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FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery

The only specialist Silversmithing and Jewellery course in the South West. This course provides a practical learning experience from which you will develop the skills to create and manufacture items of jewellery and silverware.

Why Choose This Course?

This industry centred course, in which all assignments have direct links to professional standards, will provide you with the knowledge and level of skills to work within a supervised jewellery workshop.

This course is suitable for any candidate who wishes to develop employment within the jewellery industry at a technical level. Creativity and hands-on making skills are developed through practical assignments in industry-standard workshops, as well as gaining an understanding of the wider context of jewellery design and the organisation of the industry. To further explore the current industry, you will have the chance to visit jewellery centres in Birmingham, Sheffield or Hatton Garden in London as well as exploring the local resources to accumulate both contextual and technical information.

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Start date: 23/09/2024

Course code
HESILVF24T
Level
Level 5
Location
Truro College
Duration
2 years
Qualification
Foundation Degree
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Top Course Highlights

Practical Assignments

Industry-standard workshops

Experienced Lecturers

Outstanding reputation

A close up of a blowtorch being used on a piece of silver jewellery, most likely a ring.

Developing traditional craftmanship

You have the opportunity to develop traditional craftsmanship in areas such as raising, planishing, box making, making settings and findings, setting stones as well as researching new technologies.

An art student uses a blowtorch on a piece of metal in an artists studio.

Mix of technologies

As well as the traditional, new technologies will be introduced in both areas of self-promotion such as digital photography and website design.

A picture of a student sat at a work bench with a lamp. It looks like they are working on a piece of jewellery.

Explore the current industry

You will have the chance to visit jewellery centres in Birmingham, Sheffield or Hatton Garden in London as well as exploring the local resources to accumulate both contextual and technical information.

What Will I Learn?

The first year consists of introductory modules which develop research, drawing and design skills along with the development of practical workshop skills. The second year modules develop an increasingly individual, personal and professional response.

Programme Quality Handbook 2023-24

1st year modules

  • Observation and interpretation
  • Craftsmanship
  • Silversmithing
  • Jewellery
  • Critical and Contextual studies
  • Personal Project

2nd year modules

  • Advanced Craftsmanship
  • Batch Production
  • Critical and Contextual studies (personal investigation)
  • Design Research Project
  • Personal Project
  • Professional Studies
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Where Will It Take Me?

This course prepares you with the development of skills suitable for working in the jewellery/silversmithing industry at a technician level.

Many past students are working in the jewellery/craft industry as craftsmen in established workshops.

The BA Top up Hons Degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery is the intended progression from the FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery.

Assessment Arrangements

All module assessments are practical and take place throughout the academic year.

Entry Requirements

48 UCAS points including a minimum equivalency of one A Level, in addition to GCSE English and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

Additional Information

UCAS code: W721

Duration: Two years full-time, four years part-time

Location: Truro Campus

Awarding Body: University of Plymouth

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What you could earn

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Potential Salary

£50,364

Entry Level Salary

£14,159

Average Salary

£27,733

Annual openings in Cornwall

7

Potential Salary

£60,482

Entry Level Salary

£18,822

Average Salary

£34,440

Annual openings in Cornwall

17

Potential Salary

£30,955

Entry Level Salary

£9,188

Average Salary

£21,039

Annual openings in Cornwall

4

Potential Salary

£35,888

Entry Level Salary

£15,618

Average Salary

£24,705

Annual openings in Cornwall

3

Potential Salary

£63,515

Entry Level Salary

£25,514

Average Salary

£36,890

Annual openings in Cornwall

10

Potential Salary

£73,902

Entry Level Salary

£25,802

Average Salary

£42,125

Annual openings in Cornwall

2

Potential Salary

£39,626

Entry Level Salary

£15,119

Average Salary

£26,084

Annual openings in Cornwall

15

Potential Salary

£43,579

Entry Level Salary

£16,697

Average Salary

£30,694

Annual openings in Cornwall

8

Our colleges

Truro College
College Road
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 3XX

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