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THE UPDATED POST IS : Studying jewellery in Melbourne (update) [12May15]
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Update: please go to this NEW updated and revised post about jewellery classes in Melbourne, as information in this post may now be outdated
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?
Update (31st Jan 2014): via comment: The Gordon Institute in Geelong also offers jewellery making classes.
Update (24th March 2014): note that Redox Jewellery Studio has moved and has been renamed as Annie Broadway Studio, and they still offer classes
Update (14th Jan 2015): in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne Jane Ruljancich regularly runs workshop classes of varying levels, and has a specialist class for couples to make their own wedding bands (no prior experience necessary)