Truro and Penwith College

FdA Silversmithing and Jewellery

Rated Gold (2017) by the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) and Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality University course right here in Cornwall. 

A variety of people enter Higher Education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.

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Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • FDSJ115 Craftsmanship (Materials Skills and Technologies)

      Students will be introduced to the properties of materials and appropriate techniques for working with them through a series of demonstrations and practical investigations.

    • FDSJ116 Silversmithing

      Students will explore, at some depth, the craft of silversmithing, through demonstrations and practical investigations of the specialist processes and techniques. They will use this experience of the complex skills to develop a personal response of innovative ideas within a silversmithing context.

    • FDSJ117 Jewellery

      Students will explore, at some depth, the craft of jewellery, through demonstrations and practical investigations of the specialist processes and techniques. They will use this experience of the complex skills to develop a personal response of innovative ideas within a jewellery context.

    • FDSJ118 Personal Project

      The student will develop work of a self-initiated personal nature, building on the skills and ideas that they have gained through their previous practical work. Each student will prepare a written statement of intent after consultation with staff. The work that they will present at the end of the module, including a technique and design journal, will be assessed against this statement.

    • FDSJ122 Observation and Interpretation

      Students will investigate systems, materials, formats, and subject matter to enable them to undertake and record visual research.. Drawings and reference material will be discussed and progressed in the workshops in preparation for 3D interpretations.

    • FDSJ124 Critical and Contextual Studies

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • FDSJ215 Advanced Craftsmanship

      This module provides students with the opportunity to explore and develop specialist skills, techniques or processes to greater depth After a period of experimentation, a set brief will lead students on to design development work.

    • FDSJ217 Research Project

      Developing ideas and concepts within the commercial context of a specific retail outlet, craft gallery or exhibition. Students will develop a research brief in which they will under take a planned research project into a particular technique or process. It could be a re-evaluation of a traditional technique or utilising a contemporary process.

    • FDSJ218 Personal Negotiated Project

      With in the students work related context they will exploit their technical and design research to display their manufacturing competence and professional approach. Through a high level of inventiveness, creativity, analysis and specialist understanding, they will demonstrate their critical awareness of their medium and the relevant, contemporary location of their personal aesthetic. With their future progression in mind, they will construct a pack of relevant personal promotion information.

    • FDSJ219 Critical and Contextual Studies (Personal Investigation)

      Students will undertake an individual research project that has been negotiated with the module leader, and which involves critical analysis of an aspect of design in society. They will be expected to use appropriate research strategies and time management. The aim is to achieve a greater understanding of the chosen topic, in terms of its historical base, cultural and environmental influences, and relationship to wider design issues.

    • FDSJ220 Professional Studies

      Students will learn basic organisational and business skills: There will be an emphasis on the development of appropriate presentation skills in an employment context. Health and safety issues and legislation will be discussed and good commercial working practices established.

    • FDSJ221 Batch Production

      Students will design and produce an item suitable for batch production. This object could be a complete form or identical components that could link to produce a more complex structure. Students will be expected to visit relevant industrial workshops to inform their experience and understanding.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

For further information and to apply for this course, please contact the college's admissions team directly using the contact details below. 

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

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Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.

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