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Bachelor of Jewellery Design + Technology

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024




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.

Career opportunities

Jewellery designer
Bench jeweller
Freelance practitioner

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.

Entry criteria

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).

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