Jewellery Design

Jewellery Design

The Diploma in Jewellery Design develops knowledge and techniques both in the designing and professional manufacturing of jewellery

Diploma in Jewellery Design - three-year Diploma at NQF6 with 360 credits
SAQA Qualification ID No. 83426

The programme will assist you to develop an extensive portfolio which can be used to enter the jewellery industry. Portfolios showcase excellent practical, theoretical and design knowledge.

Photograph by Matthew Slot

The curriculum integrates a balanced approach towards both practice and theory. The program focuses on:

  • Foundational principles across all subjects including drawing, design and manufacture
  • Students explore various traditional and non-traditional mediums
  • Emphasis is placed on student's developing their personal design identity
  • Focus is placed on a highly competitive, individualised portfolio with innovative and unique designs

The Diploma in Jewellery Design exposes students to business management and marketing skills where graduates leave having developed their own social media footprint and branding. Graduates enter the growing South African Jewellery Industry either to be employed within small or large jewellery businesses, or ready to start up their own successful jewellery business.

The staff are united in the common goal of educational excellence within the framework of a friendly atmosphere and are committed to helping students realise their full potential.

Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC is a member of good standing with the Jewellery Council of South Africa.

Course Content

1st Year


Design and Manufacture (Major)
68 credits NQF5

Design (Second Major)
12 credits NQF5

Jewellery Drawing
12 credits NQF5

Digital Design - Rhino
4 Credits NQF5


Visual Discourse
18 credits NQF6

Jewellery Theory
6 credits NQF5

2nd Year


Design and Manufacture (Major)
66 credits NQF6

Design (Second Major)
9 credits NQF6

Jewellery Drawing
9 credits NQF6

Digital Photography
4 credits NQF 6

Digital Design - Rhino
6 credits NQF 6


Jewellery Methodologies 2
18 credits NQF 7

3 credits NQF6

Professional Practice
3 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Design and Manufacture (Major Elective Body of Work)
63 credits NQF 6

Professional Portfolio
9 credits NQF6

Digital Design - Rhino
6 credits NQF6


Extended Essay
30 credits NQF7

Professional Practice
12 credits NQF6


Academic Fees
2020 R59 750 for SA and SADC students

Registration Fee

The Registration fee is included in the total fee and payable in advance to secure the academic space offered.


The fees for 2020 are R59750 for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R9660. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. There are no application fees.

Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any Forex. All students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits.

There are no application fees.

The fees for 2020 are R65725 for non-SADC foreign students. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the Visa application.

Visa documents will only be generated once payment has been received. If the student is not granted a visa, the fees less the registration fee may be refunded.


Student fees may be paid via the website or directly in person to the admin office. Student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans. After the payment of the Registration Fee, fees can be settled in equal monthly installments from February to October (9 Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R9660 for Registration by 10 December  and 9 payments of R5 565.56 from the end of February to the end of October 2020.


Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transfer as reflected in the School's account or cash received by the administration office. There are no discounts for credit card payments. There are no discounts on the Registration Fees for foreign students who are not SADC. SA and SADC students: A discount of R5975 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2987.50 by 28 February 2020 for full settlement of fees via EFT or in cash directly to administration at the school.  For foreign students: A discount of R5606.50 at Registration by 1 February 2020 and a discount of R2803.25 by 28 February 2020.

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