Curriculum: The Department of Jewelry Design
The department’s curriculum is divided into three categories:
- Theoretical studies: academic courses in the humanities and in technical subjects such as metallurgy and gemology, as well as computer courses in basic graphics software and 3D design software.
- Practical studies: teaching of metalworking techniques, casting, wax, inlaying and rendering, as well as industrial projects and enrichment courses in fields such as photography, sculpture and sketching.
- Conceptual studies: thematic projects, philosophy, literary and academic writing, industrial processes, the history of the art of design and metalworking.
Every summer, after completing their third year of studies, students undergo an internship in the industry, in Israel or abroad.
Throughout the studies, there is a fascinating collaboration of students and the industry. Joint projects have been conducted with such companies as Yvel, Padani, Hatzorfim, Castro, Carmel Mizrahi, Audi, Sapirim, and the Israel Government Coins and Medals Corporation. Students are also involved each year in designing a pin for the Israeli Bonds organization.
In the framework of joint projects with the industry, students are asked to design a collection for a client in accordance with the client’s instructions and needs. The students are able to experiment with the methods of work used in the real world, while the companies enjoy fresh and innovative designs and a design language that is not subject to business and industrial trends.
The fruits of these projects serve as a basis for study trips in which third-year and fourth-year students visit international jewelry exhibitions, museums and galleries in Europe.