Semester Course in Fashion Jewelry
: February 2017 Languaje
The Fashion Jewelry semester is a unique opportunity for students interested in a future in the field to develop the technical skills and knowledge base that are necessary to be a creative and professional success.
The program trains students in project design by focusing on the technical skills and methodologies that are necessary to take an initial concept, study its feasibility and develop a final collection.
The jewelry designer is an interpreter of “hidden” signs. Their heightened sensitivity to aesthetics and intuition allows them to translate the symbolic language of the body and behavior into tangible objects and shapes. If jewelry is the physical representation of these symbols, then the pieces one chooses to wear reflect one’s individual values. The capacity to recognize symbols and transform them into a concrete aesthetic form is crucial for the jewelry designer.
The semester is focused on theoretical studies as well as practice-based modules on designing and project realization. That reinforces the necessity methodology to design a collection and will offer the practical skills and tools for them to express their creativity and to realize their designs.
Students enrolling in semester programs at the IED have the option to extend to a full “Academic Year / One Year” program by adding an additional semester or they can opt for the Two City Option by enrolling in an additional semester at another IED location offering semester programs. Currently only IED Florence and Milan offer this option.
This semester program is open to current students, graduates and professionals seeking to define or acquire new skills and perspective. IED is able to provide further information regarding course content, facilities and faculty upon request. IED facilitates students spending a semester or academic year abroad by facilitating credit transfer in collaboration with the student’s home institution.
Duration and attendance
: 15 weeks full time
An historical and critical analysis of modern and contemporary artistic movements and artists of the 19th and 20th Century: Impressionism, Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism. An integral part of the course will be site visits including relevant historical sites, museums and exhibitions.
- Dredsing And Self-decorating Communication
How “dressing” is a means of individual, social and cultural communication. Clothing and accessories are filters and junctions for the articulation of the dynamic dialogues amongst me, myself, my body, the others, my culture, and my expectations. Analysis will focus on the different communication levels mediated by clothes; communicating myself: work on the different communication levels mediated by clothes; cultural background; Decorating the senses; Keywords and mood boards. Project work will consist of producing a fashion/ jewelry/accessories collection and book project.
Introduces contemporary trends and designers in order to gain consciousness about one’s identity and positioning vis-a-via fashion. This serves as the foundation for the following course components and projects: research, detection and analysis of a concept; stylistic knowledge of the sector and of trends; idea development; key elements of the moodboard; realization of a book of materials and colors; application of the individual working and presentation of a final book.
Students will master the main components of the application from the analysis of the interface and commands to the processing and modification of images. The course will cover Photoshop’s main features: workspace; digital images, color settings; selections and layers, retouch and transform instruments. Course topics include: introduction to the software tools used for the design and the communication of a collection as well as the development of jewelry design techniques. Students are required to use Photoshop to carry out projects in many of their other courses.
This course brings together proper use of design methodology with the main instruments required for developing a professional design brief including proper research on current jewelry trends and designers. Also covered is how a design concept evolves into a new product line. The course will conclude with the realization of a project book including: research, concept definition, product and target segment briefs, sketches of ideas development, technical drawings of selected items, renderings, description of materials used and manufacturing processes, technical details.
Allows students to develop their ability and creative capacity to translate plans into free-hand visual expressions. This will assist them in becoming familiar with drawing tools and master drawing space effectively. Course topics include: free-hand drawing, elements of visual perception and proportions; study of shapes, volumes, lights and shadows; basic geometrical constructions, descriptive geometry, orthogonal projections and perspective; the principles of free-hand drawing from straight lines, simple shapes and volumes to rotations, permeations and explosions; the jewels: synthesis and free-hand graphical translation of jewels on the drawing paper.
- History Of Fashion And Accessories
The fashion world and its evolution from the second part of the 19th century to today; Introduction to the most significant rudiments of history of costume from the Italian Renaissance to Napoleon; The relationships between political and social changes and costume development; The fundamental role of fashion designers and accessories designers in these changes, the ability to translate all with their own abilities and understanding of Fashion.
This course introduces the various goldsmith techniques and the fundamental tools and equipment of a traditional jewelry lab. Realization of some distinctive jewelry objects and prototypes to give a view about the most important goldsmith techniques including: fusing; soldering; wax modeling; texturing; tutoring on individual development; final realization of a prototype.
Introducing students to the main stones, metals and non-conventional materials used in the development of a jewelry design collection to become aware of the possibilities of expression given by means of traditional and non- traditional tools. The study and the analysis of the main gems (the most important physical features, the treatments, the synthesis, the similar materials and the imitation); precious metals and the demonstration of their applications; the current experimental and non conventional materials used for the realization of a jewel. There will also be practical exercises during class.
The objective of this course is to enable students to become proficient in the major rendering techniques. Course topics include: Studies and analysis of drawing tools to master the drawing space effectively; the principles of coloring and shading, with professional markers, pencils and pens; rendering as a tool to communicate in a realistic way our own design ideas; the composition of the drawing board as a support to the project communication; exploration of the possibility that are offered by the combination between hand techniques and graphic software.