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.

Azher Thebus making a Ring

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


Jewellery Manufacture (Major)
68 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

12 credits NQF5

Digital Design - Rhino
4 Credits NQF5


Visual Discourse
18 credits NQF6

Jewellery Theory
6 credits NQF5

2nd Year


Jewellery Manufacture (Major)
66 credits NQF6

9 credits NQF6

9 credits NQF6

Digital Photography
3 credits NQF 6

Digital Design - Rhino
6 credits NQF 6


Jewellery Methodologies 2
18 credits NQF 7

3 credits NQF6

Professional Practice
6 credits NQF6

3rd Year


Jewellery 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
The Provisional Fees for 2025 are R80 500 which includes the Registration Fee

Registration Fee
R11 000

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


If the student is offered a study place and accepts the study place, the student formally registers.
Registration commits the student to the programme and to pay the applicable fees.
A student is considered to be registered upon receipt of the registration and declaration documentation and payment of the registration fee.
If a student is under the age of 21 years of age then the Registration Form and Declaration and Undertaking Form needs to be signed by a parent or a legal guardian.
All foreign students are required to pay their fees prior to documents being generated for a Study Visa. If the student is not granted a VISA, the fees less the Registration Fee may be refunded. There is a 10% levy added for foreign students.
Student fees may be paid via EFT or directly in person to the admin office. The total student fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually. All students (first, second and third) are required to pay the Registration fee prior to the academic year.
Students can apply for an extended payment plan for the balance of fees (after the registration Fee has been paid)
which are settled in equal monthly instalments from February to November (10
Months) at no interest. The request must be applied for in writing to the Executive Head by the 15th February 2025.
R11 000 for Registration by 27 December for 1st year students to secure the academic space.
Second and Third year students
must pay the Registration Fee before the 15th February 2025.
The following discounts are granted for the full settlement of the fees less the Registration fee received in the School’s bank accounts. A discount of 10% if paid in full and received by the 15 January of the balance of fees less the Registration Fee. Adiscount of 5% if paid in full by the 15 February of the balance of fees less the Registration Fee.
There is no discount on the registration fees or the administration fee for foreign students.

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