CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY DESIGN
Duration: Series of 8 workshops; conducted on weekday nights, twice a week
This is a foundation course that introduces learners to design influences, jewellery conceptual ideas and exposure to geometric and organic design forms using non-traditional materials.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
Students whose native language is not English must submit evidence of proficiency in the language. Students must meet the minimum English Standard as stipulated below to commence their registered Advanced Diploma/Bachelor/Master courses with Raffles College of Higher Education.
|Undergraduate Courses||Postgraduate Courses|
|Advanced Diploma (2 Years)||Bachelor of Commerce (Top Up)
Applicable to students with Diploma / Higher NITEC / NITEC or equivalent (based on Recognition of Prior Learning)
|Master of Commerce (1 Year)|
|English Speaking Countries||Non-English Speaking Countries|
|Course is undertaken solely in the English Language||The study was completed in an institution which is listed in the International Handbook of Universities, World Higher Education Database, UK Naric Database or AEI NOOSR guides and is conducted and examined solely in the English Language|
|The College reserves the right to verify applicant's standard of English through English Placement test for applicants applying through Part B. (*Only applicable to RCDC Programmes)|
|Students who do not meet the minimum requirement as stipulated above will need to take the Raffles College of Higher Education's English Placement Test|
For All the Certificate Programmes
The minimum age requirement is 16-years of age.
Part 1: Foundation Module - Contemporary Jewellery Design
Immerse yourself into the world of jewellery design by kicking off with the foundation module – Contemporary Jewellery Design, and venture on to acquire advanced techniques through the manipulation of resin and acrylic, metal and wood, enamelling and glass, and silversmithing.
Part 2: Resin & Acrylic
Sparked by the discovery of new resins that are easy to handle and increased affordability, entrepreneurs and hobbyists are now actively creating resin jewellery to express their creativity. Acrylic is also commonly used in jewellery design as it is inexpensive, versatile, lightweight and comes in a variety of colours. Upon mastering the techniques of working with resin and acrylic, enhance your skills by progressing to our advanced classes such as metal and wood, enamelling and glass, silversmithing. Through a series of demonstrations and projects, learners will experience the exploration into the concept of transformation from liquid to solid, and solid to liquid using resin and acrylic.
- Demonstration and hands-on of various technique of solid and liquid transformation
- Design and construct jewellery pieces using concepts of transformation, deformation, additive and subtractive methods
- Using acrylic as a medium, manipulating shapes by using hot air gun
- Understanding the properties of resin and how it changes from liquid to solid form
- Making rubber molds to create multiple pieces
- Hands-on individual projects using resin and acrylic
Part 3: Metal & Wood
Combination of silver, gold and wood allows designers to create individually unique pieces that stands out from the rest. Upon mastering the techniques of working with metal and wood, enhance your skills by progressing to our advanced classes such as resin and acrylic, enamelling and glass, silversmithing. This is an intermediate level course that allows learners to further explore contemporary Jewellery Design through the use of wood and non-precious metals. Learners will experiment with form, structure, volume, joining methods and surface manipulation.
- Acquire techniques of joining similar and dissimilar materials , mix and mount various materials in unique settings
- Experience inserting and joining of metal and wood, and try your hands on sanding, cutting and polishing
- Practice different treatment techniques on metals such as forging, granulation, reticulation, fusing, texturing and melting
- Hands-on individual projects using wood and non-precious metals
Part 4: Enamelling & Glass
One of the oldest and most widely-used techniques in jewellery making and decorative arts, enamelling allows jewellery-makers to create exquisite-looking pieces. Upon mastering the techniques of enamelling and glass, enhance your skills by progressing to our advanced classes such as resin and acrylic, metal and wood, silversmithing. To further enhance learner's knowledge in material applications in Jewellery Design, learners are exposed to enamelling and contemporary applications in glass.
- Experiment with various techniques of enamelling and working with glass, including fusing and slumping
- Acquire competency in mixing and mounting various materials in unique settings using enamelling and glass techniques such as champlevé, plique-a-jour, cloisonné and basse-taille
- Practice setting temperature for the kiln
- Hands-on individual projects using enamelling and glass techniques
Part 5: Silversmithing
Learn this traditional form of jewellery metalwork technique and apply it to create contemporary pieces that are functional, decorative yet wearable! Upon mastering the techniques of silversmithing, enhance your skills by progressing to our advanced classes such as resin and acrylic, metal and wood, enamelling and glass. Through a series of lectures, demonstrations and individual projects, learners are introduced to specific processes in silversmithing, including a variety of forming and joining method.
- Introduction to silversmithing tools, equipment and techniques
- Practice specific metalworking and silversmithing processes, and acquire the ability to select correct processes for various jewellery design tasks
- Experiment with dye forming and Repousse on metal to create 3D forms
- Gain competency in opening and closing methods to create hinges and clasps on jewellery pieces
- Hands-on individual projects using silversmithing techniques