Alchimia - Jewellery Design Courses

EUROPEAN MASTER OF FINE ARTS Major in : Jewellery and Body Ornaments

FIRST YEAR
Autumn (1st Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
CJA-1 Contemporary Jewellery Arts and Markets 4,5
VCD-1 Visual Communication Development 4,5
JPC-1 Jewellery Photo Class 3
MEX-1 Materials Experimentation 6
MAP-1 Materials and Processes 6
Total 24

Spring (2nd Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
CJA-2 Contemporary Jewellery Arts and Markets 3
VCD-2 Visual Communication Development 7,5
JPC-2 Jewellery Photo Class 7, 5
MEX-2 Materials Experimentation 6
MAP-2 Materials and Processes 12
Total 36

Number of credits for the 1st Year: 60 ECTS Credits
Second Year
Autumn (1st Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
CAN-3 Culture Analysis 7,5
EXC-3 Exibition Curating 6
PRE-3 Professional Research 6
IPP-3 Indipendent Professional Practice 4, 5
Total 24

Spring (2nd Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
EXC-4 Exibition Curating 9
PRE-4 Professional Research 10,5
IPP-4 Indipendent Professional Practice 16, 5
     
Total 36

Number of credits for the 2nd Year: 60 ECTS Credits
ADDITIONAL CREDITS

1. Compulsory

For non-English mother tongue students:

T.O.E.I.C.® (score of 750) 12 ECTS credits + 1,5 ECTS credit for every additional 100 points scored. OR For English mother tongue students or overseas students who have never studied English as a foreign language before:T.E.F. or T.C.F., minimum level required, B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): 12 ECTS credits.

2. Electives

Participation in external contest of a festival, fair, exhibition etc,: 2 ECTS credits. Prize in an external contest (with special mention on the Bachelor’s Transcript of records): 4 ECTS credits.

A jewel or collection awarded at fair or exhibition: 3 ECTS credits. Coordination and/or contribution to an installation(s) for an exhibitions, prize, or fair: 1 ECTS.

Additional Internship on the professional field longer than the minimum required:

  • ECTS credit per week spent in the country of study
  • ECTS credits per week abroad (not in native language).

Participation in a humanitarian project: 2 ECTS credits.

Any other foreign language diploma awarded by an official international organisation (TOEFL, Cambridge FCE or CAE, DELE, CILS, DHS…): minimum level required, B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERFL): 12 ECTS credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
  • CJA-1-2 CONTEMPORARY JEWELLERY ARTS AND MARKETS

This course explores the diverse situations in the jewellery market, and explains how to undertake the manufacture of jewellery safely and efficiently, observing good working practices and professional and legal responsibilities. The students will learn how to efficiently use the contemporary marketing tools, will learn to analyze and employ trend forecasting and examine methodically cultural and sociological issues in order to employ them with success in their design and marketing concepts. A particular focus will be set on the development of oral and written communication skills to clearly define and articulate their opinions, ideas, intentions and outcomes.

  • VCD-1-2 VISUAL COMMUNICATION DEVELOPMENT

This course is designed to teach students to communicate ideas and information effectively in visual forms and present material in a variety of situations. It will treat with the major developments in current and emerging media and technologies and their implications and potential for the communication of concepts, ideas and artefacts. On successful completion of this programme the student will be able to successfully use a wide range of sources to generate, select, develop and present innovative solutions for the communication of her/his work.

  • JPC-1-2 JEWELLERY PHOTO CLASS

Basics of still life photography with special focus on jewellery. In this unit the students will learn how to make documentative pictures of their jewellery, acquiring the basic knowledge for proper object display, cleaning and image clarity, consistency of style and a knowledge about file management suitable for print use, web display and competitions. The course will deal with the characteristics of the subject, the shape, position and surface and how this relates to lighting and background. A particular focus will be put on the various possibilities of postproduction.

  • MEX-1-2 MATERIAL EXPERIMENTATION

This unit will teach students advanced methods in the selection, testing and appropriate use of materials, processes and techniques associated with jewellery design and manufacture using as well hands-on skills as modern technologies. They will further enhance their ability in the employ of materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools with accuracy, skill and imagination in logical relationship to their intents and concepts. Students will determine the nature and direction of their projects and thus are encouraged to take full responsibility for the management of their experimentation. They are expected to demonstrate a capacity for in-depth research and a high level of insight, critical judgement, creativity and technical competence appropriate to this level of graduate study.

  • MAP-1-2 MATERIALS AND PROCESSES

This course is designed to teach students to employ materials, media, techniques, methods, technologies and tools with accuracy, skill and imagination. As in the material experimentation course students will choose the nature of their project and informal work critique sessions will take place during and at the end of this module in which students need to deliver a verbal presentation of work to a group, providing essential training in communication and presentation techniques. Students are required to develop the system and the methodology for the production of this self determined design and manufacture project and to clearly set out personal aims and outcomes, to be valued at the end of the module.

  • CAN-3 CULTURE ANALYSIS

This course is designed to investigate cultural heritage and intercultural relations in order to manage and develop each individual’s identity and to allow an effective interaction with others, through collaboration, group work and negotiation. Cultural heritage and identity is a major concern in contemporary society and presents enormous creative possibilities. This module is designed to awaken awareness of both individual cultural heritage and the understanding and promotion of diversity and its final goal is to enhance and develop further: self-reliance, original thinking, independence and self-confidence.

  • EXC-3-4 EXIBITION CURATING

Practical and theoretical features in curating are dealt with in a practice based exercise, in which the students present a proposition for an exhibition, including reflections on all aspects of curating, such as artistic, logistic, economic, and legal issues. Students will learn to oversee every detail of the production and the organisation of an exhibition, to research the social context, the possible audience and whatever subsequent issues may arise. The combination of historical-critical study, case study analysis, and qualitative empirical research, will help define and examine, the curatorial practice from various view points and enable a successful set up.

  • PRE-3-4 PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH (MATERIALS, DESIGN, PRACTICE)

Through discussion with academic staff, students initiate a programme of study within negotiated modules. Students determine the nature and direction of their practical work and thus are encouraged to take full responsibility for the management of their project. They have to develop a range of strategies and methodologies to enhance their creative practice, study, research and selffulfilment. They need to develop their initial ideas through to finished pieces that demonstrate knowledge and understanding of various jewellery design and manufacture processes. The goal of this module is to give the students the means to identify personal strengths and needs, to sincerely and critically reflect on personal development, to anticipate and accommodate change, and work within contexts of ambiguity, uncertainty and unfamiliarity.

  • IPP-3-4 INDIPENDENT PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE

At this final stage of the programme, students are offered a tutorship to undertake an expansive body of work over a prolonged (6 months) period. This work shall reflect the individual’s competence in their chosen area of specialisation and also provides opportunity for the individual to reflect on their own practical/vocational and academic development. In addition, the Unit enables students to confirm and fully exploit their emerging knowledge and understanding of the materials, processes and techniques in their chosen subject specialism, in order to affirm their personal design identity. It is seen as an opportunity to focus energies on the production of a substantial themed signature collection suitable for inclusion in a public exhibition of their work.

EUROPEAN BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS Major in : Contemporary Jewellery

FIRST YEAR
Autumn (1st Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
HIA-1 History of Art 3
CRP-1 The Creative Process 3,0
GJL1-1 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab I 7,5
TCH-1 Technology 1,5
TCH-1 Technology 1,5
DRW-1 Jewellery Drawing I 7,5
DEJ-1 Jewellery Design I 1,5
Total 24

Spring (2nd Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
GEM-2 Gemmology 3
CRP-2 The Creative Process 3,0
GJL1-2 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab I 10,5
TCH-2 Technology 4,5
DRW-2 Jewellery Drawing I 7,5
DEJ-2 Jewellery Design I 7,5
Total 36

Number of credits for the 1st Year: 60 ECTS Credits

Second Year
Autumn (1st Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
HIJ-3 History of Jewellery 3
CRD-3 Strategies for Creativity Development 1,5
GJL2-3 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab II 9
ATCH-3 Advanced Technology 3
RAN1-3 Reflective Analysis 1,5
DRD-3 Advanced Drawing and Design 6
Total 24

Spring (2nd Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
HIJ-4 History of Jewellery 1,5
CRD-4 Strategies for Creativity Development 7,5
GJL2-4 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab II 12
ATCH-4 Advanced Technology 1,5
RAN1-4 Reflective Analysis 4,5
DRD-4 Advanced Drawing and Design 9
Total 36

Number of credits for the 2nd Year: 60 ECTS Credits

Third Year
Autumn (1st Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
RAN2-5 Reflective Analysis 7,5
CAR-5 Contemporary Art Research 6
PRE-5 Professional Research 4,5
GJL3-5 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab III 1,5
IPP-5 Indipendent Professional Practice 4,5
     
   

Spring (2nd Semester)
Code Course Unit CR
RAN2-6 Reflective Analysis 4,5
CAR-6 Contemporary Art Research 3
PRE-6 Professional Research 4,5
GJL2-6 Goldsmith and Jewellery Lab III 7,5
IPP-6 Indipendent Professional Practice 7,5
DIS-6 Dissertation 9
Total 36

Number of credits for the 2nd Year: 60 ECTS Credits

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

1. Compulsory

For non-English mother tongue students:

T.O.E.I.C.® (score of 650) 12 ECTS credits + 1,5 ECTS credit for every additional 100 points scored. OR For English mother tongue students or overseas students who have never studied English as a foreign language before:T.E.F. or T.C.F., minimum level required, B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL): 12 ECTS credits.

2. Electives

Participation in external contest of a festival, fair, exhibition etc,: 2 ECTS credits. Prize in an external contest (with special mention on the Bachelor’s Transcript of records): 4 ECTS credits.

A jewel or collection awarded at fair or exhibition: 3 ECTS credits. Coordination and/or contribution to an installation(s) for an exhibitions, prize, or fair: 1 ECTS.

Additional Internship on the professional field longer than the minimum required:

  • ECTS credit per week spent in the country of study
  • ECTS credits per week abroad (not in native language).

Participation in a humanitarian project: 2 ECTS credits.

Any other foreign language diploma awarded by an official international organisation (TOEFL, Cambridge FCE or CAE, DELE, CILS, DHS…): minimum level required, B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CERFL): 12 ECTS credits.

COURSE DESCRIPTION
  • HIA-1 HISTORY OF ART

This course gives a broad overview on Art History with particular focus on European Art and costume. Knowledge in this subject is essential for the work as designer and jeweller. The module will enable students to develop critical and descriptive languages of the History of Design. It also provides the opportunity to question authorised and personal understandings of objects, subjects and environments, by visiting Florence and Tuscany museums, exhibitions and other cultural historical environments.

  • GEM-2 GEMMOLOGY

Gemmology for jewellers gives an entrance in the world of stones used in jewellery. Students will learn about the characteristics of precious and semiprecious stones, their origin, market and symbolic value, the history of stonecutting, and the possible contemporary use in jeweller production. Particular focus is put on the ethical question regarding the use and the mining of precious stones.

  • CRP-1-2 THE CREATIVE PROCESS

The Unit is the first approach for the generation, development and communication of creative ideas through a variety of visual phenomena, modes of presentation and artefact production. An artist chosen will be the inspiration for the individual project of each student and the transfer of concept from a medium to another will lead to the acquisition and application of knowledge and skills manifest in a substantial portfolio of work at the end of the first year. This module introduces students to methodological approaches employed in the critical analysis of the production, representation and consumption of design and material culture, and it will encourage a historically contingent approach to comprehending design and material culture over the past century.

  • GJL-1-2 GOLDSMITH AND JEWELLERY LAB

This course is the base of jewellery making and will teach the essential techniques for the work with metal. Proficiency in practical skills is gained through repetition and familiarisation of a process, material or technique, requiring substantial time and commitment in the workshops and studios. In particular, students are provided with the means to: employ fundamental technical knowledge and workshop skills in jewellery construction, they learn to work safely and appropriately with specialist machinery and equipment; they will begin to understand the properties and qualities of materials and finishes.

  • TCH-1-2 TECHNOLOGY

This module is a theoretical course about metallurgy and will give the students knowledge about metals. They will get the basic notion on the physical and chemical behaviour of metallic elements commonly used in jewellery, their intermetallic compounds, and their alloys. The course gives necessary and comprehensive descriptions of chemistry-related issues for studio metalsmiths and offers instruction in physics of material usage that is both rigorous and practical. The module also provides the necessary understanding of mathematical formulas used to investigate the materials associated with the practice of jewellery.

  • DWR-1-2 JEWELLERY DRAWING I

Freehand drawing techniques for jewellery. In hand-drawing techniques, the course unit encourages a high level of independence and creativity of thought, as well as involvement in various student-led activities and personal development projects. The unit provides students with the opportunity to investigate and develop skills in specific aspects of drawing to successfully communicate design ideas and concepts. Basic drawing skills are acquired through a series of drawing assignments. Students will explore the use of various media, techniques and processes through a series of workshops to provide a thorough grounding in the use of drawing as a means of visual communication.

  • DEJ-1-2 JEWELLERY DESIGN I

Watercolour rendering for jewellery is the core of this unit. It aims to enable students to develop descriptive skill of Design and to provide the opportunity to question authorised and personal understandings of objects, subjects and techniques of illustration applied to goldsmith and jewellery artefacts. In addition, the unit develops a range of skills and mediums to assist in the visual communication and presentation of design ideas and thinking.

  • HIJ-3 HISTORY OF JEWELLERY

History of jewellery from antiquity to the beginning of 20 century. This unit looks at the historical factors that have influenced the shape of contemporary design practice and how knowledge of design history informs the theoretical approaches and stylistic decisions of designers today. Its aim is to help designer / practitioners develop an appreciation of the context within which contemporary work is formed. The module also aims to develop the critical vocabulary of students through visual and textual critical analysis.

  • CRD-3-4 STRATEGY OF CREATIVITY DEVELOPMENT

Workshops for the enhancement of creativity to enable students to undertake their studies in a more personalized and independent way. These modules will start the process of identifying a personal design direction through the selection and subsequent research of particular aspects of jewellery design and manufacture. Students begin to conduct their own research and, with guidance from specialist staff, to develop a professional attitude to their work. Students are required to develop systems and methodologies to create “Student Learning Contracts” that will enable them to clearly set out personal aims and outcomes, within the overall framework of the programme, to enhance and particularise their learning experience. The aim is also to encourage a high level of independence and creativity of thought, as well as involvement in various student-led activities and personal development projects.

  • GJL2-3-4 GOLDSMITH AND JEWELLERY LAB II

Advanced jewellery construction techniques as hinges, closures and basic stone setting. In this unit, the student will continue the learning process in the manufacture of jewellery, with the more advanced joining and finishing techniques. They will learn the basic notions of stone setting and explore traditional Florentine methods in jewellery manufacture and related technology, preparing he/she to enter the manufacture of metalwork as a competent and confident designer/maker with a rewarding career in the field of jewellery and related design.

  • ATCH-3-4 ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY

Material technology, production processes and industrial development in metallurgy are the core of this unit. The aim is to gain specific technical comprehension of specialist machinery used in jewellery manufacture not only for the traditional craft but also in modern industrial fabrication. The module will treat the chemical and physical properties of new materials as polyurethanes, resins, acrylics and celluloid as well as traditional materials as paper, textile and wood used in contemporary jewellery design. To successfully link traditional craft and contemporary production methods in order to merge the old and the new, the hand and the machine in a productive way is the goal of this Course Unit.

  • RAN1-3-4 REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS

The 3D design process is one of research and analysis, creative synthesis and practical realisation, all elements of which involve the acquisition of knowledge and skills appropriate to that part or parts of the process. For this reason the symbiotic relationship of studio and workshop, practitioner/tutor and student, is fundamental to the process of educating a Jewellery & Object graduate. It is essential that the student engages in a dialogue with the academic staff as well as peers to carry forward their personal research. This is achieved through the regular group seminar and individual tutorial sessions provided by the modular structure.

  • DRD-3-4 ADVANCED DRAWING AND DESIGN

The unit is designed to enable a progressive approach to the acquisition of skills, knowledge and understanding of the creative, intellectual and technical aspects of jewellery design. Freehand drawing using the right side of the brain, lateral thinking processes and brain exercises are used to enhance the technical and creative ability. The focus of the programme is to enable students to grow intellectually and to develop the capacity to imagine innovatively and operate independently in the field of jewellery design and manufacture. The unit supports the independence and creativity of thought through exercises in design methodology.

  • RAN2-5-6 REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS II

This unit is designed to enable students to apply, consolidate and extend their learning in different contextual frameworks and situations, both within and beyond the field of jewellery design and manufacture. It aims to enable students to identify a research project that is the product of sustained and creative engagement within the range of research resources in the area of studio-practice and industrial production. The module will consolidate skills of project identification, research organisation and development, time management, written and visual analysis and the presentation of a critical argument/thesis. The module further consolidates the development of skills required for autonomous learning.

  • CAR-5-6 CONTEMPORARY ART RESEARCH

This course deals with contemporary art and its concepts to enable students to place their work within the wider context of contemporary art. This course is aimed to awaken awareness about the importance of art and the role of the designer in the context of contemporary social, cultural and political issues. It is directed to encourage the independence and creativity of thought, to enhance the capacity to engage in auto-led activities and personal development projects.

  • PRE-5-6 PROFESSIONAL RESEARCH

In order to encourage a high level of independence and creativity of thought, as well as involvement in various student-led activities and personal development projects, this module aims to provide students with the means to confidently explore, analyse and describe the processes of material research and experimentation. Students will evaluate the appropriate use of materials, processes and techniques in their design concepts. The unit consists in hands-on material research, the selection, testing and appropriate use of materials, processes and techniques in logical association with their individual design concepts.

  • GJL-5-6 GOLDSMITH AND JEWELLERY LAB III

Specialist techniques and skills of jewellery making and manufacture. Particular emphasis is put on the creative and intellectual development in accordance with the refinement of technical skills. The application of specialist techniques for particular materials in jewellery manufacture paired with the use of highly sophisticated machinery and tools will allow the students to further trust in their own processes and give them confidence in making as well as the possibility of radical decisions.

Basic Jewellery - first year

Duration : 32 weeks

Christmas vacation : 4 weeks

Easter vacation : 2 weeks

Maximum number of students admitted:12

The course is divided into two terms, 12 weeks from September to December, 20 weeks from January to June.

The programs consist in theoretical and practical lessons including the following: basic techniques of jewellery construction, material technology, rendering and jewellery drawing, analysis of form, engraving, gemmology, art history

Practical lessons :goldsmith lab, engraving, rendering, prototyping

Theory :analysis of form, material technology, gemmology, art history

In addition to the theoretical and practical lessons the program includes lectures and seminars with goldsmiths and designers of international fame and visits to fairs and exhibitions in Italy and Europe.

To each student enrolled in the course the school assigns a personal workbench, and permits the access to all facilities during school office hours for the entire school year.

First Term - 12 weeks

Goldsmith lab :

  • Knowledge of basic goldsmith tools, their use and maintenance
  • Exercises in sawing and filing metal
  • Exercises in bending and soldering metal
  • Exercises in bending and soldering tubes
  • Construction of simple ring band
  • Casting in cuttlefish bone
  • Hollow construction ring with parts in resin
  • Construction of spheres for earrings with cabochon stones
  • Construction of a ring with bezel setting
  • Construction of a brooch with inlay of different metals and a closur

Technology :

  • Metals and their chemical and physical properties
  • Mathematics for the goldsmith

Rendering and free hand drawing :

  • Planning and design
  • Chiaroscuro and volume rendering (pencil)
  • Theory and techniques of colour rendering (water-colour)
  • Basic techniques and exercises in rendering (precious stones - cabochon and multifaceted)

Gemmology : 2 hours per week with final test

  • Specific weight
  • Colour
  • Cut
  • Measuring units (weight, dimensions, etc....)
  • Characteristics of precious and semiprecious stones
  • Origin
  • Market value
  • Symbolic value
  • History
SECOND TERM - 20 WEEKS

goldsmith lab :

in the second term, all students will have common technical assignments but each student will work on his/her own individual ideas and designs

  • Construction of a men's ring "chevalier"
  • Hollow constructed earrings
  • Necklace with flat modular elements
  • Domed bangle bracelet with fretwork
  • Necklace with hammered elements
  • A collection of jewellery on individual themes

Wax modelling :

  • Models for modular elements in wax
  • Silicon moulds

Design :

  • rendering, water-colour and mixed techniques (solitaire ring with diamond, pearl necklace, different types of chains, stones, a project of a collection of jewellery)
  • Study of closures for brooches and necklace
  • Wear-ability
  • Ergonomics
  • Individual creative themes: each student designs a collection of jewellery dedicated to and inspired by an chosen artist
  • Group and individual critical discussions
  • Prototypes for the laboratory
  • Commercial aspects
  • Unique pieces, small editions/li>

Gemmology :

presentations on major precious stones, pearls, corals - monograph

At the end of the course the students have to create an installation for the end of year exhibition of their work.

ADVANCED JEWELLERY - SECOND YEAR

Duration :from September to June, 32 weeks

Christmas vacation : 4 weeks

Easter vacation : 2 weeks

Maximum number of students admitted : 12

The course is divided into two terms, 12 weeks from September to December, 20 weeks from January to June.

The programs consist in theoretical and practical lessons including the following : advanced techniques of jewellery construction, strategies of creative development, material research, freehand drawing, reflective analysis, history of jewellery, material technology

Practical lessons : goldsmithing techniques, chasing and repoussè, wax modelling, freehand drawing, material research

Creative development workshops : forms in space, connection-transition, one hour jewellery, around a gift, souvenir, delta conspiracy, kid’s drawing, material experiments, wax-workshop, from word to form,

Theory : technology, jewellery history, reflective analysis

In addition to the theoretical and practical lessons the program includes lectures and seminars with goldsmiths and designers of international fame and visits to fairs and exhibitions in Italy and Europe.

To each student enrolled in the course the school assigns a personal workbench, and permits the access to all facilities during school office hours for the entire school year.

DETAILED PROGRAMME

FIRST TERM - 12 WEEKS

Goldsmith lab :

  • Casting alloys, silver, shibuichi, recipes and alloy calculations for precious metals
  • Construction of geometric hollow forms with different alloys
  • Classic solitaire ring and earing with brilliant cut stone
  • Ring collet with carré

Creative development workshops:

  • Forms in space
  • All around trees
  • Connections and transitions
  • If I were a dog

Freehand drawing and sketching :

Drawing with the right part of the brain

  • Freehand drawing: trees
  • Freehand drawing: animals
  • Freehand drawing: portraits

history of jewellery :

  • From antiquity to Renaissance

Reflective analysis:

  • Individual and group work
  • Presenting the own work
SECOND TERM - 20 WEEKS

Goldsmith lab :

  • Ring with channel setting
  • Prong and claw setting (faceted oval stone)
  • Closures for necklaces and bracelets,
  • Hollow constructed bracelet with cradle hinge and spring catch
  • Bracelet with various hinges
  • Hollow constructed box ring with pavée preparation
  • Construction of tools ( flat graver, knife graver, serrapietre) and their maintenance

Chasing and repoussé :

  • Technology
  • Relief work with given design
  • Relief work with own design
  • Preparation of tools

Creative development workshops :

  • A souvenir
  • A mysterious object
  • Materials and their possibilities
  • From thought to object
  • Worlds in wax

Drawing :

  • Cultural identity, characters, marks, styles
  • Composition, still life
  • Colour: its meaning and use in art
  • Worksheets and sketchbook, preparation and layout for notebooks on specific themes

History of jewellery :

  • from the Renaissance to the 20th. century

At the end of the course the students have to create an installation for the end of year exhibition of their work.

JEWELLERY SPECIALIZATION - THIRD YEAR

Duration : from September to June, 32 weeks

Christmas vacation : 4 weeks

Easter vacation : 2 weeks

Maximum number of students admitted:12

The course is divided into two terms, 12 weeks from September to December, 20 weeks from January to June.

The programs consist in theoretical and practical lessons including the following: advanced techniques of jewellery construction, artist tutoring, independent professional practice, advanced material research, contemporary art and jewellery history, marketing, preparation of personal book/catalogue, workshops and lectures with external tutors, graduation work/thesis

Practical lessons :goldsmith lab, independent professional practice, advanced material research, workshops on specific topics

Theory :contemporary art history, contemporary jewellery history, reflective analysis,

In addition to the classes Alchimia organises every year the following exhibitions :

  • 'Sieraad' International jewellery fair, Amsterdam
  • ‘Joia’ International juried jewellery fair, Barcelon
  • Graduation Show,

Alchimia supports the participation of students for the following international competitions :

  • Talente: competition / exhibition in the IHM - Munich, (International Craft-Fair) for artists under 30

  • Schmuck : competition / exhibition in the IHM - Munich, (International Craft-Fair) for artist jewellery
  • Brand New / New Brand : competition / exhibition organised by the 'Inhorgenta' Fair administration giving the selected students the chance to organise their own stand at a promotional price to encourage their entrance in he professional world.
  • Marzee International Graduation Show and Marzee Graduation Prize : competition / exhibition at Galerie Marzee, NL

DETAILED PROGRAM

FIRST TERM - 12 WEEKS

Goldsmith lab :

  • Precision soldering and welding exercises
  • Use of micro flame and electric welding machines
  • Special closures for brooches and necklaces
  • Precious metal alloys
  • Special technical workshops

Reflective analysis :

  • Group and individual discussion and critique

Advanced material research :

  • New technologies and the possibilities of mass production
  • contemporary materials and their use in jewellery

Contemporary art :

history and reserach

History of jewellery :

from the 20th. century to present,

SECOND TERM - 20 WEEK

Goldsmith lab :

  • Tube settings linkage
  • Threaded catch
  • Hinge- style catch
  • Advanced linkage systems
  • Gilding techniques, (keum-bo)
  • Special closures and catches
  • Materials employed in contemporary jewellery

Independent professional practice :

  • Concept and production of a professional jewellery collection
  • The own work measured on international standards
  • My position as professional maker
  • Competitions and open calls
  • The work in context

Reflective analysis and marketing :

  • The jewel as a unique work of art, the jewel as personal language
  • Artist statement and Curriculum Vitae
  • Scheduling the professional working process
  • Establishing contacts with galleries and institutions
  • Pricing (gallery and artist price)
  • Preparation and organisation of a fair
  • Individual and group critique
  • Portfolio and personal catalogue

Workshops :

2 workshops of three days with external tutors of international reputation

Graduation work :

For the end of the course students have to present their graduation collection, a personal catalogue, a powerpoint presentation and artistic statement to the graduation commission composed of the directors and a specially invited external examiner.