During the first year, goldsmiths and silversmiths are taught together in subject-related practical and theoretical lessons.
In the course of this orientation year, students are introduced to basic metalworking techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, forging and casting, while creating a workpiece of their own design.
At the end of the first year, students choose their field of specialisation according to their interests and aptitude.
The main focus of the training programme for silversmiths is the creation of cutlery, beakers, carafes, bowls and boxes.
Building on the basic skills learned in the first year, the second and third years see the introduction of further metal forming techniques including forging, raising, beating and pressing of metals.
In dealing with complex workpieces made of silver and tombac, students learn a wide variety of joining methods including soldering, welding and riveting.
Additionally, students are given hands-on practical training in the development of technical solutions for moving parts and clasps.
The techniques learned can also be used for the production of jewellery.
The focus of the entire three-year course is to ensure that our students receive a sound, broad-based training in their chosen craft and are taught the principles of good design.
Students' designs are jointly supervised by specialist teachers for design and instructors focusing on the practical side of the subject. These support the design process all along the way, from the initial sketch through the development of models to the finished workpiece.
Project work gives students the opportunity to experiment with new materials and techniques, enabling them to discover new interests. Motivated and driven by the goal of their own project, students realise the importance of meticulous planning and execution.
Students are made aware that craftsmanship alone is not enough for a successful professional career, and realise the vital role played by design.
The interdisciplinary linking of the various crafts as well as the open workshops after class enable our students to gain an insight into related professions and their techniques.