K2 Academy of Contemporary Jewellery

Jewellery School in London

Welcome to K2, a jewellery school with a conceptual, free-thinking approach to design, underpinned by rigorous technical training in the heart of London


1-year Course - 2 days a week - Mondays and Wednesdays

16 Sept 2019 - 20 July 2020


This beginners and intermediate level jewellery course will provide you with the high level craft skills, research skills and knowledge you need to design and make professional quality pieces.


About the course

Through a series of practical projects you will be taught to further refine your jewellery making skills to a high professional standard, while at the same time developing your critical thinking and creative response to the design process, as well as essential research skills. By the end of the course you will have built a portfolio of work with a view to starting a professional career in the jewellery industry. 

Who is this course for?

Beginners and Intermediate students, or students who have already completed the Level 2 Diploma in Design/Jewellery or equivalent and jewellers wishing to broaden their skills and knowledge base.  


Course outline

The course is divided into three terms spread across one year: 


Term 1 - Colour and Texture

Practical 3D skills - within the given technical projects

Sketching, drawing and experimenting with visual language 

Research skills, exploring the history of arts and crafts 

Critical analysis and contextual awareness

Various stone-setting techniques


Term 2 - Material Exploration 

Deepen your technical skills

Metallurgy – advanced knowledge of metallurgical processes and terminology

Further deepen your research skills

Experimental project, including time-based projects and non precious materials

Advanced and experimental casting techniques

Start/Develop a portfolio


Term 3 - Form and Shape

Advanced jewellery techniques e.g. hollow containers, brooch backs, hinges

Marketing and presentation skills

Producing a personal project: design and develop your own collection

Exhibition preparation and set-up

Analysis and evaluation methods

Business development – where to sell your products, progression routes, curating practice  

Contextual awareness, problem solving and critical thinking are integral to the course and will run parallel to the other projects. 

In addition to the taught sessions there will be field trips to different industry related companies and events to further enrich your study. You are encouraged to participate in an exhibition at the end of the course. 



By the end of this course you could continue with more studies on Workshop classes or you might be able to enter employment as a jewellery assistant. If you plan to progress to Higher Education studies, we will advise you that additional course work might be necessary.


Who will be teaching?

K2 founders and course leaders Kelvin J Birk and Katrin Spranger are professional jewellers with years of teaching experience. Meet the tutors here.


Date & Time

2 days per week for 1 year (36 weeks) - Mondays and Wednesdays

16 Sept 2019 - 20 July 2020

10:00am-5:00pm (including one hour self directed studies) 



Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington Street, London WC1N 2NP, UK



£5,800 (or £5,950 if paid in 3 instalments)

Most tools and most course materials are included in the price, but students may need to buy extra metals and stones.


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