Jewellery Design Technology

BA (Hons)

Welcome to Jewellery Design Technology

We are honored to have you become part of our community here at the Jewellery Design Technology Department and we welcome you to join us on our mission towards the achievement of ACDT’s vision. Learn essential core skills in jewellery making, to build confidence and know-how. A carefully structured series of projects will introduce you to a range of materials, techniques and processes.

Course description – degree

Semester One

BJD 111     –  Introduction to Jewellery Design           3 Credit Hours

Description
This course involves experimentation and practical lessons that expose students to the fact that metal is the principal material used in the making of jewellery but not an exclusive material. The course will also entail a review of the history of jewellery making throughout the world, up to the present with an indication of what the future possibilities might be. Such a review shall be conducted with some selections of traditional jewellery used by culturally distinct ethnic groups and a sampling of contemporary jewellery.

 

BJD 112      – Workshop Practice Basics                         3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces students to the relevant activities that take place in jewellery production with special emphasis on the health and safety aspects. Analysis of general workshop requirements and an “Occupational Safety and Health for Jewellers” will be conducted for all first-year students throughout this course.

 

BJD 113      – Foundations in Technical Drawing        3 Credit Hours

Description
This course explains why technical drawing is an effective way of communicating design concepts. It examines industry trends to show why designers, engineers and technologists today have an even greater need to master graphics communication. Students will be introduced to the significance of graphics language and associated tools for the designer and technologist.

 

BJD 114      – Basic Drawing                                                 3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces basic drawing techniques and it is designed to increase observation skills. Emphasis is placed on the fundamentals of drawing. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate various methods and their application to representational imagery. This course also impresses upon students the fact that, the knowledge and understanding gained through drawing from life, directly enhances our ability to draw from the imagination.

 

BJD 115      – Introduction to African Art and Culture    3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to help students understand the society in which they live and perform. The history, practices and beliefs that make up the African society, will be explore and discussed. Students would be able to deduce at the end of this course that, African cosmological beliefs had a direct influence on artefacts developed for various religious or ceremonial functions.

 

BJD 116      – Communication and Study Skills I                3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to help students to develop effective language and study skills for their academic work; improve vocabulary, become familiar with the conventions of Standard English Language usage, and develop strategies for preparing for, and taking examinations. The course also aims at equipping students with the mechanical skills for writing academic essays. Participants of this course should be able to enhance their skills for communicating effectively in an academic environment.

Semester Two

BJD 121      – Experimental Jewellery Practices                         3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is an introduction to contemporary practice and skills in Jewellery. Students will explore elements of 3-Dimensional Design in the context of contemporary jewellery- making and metal-forming. Students will experience a workshop environment including demonstrations, lectures, examples and assignments followed by group and individual critiques.

 

BJD 122      – Safety Workshop Practice                                        3 Credit Hours

Description
This is a laboratory course for inducting students into the safe operation of hand tools, power tools, stationary machinery, and other equipment for the fabrication and finishing of industrial jewellery design models and prototypes as well as projects or artefacts which have to be cast, electroplated, or enamelled. At the end of this course, the student would be fully aware of work safety requirements and possible health hazards existing in their craft.

 

BJD 123      – Orthographic and Isometric Projections             3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces the subject of orthographic, isometric and oblique projections, which are standard methods of representing engineering/technical designs. By the end of the course, students will be conversant with skills involved in Conventional practices as applied to sectional drawings as well as production of assembly drawings from detail drawings of separate parts or vice versa.

 

BJD 124      – Introduction to Computer Aided Design             3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces students to 3D modelling as an innovative approach to the visualisation process and how Computer Aided Design (CAD) is revolutionising the industry and promoting the integration of computers into the design process. Students will gain insight into the background history to the development of uniform Rational B- Splines (NURBS) as well as its characteristics and functions.

 

BJD 125      – Communication and study Skills II                        3 Credit Hours

Description
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to communicate professionally on many levels including writing; speaking; conducting meetings; giving presentations and interpersonal dialogues; and using electronic media. It will also help improve students’ ability to speak and to understand spoken English through a variety of listening, pronunciation, and speaking activities.

Semester Three

BJD 231      – Introduction to Design and Modelling                     3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to introduce students to some of the methods employed in stimulating creativity such as synectics and lateral thinking. A series of lectures and practical design projects are undertaken which combine theoretical, practical and technical skills with an understanding of the broader issues relating to contemporary, past and future trends in jewellery design and Three-Dimensional Modelling.

 

BJD 232      – Fabrication and Finishing Basics                                3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is an introduction to basic jewellery fabrication techniques. Emphasis will be on technical skills in the fabrication of single pieces of jewellery. Upon successful completion of this course, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to apply basic hand fabrication techniques using various metals in the making of jewellery, identify the health and safety concerns involved in the making of jewellery, safely use and operate hand and machine tools as well as gas torches in the Jewellery & Metals studios.

 

BJD 233      – Alloy Calculations, Measuring and Marking          3 Credit Hours

Description
In this course, students will be introduced to the basic units of linear measurement – the decimal or metric system, the British and U.S measuring systems of inches and feet and the marked measuring tools used in either measuring system. The various calculations involved in the preparation and measuring of sheet metal, wire tubes and alloys will be covered in this course.

 

BJD 234      – Introduction to Metallurgy                                           3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the metallurgy fundamentals. It will involve the study of ferrous and nonferrous metals from the ore to the finished product. Instructional emphasis on metal alloys, heat treating, hard surfacing, welding techniques, forging, foundry processes, and mechanical properties of metal including hardness, machine-ability, and ductility. Students will describe technical terms used in the various phases of metallurgy, from early history to classification of steel.

 

BJD 235      – Assaying, Refining & Hallmarking                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the broader topic. ‘Quality control of Precious Metals’. The major objective of the course is to equip students with the history and the practice of hallmarking of objects which is a means of safeguarding the purchaser against fraudulent practices.

 

BJD 236      – 3D Modelling in Computing                                         3 Credit Hours

Description
This course provides students with a broad knowledge in 3-dimensional Computer- Aided Design (CAD) and modelling with a focus on design and jewellery-specific applications. Students will learn how to use industry-leading CAD software programs such as RHINO and MATRIX, to model jewellery projects, and then create and distribute basic, industry-standard jewellery drawings.

 

BJD 237      – Introduction to Entrepreneurship                               3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is an introduction to the concept of entrepreneurship. The course will cover the characteristics of and types of entrepreneurs, identifying problems and opportunities, creative problem solving, developing a viable business model and entrepreneurial ethics. The major learning aims of the course are to develop students’ knowledge about entrepreneurship.

Semester Four

BJD 241     –  Concept Design Modelling                               3 Credit Hours

Description
In this course, the students will learn how to produce detailed object models and designs from system requirements; identify use cases and expand into full behavioural designs; expand the analysis into a design ready for implementation and construct designs that are feasible. The course begins with an overview of the object-oriented analysis and design.

 

BJD 242      – Fabrication and Finishing Techniques          3 Credit Hours

Description
This course introduces contemporary jewellery practice for art and design applications for students involved in creative work for the first time. It presents the context for designing and making, introducing students to the practical and theoretical concerns of contemporary jewellery and object. The studio activity will examine a variety of materials with a focus on the technology of metal and its translation through heat into three-dimensional forms.

 

BJD 243      – Jewellery Casting Methods                              3 Credit Hours

Description
In this course, students will be given a brief background to the development of casting technology. By the end of the course, students would have learnt the most common casting method for jewellery (as well as for large objects) entailing static casting or gravity pouring where the metal fills the mould cavity simply through the force of gravity.

 

BJD 244      – Jewellery Surface Coating Methods             3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to introduce students to the various coating processes and how they are applied to the making of jewellery. The objectives of the course are to equip students with the knowledge and skills in changing the base metal’s surface appearance through the use of a mechanical application of precious metals, building up a surface by depositing metals through electrolytic mediums (electroplating) and synthesizing form and texture by electrochemistry.

 

BJD 245       – Advanced Metallurgy                                        3 Credit Hours

Description
In this course students examine the basic metallurgical properties of non-ferrous metals used in the making of jewellery, gold, silver, copper, and platinum and the changes that take place during cutting and welding operations. By the end of this course, students will develop an understanding of the problems associated with these changes and strategies on how to avoid or minimize their adverse effects.

 

BJD 246      – Advanced Computer Applications               3 Credit Hours

Description
This course explores 3-dimensional modelling as it applies to jewellery design. The primary objective of this course is for each student to understand the technology used in 3-D modelling, define the most popular types of 3-D modelling software and understand how CAM information is derived from 3-D models. The course will also expose students to the benefits of combining 3-D modelling techniques with computer- aided manufacturing (CAM) capabilities to ensure that the object or product can be manufactured as modelled.

 

BJD 247      – Developing a New Venture                             3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to inculcate into the students, the zeal and how to identify, organise and start a new business in design and related areas. It provides a theoretical and practical understanding of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial behaviour within a variety of organisational contexts. Objective is to empower the students to start their own business and employ others through business plan development and proposal writing.

Semester Five

BJD 351      – Advanced Designs and Modelling                   3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to give students an in-depth knowledge of the various types of models used in representing abstract ideas, words and forms through the orderly use of simplified text and images. Special emphasis will be placed on the Scale model as one of the most useful and easily understandable of all the modelling processes. Technical, aesthetic and conceptual issues will be addressed.

 

BJD 352      – Fabrication and Finishing Practices                 3 Credit Hours

Description
This course covers constructing jewellery components, single and multiple-piece items involving a range of fabrication processes and techniques. Students will learn a variety of jewellery making and finishing skills including hammering, texturing, doming, shaping, soldering, embossing, chasing, casting, filigree, etc., and will have completed a piece of wearable jewellery (earrings, pendant or pin) by the end of the course.

 

BJD 353      – Introduction to Gemmology                               3 Credit Hours

Description
This course deals with the elements of gemmological knowledge that are important in jewellery design, metalsmithing, gem-setting and jewellery repair, and with practices of instrumental gem identification that are necessary for persons in the jewellery trade. It will involve the study of precious, semi- precious and synthetic stones employed in modern times for jeweller making.

 

BJD 354      – Introduction to Gem Setting                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is a study of the various gem setting skills necessary for bezel and claw settings for both faceted and cabochon stones. The setting of jewel clusters is covered. Various metals are used for setting purposes. Upon completion of this course, students will have reliably demonstrated the ability to fabricate bezels, crown, prong and claw settings for use in the setting of faceted and cabochon stones.

 

BJD 355      – Seminar in Jewellery Design                              3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to help students to focus on the ideas and issues in the field of contemporary Jewellery Design. It addresses concerns of 21st century jewellery designers which are meant to enable students to understand concepts, visual and material culture, and make aesthetic judgments.

 

BJD 356      – Business Management and Sustenance       3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to assist students in understanding the benefits of managing and sustaining a business. This in order will help students to take control of their businesses. At the end of this course, students will acquire general management skill that will help them to organise physical and financial resources needed to run a venture. They will also acquire skills that will help them to sustain their businesses.

Semester Six

BJD 361     – Practical Design and Modelling Processes             3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to help the student settle on a definite design that may be modelled physically and followed through to final execution. By the completion of this course students will be conversant with the methods of construction or fabrication as essential factors in the choice of materials, manifesting in their selected projects.

 

BJD 362      – Fabrications and Model Making                                 3 Credit Hours

Description
This course guides students into successful translations of simple and complex modelled objects or articles into models which may serve as a prototype for final fabrication. In this course, Students will refine their skills and work in more complex ways with metals.

 

BJD 363     –  Jewellery Production                                                    3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is a continuation of BJD 243 and introduces students to centrifugal casting. It entails a comprehensive investigation of the materials and methods of production casting. Emphasis will be on accurate model making and the production of multiple items of jewellery suitable for manufacture.

 

BJD 364      – Advanced Gemmology                                                 3 Credit Hours

Description
This course continues what was started in BJD 354 and has two objectives. The first is to introduce students to cabochon-cut stones which are probably a more common cut type. They may be purchased ready-cut in a great variety of different stones, shapes and standard dimensions. The second is to introduce students to faceted stones which have surfaces that are cut into shapes made in relation to the crystal forms of the particular stone. By the end of this course, students will have a good appreciation of the prime function of facets on a stone and the knowledge to exploit its optical properties of brilliances, dispersion of fire, and to heighten any existing colour.

 

BJD 365     – General Gem Setting Techniques                              3 Credit Hours

Description
Many systems of fabricating a setting for cabochon-cut stone are used. The basic types were explained and demonstrated in BJD 354. In this course, students are introduced to the three primary settings used for setting a faceted stone, namely, Closed settings, Open settings and Group settings.

 

BJD 366      – Ethical and legal Issues in Jewellery                      3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to introduce students to the ethical and legal issues of business in Ghana. It provides a theoretical and practical understanding of ethical and legal related issues that affect businesses in Ghana. It also explains the driving forces of new venture success and provides an understanding of the ethical and legitimacy challenges that face entrepreneurs with new ventures.

 

BJD 367      – Research Methods                                                          3 Credit Hours

Description

This course seeks to provide an introduction to research methods and designs relevant to Jewellery practitioners. The course will focus on an introduction to various research designs, including experimental and non-experimental, as well as quantitative and qualitative research methods. In addition, the course will focus on providing a practical understanding of several statistical tools used in Design research.

Semester Seven

Attachment in Industry

Description
The Industrial Attachment programme is intended to expose students to industrial practices in Jewellery through attachment to Jewellery firms. This intends to foster the ability to apply the previously learned methods and techniques and adapt them to the organizational dynamics, and it facilitates the entry into professional life and the integration of the knowledge obtained in previous courses. It also adds a learning experience in diversified management areas such as human resources, finance and marketing.

 

BPD 471     – Host Entity Evaluation Reports                          9 Credit Hours

Description
After completion of the Curricular Internship course students should have acquired the context of and within the company / organization (Host Entity). Students’ industry supervisors who oversee students’ day-to- day work will provide assessment of performance during the period of attachment.

 

BJD 472      – Industrial Project Work                                        6 Credit Hours

Description
Under this module, students will be expected to prepare bi-weekly reports of activities. These reports will culminate in a final report to be submitted at the end of the attachment period to the college.

Semester Eight

BJD 481      – Post Industrial Attachment Seminars                   3 Credit Hours

Description
The course aims to make students think about their experiences whilst on industrial attachment in terms of appropriate and inappropriate conducts and actions. It also creates opportunities for students to reflect on what they have learnt whilst on industrial attachment and what they still need to learn.

 

BJD 482      – Studio Research in Jewellery Design                   3 Credit Hours

Description
This is a studio-based course that is designed to assist students to focus on the real world demands of the Jewellery industry. An important element of the course is work- based learning that seeks to link up classroom activities with a real world of work experiences gained through the Industrial Attachment Programme (IAP).

 

BJD 483      – Jewellery Exhibition and Portfolio                        3 Credit Hours

Description
The course would involve a series of presentations of a purposeful collection of students’ work that exhibit their efforts, progress, and achievements during their four- year study of this programme.

 

BJD 484      – Project Management in Jewellery Design          3 Credit Hours

Description
The course seeks to expose students to the knowledge and information about practices in the design, production workshop and project management in the design industry. The study also intends for students to acquire a thoughtful, ethical, quality-conscious, and a cost-saving approach to industrial production.

 

BJD 485      – Project Work                                                                 3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to offer students understanding and application of some basic concepts of research and its methodologies and identify appropriate research topics. Again, students will be able to select and define appropriate research problems and parameters, organize and conduct research (advanced project) in a more appropriate manner, and write a research proposal and research report.

 

BJD 486      – Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs      3 Credit Hours

Description
This course is designed to deepen knowledge on all the components of the balance sheet, using a double entry booking method. By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to analyse a company’s financial statement and come to a reasoned conclusion about the financial situation of a company.

 

BJD 357      – Operations Management                                          3 Credit Hours

Description
This course seeks to address the key operations and logistical issues in service and manufacturing organizations that have strategic as well as tactical implications. Aside from the problems and opportunities encountered by managers in contemporary production and operations management, this course will attempt to identify and understand those factors which influence the design and effective operating systems of the firm and its management in a global context.

EXAMINATION / ASSESSMENT OF COURSE WORK

Assessment of a student’s performance shall be by a combination of continuous assessment and End of semester examinations. The weightings for the two modes of assessment are as follows:

 

Continuous Assessment

Class Assignment, Quizzes and Tests   –       25% (at least THREE ENTRIES a semester)

Mid – Semester Examination                 –          15%

End of Semester Examination            –              60%

 

Note:  A student who does not take Mid – Semester Examination does not qualify to take End of Semester Examinations.

Grading system

 

Grading at the end of each semester

GRADE
SCORE
GRADE POINT
REMARKS
A 80-100 4.0 Excellent
B+ 75-79 3.50 Very Good
B 70-74 3.00 Good
C+ 65-69 2.50 Very Fair
C 60-64 2.00 Fair
D+ 55-59 1.50 Satisfactory
D 50-54 1.00 Barely Satisfactory
E 0-49 0.00 Fail

Certification

Cumulative Grade point Average Class
3.50 – 4.00 First Class
3.00 – 3.50 Second Class Upper
2.50 – 2.99 Second Class Lower
2.00 – 2.49 Third Class
1.00 – 1.99 Pass

Bachelor of Arts

Jewellery Design Technology

Four (4) year programme

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Diploma

Jewellery Design Technology

Two (2) year programme

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Certificate

Bench Jewellery

3 – 12 months