VAFA107 Introduction to Jewelry and Metalsmithing
The Arts Department: 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
Course Learning Goals
- apply basic jewelry fabrication techniques to complete projects [Arts/Humanities];
- create design sketches of the objects they plan to fabricate;
- acquire a knowledge of materials for making jewelry, as well as small functional and non-traditional objects; and
- analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities
- how to translate ideas into finished works
- jewelry making techniques
- surface texturing
- stone setting
- introduce and apply appropriate vocabulary for evaluation and criticism
- demonstrate safe shop practices
Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals
- Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on the successful design, execution, and completion of assigned projects.
- At least two individual critiques with instructor are held each semester to assess projects, using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
- Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
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