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
A full timetable detailing all course dates is availabe upon request
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
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.
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
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!