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This advanced course extends your jewellery skills and knowledge by increasing the complexity of studio practice within the jewellery discipline through studio-based activities and rigorous critical analysis. This course contributes to the jewellery stream by developing your knowledge, skill and understanding of designing contemporary wearable jewellery. You will focus on contemporary jewellery in a way that challenges what contemporary jewellery can be, the relationships between jewellery and the body, and the nature of a jewellery wearable. Self-direction will be encouraged so that you acquire and apply skills in developing and articulating a brief.

This course engages students in a series of preparatory workshops, to introduce materials and processes suitable for the finished work or series of works for Assessment Task 3: Bodyworks. Studio tasks will offer guided materials experimentation, thinking and design speculation through both technical and conceptual based studio classes under the broad heading of ‘Surface and Colour, Material Language.’

Three Assessment tasks over the Semester will address the conceptual, material and technical understanding of Jewellery and Object Design as applied to the body, and may require in some instances for you to liaise with industry partners in the development of your design solutions. Project documentation and presentation methods are expected to reflect a substantial sophistication of design ideas and communication and be supported by relevant practical and written research.

SDES3409 - Jewellery: Contextual Issues through Bodyworks is an advanced 3000 level studio course. It is one of a suite of two (or more) interrelated core courses in Year 3 that complete a four-course specialist 'stream' in the BFA(Hons), BMA(Hons) and/or BDes(Hons) programs in Year 3.

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