With respect to formal degree study, the schools in Melbourne are:
- NMIT : 3yr PT Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery stream), 2yr FT Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Jewellery stream); 3yr apprenticeship Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture;
- I’ve mentioned before that NMIT is exceptionally well-regarded (with reason) for technical skill development
- RMIT : 3yr FT Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art), specialising in Object Based Practice;
- this degree is now a little different to the one I graduated from in 2006, particularly with respect to reduced teaching hours;
- also note that the magnificent and internationally renowned (and connected) Robert Baines has officially retired from RMIT now;
- further, I’ve heard some fairly unflattering reports of the degree in recent times ; such as one student who was criticised for using metal in a project (oh seriously!) and a damning comment that the course had become more about “craft” than learning jewellery and smithing skills … I’ll undertake some discussions over coming months to see if this fits the general vibe of things
- Monash: in a revision to previous information, Monash is STILL offering Jewellery as part of a restructured Fine Arts degree – see Melissa Cameron’s recent post
Now, short courses for jewellery and silversmithing:
- NMIT : there are seven short courses currently on their website; Silversmithing and Enamelling are offered as a short courses, which is truly fabulous!; I did the Leisure Jewellery course (basically studio access) a few years ago and I thought the facilities were very good for jewellery; while I was there I witnessed the Intro course and thought it was well-structured (there is also an Intermediate course); I (still) intend to undertake the Gem Setting and the new CAD courses over the next year or two
- Northcity4 : I’m an unashamedly huge supporter of NC4!; there are Beginners and Intermediate courses; Lost Wax Casting is offered too, as is Tutored Access (love this idea); there are also regular Workshops and Seminars to take part in
- CAE : there are so many courses offered under ‘jewellery’ and ‘silversmithing’ at CAE; the courses range from bone carving to pearl stringing, casting and pendant in an evening ; CAE is connected to the now-defunct jewellery courses at Box Hill Tafe, so I wonder if their offering may change with the removal of jewellery courses at Box Hill? my experience at CAE wasn’t fabulous, but it was some years ago now and I wouldn’t be surprised if the facilities have since improved
- RMIT : regularly holds a master class in Jan/Feb each year, though these are usually only for experience artisans
- [update: 2nd Dec] Monash : just spotted there are short courses here too!
There are also many jewellers who regularly open their studio doors and generously share their knowledge and passion.
- Victoria Mason has a few workshops each year
- Redox Jewellery Studio in Geelong has regular classes too
- William Llewellyn Griffiths, of Metal Couture, holds wax carving classes
- Jeanette Dyke has classes in the beautiful surrounds of Monsalvat Art Centre
… I’m sure there are many more, so I’ll add to this listing as I uncover them.
I’d really like to create a listing of the best short courses in Melbourne for jewellery making – can you recommend where you’ve been or heard is good?