ACADEMIC PROGRAM

A TWO-YEAR PROGRAM IN CONTEMPORARY JEWELERY MAKING AND DESIGN

“Education is one of the key pillars to a successful community and, in the case of Egypt, to a stable nation. My way of giving back to the design industry and the arts is to allow for young potential to learn a craft that can help them succeed both locally and globally and eventually position the Middle East on the map as a jewellery design hub” – Designer Azza Fahmy

Our two-year program is for students who approach the professional world for the first time, and for those who strive to reach a professional stage in jewellery design. The program combines theoretical knowledge, practical practice, and most interestingly an experimental stage for the students in order to give them a chance to explore the jewellery design and metal-smith work and widen their knowledge about the crafts.

Program levels
  • Beginner (B)
  • Beginner Plus (B+)
  • Advances (A)
  • Advanced Plus (A+)

The program consists of 14- 16 weeks (2 semesters a year) that provide the students with basic yet essential jewellery making and design techniques. Then the students are introduced to a more advanced level to implement the technical skills that they have acquired earlier.

Students must demonstrate an advancement of their technical and conceptual skills with a portfolio of their work to be promoted to the upcoming semester. The evaluation will take place at the end of each semester, followed by an exhibition critiqued by DSAF instructors, in addition to our Senior Technical Consultant and co-founder of Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School – Doris Maninger

FIRST SEMESTER- BEGINNER LEVEL
General aim & Main Techniques
  • Introduction to Jewelry Lab & Creating bench book
  • Introduction to jewelry and metalsmithing: sawing, filing, drilling, piercing, hammering and soldering
  • First Parure
  • Introduction to stone setting & creating the first ring
  • Deepen technical and design skills to Develop the final collection for the semester project with a specific theme
Concept & Creative Development
  • Introduction to design and drawing (freehand drawing)
  • Patterns & their development (in 3D & 2D drawing)
  • Material experimentation & model making
  • Project research & creating the first mood board
  • Work presentation
SECOND SEMESTER – BEGINNER PLUS LEVEL
General aim & Main Techniques
  • First development of 3D skills in metal and introduction to alternative materials
  • Hollow forms & material study and inlay
  • Cold connections
  • Wax Carving
  • Advanced stone setting
  • Develop the final collection for the semester project with a specific theme
Concept & Creative Development
  • Material and form, from 2D to 3D drawing
  • Materials experimentation and model making
  • Working on preformed concepts, from idea to object
  • Project research & concept presentation
  • Work presentation and creating the first artist book
THIRD SEMESTER – ADVANCED LEVEL
General aim & Main Techniques
  • Enhancement in technical skills
  • Reproduction and new technologies and materials
  • Movements, connections & closures
  • Coloring Techniques
  • Wire techniques
  • Metal fusion techniques (like Mokume-gane)
  • Develop the final collection for the semester project with a specific theme
Concept & Creative Development
  • From idea to object focusing on connections & transitions
FOURTH SEMESTER – ADVANCED PLUS LEVEL
General aim & Main Techniques
  • Technical refinement
  • Advanced jewelry construction techniques
  • Advanced Technology, aiming to introduce students to the up to date machinery and technologies in jewelry making not only the traditional craft
  • Ability to analyze quality in technique and design
Concept & Creative Development
  • Strengthening of design capacities and theoretical research focusing on history of Jewellery
  • Enhancement of creativity to enable students to undertake their studies in a more personalized and independent way
  • Advanced drawing & design

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