Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Course Outline
The programme combines workshop experience characterised by attaining master goldsmith skills through comprehensive hand-making, digital, and other manufacturing techniques required in creating fine jewellery. It will develop students into professionals who are able to manage all phases of design from initial inspiration, analysis, development, and finishing of the final product.
Students will be equipped with skills focusing on entrepreneurship, resource and material management, identifying new opportunities, and how to effectively direct their resources to appropriately respond to market opportunities.
This programme will include working sessions, technical and practical workshops, authentic projects, research activities, and group and self-reflection activities.
The students will learn how to study and expand on relevant jewellery and goldsmithing theory, techniques, and skills, and apply this knowledge to comprehensive manufacturing tasks in order to become an industry professional.
Why choose Whitecliffe?
- The programmes offered by Whitecliffe are New Zealand’s only jewellery and goldsmith courses registered and accredited with NZQA.
- The programmes are designed with employment at the forefront, and provide students with the necessary education to excel as professionals in the jewellery and goldsmithing industry.
- Whitecliffe implements a hands-on approach that encourages creativity, builds confidence and perfects skill.
Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year One
- Business Environment and Communication
- Design Studio 1
- CAD Designs
- Design Research
- Creative Design Studio 1
Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year Two
- Advanced Design Studio 2
- Advanced CAD Designs
- Advanced Creative Design Studio 2
Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year Three
- Jewellery Engraving
- Complex CAD Designs
- Gemstone Setting
- Jewellery Repair
- Capstone Project
Graduates will be able to:
- Offer diverse skills in design techniques to manufacture jewellery
- Provide creative and quality design solutions for custom-made work
- Provide quality outputs in the mass production of jewellery
- Positively contribute to the ethos of the wider jewellery trade
Life After a Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology
Graduates of this programme will be able to apply advanced specialist skills required to develop and generate creative design solutions to manufacture jewellery. They will be able to research and analyse a broad range of information to independently select and apply critical thinking in the management of unfamiliar and sometimes complex projects. They will be able to select, adapt, and apply a range of professional business acumen relevant to their own practice. They will be able to independently manage projects and present their work in a variety of contexts.
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in a range of settings such as manufacturing, goldsmithing, jewellery, and designer organisations, or in a self-employment/freelance practitioner capacity.
Key Information for Students
Come along and experience what it's like to study jewellery at Whitecliffe. On this full-day workshop, you will enjoy making two pieces (a geometric star and a silver band ring) in our industry-leading workroom under the guidance of our expert tutors.
- Bring an apron
- Wear covered shoes
- Have any long hair tied back
- Carry your passport or NZ birth certificate
- If you have a sample art portfolio, please bring it along
Please contact the Admissions Team on 0800 800 300 or email email@example.com to book or for more information.
Students are required to hold one of the following qualifications, or equivalent knowledge, skills and experience:
- Attend an interview along with a portfolio of 6-12 sketches of jewellery designs
- Undertake an audition
- Meet the New Zealand, National Certificate in Educational Achievement (NCEA) Level 3 entry requirements or provide evidence of achievement at an equivalent level
- Demonstrate a minimum of 3 years industry or life experience relevant to Jewellery design and creation, in addition, these applicants must undertake a supervised written assessment to demonstrate numeracy and literacy skills including an essay (500 words) followed by a task on interpreting measurements.
- International students will also be required to meet (New Zealand Qualification Framework) NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 e.g. an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic score of 6, with no band score lower than 5.5; or the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 5).
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Requirements:
Recently we have found ourselves working remotely due to COVID-19, we recommend that you have your own device to support your studies. The following specifications are intended to help you make the best choice of laptop, desktop or tablet for the job.
Recommended IT Specifications:
Minimum Hardware requirements
- Mac - Intel processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
- MacBook Air with M1 Chip
- Intel® or AMD processor with 64-bit support; 2 GHz or faster processor with SSE 4.2 or later
- 8 GB RAM (Recommended 16 GB)
- 250 GB SSD or higher hard drive with 10GB free space minimum
- Wireless capability 802.11n dual-band
- Up-to-date antivirus software
Minimum Operating System
- Windows 10 (64-bit) version 1809 or later; LTSC versions are not supported
- Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later
- Internet and data plan.
- Windows X or Windows S OS
- Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)
Belinda WattHead of School, Fashion + Sustainability
Belinda joined Whitecliffe College in 1990 as Head of Department and established and developed the Fashion + Sustainability Programme.Continue reading
Liz FarrProgramme Leader, Bachelor of Sustainable Fashion Design
Liz is a graduate of the London College of Fashion and has been lecturing in the Fashion Design department at Whitecliffe College since 2005.Continue reading
Doula MatheosProgramme Leader, Fashion Technology Programmes (Wellington)
Doula graduated with an Advanced Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Wellington Polytechnic, and achieved 2 awards in the DuPont Lycra Fashion Awards.Continue reading
Pip StevensonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Pip has been working in the Fashion Industry since completing her Bachelor of Design (Fashion) at Otago Polytechnic in 2002.Continue reading
Angela NewsonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Angela holds a Diploma in Fashion Design and Technology from Massey University, where on completion she was bestowed the Clothing Institute Award for Tailoring.Continue reading
Harita KapurLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Harita holds a Master's Degree in Sustainable Design from Massey University, New Zealand.Continue reading
Giles PetersonLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Giles lectures in contextual studies in New Zealand / Pacific art and design history; Contemporary art and design history, Fashion theory and more.Continue reading
Susan BarterLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
30 years as a designer, practitioner and maker in the Fashion industry was a gateway to the academic world where Susan completed a Masters of Art & Design at AUT.Continue reading
Heather HohenbergerLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Heather has been involved in the Fashion Industry since she and her husband bought a fashion production company in 1980.Continue reading
Christina DohertyLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Christina has made wonderful and diverse career out of Fashion Design, focusing on lingerie design + women's outer-wear.Continue reading
SuJin LimLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
SuJin is an experienced jewellery CAD designer who has been serving the New Zealand industry since 2010Continue reading
Joanna CampbellLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Joanna Campbell is an award-winning jeweller and has been making jewellery since graduating with a Bachelor of Design, in 3-Dimensional (jewellery major) from Unitec in 2001. In 2002 she won the Dowse Thomas Foundation Gold Award, a major award for New Zealand contemporary jewellers.Continue reading
Daisy JiangLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Daisy is a Level 4 lecturer based on our Manukau campus. Daisy holds a unique perspective of the New Zealand fashion industry, her work combines traditional craftsmanship and influences from both Eastern and Western cultures.Continue reading
Julia MarinLecturer, School of Fashion + Sustainability
Julia was trained at UBA (Universidad de Buenos Aires) and SURJA (Sindicato Unificado de Relojeros y Joyeros de Argentina) in Argentina; Peter Minturn Jewellery School and MIT in New Zealand. She also works as a custom jeweller, does film and conceptual work.Continue reading
Where could this programme take you?
Graduates of this qualification will be able to work in a range of settings such as manufacturing, goldsmithing, jewellery and designer organisations or in a self employment/freelance practitioner capacity.
Jobs related to this programme
- Jewellery Designer
- Bench Jeweller
- Freelance Practitioner
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