Politecnico to conduct course in CSR and eco-friendly jewellery design in March, first academic CSR education programme in Europe

24 November 2010

The Department of Industrial Design, Arts, Communication and Fashion (INDACO) at the Politecnico University of Milan, Italy, will offer its first course  in Corporate Social Responsibility and the design of eco-friendly jewellery in March. The course is the result of close cooperation between Politecnico University and CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, and was developed under the auspices of the World Jewellery Confederation Education Foundation (WJCEF).
The INDACO/WJCEF programme of courses will be offered in English to jewellery design students from around the world, with each course including about 30 students. CIBJO President Gaetano Cavalieri said he already had a group of 20 students signed up for the course. "While this course is part of the annual curriculum of Politecnico INDACO, it is also open to the international jewellery business community. During a single week, participants  will be immersed in the subject matter and come away with a wealth of knowledge and tools that will be instrumental in making CSR an integral part of their businesses' policies," Cavalieri stated.
Prof. Alba Cappellieri, who is in charge of the curriculum at the university's interdisciplinary School of Design, said the the integration of a course in CSR and eco-friendly jewellerydesign into the School of Design's curriculum was a logical step for the university.
"The design school operates at the seam between academy and the fashion industry, and equips professionals who are about to make their way in the jewellery business," she noted.
"In today's market, it is imperative that young designers appreciate consumers' demand that their jewellery does not leave a footprint on the environment and that the principles of CSR are always maintained. The proposed INDACO/WJCEF programme aims to help them achieve just that," Prof. Cappellieri added.

Specializing Course in Eco-Sustainable Jewellery Design
The Politecnico di Milano and CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, are organizing the first international course in Eco-Sustainable Jewellery Design.
"Development is sustainable if it satisfies the needs of the actual generations without affecting the future generations' possibility to satisfy their own ones" "(WCED, World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987).This principle must also be applied to the jewellery sector which has historically depleted natural resources. To prevent this from happening again, designers must learn and internalize the necessary knowledge and adopt the eco-sustainable development principles that involve the required economic, social and environmental development. Consequently, this eco-sustainable jewellery design project represents the possibility of combining the quest for beauty and the protection of the environment, taking into consideration the most innovative trends in the sector. The Specializing Course represents the most advanced educational tool for those who wish to devote themselves to the design of eco-sustainable jewellery.
 The faculty of the course is composed of professors from the Politecnico di Milano, world experts in sustainable jewellery design, and international jewellery designers who will work on the projects with students.
The course is divided into two parts: the first will deal with theory (seven hours) and in particularly the principles of eco-sustainable jewellery, while the second part will be a project workshop (28 hours) related to recycling and re-using materials. The workshop will be conducted by an internationally famous designer and students will create their own project during the workshop.
The course will be held in English.
Target audience
The course is aimed at first and second level graduates, at candidates holding a high school diploma of art school or goldsmith institute, at professionals and sector traders who wish to specialize in eco-sustainable jewellery design.
A maximum of 30 students will be admitted after undergoing the selection process (based on the evaluation of candidates' CVs). Candidates will have to send the application form (here attached) and a detailed CV in order to take part in the selection.The course will take place from March 14-19, 2011 at POLI.design, Consorzio del Politecnico di Milano, Via Durando 38/a, Milano. Attendance is mandatory.
The course cost is 1,000 euros + VAT (20%). Candidates must submit application forms and CVs before January 30, 2011 to: formazione@polidesign.net 
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