Eco-sustainable design course launches in Milan

The first international course in eco-sustainable jewellery design will be launched next year.

Politecnio di Milano organises international course with CIBJO & WJCEF

The Politiecnio di Milano has announced that it will conduct it first international course in eco-sustainable jewellery design next year.

The course has been organised in cooperation with World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF), a body established by the CIBJO to promote the principles of social responsibility in the jewellery industry.

Politecnico di Milano’s Interdisciplinary School of Design professor Alba Cappellieri said: “What do we mean when we say ‘eco-sustainable jewellery?’ We refer to jewellery that promotes both social and environmental sustainability. That means it complies with the principle that it meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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“This is prerequisite that we developed together with CIBJO and WJCEF, which are the only bodies in the international jewellery sector to be formally affiliated to the development programme of the United Nations.”

The course will be conducted in English at the Politecnico di Milano POLI design campus in Milan. The syllabus is divided into two parts; the first part, lasting seven hours, is on the theory of eco-sustainable jewellery and the second part, taking 28 hours, involves a hands-on workshop.

A maximum of 30 students will be accepted onto the course. Applicants for the course should be first and second level graduates holding a high school-level diploma from an art school or goldsmith institute, as well as professional jewellers wishing to specialize in eco-sustainable jewellery design.

The cost of the eco-sustainable jewellery design is € 1,000 (£830). A number of scholarships will be available and the deadline for applicants is October 30 2010.
 

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