Jewelry Design

Undergraduate Courses - Milan

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Jewelry Designer develops and manages the whole jewelry collection project, from the concept and creative sketch – using both hands-on and digital techniques - to the mood definition and the collection production. Alongside design skills, this professional boasts an extensive culture of design, fashion and art, allowing to interpret trends, styles, market needs, consumer growth which make him able to provide creative and innovative design proposals. The knowledge of industrial mechanisms and marketing or communication strategies allows to properly interact with other professionals and e comprehend the whole production chain.

Title – This course is accredited by Italian Ministry of Education and Research (MIUR) as a First Level Academic Diploma. 

  • Credits
    180
  • Start date
    October 2019
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

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Contest - The course involves the contemporary professional scenario keeping in mind two apparently conflicting realities: personal work and design for a company, two aspects demanding to be dealt with the same importance.

Methodology and structure – Once the analysis and research methodology is gained, a Jewel Designer can look at the surrounding society to highlight main features and symbols that can be translated into innovative products, according to his personal taste. 
The course develops a massive technical and design knowledge to define a collection and produce prototypes.

Students learn to appreciate the expressive possibilities of different materials, either traditional or innovative, by analysing material, chemical and morphologic features. The jewel and all its aesthetic, technical and economical features is deepened through dedicated laboratories.  

Design method becomes more and more relevant and the student can handle it. Creative sketch – made with hands-on graphic techniques – is supported by softwares and 3D print technologies to design objects through renderings and 3D modelings.
Design management course, in particular, provides the necessary competences to plan, promote and manage cultural and design activities. 

The course ends with the Final Project that calls students to design a whole collection following their personal taste.

Careers – Jewelry Design, Product Manager, Jewelry Technician, Independent Artist.

Remarkable is that teacher who accomplishes himself what he teaches to others.
(Italian proverb)

IED faculty are professionals that daily face the market. Here you can read their bios.

Giulia Savino - Course Coordinator

Giulia Savino - Course Coordinator
Italian Jewelry Designer and artisan with an international and multicultural background and experience in jewelry design processes, jewelry making and exhibiting. She holds a Masters in Contemporary Jewelry and Body Ornament ( Florence ), where she was mentored by Belgian designer Nedda El Asmar, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion Design. For three years Giulia lived in Cairo, where she contributed to the setting and opening of the Middle East’s first ever jewelry school, set up by the pioneer and awardwinning designer Azza Fahmy – “The Design Studio by Azza Fahmy”. While there she worked as a teacher and an assistant of the Director Estela Saez. Her work is focused on the project 1:20.000, a collection of maps in the shape of jewels, that has been exhibited in Turin at Officina 500, in Melbourne at Bini Gallery and other exhibitions around the world.

Federica Sala

Federica Sala
Start as the assistant of the Italian Designer Giorgio Vigna. Her works was exposed at Mad Museum in New York, at Society of Arts and Craft in Boston, at SOFA in Chicago. During the Munich Jewellery Week, her jewel Unbearable Lightness was one of ten best jewellery’s pieces exhibited. She was selected for the Stanislav Libensky Award and in 2016, she won the Marzee International Graduate Prize. Some of her pieces are in the Marzee Permanent Collection.

Chiara Scarpitti

Chiara Scarpitti
Transdisciplinary Designer, specialized in contemporary jewelry, and Ph.D in Design at Second University of Studies of Naples with a research about Post Digital Manufacturing. Her researches investigate different aspects of the contemporary material culture, exploring technology through a humanistic approach. Her activities concern the teaching, writing, workshops, scientific research.  

Alessandra Quattordio

Alessandra Quattordio
Art Historian and Journalist, she began at the end of the seventies as Curator of art and photography catalogs published by the Levante Gallery in Milan. After graduating in Art History at the Università Statale of Milan, she began to collaborate with magazines - including Flash Art, Art, Art In, Meridiani - and with industry publications. In particular she has been Senior Editor at Vogue Jewelry (for twelve years) and at AD Architectural Digest (for fifteen years). Currently she teaches History of Jewelry at Istituto Europeo di Design in Milan and continues her journalistic collaborations with Corriere della Sera and Artribune and presentations of artists and exhibitions.

Misia Mazza

Misia Mazza
Graduated in Jewellery Design at IED, she started teaching Rhinoceros to goldsmith firms and fashion companies, as well as interior design companies, automotive and architecture studios. At the same time, she keeps on collaborating as a freelance for important and well-known Italian brands and goldsmiths, taking part in the project and development of jewellery collections and fashion accessories. Specialized in prototyping and laser cutting, she worked as consultant for production companies of many Italian brands, such as Bulgari and Pomellato.

Jacopo Bargellini

Jacopo Bargellini
He is a Strategic Design Consultant, dealing with innovation and trends research for international companies, among which: Philips, Panasonic, Swarovski, JVC, Versace, Sharp, ING Direct, Guzzini, Candy, Versace Casa, San Pellegrino, 3M, Morellato, U-boat, Samsung, Verallia Saint Gobain, LG, Indesit, Ceres. As a Journalist he wrote I 12 principi del design management: costruire un’azienda design oriented and Design Trendsetting: capire le tendenze per creare prodotti innovativi both edited by Franco Angeli.   

Cagil Aygen

Cagil Aygen
Cagil Aygen is a Graphic Designer focused on brand identities and vector illustrations. He works with a range of businesses including start-ups, established brands, agencies, food sectors and magazines. He collaborated in different project with a couple of universal brands from different fields, such as packaging design for Illy and Motta and branding & illustration for Luxottica, Danone and Alfa-Wassermann. Moreover, he designs fonts for myfonts.com .  

Maria Grazia Rodi

Maria Grazia Rodi
She start her carreer winning the contest “Le nuove creazioni diamant” by De Beers. Since that time she design jewels, accessories and furnishings in collaborations with national and international company. For World Gold Council she follows projects in Middle and Far East participated to the writing of three trends books. In 2000 she won the contest “Auritalia loves United Arab Emirates”.  From 2007 she works as Visual Merchandising Specialist Lindt & Sprungli.

Paola Casorati

Paola Casorati
She began her professional career at Team 77, advertising studio in Milan, becoming then Art Director at Maison Scavia where she currently works with the goldsmith and gemmological laboratories in the research, selection and purchase of precious stones for the creation of Fine Jewelry collections. As Designer, she follows the Scavia Accessories Store. She won many awards like "Diamonds International Award" and "GIE Tahitian Pearl Trophy" among others.

Francesca Torri

Francesca Torri
Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith she designs and makes customized jewels with precious metals and non-precious materials. Graduated at IED in 1987. She has a Diploma in Gemmology and Diamonds at Istituto Gemmologico Italiano and Coordinator of Jewellery Design Course at IED from 1993 to 1999, Goldsmithing Teacher at Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana from 2003 to 2008, Art Director for the International project MaasaiWomenArt.  

Olivia Corio

Olivia Corio
She worked as Editor and Producer for Mtv, in London and Milan. As a professional Journalist she contributed to various magazines, among them Harper's Bazaar, Fashion, Virus Mutations, Tutto Musica, Grazia, Cosmopolitan. She has recently discovered a vocation for fiction. She published her first novel, Colpiscimi, (Alet Edizioni in 2011) followed by Mappe sulla pelle (Ed.It Press 2012), a collection of monologues from various female novelists.

Matteo Moscatelli

Matteo Moscatelli
Architect with PhD in Architecture, urban design, conservation of housing and landscape. He won many awards for his projects. Currently he teaches at IED, at Politecnico di Milano, and at the Spring Semester of the University of Southern California. He is the author of the monographies On the road: Milano, 2015, Archibook Expo 2015, Zurigo. La ricerca dell’essenziale, Venezia 2006, Senso e forma dell’architettura contemporanea. Le tecniche del comporre, 2009 and of a few itineraries of contemporary architecture for the magazine Area.