Jewellery Production: Synergies between Hand and Machine - SDES2409

Faculty: Faculty of Art & Design

School: School of Art & Design

Course Outline: Download course outline (PDF format)

Campus: Paddington

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 3

CSS Contribution Charge: 1 (more info)

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This course will focus students on a thorough examination of three dimensional jewellery and object design using the body as the format or site for design solutions. This course extends experimentation and the development of an understanding of techniques for both hand fabrication and small-scale industrial processes including computer modelling, prototyping and casting. Research and experimentation will be undertaken with a variety of metal and non-metal materials and techniques. Studio activity will combine the development of one-off designs and the production of multiples as wearable jewellery objects.

In this introductory jewellery course students investigate contemporary jewellery design practice and acquire technical knowledge and skills with material and conceptual issues. Designs will be realised as finished objects through both hand fabrication and prototyping of jewellery works. Projects will address the conceptual, material and technical understandings of Jewellery and Object Design employing analysis, research, problem-solving and design development to produce design solutions. In this course particular attention is paid to the dialogue between new technologies and traditional craft skills in the design and production of Jewellery and Objects.

Students will study one project over the entire semester with three assessment tasks and will work between the jewellery studio, and computer lab at different stages in order to realise the project.

SDES2409 - Jewellery Production: Synergies between Hand and Machine is an introductory 2000 level studio course. It is one of a suite of two (or more) interrelated core courses in Year 2 that contribute to a four-course specialist ' Jewellery stream' in the BFA(Hons), BMA(Hons) and/or BDes(Hons) programs completed over Years 2 and 3.

This specialist course covers foundation studio knowledge, skills and attitudes for the Jewellery stream.

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