Higher diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Artistic Jewellery

Students learn how to work as an artisan or mass production jeweller and are encouraged to develop their own style through the visual creativity of jewellery-making. Skills are enhanced by making artisan pieces, researching new materials and technologies, whilst also drawing on the traditional and classic techniques of the trade. Students learn to create their own career path so they can work in the professional field of artistic and/or traditional jewellery design.

Career opportunities

Jewellery-making as a freelance artist or as an associate in different capacities in a workshop or company related to:

  • Jewellery design: artistic and/or commercial production.
  • Resetting and restoration of pieces of jewellery.
  • Specialised commerce.
  • Art galleries.
  • Conservation and restoration of heritage pieces.
  • Technical and artistic consulting and training.

Work placement objectives

To facilitate transition into work and train qualified professionals for the workplace.

To identify and provide a detailed analysis of skills and career expectations.

To consolidate the skills learnt through on-the-job experience by building on the knowledge learnt through workplace and vocational experience.

To provide practical training in accordance with agreements between the Catalan Ministry of Education, the educational establishment and the business or organisation.

The professional placement tutor coordinates and prepares the IT and vocational guidance resources, as well as supervising each student in their on-the-job training.

Final project

The final project is of a global nature and includes all the different areas of academic and technical knowledge covered in the course. It is designed to showcase the students’ achievements and proficiency regarding the knowledge, processes, techniques and skills required to work in the field and to further their careers within the specialty and demonstrate the level attained.

The objectives are:

  • Use and mastery of the theoretical and practical skills needed for project development.
  • Planning and structuring of the work process.
  • Presentation and defence of the project before an assessment committee.

Structure and Content of the Two Academic Years

Content of ModulesModule Hours
History of Goldsmiths, Jewellery and Costume Jewellery 105
Analysis of the Artistic Process 105
Artistic Drawing and Colour 240
Technical Drawing 120
Computer-Aided Design 105
Models and Scale-Models 120
Jewellery Projects 375
Jewellery Workshop 540
Training and Professional Orientation 60
Training in Centres of Work 25
Final Project 80
Total hours per course1875


Higher Diploma in Visual Arts and Design for Artistic Jewellery.

Artistic jewellery.

Advanced Vocational Training in Visual Arts and Design.

1,875 hours. Two years plus a final project (modules taught in the school: 1,770 hours. Vocational training phase in the form of on-the-job training in companies, studios or workshops, 25 hours. Final project, 80 hours).

Access to higher university courses
Direct access to university courses pursuant to attachment 3 of Decree 113/2001 of 2 May for holders of the higher diploma in visual arts and design shall be provided in accordance with the selection procedures for acceptance into university for students who meet the legal requirements needed to obtain a university place.

Schedules 2023–24

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