JWL1311 - Contemporary jewellery practice 1 - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Art, Design and Architecture

Organisational Unit

Department of Fine Arts


Ms Manon Van Kouswijk

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


This Fine Art unit introduces students to the practice and research of contemporary jewellery and object making. The emphasis in this unit is on engaging in processes that combine making with critical thinking to explore a range of innovative approaches to jewellery as a contemporary art practice.

Students will explore ideas within the framework of set projects using the making process and conceptual research to advance these ideas.

The process of making jewellery is taught through the acquisition of a variety of basic skills and techniques that incorporate working with metal, wood and plastic in addition to a broad range of other materials and processes.


On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Have a basic understanding of contemporary art jewellery practice as a discipline within Art, Design & Architecture.
  2. Develop ideas and apply basic skills to realise jewellery-based and body related objects through an open process of inquiry and experimentation.
  3. Research a contemporary art context for jewellery and its relationship to other relevant art, design and architecture practices.
  4. Understand and apply the rules of occupational health and safety appropriate to the discipline.


100% mixed mode

Workload requirements

12 hours per week, including 4 hours of taught studio, and 8 hours of personal study and studio practice.

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Chief examiner(s)


Admission to an Art & Design course, or permission.



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