• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code GOLD-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Gold and Silversmithing Major

This major is only available to students undertaking the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

The terminology Gold and Silversmithing addresses the traditional origins for the design and production of wearable and utilitarian objects. The art of Gold and Silversmithing in its ancient origins was often the initial training for some of the world’s most respected artists. The use of precious material as indicated in the name is not a limitation for the works produced by students and staff but a historical reference as jewellery and tableware made from metal traditionally involving the use of most aspects of smithing.  This major reflects the contemporary practice and encompasses all accessible metals, a wide range of plastics, synthetic and natural materials, and extends beyond the traditional use and scale of jewellery and hollow ware to provide students with professional skills to produce objects of high aesthetic and technical standard for both functional and decorative purposes.


Learning outcomes

Students who complete this major will have the skills and knowledge to:

  • demonstrate skills and knowledge of the practices, languages, forms, materials, technologies and techniques in gold and silversmithing.
  • apply relevant skills and knowledge to realise artefacts and forms of creative expression.
  • develop and evaluate concepts and process by thinking creatively, critically and reflectively. 
  • work independently and collaboratively in a workshop environment in response to project demands.
  • apply occupational health and safety regulations and principles within a workshop environment.
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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

ARTV1401 Gold and Silversmithing: Introduction to Precise Miniature Construction

ARTV1402 Gold and Silversmithing: Movement and Articulated Form

ARTV2406 Gold and Silversmithing: Forging Flatware

ARTV2407 Gold and Silversmithing: Utility as Context

ARTV2408 Gold and Silversmithing: Vessel Construction

ARTV2409 Gold and Silversmithing: Experimenting with Process

ARTV3028 Craft and Design Major 7: Developing A Visual Arts Practice

ARTV3029 Craft and Design Major 8: Resolving a Body of Original Work


This major is available only to students undertaking the Bachelor of Visual Arts.

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