“There cannot be any true innovation without the knowledge of what came before.
Tradition and innovation, like mind and hand, need to move together.”
—Doris Maninger & Lucia Massei
Alchimia contemporary jewelry school was founded in 1998 by Lucia Massei and Doris Maninger. The expansive two-year BFA and MFA programs have been developed over more than a decade of experience in close collaboration with a team of international teachers and advisors, all leaders in their respective creative realms.
Alchimia’s objective is to teach students to express their creativity through contemporary jewelry, developing high-quality technical and theoretical skills. By adopting the technological developments of our time and the most experimental cultural trends, Alchimia encourages its students to enhance their talents. Its focus draws on the revision and adoption of traditional techniques and carefully selected materials combined with experimental and groundbreaking approaches to design, teaching students how to transform ideas and research paths into jewelry and design objects, and how to access the working context.
The students of Alchimia are mentored and tutored by a team of experts in jewelry, design, and the visual arts. While using their own experiences as reference, tutors affirm techniques, tendencies, and developments in the field of contemporary jewelry and propound emergences in personal creativity by offering tailored guidance and evaluation over the course of the students’ academic years.
The school has obtained full accreditation of its artistic and pedagogic values and is officially qualified to confer European bachelor of fine arts and European master of fine arts degrees by the European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools.
MFA ACADEMIC YEAR 2018-2020
First Year Mfa
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Second Year Mfa
RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link.