casting processes in metal -Weekend 26-27 Jan 2018, 10am – 5pm daily
- Experiment with Enamelling – Weekend 24-25 Feb 2018, 10am – 5pm daily
- Saturday personal development day / 2 – accent on design (Easter break – we’ll agree a date with you) 10am – 4pm
- Wax carving for casting silver jewellery – Thursday evenings 19 April – 28 June 2018, 10 meetings 6pm – 9.15pm, 10am – 5pm daily
- Etching techniques for jewellery – Weekend 19/20 May 2018, 10am – 5pm daily
- Soldering Masterclass – Weekend 14/15 July 2018, 10am – 5pm daily
- Saturday personal development day / 3 – accent on design (Summer term, we’ll agree a date with you)
- Exhibition of work and participation in the Creative Urges weekend (to coincide with Camberwell Arts Week) 10am – 4pm