• Hand made Ring
    Atiya Patel

  • Pandora's Box. Sterling Silver, Gold Leaf, Aquamarine Beryl.
    Tatevik Louzidis

  • 2015 Graduate Show. Photograph by Callen Jefferson
    Jewellery by Candice Glenister

  • 2015 Graduate Show. Photograph by Callen Jefferson
    Jewellery by Aurelien Brandt

  • Hand made Ring
    Sharon Botha

The development of practical, theoretical and design skills for the exciting applied arts industry of jewellery.

Studying Jewellery Design at the Ruth Prowse School of Art has been a stimulating experience. It has given me the freedom to explore my creativity through design while developing sound manufacturing skills, all in a vibrant and nurturing environment.

- Atiya Patel

Course Content

1st Year

Design and Manufacture (Major)- 68 credits NQF5
Design (Second Major)- 12 credits NQF5
Jewellery Drawing- 12 credits NQF5                                                                                    Digital Design- Rhino- 4 Credits NQF5

History of Art - 18 credits NQF6
Jewellery Theory and Metallurgy- 6 credits NQF5

2nd Year

Design and Manufacture (Major)- 68 credits NQF6
Design (Second Major)- 9 credits NQF6
Jewellery Drawing- 9 credits NQF6
Digital Photography- 4 credits  NQF 6
Digital Design -Rhino - 6 credits NQF 6
Jewellery and Art Methodologies- 18 credits NQF 7
Gemology- 3 credits NQF6
Professional Practice- 3 credits NQF6

3rd Year

Design and Manufacture (Major Elective Body of Work)- 63 credits NQF 6
Professional Portfolio- 9 credits NQF6
Digital Design- Rhino and Techgems- 6 credits NQF6
Extended Essay- 36 credits NQF7
Professional Practice- 6 credits NQF6

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SAQA Qualification ID No. 83426

 This intensive programme in the applied arts field of Jewellery at Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC develops knowledge and techniques both in the designing and professional manufacturing of jewellery. The outcome of the programme is for students to have developed extensive knowledge which would enable them to enter the jewellery industry with portfolios that show excellent practical, theoretical and design knowledge. The curriculum integrates practice and theory in various techniques and principles which are thoroughly explored throughout the three years of study.

 First year students are taught foundational principles across all subjects from drawing through to design and manufacture. Students explore media such as metal, stones, leather, plastics, fabric and wood by learning to integrate traditional and non-traditional mediums in innovative and unique designs. The second year curriculum places an emphasis on student's developing an integration of personal design and newly acquired knowledge and techniques. While third year students develop and produce a range of jewellery which showcases the culmination of all learning that has taken place. The body of work is assessed on innovation in design, technique and material use.

 Students are educated regarding excellence within the jewellery workshop with an emphasis being placed on quality, accuracy and professionalism as required by the industry. Students are encouraged to produce commissioned work and interact with clients during their studies at the School. Jewellery produced remains individualised with unique pieces of hand-made jewellery being created. Students are also taught techniques of mass production by means of casting and cutting-edge digital technology. The Diploma in Jewellery Design exposes students to business management and marketing skills where graduates leave having developed their own website and business identity. Graduates enter the growing South African Jewellery Industry either to be employed within small or large jewellery businesses while other graduates start up their own jewellery companies with great success.

 All courses are offered subject to sufficient demand.

The Staff at the School are united in the common goal of educational excellence within the framework of a friendly atmosphere and are committed to helping students realise their full potential.

Ruth Prowse School of Art NPC is a member of good standing with the Jewellery Council of South Africa.

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Application forms

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As class numbers are limited, prospective students are advised to apply earlier.

Course fees

FEES 2017

The academic fees for 2017 are R 47 730 for local and SADC students. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. The Registration fee is included in the total fee.

Students from SADC countries pay the same fees as local South African nationals but are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. Students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits. There are no application fees.

The projected total fees for 2017 are R 52 503 for Foreign students and are responsible for the transaction fees of any forex. The Registration Fee is R 9 000. The Registration fee is included in the total fee. First Year Foreign students are required to settle 50% of their fees upon acceptance of an academic space prior to the VISA application.

All foreign students are required to pay the 50% of their fees prior to documents being generated for a Study Visa. If the student is not granted a VISA, the fees less the Registration Fee may be refunded.


Student Fees may be paid in cash, by credit card, a direct bank deposit or by way of Internet transfer. Please note that students are liable for any bank fees for cash deposits to the school's account. A copy of payment of fees must be faxed or e-mailed as proof of payment with clear identification of the student name. Student Fees are required to be settled in full by the 30 May annually.


Students can apply for extended payment plans whereby fees are to be settled in equal monthly instalments from January to November (11 Months) at no interest can be applied for in writing to the Board of Directors at the beginning of each academic year. Applications for extended settlement will not be considered after the 30th January annually.

R 9000 for Registration by 01 February 2017  and  10 payments of R 3 873from the end of February to the end of November 2017


Discounts will be allocated for the full settlement of fees by direct transferas reflected in the school's account or cash received by the administration office. A discount of 10% at Registration by 01 February 2017and a discount of 5% by 28 February 2017 for payments via EFT

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