Course Title: Gold and Silversmithing Forging and Forming

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Gold and Silversmithing Forging and Forming

Credit Points: 12

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


340H Art


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 1 2008

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Kevin White

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2517

Course Coordinator

Course Coordinator Location: 2.B.9

Course Coordinator Availability: Via Appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will focus on the plastic nature of metal and the ability to shift material volume and develop forms in metal through the aid of related forging tools and techniques.  Students are expected to engage with subject matter and concept as a basis for their work.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course aims to:

  • introduce the student to aesthetic and intellectual considerations i object making.
  • develop understanding of the nature of various metals
  • manufacture small sale implements, cutlery and vessels
  • develop an understanding of the physical properties of various metals during the forging process
  • develop a broad understanding and knowledge of materials and technology related to forging
  • encourage the development of an individual aesthetic based on knowledge and appreciation of historical and contemporary trends within a Fine Art context

At successful completion of this course the student should:

  • have a knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues in relation to materials, equipment and work practices and an ability to implement these principles in actives related to metal forging.
  • have a fundamental understanding of the physical properties of a broad range of metals and alloys appropriate for forging
  • have an understanding and ability to apply various forging related process.
  • begin to initiate and pursue directions that inform and further individual professional and creative growth and catalyze invention, innovation and refinement of personal work.

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Learning will take place through a program of lectures, demonstrations Nada studio based learning via projects and assignments.
  • A program of individual tutorials and group critiques will be scheduled to review progress nd to develop the capacity for aesthetic judgement and rigorous self analysis.
  • Students will be required to develop the practice of using sketchbooks and journals / visual diaries as a means of research and documentation.
  • Students will cultivate an awareness of traditional 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

References provided in part B

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is by folio submission at the end of each semester, conducted by a panel of staff from the studio area. 

Assessment Tasks:

  1. Presentation of all studio work requirements
  2. Presentation of specialist workshop requirements
  3. Folio of support work which will include visual refernces, interpretive drawings assemblages.

Assessment feedback is in by written report to be made available to the student.