This qualification is designed to enable students to gain basic skills in jewellery while pursuing their own creative ideas through a series of set practical projects. It encourages students to research the work of designers and other sources to develop their own craft ideas; present and communicate their ideas to others (gathering visual images, simple sketches, working drawings, samples and technical annotations in a portfolio of work) and to plan, produce and reflect upon their final craft item(s) which will be exhibited at the end of the year show.
• Marking and measuring
• Cutting and forming metal sheet and wire
• Finishing and polishing
• Fabrication of chains, rings, earrings, pendants, bangles, etc.
• Analytical and research skills to develop your own individual style
• Planning and design for jewellery
• Health & Safety procedures for maintaining a safe working environment
• An aptitude for art & design
• Good handmaking skills
• English and Maths qualification at Level 1 or above
How will I be assessed?
Each week, you will attend a 3 hour practical session with an experienced Jewellery tutor in our fully equipped jewellery workshop. You will research and develop your designs for your jewellery in your own time, this is an essential part of the course and requires full commitment
There will be 3 assessments throughout the year for the following units:
• Explore craft resources (3 credits)
• Explore craft ideas (4 credits)
• Create, present and review final craft item(s) (2 credits)
• The course is assessed internally and moderated externally by NCFE.
Continuing Your Journey
Students who pass this course can progress on to Jewellery Making – Mixed Media Level 2 (NCFE L2 Award in Creative Craft) at The Manchester College.Careers page
Depending upon your performance on the L2 course, you may be able to progress to the full time UAL L3 Diploma in Art & Design (Jewellery Pathway) at TMC and our UCEN Manchester, Higher National Diploma in Art & Design (Product): Jewellery & Contemporary Design Crafts.
This is the first step, with a great deal of further study and experience, students may go on to set up their own business as an independent practitioner: become a designer maker, applied artist, workshop facilitator or work in any number of roles within the growing art and design industry.
Fees, Finance & Funding
The cost of this course is £300.Fees, finance and funding page
You’ll find that there’s lots of different support available to help you pay for college and finance your education, including tuition fee loans, special grants and bursaries, and a number of extra funding opportunities, depending on your circumstances. You can find out everything you need to know on our dedicated Fees, Finance and Funding page.
Got a question?
Our course enquiries team is on-hand to answer any questions you might have about this qualification, the application process, enrolment, or anything else about life at The Manchester College.Make an enquiry
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