VAFA107 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Department of The Arts: Jewelry

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA107 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. Students work five hours outside of class each week in the studio area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home. This course meets the Arts/Humanities General Education Goals.
VI. Catalog Course Description
Students are introduced to the basic techniques necessary for the design and fabrication of jewelry and small three-dimensional metal forms. This course is the foundation for further exploration into jewelry design and metalsmithing as a vehicle for self-expression.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. apply basic jewelry fabrication techniques to complete projects [Arts/Humanities];
    2. create design sketches of the objects they plan to fabricate;
    3. acquire a knowledge of materials for making jewelry, as well as small functional and non-traditional objects; and
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. how to translate ideas into finished works
    2. jewelry making techniques
      1. piercing
      2. soldering
      3. surface texturing
      4. polishing
      5. stone setting
      6. forming
    3. introduce and apply appropriate vocabulary for evaluation and criticism
    4. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester to assess projects, using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Slides, video, and digital technology by instructor are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 12/04; Revised 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015