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Jewellery: Alternative Materials, Cold Joining and Riveting

Short Course - Foundation Option 2
Jewellery: Option 2 Alternative Materials, Cold Joining and Riveting | Foundation

Working in metals and alternative materials such as perspex, wood and leather this jewellery degree will introduce you to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional jewellery tools and equipment.

You will experience investigating alternative materials and metals using methods such as cold joining, riveting, piercing, drilling, texturing, soldering and etching.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • On Campus

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date

Term One:
To be confirmed
Term Two:
To be confirmed

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
7:00pm - 9:30pm

You will be able to familiarise yourself with the diversity of perspex, wood, leather, copper and aluminium.

You will learn and practice essential jewellery skills in the following:

  • Piercing and filing
  • Sawing, drilling, folding and polishing
  • Wirework
  • Soldering
  • Doming and forming
  • Texturing metal: hammering, roll printing, annealing
  • Acid etching
  • Cold Joining
  • Riveting
  • Jewellery findings
  • Finishing

You will be encouraged to develop your design understanding through personalised projects, exploring the potential of test pieces towards the production of elementary small scale pieces.

You are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects your personal practice, individual interests and the work of other designers. This becomes a personal journal of your development during the course.



The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Methods of delivery include: class talks, demonstrations, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

You are taught by specialist staff who will offer practical advice and instruction together with personal encouragement in discovering individual creative skills.

You will receive general instruction and one-to-one tuition tailored to suit your personal level of experience and ability. 

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.


This course is not formally assessed. 



Academic Support

Students are encouraged to inform us at the time of enrolment of information relating to a disability, medical condition or specific learning difficulty.

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants with profound physical or sensory disabilities are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in academic writing, study skills, maths and statistics, English language and information technology.


There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Foundation Jewellery provides an excellent starting point for beginners.

Required Age

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course excluding the Young Artist programmes.

  • Course fee: £355

Materials & Equipment

All hand tools, polishing soldering and etching equipment are provided.Copper, aluminium and perspex provided. Students are welcome to work in silver if they wish - however, silver will not be included in the course materials provided by the school.

Details on the materials required for your course:


A refund is only applicable where there has been illness with a medical certificate to support it.

ID Cards

Students enrolled on a 40/60 hour Short Course are eligible for student discounted rates around the city and at our Gray’s Art Shop. Find out more:  

Gray's Art Shop

Located within the Gray’s building, the Art Shop stocks a wide range of specialist materials, papers and equipment for all kinds of creative ventures. Open to all, both student and non-student, with very competitive prices, the staff are on hand and happy to help. Open between 9am-3.30pm Monday to Friday and a selection of dates over each term to accommodate the Short Course students.

Staff appreciate many Short Course students are busy through the day, so they are happy to take phone orders that can be collected from reception at a later/more convenient time for students.


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


Have a question about the course? Get in touch with the Gray's Short Course Team and we'll do our best to help.

Email the Gray's Short Course Team

Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities. 

We've invested more than £100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.

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