Pre-requisites: 20 weeks, this includes the Beginners Course, or equivalent, such as a practical assessment.
This certificate course, consisting of one-year part-time study in gold and silversmithing, is a special program designed as a compact introduction into the jewellery trade. We aim to bring students to the level of a second year apprentice after completion of this course. The course aims to produce multi-skilled graduates who have demonstrated competency in all aspects of jewellery construction and design and who adhere to sound workshop practices. We also aim to have graduate students from this course absorbed into the jewellery industry or independently working in their own studio/workshop.
The Vocational Course is a 38-week competency based program, devised to establish basic techniques and tool handling skills, using a building block system of skills acquisition. Assessment criteria, including a time based competency component are set for all practical work. The skills taught are the combination of traditional techniques taught in workshops worldwide and are also accumulated personal techniques of the school’s principals and teachers.
The student undertakes 2 lessons per week, at 3 hours for practical work and is also required to attend the selected Master Classes, which take place on some weekends. These include:
- Jewellery design
- Gemstone setting
- Technical drawing
- Tool making
- Lost wax casting
- Special project weekend
Please ask for the Masterclass planner for the dates, times and costs of the weekend workshops.