HOW TO ENROL

Information, documents and forms for your enrolment

HOW TO ENROL

Information, documents and forms for your enrolment

Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School has for over 30 years offered a training program consisting of a vast range of full-time and part-time courses, encouraging a learning process based on the acquisition of technical and professional competences combined with artistic research and design.

To formalize your enrolment, complete the online form and make your payment. You will be contacted by the secretaries’ office as soon as possible with a written confirmation of enrolment, and you will also receive:

  • the documentation to obtain a study visa for non-European students
  • the certificate of enrolment
  • the list of equipment for personal use
  • the school regulations, to be signed
  • the deadlines for payment of the following instalments

Alternatively you can request the forms at info@artiorafe.it.

Le Arti Orafe Jewellery School has for over 30 years offered a training program consisting of a vast range of full-time and part-time courses, encouraging a learning process based on the acquisition of technical and professional competences combined with artistic research and design.

To formalize your enrolment, complete the online form and make your payment. You will be contacted by the secretaries’ office as soon as possible with a written confirmation of enrolment, and you will also receive:

  • the documentation to obtain a study visa for non-European students
  • the certificate of enrolment
  • the list of equipment for personal use
  • the school regulations, to be signed
  • the deadlines for payment of the following instalments

Alternatively you can request the forms at info@artiorafe.it.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Enrolment in the course is only considered to be complete after payment of the amount to be deposited at the time of enrolment (the first instalment of the overall fees):

  • for three-month, six-month and annual courses: Euro 1.500
  • for two- and three-year courses: Euro 2.000
  • for short courses and seminars: 50% of the total amount

Payment of the first instalment may be made as follows:

  • via PayPal
  • by bank draft to LAO srl*

    BANCO BPM
    Piazza Davanzati, 3 – 50123 Firenze
    IBAN: IT 67 B 05034 02801 000000 136267
    SWIFT: BAPPIT22

    or

    BANCA CAMBIANO
    Via Maggio 84/r – 50125 Firenze
    IBAN: IT16O0842502803000030870489
    SWIFT: CRACIT33

*Once the payment has been made, the student should send an email with a copy of the receipt to info@artiorafe.it

After payment of the enrolment fee, the student will receive a payment plan with the deadlines of the subsequent instalments.

Students may cancel their enrolment up to 30 days before the start of the lessons upon payment of a sum equal to the enrolment fee. Notification of cancellation must be sent to the School by registered letter.

After the above period, the student cannot cancel.

Students from outside Europe who after enrolment are unable to obtain permission to enter Italy may either ask to maintain the enrolment with pre-emption for attendance at the courses in the two following years or request the immediate refund of 50% of the amount paid.

Students from Africa, Asia, America and Oceania: by 31st August each year.

Students from Italy and Europe: by 30th September each year.

The lessons are held in Italian.

Foreign students must demonstrate knowledge of the Italian language at B2 level by presenting a certificate awarded by an accredited Centre (Università per Stranieri in Italy, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Centro Dante Alighieri, Linguaviva, etc.)

Foreign students who do not have this certificate must attend an Italian language course before the start of their course at LAO and obtain the required certification (B2).

Foreign students who do not have an Italian language qualification musttake an Italian test in Italy or at an Italian Culture Institute or similar in their country of residence.

Foreign students who arrive at the school without having passed the test or with an insuffient level of the language will have to attend an Italian language course, and so will start their course at LAO in the following six-month or year period of school.

Diploma

The School issues a study Diploma for the two- and three-year Academic courses to students who have regularly attended the teaching activities for at least 85% of the planned hours for each subject, have been awarded pass marks in all the course subjects and have passed the final exam, if required. The evaluation mode of the final examination, includes written tests and practical tests evaluated in hundredths. The final evaluation is calculated on the basis of the weighted average of the tests and the average of the quarterly course evaluations.

Certificate of attendance and achievement

The school issues students in all courses, who are up to date with fee payments, with a certificate of attendance and achievement which contains:
– The final assessment in each single subject;
– The overall average assessments of the training course (average of all the subjects);
– The overall final average assessments, including the assessments of the training course and of the final exams;
– The number of hours planned for the course and the hours actually attended.
The certificate will be issued at the end of the course

For many years the school has awarded study grants for its annual courses to Italian students and foreign students domiciled in Italy. You can check the rules and assessment criteria on the relative page.

If you cannot find answers to your questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us using the contact form.

Corso Disegno Gioiello 1

Flash Courses

These are ultra-short courses, ranging from 1 to 5 days in duration. The content is technical and practical, involving a demonstration phase by the instructor followed by hands-on exercises for students. 

All flash courses are taught by LAO’s faculty and instructors.

CAD Flash courses. Teacher Jasmina Carbone
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Online coursesCAD.WE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing - Evening or daytime courseCAD.SE116 hours - 8 lessonsCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 400Enroll
ZBrush Flash course. Teacher Anna Lia Cimini
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
3D modeling with ZBrushZBR.WE24 hours 6 daysThe lessons will take place on the following days: May 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, and 18th15 April€ 800Basic competences on goldsmithing or jewellery design; proficiency in PC usageEnroll
JEWELLERY DESIGN Flash courses. Teachers Sofia Garuti* – Giulio Vinci
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Ink pen sketches and renderingsRE.215 hours 5 days1 - 5 July30 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering with markers and watercolor pencilsRE.315 hours 5 days8 - 12 July30 June€ 400Enroll
Digital renderingRE.415 hours 5 days15 - 19 July30 June€ 400Enroll
Rendering surfaces*RE.112 hours 3 daysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
STONE SETTING Flash courses. Instructor Francesco Pinzauti
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stone setting with griffe (Solitaire or o trilogy)INPR1.F12 Hours 2 Days16 and 17
September
31 August€ 300Enroll
Stone setting on bezelINBS.F12 Hours 2 Days18 and 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Flush settingINSG.F8 Hours 1 Day20 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Channel settingINBI.F8 Hours 1 Day23 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
Bead settingINSGR.F8 Hours 1 Day24 September31 August€ 200Basic competences of stone setting techniquesEnroll
HAND ENGRAVING ON JEWELLERY Flash courses.
Instructors Victoria Efremova* - Filippo Vinattieri
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Introduction to engraving on jew- elleryENJF.112 Hours 2 Days18 e 19 September31 August€ 300Enroll
Background, granite, and silk on jewelleryENJF.28 Hours 1 Days20 September31 August€ 200ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Cursive writing on metal plate *ENJF.318 Hours 3 Days23, 24, 25 September31 August€ 450ENJF.1 or equivalentEnroll
Segnatura*EN.112 Hours 2 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 300Enroll
Engraved texture*EN.224 Hours 4 DaysCourses will start when 5 participants are reached€ 600Enroll
ENAMELING Flash courses. Instructors Barbara Minor* - Jennifer Wells** - Sachiko Chino
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesEnrolment
Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils on copper*SMAF.18 Hours 2 Days9-10 May20 April€ 400Enroll
Liquid enamels**SMAF.218 Hours 3 Days9, 10 e 11 September31 July€ 600Enroll
Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevéSMA.WE8 Hours 2 Days19 e 20 September31 August€ 250Enroll
STRINGING PEARLS Flash course. Teacher Maria Laura La Mantia
Title/ContentsCourse codeDurationScheduleDeadlineTuition FeesRequirements of admissionEnrolment
Stringing pearlsPEARL16 Hours 2 Days9 and 10 September15 August€ 500Enroll
Notes FLASH Courses***

CAD.WE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Online Course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

CAD.SE1 Introduction to Rhino3D for Goldsmithing. Evening or daily course 

This course focuses on creating rings and pendants from non-complex shapes using a range of commands, including creating and  modifying curves, moving, rotating, scaling, copying, and subdividing shapes, using the 1-track sweep technique and utilizing  control points. 

ZBR.WE 3D modelling with ZBrush 

First approach to sculptural modelling using ZBrush, a computer graphics program that combines modelling, texturing and painting in 3D and 2.5D. ZBrush uses technology that stores information about the lighting, colour, material and intensity of all displayed  objects. In this introductory course open to all, the student will be guided to the creation of a form with which he or she will build a  ring and a bracelet. 

RE.1 Diamond colouring 

Watercolour rendering of brilliant diamond cut. 

RE.2 Ink pen sketches and renderings 

In this workshop fast representation techniques are applied with the use of ink pens. Starting from different representation techniques  for flat surfaces, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, we move on to representation of cabochons and faceted gemstones, pave,  pearls and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to give the student the tools and methods to realize monochromatic jewellery  drawings through fast chiaroscuro” ink pen techniques that will give an immediate visual impact. 

RE.3 Rendering with markers and watercolor pencils. 

In this workshop representation techniques using alcohol and water-based markers and watercolor pencils are covered and  employed. Starting from different representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished and satin finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to drawing of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  

semi-precious stones, pearls, corals and other materials. The aim of the workshop is to provide the student with the tools and  methods to realize jewellery renderings through the use of fast but visually striking representation  

RE.4 Digital rendering with photoshop, illustrator and procreate.  

In this workshop, digital representation techniques using Photoshop and Illustrator software, and the Procreate application are illus trated and employed. As usual, we start with representation techniques of flat, curved, cylindrical and conical surfaces, both polished  and satin-finished, of precious metals. Then we move on to digital representation of precious stones: cabochons and faceted stones,  semiprecious stones, pearls, corals, pavés of diamonds. The advantages of digital rendering and the possibility of modifying the design  and adapting it to different requirements in a very short time are high lighted. The aim of the workshop is to train the student with the  tools to realize renderings through the use of digital jewels illustrations and painting, which is highly fast, dynamic and expressive.  

EN.1 Segnatura  

Exercises on metal sheet and introduction to the art of segnatura. Drawing, writing with marks, and delineating geomet ric shapes on a metal sheet. 

EN.2 Engraved texture 

The course aims to teach drawing and engraving with a burin to create different textures and patterns. Starting with basic graphic ele ments like simple lines, participants will learn how to create more complex motifs, up to ornaments and abstract compositions. They will  also learn how to imitate natural surfaces, studying the structures to create effects such as bark or wood, animal skin patterns, or stone  surfaces. 

ENJF.1 Introduction to engraving on jewellery 

After learning the burin preparation technique and becoming familiar with the tools, participants will start engraving on  copper sheets and silver rings. 

ENJF.2 Background, granite, and silk on jewellery 

Engravings on a silver leaf, using backgrounds, granite, silk, and engraving veins to enhance the natural effect. Granite is used to create a  homogeneous background that contrasts with subsequent shiny engravings, enhancing them

ENJF.3 Cursive writing on metal plate  

The objective of the course is to teach the engraving of names in English cursive on flat plates. This course is beneficial for both goldsmiths  and engravers. It can be used to sign one’s own work by using a metal plate, ‘write’ names, initials, and dates with a graver, etc.  

INPR1.F Setting with prongs (solitaire or trilogy)  

The prong setting is the most commonly used for solitaire and trilogy rings, and it enhances the beauty of the stone. Participants will learn  how to set brilliant-cut round stones on silver rings and other semi-finished products. 

INBS.F Setting with different-shaped settings 

The stone is set in the previously prepared seat (setting). The metal collar is fixed on the stone with a chisel or a hammer. For the exercis es, semi-finished products with settings of various shapes will be used, and participants will learn how to set faceted stones of different  cuts (round, square or princess) and round cabochon-cut stones. 

INSG.F Flush setting 

The technique of flush setting, in which the stones are not covered by the metal at all, makes the stones appear larger than they actually  are. This type of setting is particularly suitable for small round stones, and is often used for “light points” and in tennis bracelets. During  the course, exercises will be carried out on silver or bronze plates and semi-finished products. 

INBI.F Channel setting 

Channel setting is one of the most common types of setting: this type of mounting gives beauty to stones arranged in a row next to each  other. It is a type of setting suitable for not large stones, usually all of the same size. The most used cuts for this type of setting are square  and baguette, but excellent results are also obtained with round stones. 

INSGR.F Bead setting 

This technique partly recalls the prong setting, but the use of special mills and gravers makes it very different in realization and suitable  for objects to be produced in series or simple on unique objects. The setter obtains small prongs by cutting the base metal and shaping the  metal blocks according to their own taste. 

SMAF.1 Transparent enamels with silver and gold foils 

The course will demonstrate how to achieve bright and beautiful colours directly on copper using sifted transparent enamel powders in  combination with sheets of silver and gold on flat or gently formed copper surfaces. Participants will explore methods to enhance depth,  complexity, details, and maximum transparency, gaining essential information and skills for transparent enamelling and achieving a wide  range of colours

SMAF.2 Liquid enamel  

Students will be guided through exercises that teach them how to understand the material and how it will respond to certain situations.  The students will then be asked to begin layering techniques and application methods associated with liquid enamels, pushing the bound aries of what they are learning. Alternative materials will be incorporated into the enamel and firing process. The enamels will be kiln and  also torch fired ( this depends if we may bring one torch into the studio), offering more variation to the surface of the enamel. Exploring the  possibilities students will be expected to present a collection of their research as demonstration through several pieces with appropriate  documentation of their processes. Advanced students will also be asked to develop one process into a completed piece that may be wear 

able or sculptural. 

SMA.WE Fire enamels, wet enamel, dry enamel, champlevé. 

The course aims to provide the student with the knowledge of the main techniques of fire enamel applied to metal and in particular on jew ellery objects. Practical lessons and exercises. Dry enamel, wet enamel and champlevè.

PEARL Stringing pearls 

The course involves the creation of a pearl necklace from start to finish. Participants will learn the fundamental basics of threading and  how to use the necessary materials for this art. The course is aimed at those who, for creative, commercial, and hobbyist purposes, want  to learn this technique