Advanced Jewellery Diploma (2 Weeks)
Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery
Would you like to spend two intensive weeks working on really advancing your jewellery making and design skills?
The Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery is our higher-level follow-on course from the 1-year or 7 week intensive Diploma in Creative Jewellery. It is a two week intense, technique-based course, that focuses primarily on developing more advanced bench-skills in silver work and related materials.
Students also get the opportunity to do a 2 day day placement (which we offer support in finding) in a jewellery related environment after completion of the course. This could be either shadowing a jeweller, working in a jewellery shop or gallery or any other placement offering experience that is relevant to your jewellery aspirations.
This course is suitable for students who have completed the Diploma in Creative Jewellery with us but can also be taken by those with a similar skill level to our Diploma graduates, who are looking to advance their bench and jewellery design skills. All previous Diploma students are asked to carry out a short phone interview before booking and non-diploma students are asked to attend an interview at the school, with samples of their work, to ensure suitability for the course.
For more details or to discuss entry requirements please contact us >
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Week 2 :
Plus a 2 day placement to be taken within 6 months of the course start date.
What will you learn?
Advanced Jewellery Design
This day will be spent advancing your design practice and preparing design work for Advanced Wax Carving and Mixed Media. The morning will be spent looking at how you can improve on your design work before covering the outline of what will be in advanced wax carving and the mixed media workshops. You will be encouraged to look at books, magazines and online searches to find inspiration and by the end of the day you will have a fairly clear idea of what you will be making in both classes allowing the focus to be on completing them in the sessions.
Learn how to 'cold connect' jewellery components together without the use of solder. You will be guided through the techniques of hinge making, riveting and tab making to broaden your skill set and give you an opportunity to introduce such materials as plastic, wood, stone, shell and fabric in to your work.
Advanced Wax Carving (2 Day Class)
In this class you will learn how to carve more complex forms when creating your pieces and how to keep your carving accurate with the extended use of technical drawings, layout lines and measuring tools. We will also use gravers and scorpers to carve intricate mounts or collets for stones.
Mixed Media Jewellery (2 Day Class)
Following on from the Advanced Design Class, you will be putting your design into practice by working with Resin, Perspex and Wood over two days combined with silver, brass or copper.
Intermediate Stone Setting (2 Day Class)
In this 2 day class you will learn how to do a Four Claw Setting and a Channel Setting. Techniques covered include multiple solder joints and building a handmade claw for a faceted stone.
Invented by goldsmith Charles Lewton-Brain in the late 1980s, this technique involves repeatedly annealing, folding and hammering sheet metal to produce unique, organic and strong three dimensional shapes.
Recycling Silver and Jewellery Repairs
AM - During the morning you will be introduced into melting and reworking scrap metal to create new pieces. You will be able to melt down your scrap metal (you can bring in your own scarp metal should you wish) and through the use of forging and forming techniques, rework it into useable sheet and wire for future use.
PM - You are gaining the jewellery skills to carry out repairs during the diploma, so in the afternoon you will learn how to assess a repair, and some key things to look out for when accepting a repair request.
Please note that whist every effort is made by LJS to support you in finding a placement, we cannot guarantee one and it is ultimately the students responsibility to secure a relevant 2-day (or longer) role. LJS communicate with placement providers to offer valuable feedback to students in order to get the most out of the experience.
The course can be taken without the placement element (if students wish to do so) but, in order to gain the Advanced Diploma certificate, placements must be completed.
You can download the complete course dates here
Previous Advanced Diploma graduates
Sally re-trained as a jeweller after a career in graphic design. She took the Diploma in Creative Jewellery and completed the Advanced Diploma in 2017. She has won the F Hinds High Street by Design competition and had her designs sold in their shops. In 2018 she won a silver award in the Goldsmiths Craft and Design Council Awards in the fashion jewellery category. You can see her website here http://www.theclerkenwelljeweller.com/
Lil is now our Sundays studio manager. She took the Advanced Diploma in 2015. She has started her own jewellery business and is shamelessly addicted to casting since her work placement at Just Casting on the course. She also loves a bit of mixed media and resin. Check out her quirky work instagram here @smalltoad_jewellery
What is included in the cost of the course:
10 full days of advanced jewellery bench-based training, 2 days supported placement and all materials for the classes, subject to class allowance, marking session with your tutor and advanced diploma certificate on successful completion.
How to apply:
If you would like to book on to the Advanced Diploma in Creative Jewellery please complete our short online application form. We will then contact you to arrange an informal phone interview and get back to you within 7 days with the outcome. If accepted on to the course your place will be secured following payment. Interviews are conducted for this course to ensure suitability, discuss placement options and to make sure it is the right programme for you.
Option 1: Full payment made at time of booking
Option 2: 50% payment made at time of booking (£600) and remaining 50% made before first day of the course (£600).
All course fees must be covered before the first day of the Advanced Jewellery Diploma
Payments can be made by card, bank transfer or cash .
Please feel free contact us with any questions.
Jewellery created by Advanced Diploma graduates:
copyright remains with the designers
Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x