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Beaconhouse National University


Program Overview

Areas: Jewelry, Accessory

Duration: 4 Years | 8 Semesters

Credits: 132


Career Paths: Accessory Designer (Fashion, Theatre, Film), Design Education, Design Consultant, Entrepreneur, Gemologist, Jewelry Artist / Studio Jeweler, Jewelry Designer, Producer, Retailer, Sales / Marketing Consultants, Silver/Goldsmith

  • Admission Requirement

    Students can opt for this program after successfully finishing foundation year.

  • Electives and Mandatory Courses

    • Introduction to Jewelry & Accessory Making

      Course code: D-JW 221 | Contact time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      The emphasis of this course is on learning basic practical skills and developing ideas. Students learn to translate concepts into creative solutions. Principles and elements of applied design along with metal forming techniques, materials and forms will be introduced.

    • Jewelry & Accessory Design Studio I | Fundamentals

      Course code: D-JW 261 | Contact time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      This studio-based course forms a foundation for training students in design studies and technical skills. Simple creative exercises are conducted for producing initial design concepts to specific briefs. Studies in materials, product types, basic techniques, weights and measurements and workshop tools and equipment form major components of the course.

    • Jewelry & Accessory Design Studio II | Intermediate

      Course code: D-JW 361 | Contact time: 12 Hours per week | Credits: 6 | Studio

      Individual approaches to creative expression are the focus of this course. Students will be exposed to a variety of themes and ways of perceiving body ornamentation and objects. Selected design approaches are translated from concept models to finished forms. Further studies in the following are undertaken: more complex techniques and fabrication processes with varied materials, stone setting, determination of quantities and selection of tools and equipment, time and quality control.

    • Jewelry & Accessory Design Studio III | Advanced

      Course code: D-JW 381 | Contact time: 18 Hours per week | Credits: 9 | Studio

      The formulation of a personal vision and a self-directed work pattern is emphasized at this stage. The focus is on intensive training in creating pieces for specific markets, themes, materials and price ranges with advanced client presentations and product sampling. Guidance is given in workshop organization and management, productivity, efficiency and quality control for international markets. Students are given exercises to develop collections for identified segments.

    • Jewelry & Accessory Design Studio IV | Independent Study

      Course code: D-JW 461 | Contact time: 18 Hours per week Credits: 9 | Studio

      Students are given the freedom to express their individual identity and creative potential through self-directed research and projects. Students may focus on previously explored areas specific to their interest and explore them through a multidisciplinary approach.

    • Jewelry & Accessory Design Studio V | Graduate Collection

      Course code: D-JW 481 | Contact time: 24 Hours per week | Credits: 12 | Studio

      An individual portfolio will be developed under close supervision of tutors and a panel of advisors for the graduate exhibition. Students will undertake writing a proposal focusing on a specific area of interest and develop a body of work on a professional level.

    • Design: Explorations & Investigations I, II

      Course code: JW 2363, JW 2463 | Contact time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course will be a core studio class focusing on the core principles of design to conceive and develop integrated design solutions. The Design process will be informed and investigated through each of the following: site and space observation; discovering, recording and representing on paper; translation from a 3D prototype to digital mediums; written and narrative expression-whereby an ‘object’ will transcend its immediate physical nature.

    • Traditional Practices

      Course code: D-JW 482 | Contact time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      The ancient art of the goldsmith in the subcontinent is revived and revisited in this course where students learn the traditional techniques of handcrafting jewelry and objects. Students work with the guidance of master craftsmen to aquire skills in the techniques of enamelling, stamping, filigree, repoussage and chasing.

    • Contemporary Materials & Technologies

      Course code: D-JW 483 | Contact time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      This course focuses on exploring the unconventional and the alternative. Students analyse and apply concepts which transform everyday objects into precious ornaments and meaningful statements. A varied range of materials, mediums, techniques and tools are used. References to other art forms provide a departure point for exploration within the realms of scale, colour, light, sound, form and alternative materials.

    • CAD for Jewelry & Accessory I, II, III

      Course code: D-JW 222, D-JW 322 | Contact time: 4 Hours per week | Credits: 2 | Studio

      This subject guides students in how to create and draw accurate and precise designs vital to product standardization. It provides designers with automatic views of jewelry and objects in 3D at different angles for precise editing thereby eliminating errors in product prototypes.

    • Marketing I, II

      Course code: D-HC 450 | Contact time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Theory

      This industry driven course covers topics like promotion, packaging, advertising, trade shows/fairs, channels of distribution and point-of-sale. Using current industry pricing standards, students learn to estimate the cost of their designed pieces. Concepts of business development, financial management, human resource development, company structures and staffing, production planning, partnerships and joint ventures also form part of the course.

    • Jewelry Seminar I, II

      Course code: D-JW Contact time: 3 Hours | Credits: 3 | Theory

      This seminar provides a historical, cultural and theoretical base for the study of jewelry and accessory design and production. Through a series of lectures, topics such as the role of the craftsperson, commercial and economic factors, fashion, historical and cultural influences and aesthetic considerations are examined. The course intends to inform and engage the students with current issues concerning artists and designers like ethics, identity, sustainablility and hybridization within contemporary discourse and design practice.

    • Professional Practice | Internship

      Course code: D-JW 484 | Contact time: 3 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Studio

      Students work with an organization or industry under close supervision by professionals and faculty in the field of jewelry, fashion, accessory, film, theatre and other related disciplines. Relevant topics concerning the design profession such as copyright, design ethics, exhibiting & photographing work, public and private commissions will be explored. Students are also guided through portfolio building, presentation techniques and employment and entrepreneurial skills.

    • Design Portfolio

      Course code: D-HC 448 | Contact time: 6 Hours per week | Credits: 3 | Lecture

      This is a compulsory one semester course which prepares final year students for entry into the design profession. Students learn to structure CVs, write applications for work and further study, handle interviews, improve presentation skills and document their work in the form of a portfolio. Visiting practitioners are brought in for portfolio critiques and for talks on their experiences of working in the world of design. The course primarily offers a supportive environment, helping students to adopt resourceful and pro-active approaches during the transition from study into a work environment.

  • Degree Requirement

    Thesis & Degree Show

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