New Zealand Certificate in Jewellery Level 4

Duration 1 years

Level 4 Credits 120

Start February Intake ONLY

Apply Preferred by 30 Jan

Major: Jewellery Techniques, Jewellery Design

Supporting Studies: Drawing & Rendering, CAD, Contemporary Context

This one year qualification is a practice-based course that focuses on giving students the necessary skills to make jewellery. Introduction to design, research and conceptual processes further build a well balanced programme, that brings a thorough understanding of the contextual and practical knowledge needed in the Jewellery Studio. Students are taught to work with a variety of materials, ideas, techniques and processes in order to make a body of work for our end of year show. The New Zealand Certificate in Jewellery Level 4 is credited as the 1st Year of the New Zealand Diploma in Jewellery. Students are then accepted into the New Zealand Diploma in Jewellery Level 5.

Technical and Practical Skills

Students will learn skills in a range of techniques and materials used in the jewellery workshop. The aim of this course is to give students a solid grounding in the materials and techniques required for making objects. While there are processes that are foundational to understanding the materials used, the course is designed to address specific technical needs of the individual.These include construction, filing, soldering, stone setting, making hinges and catches, stone and hard materials, casting, enamelling and repouss are some of the techniques covered. Resulting in work that is well made and giving student a wide range of technical possibilities.

Jewellery Design

The aim of this course is to give students an understanding of the theoretical and conceptual challenges required to investigate the creative process. Using a variety of approaches and materials needed to successfully develop a design language. As the course progresses students will be encouraged to develop their own areas of interest, allowing for individuality and an understanding of the greater context in which jewellery operates.


Using a variety of approaches, students will increase their visual awareness, observational skills, understanding of form and structure; and will develop an individual interpretation.

Students experiment in a variety of traditional and contemporary media to build up their drawing and mark making skills.


We are an accredited Rhino 3D provider. The course covers all aspects of 3D modelling and rendering.

Students will use rapid prototyping to generate models of their work.

Contemporary Context

The study of Art History enables the students to contextualise art & craft from a variety of periods and cultures and to define their place as an artist. Topics studied include historical and contemporary New Zealand art, Maori and Pacific, ancient cultures, Renaissance and aspects of European art, Modernism and Postmodernism.