When & Where

Quick Facts

  • Availability Yes
  • Tutor Jenny Macdonald
  • Course Code K24MCAF01A
  • Suitable For 19 year olds and up are permitted on this course

What you will learn

This 1 year 1 day per week BTEC Art and Design course with subject specialism in jewellery, offers an opportunity for jewellery students to extend their skills and knowledge through practising and developing their existing skills as well as learning new techniques which broaden and advance their skillset for jewellery design. With a strong emphasis on creative development the BTEC course will require in depth recording of the design process and students will be expected to do independent work on drawing and theory outside their studio time. Technical skills will include casting, stone setting, fly pressing, mixed metal techniques and hinge making and students are encouraged to select their own techniques and topics to develop and individual and self- directed portfolio of work. Students will learn and practice hands on technical skills in our well- equipped specialist studio at North Kensington. Progression on completion of this course includes BA degree studies, self- employment or apprenticeship on completion. Applicants should have a keen interest in jewellery making and have achieved a level 2 course in jewellery or equivalent. Work is project based and coursework is assessed each term. The final element of the course will require student to carry out an independent task in the studio and will be externally assessed. The course and qualification is designed to give extensive knowledge, breadth, preparation with an opportunity to extend and improve both design ideas and jewellery making skills. Projects will encourage confidence in the handling and understanding of materials, techniques and processes. Visual research and the development of original ideas are an important aspect of the course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and use specialist materials
  • Learning a variety of making processes in your chosen specialist area
  • Researching and developing ideas for 2d and 3d design briefs, visual research and design development
  • Using sketchbooks and journal diary and presenting your work
  • Establish good working practices and methods
  • Progress to appropriate further study or employment in the art and design industry

On successful completion of the course, you will achieve the following qualification: BTEC National Certificate in Art and Design [EDEXCEL]

Class format and activities

All these units are internally and externally assessed. They are designed to allow you to put everything you have learned into practice – from developing a personal idea through research, to the development and planning of the finished product. The course is assessed based on completion of project work that covers the units specified by BTEC. You will be given a grade for your work as you progress and a final grade at the end of the course. Students are required to achieve a minimum of a Pass grade in the three units. Online platform/apps used to support learning will include Moodle and Microsoft Teams. Online learning resources e.g.: you tube videos will be used as part of project reference and research on artists, exhibitions, context and links will be posted on Moodle

Entry requirements

GCSE English & Maths Grades A-C / 4-9 or Level 2 Equivalent, or Level 2 Qualification. An enthusiasm for the subject and a willingness to learn. (Previous creative work is welcome). A task will be sent to the candidates and informal interview will be arrange with all selected candidates. You may be an applicant with advanced qualifications and/or work experience, 19+, and planning a career change or wanting to fulfil an ambition to study art but need to develop a strong portfolio for a Foundation course place and university. If accepted, applicants without any formal academic qualifications will enrol on either a GCSE or Functional Skills, English and Maths and work towards gaining a level 2 qualification, the minimum requirement for university entrance.

What you need to know before you enrol

A strong motivation and a willingness to learn.

What you need

A notebook and pen are useful. We recommend you bring and use you own tools. Students should bring ideas or sketches to the first session to show and discuss to the tutor. Students will pay for materials and studio fee. Some students may want to bring their own materials to have a wider range of choice.

What you can do next

The progression routes for learners are generally: Further education: • UAL Level Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design. Higher Education • BA Jewellery • MA Jewellery • BA Art & Design (3 & 4 yr Courses)


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