Jewelry Design

Undergraduate Courses - Milan

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The Jewelry Designer is a multidisciplinary professional, who is able to combine goldsmith technical skills, design methodology and experimental research in the creation of ornaments that interact with the body.

The Jewelry Designer has the talent to manage independently the making of a jewelry collection, dealing with the different aspects of the design process, from the concept phase to the prototyping and the production. This method of transforming an idea into tangible designs also involves the communication strategy and the creation of an atmosphere around the collection.

Title – The First Level Academic Diploma is recognized by MIUR (Ministry for Education, University and Research) and equated with the Bachelor’s Degree issued by Universities.

  • Credits
    180
  • Start date
    October 2021
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

Get an insight into the creative professions: Jewelry Designer

Context - The course embraces the complex scenario of contemporary jewelry field by opening a dialogue between two apparently distant realities: an intimate and experimental approach and a company-oriented design, both fundamental for future Jewelry Designers

Methodology and structure - During the study program Students investigate the jewelry world and his various aspects, learning specifics about design, production techniques and materials.  

Special attention is paid to the design methodology, which is declined with specific features according to the brief of each single course: contemporary jewelry, fashion jewelry and fine jewelry. 

The goldsmith practice in the school laboratory is fundamental in the process of research and production. Students explore edges and potentialities of materials as well as techniques of making, which are necessary to understand the feasibility of a jewelry piece. 

Students produce several collections along the three years. They are invited to present their work in international contests and have the chance to be part of workshops led by well-known designers. All the above experiences help them to create their portfolio for the beginning of their professional career.

Graphic design and 3D computer modelling classes cover a relevant role in the study programme. Digital skills are the essential tools to communicate the projects and to take advantage of new technologies, specially in order to be up-to-date with the production methods.

 

Careers - Jewelry Designer, Jewelry Technician, Independent Artist, Product Manager.

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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.

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.

Francesca Torri

Francesca Torri
Jewelry Designer and Goldsmith, Francesca graduated at IED in 1987 and obtained a Diploma in Gemmology and Diamonds from Istituto Gemmologico Italiano. Between 1993 to 1999 she worked as Jewellery Design Course Coordinatore at IED, while from 2003 to 2008 she worked as Goldsmithing Teacher at Scuola Orafa Ambrosiana. Presently she is Art Director at TanzaniaMaasaiWomenArt. Furthermore Francesca Torri designs and makes jewels “ad personam” with precious metals and non-precious materials.  

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.

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.

Irene Belfi

Irene Belfi
She’s the owner of Irene Belfi Gallery in Milan. After doing different working experiences in the art field, she decides to follow her instinct to give life to a new space dedicated to Contemporary Jewellery in Italy. She opens the gallery Irene Belfi in April 2018 with the aim to make the Italians aware of a field which is slowly growing in the country and worldwide.

Brunella Alfinito

Brunella Alfinito
Contemporary jewellery maker, she has partecipated as a designer to the “Wristify” project at “Embr Labs, supported by Trust Center for MIT Enterpreneurship and the MIT Venture Mentoring Service”(Boston). She was also the teaching assistant in the “Intermediate Jewelry” course at MassArt, where she was attending the 3D Fine Arts Master program. She holds a BFA in Fine Arts from Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery school and a master’s degree in architecture from “La Sapienza”(Rome). She has partecipated to several exhibitions around the world.

Elena Lara Bonanomi

Elena Lara Bonanomi
She graduated with a First Class Honours in Jewellery Design from Central Saint Martins University in London, where she received different prizes from well-known companies like Cartier, Swarovsky and Leatherseller’s Company and a travel scholarship from Brian Wood. She honed her knowledge and skills through a range of various work placements with jewellery designers and brands in Milan, London and Paris, before launching her own brand, ElenaLara Jewellery.  

Bianca Cappello

Bianca Cappello
Bianca Cappello, Historian and Jewellery Critic, teaches Jewellery History at Galdus professional public goldsmith school in Milan. She coordinates and curates lessons and seminars in the history of jewellery and costume jewellery for art Academies and universities; in addition to this, she writes for various publications on her specialities. She curates jewellery and costume jewellery exhibition for museums and public bodies, and is the curatorial consultant for museum collections. She is member of the Society of Jewellery Historians in London.

Jacopo Miliani

Jacopo Miliani
Artista e fondatore della pubblicazione indipendente “self Pleasure Publishing”, è anche uno dei fondatori di OuUnPO, un gruppo di ricerca che esplora l’ambito performativo. Ha preso parte a diversi progetti e residenze con artisti e professionisti di diverse discipline tra cui il film maker Dario Argento, il fashion designer Boboutic e il producer Jean–Louis Hutha.  

Lavinia Rossetti

Lavinia Rossetti
Contemporary jewellery maker currently researching at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Antwerp (Body & Material Reinvented group) where she investigates the performative role of jewellery using an interdisciplinary and experimental approach. She has teached at Alchimia Jewellery School while combining travels to Asia for collaborations and workshops in Shanghai (Academy of International Visual Arts, Shanghai Institute of Visual Art, SanW Gallery/Studio). Her jewellery have been represented by Caroline Van Hoek and Antonella Villanova in international exhibitions and design fairs.

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