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Jewelry Design

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ARTS281 Beginning Jewelry Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring, Summer
Prerequisite: None

This course is designed to give basic practical experience in the design and fabrication of contemporary and traditional jewelry, and to develop manual and creative skills. The course aims to give a solid foundation in workshop practice and to introduce the students to workshop safety, use of tools and materials. Emphasis is placed on developing both personal expression and excellence in craftsmanship.

Beginning level students will learn design transfer, cutting, drilling, piercing, filing, sanding, polishing, and soldering skills. They will learn techniques and incorporate the use of rivets, ring-making, bezel stone setting, and stone inlay. There are no pre-requisites for a beginning level course, but drawing, design, and 3-D experience will help.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Late Spring 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Summer 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)

ARTS383 Intermediate Jewelry Design, ARTS485 Advanced Jewelry Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring, Late Spring, Summer
Prerequisite: Beginning Jewelry Design for Intermediate Jewelry Design; Intermediate Jewelry Design for Advanced Jewelry Design

For intermediate and advanced students, the structure of the course aims to build on one’s own experience. Students should possess demonstrated soldering skills and must provide a portfolio of images or actual pieces of previous work to determine their project level. Once evaluated, the student will follow a curriculum of techniques which may include married metals, chain-making, ring forms, hollow construction, hinges, stone setting, reticulation, mokumè, etc. Intermediate and Advanced students may inquire about opportunities to study casting, enameling, and engraving techniques.

(See syllabi below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Late Spring 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)

Course Syllabus Summer 2016 (Naomi Muirhead)