BA in Jewelry Design

IED - Istituto Europeo di Design
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
October 2024

October 2025

October 2026

About this program

BA in Jewelry Design

Bring your jewellery idea to life and tell a story that travels through time with our Jewellery Design degree programme

Get ready to step into a world of discovery: with our Jewellery Design Undergraduate Programme, you will become a Jewellery Designer with the ability to create, prototype and make a complete jewellery collection, adding some style and flair of your own.

You will be covering everything from work with metals and alternative materials, to digital design, 3D modelling and rendering.

With a project-based approach to jewellery, where continuous experimentation is carried out while working hands-on in the goldsmith's workshop, you will build a solid foundation as a basis for your personal idea of Jewellery Design.

You will learn about the challenging context of contemporary jewellery as you start interacting between two apparently unconnected worlds: personal and experimental approach on the one hand and company-oriented design on the other, both of which being essential for your future career as a Jewellery Designer.

You will come into contact with many different interpretations of jewellery design. First, Contemporary Art Jewellery where each piece of jewellery is a unique piece, made from precious or alternative materials that make it a work of art. You will also experiment with Fashion Jewellery, where jewellery is regarded as a fashion element enriching and embellishing every outwear. A different kind of perspective will be experienced through Fine Jewellery, where project design and the use of precious materials are all intertwined.

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Admission requirements

This training is designed for students who want to explore all the possible options of jewellery design across its different areas of application. It is also for those who wish to acquire the know-how required to successfully work with their creative skills and style.

We will take you through all the steps of the creative process -whether you have an artistic background and have already experienced making jewellery on your own, or whether you are just starting out in the field. You will become familiar with the use of manual and technological tools, feeling more confident as you prepare to move into your future career as a Jewellery Designer.

Together with your IED classmates and lecturers, you will understand how important it is to challenge yourself, working as part of a learning community. You will also practice the skills acquired over the years as you join international competitions with your fellows, and meet designers from leading companies who will introduce you to the secrets of the trade. You will shape your own creative style mixing hands-on skills and the digital knowledge of 3D design.

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Program content

First Year

On your first year, you will acquire basic technical, cultural, analytical and project-based tools. All this knowledge will provide the foundation for you to build your own vision of jewellery, translating your creativity into real-life projects.

  • Style, History of Art and Costumes
  • Project Design Methodology
  • Materials Typology
  • Technical and Project Design
  • Design History
  • Modelling 1
  • Graphic Design
  • Jewellery Design 1
  • Semiotics of Art
  • Theory of Perception and Psychology of Form

Second Year

Over the second year, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your methods and gain more confidence with your practical skills.

As you work through different design briefs, you will be able to engage with experimental research and a variety of manufacturing techniques. You will have the opportunity to experience both large-scale production and manufacturing of customised items. You will become familiar with Jewellery Design in its intersections with art, design, fashion and socio-cultural contexts.

  • Materials Typology 2
  • Design Techniques and Technologies
  • Design History 2
  • Modelling 2
  • Jewellery Design 2
  • Jewellery Design 3
  • Digital Modelling Techniques with 3D Software
  • Design Management
  • Sociology of Cultural Processes
  • Fashion History

Third Year

The last year will focus on advanced project-related skills, with an in-depth exploration of technical and situational knowledge of Jewellery Design. With your final dissertation, you will have the opportunity to test the skills you have acquired as you work on a practical Jewellery Design project of your own, where you can fully express your personal style and identity.

  • Jewellery Design 4
  • 3D Rendering
  • Fashion Setting
  • Phenomenology of Arts
  • History of Contemporary Architecture
  • Jewellery Design 5

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please visit the institute website for more information.




Credits: 180 ECTS

Career paths

The Jewellery Design Undergraduate Programme at IED Milano will give you the opportunity to build your own creative style as a well-rounded Jewellery Designer. Starting from the basics, you will learn how to work independently across all the steps of a jewellery collection project, covering all aspects of the design process, from concept development to prototyping and implementation.

With a curious and open-minded approach to all areas of creativeness involved in Jewellery Design, you will acquire an overall perspective where jewellery can be understood as a work of art, with concept being the core value, and also as a fashion product that can interact with clothes, with high jewellery as its most sublime expression.

Working in small classes to encourage discussion and exchange of views, you will come into contact with students from international backgrounds who share with you the opportunity of an English-language learning experience, opening up to an international perspective on design as a starting point for shaping new ideas.

You will have the opportunity to challenge yourself as you design and produce different collections, working with agencies, businesses and institutions, where you will gain first-hand insights into the production system. You will take part in workshops held by well-known designers and attend international contests where you will have the opportunity to present your work. As this training provides full coverage of specialist skills and activities, step by step you will learn how to carry out projects of growing complexity that will eventually contribute to your overall work portfolio. This will be your go-to tool for accessing a market niche that has great appeal and can provide exciting career opportunities as you move ahead.

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IED - Istituto Europeo di Design

IED is the biggest international network of fashion, design, visual communication and management schools, with locations in Milan, Rome, Turin, Florence, Cagliari, Madrid, Barcelona, São Paulo, and Rio de Janeiro. Established in 1966, IED has 45 years of international expertise...

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