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Jewelry Design

Create a luxurious ornament, a precious keepsake, a fabulous fashion statement 

What was true for Cleopatra 2,000 years ago is still true today: A fine piece of jewelry is no less than a masterful work of art, one we display on ourselves rather than on a wall. These treasures from past and present can be seen in museums around the world.  

Today, the creation of fine and costume jewelry is a multibillion-dollar global industry, offering many opportunities for talented people with the right professional training. FIT’s program is closely tied to the industry, with a faculty of experts who bring firsthand knowledge of today’s market into the classroom. As mentors, they guide you to find your own niche in this competitive, highly specialized field.

In intensive classes that emphasize traditional techniques, you’ll master hand-rendering and casting, and analyze and appraise gemstones. You’ll acquire the computer design skills now in demand throughout the industry, and learn to design for a high-end collection or create a line of fashion jewelry. And you’ll graduate with an in-depth understanding of jewelry design, manufacture, and merchandising, prepared to forge a successful career in this multifaceted industry.

Highlights

  • FIT’s Jewelry Design program is the only one in the U.S. that offers not only studio courses (metalsmithing), but also design courses that focus on the two-dimensional aspects of jewelry fabrication.
  • A jewelry lab, metal-casting facility, polishing room, silversmith equipment—and a room filled with gemstones, platinum, and other precious metals—simulate a professional environment.
  • Most graduates find full-time employment or full-time freelance work at such leading companies as Tiffany & Co., Judith Ripka, and Swarovski, among many others.
  • New York City provides inspiration, with its museums, galleries, and major jewelry and auction houses, such as Tiffany & Co., Bulgari, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Christie’s.

In this program, you’ll:

  • meet industry leaders and have extensive opportunities to create a network of contacts.
  • have the opportunity to show your designs in industry-sponsored national and international competitions.
  • graduate with 80 pieces of finished jewelry, to serve as your portfolio.
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