What is special about this course?
Students will learn skills and techniques necessary to create precious metal jewellery. The focus will be on learning and developing practical jewellery making skills. Students will also be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and will be taught how to translate these ideas into finished, 3D pieces of jewellery. The course will cover basic areas such as metal forming, piercing, soldering, stonesetting, jewellery design and CAD. By the end of the course students will have produced a substantial body of work and have gained confidence and skill to work with precious metals and produce their own individual style of jewellery.
Workshop and Metal
You will be working in a well-equipped workshop, with your own individual bench space and access to all the necessary tools and machinery. Copper and brass will be provided for the students to work with. Copper and brass are inexpensive metals with very similar working properties to precious metals. Working with them will enable students to build up a level of skill and confidence before progressing to silver, if they so desire.
Applicants should aim for 3 National 5 passes or equivalent, preferably including Art. Applicants may also be asked to show examples of their work, particularly drawing, at interview which will help determine their level of experience.
Applications to the course are welcome from adults returning to education who may not possess the entry requirements.
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How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Part Time
How long will my course last?
Where can I study my course?
- Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway
Most full-time students will have their fees paid.
Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.
What can I do on completion of my course?
Further study opportunities
If you complete the NC, you may want to then consider moving on to a college or university to progress to HNC, HND or degree level. Depending on the university or college and the course, you could enter in to year 2 of a related course.
The NC Jewellery course can be the first step on the ladder to becoming a self-employed jeweller/designer.
Is there more information available online?
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