If you're obsessed with fashion, have a striking eye and attention for detail, and believe that fashion accessories and jewelry are just as important
as the clothes in making an outfit pop, a degree in Jewelry and Accessory Design may be a tailor-made fit for you.
Types of Degrees
Jewelry and Accessory Design students can pursue an associate degree (2 years), bachelor's degree (4 years), or master's degree (6-7
years). In this industry, a degree is less important than a portfolio of well-crafted, unique, and attractively styled work,
but degree programs usually focus on hands-on experience and workmanship, making the pursuit of a degree a good option for students
hoping to gain fundamental, technical instruction, knowledge, and experience while simultaneously building a portfolio.
A high school diploma or equivalent is required, with a strong academic background in art and design coursework
as well as work experience in retail, fashion, or metalwork helping applicants obtain acceptance into their desired school. Each school has its own specific requirements,
making it important for you to explore several options before settling on a particular school.
Career Opportunities After Earning A Jewelry and Accessory Design Degree
The range of career opportunities available to someone with a degree in Jewelry and Accessory Design include:
- Precious Stone and Metal Worker
- Accessory Designer
Post Graduate Salary Information
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers was $40,870 in 2019
while Fashion Designers earned a median salary of $73,790 in 2019,1
Note that the average salary varies widely not only depending on career chosen, but on geographical
location and employer. Conditions in your area may vary.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metal Workers,
on the Internet at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/production/jewelers-and-precious-stone-and-metal-workers.htm (visited June 24, 2020).