If you are wondering where you can train to become a jewellery designer, there are a number of courses offered by universities across the country. One of the universities in South Africa that offer a course in jewellery design is the Durban University of Technology. With this course, you will fall under the Fine Art department and has highly qualified academic and support staff to help you reach your dream of becoming a jewellery designer. Students who enrol at the Durban University of Technology will be trained to not only design but to manufacture and market their jewellery. The Durban University of Technology believes that it is essential to train their students in all three aspects in order to prepare them adequately for the jewellery market. This four year degree will help you grow as a designer and manufacturer and will provide you with all the necessary skills to make you successful in your endeavours.
The Durban University of Technology has a small jewellers’ workshop with a few staff members who work closely with their students to help them and teach them. In order to qualify for this degree, you need the following:
- Creative imagination, artistic, and practical skills or ability
- Patience and attention to detail
- A good all round educational background as well as a Senior Certificate or an equivalent qualification
- A fantastic portfolio as students are accepted based on their portfolio
- Prospective students will additionally have to undergo an interview, a practical and a profile test
If you live in Cape Town and want to train to become a Jewellery Designer, then another institution that offers a jewellery design degree is the Ruth Prowse School of Arts. This three year course offers its students the opportunity to develop their professional manufacturing and designing skills of both simple and complex jewellery. This school aims to produce designers that have a unique flair and indigenous character. Another objective of the course is to ensure that all students are well prepared to enter the jewellery market with excellent practical, theoretical, and design skills. What is more is that they teach their students new techniques and principles which cutting-edge digital technology.
This school expects the best from their students and excellence is a necessity. This school additionally encourages its students to produce commissioned work during their studies and interact with clients in order to grow their communication and business skills. This school is focussed on making the best out of their students and therefore they encourage them to use a wide variety of materials from brass, to platinum, plastics, and even wood. To complete the course, students are also exposed to business management and marketing skills which will help the students once they have completed their course and are venturing out in to the working world.
For a little inspiration check out the following video clip on silver jewelry design.
Video on Making Silver Jewelry:
For those aspiring jewellery designers who live in Johannesburg and do not want to leave the hustle and bustle of the city to go to Cape Town or Durban, then why not register at The University of Johannesburg for their jewellery design diploma or BTech degree. The University of Johannesburg offers it jewellery design students state of the art facilities combined with expert lecturers which means that you will receive the best education and advice on your quest to becoming a jewellery designer. This diploma offers its students the opportunity to study areas such as design, drawing, manufacturing, as well as gemmology and technology. You will be provided with theoretical and practical guidance which will assist you in the future of jewellery design.
If you are interested in these schools, then see their contact details below:
The Durban University of Technology: 031 373 6523 / 031 373 6521 / 031 373 6519
The University of Johannesburg: 011 559-4555/ 0861 00 00 UJ
Ruth Prowse School of Arts: 021 447 2492