Course Outline

The level 1 Diploma course will teach you a wide range of jewellery making skills, as well an understanding of the design process. You will have the opportunity to research, develop and create a variety of pieces

The course is a comprehensive introduction to basic jewellery techniques which you will have the opportunity to practice at the bench, producing a large variety of test pieces and samples. You will also learn to use precision and develop control

There is a strong focus on the process of jewellery design development. You will be taught the importance of a sketch book and learn how to record your investigations, your design development and your technical notes

The course is suitable for complete beginners and those with basic skills who wish to learn through a more structured programme and develop their understanding of the design process

You will be required to complete regular homework and research assignments to enhance your learning. At the end of the course there will be an exhibition of student work.

What will we learn?

The course is divided into a number of modules, each designed to enhance your design and making skills

You will be introduced to basic techniques, including piercing, filing, annealing, forming, soldering, textures, polishing & finishing. You will also learn about basic stone setting, chain making & findings and use these skills further to inform your designs

Through visual research and design development, you will create an impressive portfolio which will reflect your inspiration and thought processes, translating research into design. This portfolio can be used to apply for our level 2 diploma course or other higher qualifications

During the final 6 weeks of the course you will work on creating an individual piece which will reflect all that you have learned

You will be supported throughout all aspects of the course, and will be required to present your work for assessment half way through the course, and once again at the end

What will I need to bring?

You will have access to all our tools & equipment and you will be provided with enough copper sheet and wire to learn the basic skills. After that you will be required to purchase your own metal and a few sundries. Your tutor will inform you of what you will need to provide and where to get it

You will be required to attend at least 90% of classes to complete the course, and will be expected to complete homework assignments regularly

Please wear closed shoes for all workshop sessions for Health & Safety reasons

If you would like to pay in 2-4 installments, please contact us.

I attended the level one diploma in 2017 and absolutely loved it. The teachers are knowledgeable and so so generous in sharing everything they know. 
The course is structured to give students new skills and the confidence to use them alone. Really recommend this course and the lovely people that created it!

Sofia Steffenoni

Tutors always encourage and give fantastic technical support with having an individual attention to each of us with regard to our personal development during the course. We have learnt a wide range of techniques and it has been an enormous fun. In a relaxing atmosphere, you learn from each other, who come from different backgrounds. Also sharing experiences and the passion for jewellery, design and craftsmanship

Turkan Nakipoglu

I’m so glad I decided to do the level 1 diploma – I learnt so much and discovered loads of new techniques. There was a good balance between making, workshops, research and project time with excellent tutors who are really approachable, supportive and knowledgeable. I finished feeling so much more confident in my making – thank you LJW!

Vicky Carmichael

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