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Want to turn your passion for jewellery and design into a career? Take the next step in your professional development with our jewellery making courses.

You can study for a Diploma or Advanced Diploma. Both course options give you the opportunity to learn from jewellery making experts and develop the skills you need to thrive in this exciting and dynamic industry.

Explore our course breakdown below or enroll now to get started.

  • Course Outline

    When you enroll in our online jewellery courses, you will complete the following units of study:

    • About designing jewellery / jewellery past to present
    • Benefits of the career
    2How to Design Jewellery

    How to Design different types of jewellery

    • Earrings
    • Neckpieces
    • Bracelets
    • Rings
    • Jewellery materials
    • Metal
    • Beads
    • Gemstones and synthetics
    • Malleables and moldables
    • Natural materials

    Equipment and supplies

    • Workspace equipment
    • Hand tools
    • Beading supplies
    • Metal
    • Soldering tools
    • Findings, stampings and finishing
    • Suppliers to use

    The Design Process

    • Developing your ideas
    • Sketching it out
    • Choosing your materials
    • Patterns or moulds
    • Samples and prototypes

    Making Your Own Jewellery

    • Health and safety
    • Soldering
    • Filing
    • Saw-piercing
    • Wirework
    • Outsourcing production
    • Communicating your design ideas
    • Areas of production expertise
    • Finding production specialists
    3Preparing for Your Career
    • Sense of aesthetics and design
    • Hand-eye coordination
    • Creativity
    • Communication skills
    • Sales ability
    • Tradeshows and craft fairs
    4Getting Hired
    • Types of employers
    • How to find job openings
    • Positions to apply for
    • Finding advertised positions and unadvertised positions
    • Job hunting materials: your resume, cover letter and portfolio
    • Finished jewellery samples
    • Interviews, making a great impression and interview questions
    5Starting Your Own Business
    • Your unique concept
    • Creating a business plan
    • Start-up costs and getting financing
    • Legal matters and considerations
    • Setting up your workspace / workshop
    • Employees and contractors
    • Setting your prices
    • Wholesale vs. retail pricing
    • Profitability
    • Calculating price
    • Fulfilling orders
    • Establishing a delivery date
    • Custom design services
    • Accepting payment / jewellery design
    • Managing wholesale accounts
    6Selling Your Designs
    • Marketing materials (portfolio, samples, website, stylesheet and price lists)
    • Selling to individuals
    • Craft shows and galleries
    • The internet
    • Hosting a promotional event
    • Finding wholesale buyers
  • How Will You Benefit?

    There are many benefits associated with our online jewellery making courses. For example, you will:

    • Discover how to create stunning pieces of wearable jewellery
    • Fast track your career in jewellery design
    • Study at your own pace, allowing you to fit your course around your lifestyle
    • Have your own personal tutor
    • Save time and money by learning remotely rather than in person
    • Receive a 10% discount by paying your course fee upfront, or choose our interest-free weekly payment plan

    Experience these benefits and more for yourself by enrolling in our jewellery course today!

  • Career Prospects


    Imagine getting paid to use your creativity to make beautiful pieces of jewellery. Working in this field gives you a chance to harness your love of design to produce stunning items for yourself and others to enjoy.

    There is always strong demand for attractive and innovative jewellery, and this career path can be exciting and lucrative. You might decide to work as part of a busy design studio, or alternatively you may prefer having the freedom and independence of running your own business. If you’re self-employed, you could specialise in selling designs to manufacturers or directly to clients. The choice is yours.

    Typical tasks of jewellery designers include discussing design briefs with clients and making these designs a reality either by hand or using CAD software. These specialists also source precious metals, gems and other materials and parts, and use equipment such as soldering irons and jewellery saws to achieve the desired results. If you become a self-employed jewellery designer, you will also be involved in marketing your creations.

    Working as a jewellery designer can give you considerable freedom and flexibility, and it offers you the chance to showcase your artistic flair.

  • Course Levels Explained

    Our jewellery design courses lead to the awarding of either a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, depending on which level you enroll at. The different levels are determined by the amount of course content and assessments involved within each module at the intermediate (Diploma) and advanced (Advanced Diploma) levels. Learn more about the differences between the two levels below:


    These qualifications recognise graduates’ capacity for initiative and judgement across a broad range of technical and management functions. Diploma holders typically have personal responsibility and autonomy (semi-independence) in performing technical operations or organizing others in the workplace.

    Advanced Diploma

    The graduate is able to apply a significant range of principles and techniques across various contexts and functions. Graduates can expect to be involved in significant judgements, planning and leadership/guidance functions that relate to workplace products, services, operations or procedures.

  • Prerequisites

    There are NO previous work or education requirements for entry into either course level. You may enroll directly into the Diploma or Advanced Diploma levels without completing lower ranked qualifications in jewellery design or other subjects.

    Note that graduates can expect higher course levels to result in higher potential salary, positions and skill capabilities.

  • Course Length

    The average time within which students complete their studies is:

    Diploma Level24 weeks
    Advanced Diploma Level31 weeks

    Studying jewellery making with ICI gives you the chance to work at your own pace with no assignment deadlines. This means you choose how long it takes you to graduate.

    If you want to complete the learning programme as quickly as possible, you can graduate in a matter of months. If you would prefer to take longer, you have up to three years to finish your studies.

  • Study Mode: Online Learning

    Our jewellery courses are carried out entirely online via distance learning. Also called correspondence learning, this approach is ideal if you want complete control over how you study and need to fit your course around commitments such as work and family. You can progress through the course material whenever and wherever you wish, without being locked into a timetable. Another advantage of studying jewellery making in this way is that you avoid the expense and stress of commuting to attend lessons in person.

    As an ICI student, you’ll benefit from highly relevant and engaging course material, and you’ll have access to a personal tutor to answer your questions and provide support.

  • Recognition & Accreditation

    Our online jewellery courses are recognised and accredited by the International Association of Private Career Colleges (IAPCC).

    Like all ICI courses, they are designed to be highly practical. Taking you far beyond simply the theory of jewellery design, they offer you key practical skills and insights that will put you in the best possible position when it comes to your career.

  • Already in the Profession or Industry?

    Already working as a jewellery designer? This course is for you. It will help you to expand your knowledge and capabilities, increase your confidence and advance your professional development.

    Note that course fees can be claimed as a tax deduction as long as the course is sufficiently connected to your work activities.

  • What Do I Get?

    All the materials you need to complete our online jewellery making courses are included in the course fee. When you enroll, you will receive:

    • All required study materials and course notes
    • Assignment projects with constructive tutor feedback
    • A tutor who will answer all your course and career questions and provide guidance

    Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive:

    • A graduation certificate officially recognising your completion of the course and qualifications as a jewellery designer
    • Transcripts indicating the units completed
    • A letter of recommendation and validation for current and future employers
    • Post-nominal letters placed after your name which indicate that you hold the relevant qualification (for example: John Smith, DipJewlDsgn)
    • Job search assistance: discover more about our Graduate Career Services Programme
  • Cut Off Date

    Friday, 6th October 2023 is the next enrollment cut off date. Places are limited, in demand and entry into the course is on a first come first served basis.

    Your enrollment is processed and acknowledged within 24 hours of the Institute receiving your application. You can expect to receive your course within days of enrolling. When you start your ICI course it’s at your own pace and you determine when you finish.

    Don’t miss out. Enroll today!

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Click on one of the Enroll Now buttons above and you could be working on your first lesson – and towards a new career in jewellery making – in a matter of days!

How Does Online Studying Work?

As an ICI student, you’ll be able to train at home in your spare time, learning in the easiest possible way. There are no classes or lectures to attend, and no need to leave your job or change your schedule.

How does it work?
Enroll, Study at Home, and Graduate

ICI is committed to the successful completion of your course. The typical ICI student experience goes like this:

  1. The Enrollment Process
  2. Begin Your Studies
  3. Getting Help When You Need It
  4. Getting Assessed
  5. Graduation
1The Enrollment Process

Select the course that interests you. The International Career Institute website offers course overviews, course outlines, course fees, student testimonials, and information on career services for graduates.

When you are ready to enroll in a program, simply complete the online enrollment form, or call our toll-free number to speak with an enrollment adviser.

2Begin Your Studies

On enrollment students receive a welcome email and letter with instructions on how to login into your course and access your course and tutorial support. You will not be required to purchase any further materials. Courses are divided into modules with assessments located at the end of these modules. Assessments (written assignments) are based on what you have been learning about. No exams are involved.

Study at your own pace

One of the many great benefits of our courses is their modular format creates an easier and more effective way for you to learn. And with no need to follow a fixed timetable, you get to study and submit assignment for each module at your own pace.

3Getting Help When You Need It

Your courses are designed so that you can study independently. However, if you have a question about anything in your course, just contact one of our industry based tutors. Contact details are provided in your welcome email and letter. Your tutors are industry professionals who are ready to answer any questions about the course, assessments and industry for which you are training for.

4Get Assessed

At the end of modules you are asked to complete assignments. With no fixed assessment dates ICI students can submit their assessments at any time. This allows students to progress through the course at a pace that suits their needs. Assignments can be submitted via the student portal or email directly to the tutor.

Your assignments and projects will be graded on the following scale:

Grading scale
Lesson Grade (%)Letter EquivalentRating
100 - 80AOutstanding level of achievement
79 - 60BHigh level of achievement
59 - 50CSatisfactory level of achievement
49 - 40DMarginal level of achievement
0 - 39FFailed to complete course requirements

You must pass all modules and achieve a minimum of a C or higher in all studies to graduate. Should you not pass an assignment you are able to retake assessments as many times as you need (free of charge) in order to improve your results. Full tutorial support is available to guide you towards successfully completing your course.


Graduates of the Institute are eligible for assistance under the Graduate Career Services Program which includes assistance in job searches (by career and region), preparing cover letters, tips on interviewing, and much more. As part of your graduation package, we offer a Certified Professional Resume Writer free of charge to help you compose your resume. All graduates receive a certificate of completion at the relevant level (Certificate, Diploma or Advanced Diploma / Executive Diploma), transcripts and a letter of recommendation.