Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology

Study the new Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology in February 2022

The Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Programme is a thorough and comprehensive degree-level course designed for those who are looking to expand on their foundational jewellery and goldsmithing manufacturing knowledge, and for those who are eager to become industry professionals.

This programme combines workshop experience characterised by attainment of 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, group and self-reflection activities.


Key dates

February 2022 Intake 02 • 02 • 22

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Duration

3 Years, full-time. Auckland

Qualification

Bachelor's Degree (Level 7) 360 credits

Costs

Domestic $12,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
International $55,000 + $300 Student Services Levy
All 2022 fees are subject to change and regulatory approval

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Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Course Outline

The aim of this programme is to provide Aotearoa New Zealand with integrated, competent, high-quality and motivated jewellery manufacturing professionals. The programme combines workshop experience characterised by attainment of master goldsmith skills through comprehensive hand-making, digital and other manufacturing techniques required in creating fine jewellery as a Goldsmith. It will develop students into professionals that are able to manage all phases of design from initial inspiration, analysis, development and finishing of the final product. Graduates of this programme, will be able to work independently as employees, or in self-employed/freelance roles.

The Bachelor Programme is a thorough and comprehensive degree-level course designed for those who are looking to expand on their foundational jewellery and goldsmithing manufacturing knowledge, and for those who are eager to become industry professionals.

The programme combines workshop experience characterised by attainment of master goldsmith skills through comprehensive hand-making, digital and other manufacturing techniques required in creating fine jewellery. It will develop students into professionals that 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, group and self-reflection activities.

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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

Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year One


  • Business Environment and Communication
  • Design Studio 1
  • CAD Designs
  • Design Research
  • Creative Design Studio 1
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Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year Two


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Advanced Design Studio 2
  • Advanced CAD Designs
  • Advanced Creative Design Studio 2


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Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology Year Three

  • Gemmology
  • Jewellery engraving
  • Complex CAD designs
  • Gemstone setting
  • Jewellery repair
  • Capstone project
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Life After a BJDT

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.

Graduates of this qualification will be able to positively contribute to society by:

  • Offering diverse skills in design techniques to manufacture jewellery
  • Providing creative and quality design solutions for custom made work
  • Providing quality outputs in the mass production of jewellery
  • Positively contribute to the ethos of the wider jewellery trade.
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Key Information for Students

NZ Government key information link for students, that provides more information to support your decision making for this programme

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Bench Trials

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


Available dates:

  • 25th January 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 26th January 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 27th January 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 28th January 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 31st January 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 1st February 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 2nd February 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 3rd February 2022 (9am to 5pm)
  • 4th February 2022 (9am to 5pm)

Please contact the Admissions Team on 0800 800 300 or email admissions@whitecliffe.ac.nz to book or for more information.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

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
    OR 
  • MacBook Air with M1 Chip 
    OR 
  • 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
    OR     
  • Apple macOS Mojave (version 10.14) or later 
  • Internet and data plan.    

Not Supported:    

  • Chromebooks    
  • Windows X or Windows S OS    
  • Tablets (except Windows Surface Pro or iPad Pro)  
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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

  • Goldsmith
  • CAD
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Bench Jeweller
  • Freelance Practitioner
Find out more about career opportunities

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