Course details

Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology
Domestic tuition $12,000 per year
International tuition $18,300
NZQF Level 7

About the course

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.

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.

Entry 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).

About the provider

Whitecliffe is an award-winning specialist in arts and design education offering Continuing Education programmes, Certificate programmes in Arts and Design and Digital Media and Design, Degree programmes in Fine Arts, Photo Media, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Postgraduate programmes in Fine Arts, Arts Management, and Arts Therapy.