Jessica Rose's reply:
At London Jewellery School (www.londonjewelleryschool.co.uk) we come across a lot of people who have an interest in jewellery design but don’t feel they have the skills they need – this can be because they’ve trained in a different design discipline.
The courses and classes we’d recommend would depend on what your
long term goal is. If you want to focus on designing jewellery rather than making, we’d recommend a course like our Diploma in Jewellery Design and Business (www.jewellery-diploma.co.uk/diplomas/diploma-in-jewellery-design-and-business/), which combines a focus on developing your jewellery design portfolio and business plan alongside a focus on the jewellery techniques you need to understand if you are going to commission others to make your work.
If you want to make all your own pieces, then are their
particular techniques or materials that you want to develop your skills in? If it is a small number of specific skills, one way might be to take one day workshops or short courses which you might be able to fit round a job given you are about to leave university. Another would be to sign up a for a longer course that develops your making skills. On example is the LJS Diploma in Creative Jewellery where students attend one-day a week for three terms going from beginners to advanced techniques a range of jewellery techniques, helping them build professional skills and knowledge about all the media.
In order to decide the best route for you, think about what your end goal is, list the skills you will need to achieve that (don’t forget some of those might be business or marketing skills), and where the gaps in your skills are. Then you will have a starting point when you look at jewellery training courses and an idea of how much work you need to do to get to your desired level.
In terms of practising your making skills, London Jewellery School offers a bench day scheme where you can use our studios for your own work – obviously if you are based in Aberdeen this isn’t that convenient, but it would be worth investigating whether there are any opportunities to use studio space with tools near you.
All the best with getting where you need to be.