Course Title: Gold and Silversmithing 1B1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gold and Silversmithing 1B1

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011

Course Coordinator: Mark Edgoose

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3540

Course Coordinator

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course is for Fine Art Students from BP201 only.
Gold and Silversmithing 1A1 VART 1916

Course Description

This course will help you to understand the relationship between form, material and the human context. It will build upon the knowledge and skills you have acquired in Gold and Silversmithing 1A1. You will explore and experiment with the physical properties of a broad range of metals, alloys and non metallic construction materials and will learn to perform basic bench skills. You will also be introduced to aesthetic and conceptual considerations that are necessary for contemporary silversmithing and 3D object making.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Capability Development
This course will help you develop the capability to find creative solutions to constraints and challenges that relate to silversmithing and 3D object making. In the process of making works you will develop both your technical and conceptual skills through analytical thinking and visual perception to inform your creative practice and to initiate a vision of art as a profession.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop drawing skills and 3D techniques (mock-ups) which enable the accurate realisation of projects
  • Competently use tools to explore a range of materials and effectively utilize surface finishing such as filing, emery work and polishing
  • Competently use skills such as: hard forging and raising, fabrication and soldering
  • Describe the physical properties of a broad range of metals, alloys and non-metallic construction materials
  • Use metal and other materials as object making mediums for artistic expression to create works
  • Describe and apply occupational, health and safety measures when making works
  • Discuss the aesthetic and conceptual aspects of your object making practice based on your knowledge and appreciation of historical and contemporary trends in Fine Art
  • Initiate and pursue directions that inform your professional and creative growth and catalyse invention, innovation and refinement of your work.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities comprise of studio workshops and demonstrations, making works, group tasks, peer review and critique sessions. Critiquing is an analytical process that helps you articulate the form, content and context of your own and others’ work and is an essential part of being a professional artist.  A program of individual tutorials and group critiques will be scheduled to review progress and to develop the capacity for aesthetic judgement and rigorous self analysis. You will be required to develop the practice of using folios that include sketchbooks and visual material as a means of research and documentation. You will also be expected to cultivate an awareness of traditional and contemporary practice by regular participation in visits to public and commercial galleries, guest lectures, workshops, scheduled excursions and appropriate use of library facilities.

Overview of Learning Resources

Overview of Assessment

Creating Works and Documenting the Process
Assessment is based on the creation of a range of works that respond to a project brief and your ability to research and document that process. Your work should be submitted as a series of folios at the end of the semester. These folios should include finished works and documentation of the technical and conceptual processes used to develop those works. Feedback will be given on each project to help you track how your learning is progressing against the specified learning outcomes and capabilities for this course. You will also be assessed on your ability to review and critique your own works and the work of other practitioners.

Assessment will be conducted by a panel of Gold & Silversmithing staff. Your assessment will be moderated by your course co-ordinator in collaboration with another studio co-ordinator.