Object & Jewellery (Jewellery Design and Gold and Silversmiths) is a bachelor/master programme within the university education of Visual Arts, consisting of three bachelor years (180 ECTS credits), followed by one master year (60 ECTS credits). The main objective is to train students to become quirky artists and designers of contemporary jewels and objects.
Experimenting with materials and designs in combination with an inquiring attitude are key in this programme.
Initially, training will focus on the research of the form, the techniques and the material through assignments and project-based learning. Gradually we move our focus towards content-related problems. The ambiguous position that the subject occupies within the landscape of the Visual Arts, crafts and design is an inspiring starting point that is constantly questioned. In this era of cross-overs we find the quality in the hybrid object: the jewel as a carrier of a concept of ideas, not traditionally bound to material or techniques. Through this approach the jewel becomes both Visual Art and design.
STRENGTHS OF THE PROGRAMME
Our academic programme focuses on artistic practice and research on image and design combined with a personal interpretation. The interaction between theory, research and artistic practice, as implemented within Visual Arts, is quite unique and is based on the need to give a specific voice to theory and research in this artistic practice. By means of this integration, extra dimensions are being added to artistic practice.
From the start, through project-based learning, students are immersed in the world of contemporary jewellery and objects, ranging from the technical foundations to the most avant-garde and innovative trends.
The programme follows a pattern of growing complexity along the consecutive objectives to ‘initiate, deepen and specialize’ students. At the end of the third year a personal visual research is being initiated in the bachelor thesis. This is the starting point for a master and may even result in a doctorate in Visual Arts.