Hochschule Idar Oberstein.
Joya 2017 skyscraper.
Goldmuseum Taipei - Metal Crafts Competition 2018.
Published: 14.08.2017
Hochschule Trier.
Theo Smeets
How to apply
The admission criteria for the MA or further education MA programme are:

• passing an artistic qualifying exam holding a completed BA or diploma qualification (for the MA programme) or a completed vocational qualification and proof of at least five years’ professional experience (further education MA)
• command of English (teaching language)

The M.F.A. course starts 2x per year.

The application deadlines are:
1st of november for the next summer semester (start of study in april)
1st of may for the next winter semester (start of study in october)

This study is free of study fees.

Per semester you will be charged appr.:
- administrative fee: 80 € (which includes the "semester ticket" for the train Mainz - Saarbrücken)
- workshop contribution: 50 €

If you have any questions on the study, how to apply or the status of your application, please get in contact with Mr. Heinz Hub
0 67 81 / 94 63 17
Hochschule Trier, Photo by Stephanie Morawetz.
Hochschule Trier, Photo by Stephanie Morawetz

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Young in years, rich in experience. The Department of Gemstones and Jewellery was founded in 1986. Since then the study program has developed continuously. The adjustment to the European study standard Bachelor/Master of Arts has now existed since the winter semester of 2008/2009. The Master course in Gemstones and Jewellery has been offered since the summer semester of 2008. The Master program is taught in English only. Since the winter semester of 2013/14 the department has developed three unique Fine Arts degrees within Europe. A Bachelor of Fine Arts a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of further education of Fine Arts which is for vocational qualified people.
Responsibility: The 3-P-Modell as leitmotiv 

Three closely interlaced goals lead our activities:

Developing Professionalism: The basis of each successful achievement is professionalism. Therefore we aim at a high level - in the theoretical knowledge, in practical being able, in the creative development. Thus for example the studying in cooperation with enterprises become acquainted with professional yardsticks for Design quality.

Designing Projects: A condition for lasting learning effects is own doing. Therefore we cooperate in projects, which promote selfinitiative, self-assertion and team spirit. To mention is for instance the common conception of exhibitions or the participation in fairs with own collections.

Supporting Personalities : The training of the personality needs a development area - straight within Design and Art. Therefore we offer a study with high degree of freedom and many perspectives. The participation on competitions, scholarships, study trips or foreign terms promote the development of artistic personalities. 

Studying in the department for Gemstones and Jewellery in Idar-Oberstein

Data and facts

Jewellery is not craft. There is a cross section with the masterly craftsmanship, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another

Jewellery is not design. There is a cross section with the fashionable aesthetic and commercialization, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another.

Jewellery is not art. There is a cross section with „existing out of itself“, but the contemporary Jewellery-focus is another.

But the goal is not to create or sharpen boundaries. 

As an object of personal use, jewellery needs without any doubt a distinctive or connecting level of meaning. This is also reflected in consumer needs. The Faculty ties in these levels and asks questions about art, social and intercultural life, ethnology and history. 

The Program is orientated at some qualification goals which include artistic competences, commitment in civil societies, and personal development. According to those competences, we also foster communication competences, coordination and organisation competences. The central approach of the Program is to develop design structures and thinking structures of artistic action which are orientated at the social and cultural requirements of the 21st Century. The field of learning is specifically dedicated to evolve the students own artistic identity. It is coined by a profoundly intercultural environment and a highly communicative teaching and study situation.
The graduates of our school should be enabled during their studies to focus first on the different roles of wearer and beholder and also on their role as creators.
Art should ask questions in a way of abstraction. Jewellery enables us to raise a connection between our roots and our current surrounding. Because of this possibility, we can notice changes in our surrounding and react appropriately.  
The Creator of Art has to be aware of his own positioning concerning their own symbolism, semantics, and Iconography. He has to question and evaluate their own creation and artistic strategies, and, if necessary, to rework and actualize them, to have a social meaning in a contemporary context. 

To say it a little easier: The Artist reflects the surrounding society, processes and sensitivities by creating a piece of art. This piece of art gains a place within society and changes it. The society reacts, the artist registers the reaction and creates a new piece of work based on those reactions and experiences. This circuit means a permanent update of pieces, a permanent change, a mental evolution. That way jewellery stays in contact with society. Not controlled by Marketing strategies mercantile Values or fashionable ephemerality. No aesthetical blunting but making the mental, emotional or social evolution ascertainable. This process generates identity for the creator and the recipient.

Das Bachelor-Studium Edelstein und Schmuck ist interdisziplinär ausgerichtet. Ziel ist es, die Studierenden zu einer eigenständigen Position im Spannungsfeld von freier und angewandter Kunst sowie Design zu befähigen. Im Mittelpunkt steht die Edelstein- und Schmuckgestaltung. In weiteren Kursen wie z.B. Mineralogie und Designmanagement werden praxis-relevante Aspekte der späteren beruflichen Tätigkeit behandelt. Seminare zu kunst- und geisteswissenschaftlichen Themen bieten die Möglichkeit, das eigene Schmuckschaffen in einen gesellschaftlichen Kontext zu bringen. Grundlegend für die eigenständige, künstlerische Entwicklung ist unser Lehrangebot in den Bereichen Bildhauerei, Kommunikationsdesign, Fotografie und CAD. Gastvorlesungen und Workshops renommierter SchmuckkünstlerInnen sowie Exkursionen ins In- und Ausland fördern den intensiven Austausch mit der externen künstlerischen und fachlichen Praxis.

The MFA course in gemstone and jewellery enables its graduates to contribute to the contemporary national and international gemstone and jewellery scene, with the aim to become an active and decisive part of it. It also combines creative development in the field of gemstone and jewellery and its co-related subjects with design theory and the specific topics of gemstone and jewellery.


Ute Eitzenhöfer, Eva-Maria Kollischan, Theo Smeets, Winfried Juchem, Jutta Kallfelz, Gerrit Binz, Tanja Emmert, Tobias Häger, Willi Lindemann, Dr. Christianne Weber-Stöber, Julia Wild, Cornelia Wruck.


Ute Schoppet
Secretary of the Department for Gemstones and Jewellery
Mon, Tue + Thu 13:00 - 16:00
Wed 9:00 - 12:00 + 13:00 - 16:00

Vollmersbachstraße 53a
D-55743 Idar-Oberstein​
tel: +49(0)6781/9463-0
fax: +49(0)6781/9463-63

Events      View / hide events

Exhibition  09 Nov 2017 - 12 Nov 2017  Rock Stars. Jewellery from Idar-Oberstein.
Meeting  14 Oct 2017 - 15 Oct 2017  SchmuckDenken XI - Thinking Jewellery.
Exhibition  16 Sep 2017 - 06 Oct 2017  A Ring is a Ring is a Ring.
Workshop  28 Aug 2017 - 01 Sep 2017  Stones: Geological Experiences by Patricia Domingues.
Workshop  21 Aug 2017 - 01 Sep 2017  International Summer Academy 2017 at the Campus Idar-Oberstein.
Award giving  21 Jun 2017 - 21 Jun 2017  7th Hanau Goldsmith Laureate: Tabea Reulecke.
Meeting  18 May 2017 - 21 May 2017  Athens Jewelry Week 2017.
Award giving  11 Mar 2017 - 11 Mar 2017  BKV Prize 2017 Winners.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Astonish at Schmuck 2017.
Exhibition  08 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017  Die Vier at IHM.
Exhibition  18 Feb 2017 - 21 Feb 2017  Die Vier.
Fundraising  14 Jan 2017 - 17 Feb 2017  Let's get Astonished.
Exhibition  07 Dec 2016 - 07 Mar 2017  Look What I Did. New Rings by DOT.
Exhibition  27 Nov 2016 - 26 Feb 2017  Neuer Schmuck aus Idar-Oberstein.
Exhibition  08 Oct 2016 - 13 Nov 2016  Wildstone by Helen Britton.
Workshop  01 Aug 2016 - 12 Aug 2016  International Summer Academy 2016 at the Campus Idar-Oberstein.
Fundraising  23 May 2016 - 04 Sep 2016  Let the Rock Roll Tombola Project by Eva Burton.
Exhibition  08 May 2016 - 22 May 2016  Gioielli In ...Fermento 2016.
Exhibition  21 Apr 2016 - 05 May 2016  Astonish at Valencia.
Award giving  28 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  Talente Competition 2016 Winners.
Exhibition  24 Feb 2016 - 01 Mar 2016  Astonish.
Exhibition  21 Feb 2016 - 28 Feb 2016  Germany's upcoming talents.
Workshop  16 Aug 2015 - 29 Aug 2015  International Summer Academy 2015 at the Campus Idar-Oberstein.
Exhibition  23 Jun 2015 - 22 Aug 2015  SleepLess: Trier University of Applied Sciences Degree Show 2015.
Exhibition  29 Apr 2015 - 19 May 2015  Adansonia Digitata.
Exhibition  29 Apr 2015 - 19 May 2015  Magnification Reframed by Peter Vermandere.
Exhibition  12 Mar 2015 - 15 Mar 2015  Hypnostone I4 O1.
Exhibition  06 Mar 2015 - 02 Apr 2015  Fragmenting Matter by Patrícia Domingues.
Exhibition  10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015  From the Familiar to the Wonderful by Karin Herwegh.
Exhibition  10 Jan 2015 - 21 Feb 2015  Fragmentation and Union by Patrícia Domingues.
Exhibition  19 Nov 2014 - 13 Dec 2014  Tabea Reulecke Solo Exhibition.
Meeting  12 Nov 2014 - 12 Nov 2014  Helen Britton to Lecture at Hochschule Trier.
Meeting  18 Oct 2014 - 19 Oct 2014  SchmuckDenken X - Thinking Jewellery.
Exhibition  13 Sep 2014 - 08 Nov 2014  Lines by Frieda Dörfer and Julian Steimer.
Award giving  12 Aug 2014 - 12 Aug 2014  Winners of the Mari Funaki Award for Contemporary Jewellery 2014.
Meeting  21 May 2013 - 22 May 2013  SchmuckDenken IX - Thinking Jewellery.
Meeting  17 May 2011 - 18 May 2011  SchmuckDenken VII.
Meeting  18 May 2010 - 19 May 2010  SchmuckDenken 6 - Thinking Jewellery.
Meeting  19 May 2008 - 21 May 2008  SchmuckDenken 4 – Thinking Jewellery.
Meeting  22 May 2007 - 23 May 2007  Idar-Oberstein FormDiskurs.

Publications      View / hide publications

Book:  To the Point. Malev, Daniela.  Edition Winterwork:  Leipzig,  2017
Book:  Gemstone - Art. Reinassance to the Present. Lindemann, Wilhelm.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  Nsaio6. New Jewellery from Idar-Oberstein. Smeets, Theo; Eitzenhöfer, Ute.  Arnoldsche Art Publishers:  Stuttgart,  2016
Book:  ThinkingJewellery. On the way towards a theory. Arnoldsche:  Stuttgart,  2011
Valerie Wagner. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Plastic, limestone, rock crystal, flax twine. Photo by: Michael Müller. Model: Arnaud Sprimont. Valerie Wagner
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Plastic, limestone, rock crystal, flax twine
Photo by: Michael Müller
Model: Arnaud Sprimont
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Yftah Avrahamy. Necklace: Untitled, 2016. Agate, finesilver, fishing wire. Yftah Avrahamy
Necklace: Untitled, 2016
Agate, finesilver, fishing wire
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Pia Groh. Necklace: Necklace 2, 2016. Agate, oxidised silver. Photo by: Michael Müller. Pia Groh
Necklace: Necklace 2, 2016
Agate, oxidised silver
Photo by: Michael Müller
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Lina Goltsios. Ring: Untitled, 2016. Silver, resin, pigments, rock crystal. Lina Goltsios
Ring: Untitled, 2016
Silver, resin, pigments, rock crystal
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Edu Tarín. Pendant: Mold D1, 2016. Granite, Silver, stone cutting, CNC maschining, electroforming. Edu Tarín
Pendant: Mold D1, 2016
Granite, Silver, stone cutting, CNC maschining, electroforming
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Azh Malik. Piece: Cuts, 2016. Rock crystal, Citrine. Photo by: Michael Müller. Azh Malik
Piece: Cuts, 2016
Rock crystal, Citrine
Photo by: Michael Müller
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Qi Wang. Object: Injection, 2015. Ready mate object, stone. Photo by: Qi Wang. Qi Wang
Object: Injection, 2015
Ready mate object, stone
Photo by: Qi Wang
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Vanessa Zöller. Photograph: Adrenalin kickt IO, 2015. Paper. From series: Fotomontageserie 2015. Vanessa Zöller
Photograph: Adrenalin kickt IO, 2015
From series: Fotomontageserie 2015
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Stephie Morawetz. Neckpiece: 60233040, 2014. Stone, magnets. 40 x 35 x 10 cm. Photo by: Stephie Morawetz. Stephie Morawetz
Neckpiece: 60233040, 2014
Stone, magnets
40 x 35 x 10 cm
Photo by: Stephie Morawetz
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Carolin Denter. Photograph: Hängende Häuser, 2014. Paper. Photo by: Carolin Denter. Carolin Denter
Photograph: Hängende Häuser, 2014
Photo by: Carolin Denter
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Nils Schmalenbach. Installation: Wer Seid Das Ihr, 2011. Mixed media. Nils Schmalenbach
Installation: Wer Seid Das Ihr, 2011
Mixed media
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Seminar Classroom.
Seminar Classroom

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Jewellery workshop II.
Jewellery workshop II

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Stone cutting atelier.
Stone cutting atelier

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Student studio.
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