Online Master’s Degrees in Jewelry Design

An online master’s degree in jewelry design may allow designers to hone their creative and technical skills in jewelry construction. This one to two-year program may provide students with the opportunity to discover the direction of their craft through research, experimentation, and technique. Program coursework may include some concentrated electives alongside major-specific courses such as contemporary issues in jewelry, history of jewelry, and applied theory and practice.

Upon graduation, students may either seek employment or pursue a doctoral degree in jewelry design. Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in metal manufacturing, leather design, and accessory design.

Program Overview

  • Prerequisite: Bachelor’s Degree
  • Program Length: One to two years to complete
  • Post-Grad Options: Employment or Doctoral Program
  • Projected Employment Growth: -5% (2010-2020)*

Program Coursework

The curriculum for master’s-level jewelry design programs may include major courses along with specialized electives of the student’s choosing. Students may learn how to manage an art studio, develop a professional portfolio, and evaluate gems. Core jewelry design courses may include the following:

  • Contemporary Issues in Jewelry
  • Objects and Desire
  • Theory and Criticism for Jewelry
  • Professional Development in Jewelry
  • Special Topics in Jewelry
  • History of Jewelry as Source
  • Applied Theory and Practice

Career Options

Master’s-level graduates may gain employment in jewelry design, leather design, high-end accessory design, and silver manufacturing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jeweler employment opportunities are projected to decline by 5% from 2010-2020.*

Possible careers include:

  • Leather Jewelry Designer
  • Gemologist
  • Watch Designer
  • Casting Specialist
  • Jewelry Buyer

Continuing Education

Students who successfully complete an online master’s degree in jewelry design may wish to continue their education by enrolling in a doctoral degree program. A doctoral degree in jewelry design may provide students to enter the profession of academia, a requirement for teaching design at the post-secondary level.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook

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