Setting Out

Looking to develop your emerging jewellery or silversmithing business? Setting Out offers you targeted business know-how and a central London space to get your business off the ground.

Part-time. 12-month course.

Course dates: Mon 14 October 2019 - Fri 20 October 2020
Application deadline: Sun 19 May 2019
Course fee: £299 per month

Like to know more about this course? Want to attend our Open Days on Thu 7 February, 7 March or 11 April 2019?
Just talk to our team! Call 020 7566 7650 or click the email icon

What is Setting Out?

Setting Out is aimed at emerging businesses in the jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades, as well as those aspiring to join this exciting industry from another creative discipline. 

This part-time, year-long business incubation course supports you to produce a 3-year business plan and launch a new product range. Delivered by a dedicated team of business, product and creative specialists, Setting Out equips you with business, creative and product development skills you need in order to establish a solid foundation to grow your business. 

When I graduated I had no idea how to run a business, so Setting Out gave me that knowledge

What will I learn?

Setting Out includes taught modules on more than 30 topics. Typically these include:

Business skills: 

  • customer and competitor profiling
  • costing and pricing your work
  • business finances 
  • branding and marketing 
  • project and time management 

Creative skills include: 

  • idea generation
  • rapid concept visualisation 
  • technical drawing 

Product development skills include: 

  • understanding design trends
  • concept development 
  • design for production 

You will also receive 1:1 mentoring by our team of specialists throughout the year (40+ sessions). 

Group and 1:1 sessions are schedule over 1-3 days each week, with the rest of your tme being available to develop your pieces, work on your business plan, fulfil orders, and run your business. 

“In my opinion, from talking to many Master degree students in both the artistic industry and business industry, Setting Out is one of a kind because it helps creative people to understand the business side of the world they are trying to enter. It is not a business course and it is not a creative course, it is a mix of both which is really rare.”

– Leonid Dementiev, Setting Out alumnus

What else will I receive?

  • Flexible access to modern shared studio space
  • Use of fully equipped training and prototyping workshops including 3D printer
  • Support to develop your sales channels and supply chains 
  • A platform to showcase your work at exhibitions, like Shine, a selling showcase for emerging talent, and events 
  • The potential for continued support as you implement your business plan over the subsequent 2 years (to be eligible for this, candidates must have successfully completed all year 1 criteria within the set deadlines. Judged on a case by case basis)

Do I need particular skills or experience to apply?

We welcome applications from you, if you are working or aspiring to work within jewellery, silversmithing or the allied industries running your own creative business. Normally you will meet the following criteria: 

  • Working within the goldsmithing or allied trades or aspire to work in these areas from another creative discipline
  • Have a clear business idea, product concept and creative direction
  • Have recently started or be looking to start a UK business
  • Hold a degree or equivalent related qualification (applications from individuals with non-standard qualifications are invited. Please contact the team to discuss your individual circumstances)
  • Have at least 1 year’s recent relevant work experience 
  • Be available for interview to discuss your work and aspirations week commencing 17 June 2019
  • Be prepared to commit to the full programme of business, creative and product development including the implementation of specific business practices and the completion of set tasks 
  • Be prepared to share with the team your personal and business finances 
  • Be able to finance yourself and your business for the full programme whilst at the Goldsmiths’ Centre (such as course fees, living expenses, product development costs, marketing costs, etc - if you are unsure about this please contact the Professional Training team to discuss)
  • Be able to provide 2 Professional References as requested on the application form supplied

How can I find out more?

Meet our team and discover what Setting Out has to offer on one of our Open Days on Thursday 7 February, 7 March or 11 April 2019. Exact dates to be announced. If you are interested in attending, please email settingout@goldsmiths-centre.org  

How do I apply?

To apply, download and complete the "Setting Out Aplication" below, and submit 2 Professional References, and a portfolio of recent work. We will use your completed form and evidence to shortlist applicants for interview at the Goldsmiths’ Centre, so please provide as much information as possible.

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Return your application form to settingout@goldsmiths-centre.org or call 020 7566 7650 or email us for more information.