Studying the Advanced Diploma in Jewelry Design with Raffles Design Institute

Course Overview

The Advanced Diploma program encourages creativity of commercially viable and ecologically friendly jewelry – through conceptualization, innovation, originality, technical skills and professionalism at all levels. Close ties with Industry also give the student a strong sense of ‘reality’ and realization of career prospects for the future. Students will experience a broad-based, diagnostic curriculum during year one – grasping investigational, analytical and problem solving design skills through a project based, modular system – which also encourages the investigation and understanding of varying materials, processes and applications for use in Jewelry design. Concurrently, students will explore Design and Cultural issues through Art & Design History and Theory modules and also generic modules, using 2D and 3D software applications for Jewelry Design. Year two offers a more defined specialization in Jewelry Design, encouraging confidence in scale, material exploration and scope of design issues and aesthetic sensitivities. Students will also be encouraged to be more ‘self-directed’ in their studies during year two of the program.

Studying the Course

Students have 8 terms in total to complete the Advanced Diploma in Jewelry Design Each term runs for 11 weeks of study including the exam week.

Entry Requirements

Completion of the Raffles Institute of Design Foundation Program or 3 GCE ‘O’ levels or international high school. Other qualifications will be considered and approved on a case by case basis. Students applying for the Advanced Diploma programme must show evidence of IELTS 5.0 or equivalent 550 for TOEFL paper based to demonstrate their english language proficiency. Students who do not meet the English language requirement are required to take an appropriate English language proficiency placement and speaking tests to determine their english language proficiency level before the institute recommends the next course of action, All courses are conducted in English. Students must have the ability to understand, speak and write fluently in English.

Terms and Modules

Term 01

Observational Drawing Skills

Colour Analysis in 3D Design

Model Making

Cultural Studies

Term 02

Studio Practice I: Fabrication Methods 1

Design Theory

Digital Presentation

Design Drafting – Technical Drawing

Term 03

Studio Practice II: Fabrication Methods 2

Human Factors

Computer Aided Design (AutoCAD)

3D Conceptualization

Term 04

Studio Practice III: Fabrication Methods 3

Computer Rendering (Rhinoceros)

Design Rendering

Academic Research and Communication Skills

Term 05

Studio Practice IV: Enamelling and Glass

Solid Modelling – Rapid Prototyping

Retail Visual Merchandising

Jewellery Technology

Term 06

Studio Practice V: Silversmithing

Gemstone Identification

Design Management

Term 07

Studio Practice VI: Gem Analysis and Stone Setting

Major Design Project – Jewellery Design

Term 08

Industrial Attachment