VAFA108 Jewelry II

Department of The Arts: Jewelry

I. Course Number and Title
VAFA108 Jewelry II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFA107 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
In addition to class studio time, students work five hours outside of class each week under the supervision of a lab assistant. Safe shop practices are emphasized.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course emphasizes the refinement of technical skills necessary to fabricate complex design concepts. Students explore various methods and materials, which are incorporated into the design and construction of several major works.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate an understanding of innovative design ideas and expand on and experiment with techniques;
    2. produce working drawings for each required project;
    3. construct three-dimensional, large- and small-scale, functional or nonfunctional objects, which incorporate mechanisms;
    4. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. material, technical, and tool knowledge necessary for fabrication of complex objects
    2. further development and refinement technical skills
      1. sawing
      2. soldering
      3. polishing
      4. forming
      5. stone setting
    3. introduction to advanced skills
      1. faceted and odd-shaped stone setting
      2. multiple soldering joints
      3. hollow construction
      4. complex forming
      5. ancient techniques, such as: mokume, kum boo, and granulation
    4. safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all assignments, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of specific projects, and on the appropriate use of tools and shop safety practices.
    2. At least two individual critiques with the instructor are held each semester, to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Students' finished projects are assessed on overall aesthetic quality and progress.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Slides, video, and digital technology by instructor.

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