FAQ: New Jewellery students

  1. Are all jewellery courses, both mandatory and specialization electives, offered every semester?
  2. May I attend Full Time day courses as a part time student?
  3. What are the requirements to fulfill a program certificate or diploma in Jewellery Studies?
  4. Are the jewellery programs sequential? Do I take Jewellery Essentials first, then if I wish to continue for a second year do I take Jewellery Methods, and then Jewellery Arts for a third year?
  5. May I transfer between jewellery programs bringing credits earned in one program into the other?
  6. What is a ‘course pre-requisite’?
  7. Do Continuing Education jewellery courses have Academic Equivalencies with Full Time jewellery courses?
  8. How much creative independence will I have in my projects and assignments?
  9. Do I need to bring my own tools?
  10. 10. How many hours of part time work can I fit into my timetable?

1. Are all jewellery courses, both mandatory and specialization electives, offered every semester?

Mandatory jewellery courses are offered once an academic year in either the Fall or Winter semester. To repeat a course the student must wait until the next academic year and will not advance to a level 2 course until successful completion of the level 1 course.
A selection from the jewellery specialization course list is offered in the Fall and Winter semesters, as well as a limited offering in the Spring semester.

2. May I attend Full Time day courses as a part time student?

Students are not allowed to begin studies as PART TIME students ---we only allow conversion from full time to part time studies not NEW enrolment to part time.

3. What are the requirements to fulfill a program certificate or diploma in Jewellery Studies?

Each of the four programs offered by Jewellery Studies has specific and different course requirements for completion. See the Curriculum Planner documents on the program pages of the Jewellery Studies website (www.georgebrown.ca/jewellery).
Several types of courses make up program requirements: college wide mandatory courses (computer, General Education), program mandatory courses (core jewellery courses) and program electives (jewellery specialization courses). You must complete all the required courses and achieve a GPA of 1.7 to be eligible to graduate.

4. Are the jewellery programs sequential? Do I take Jewellery Essentials first, then if I wish to continue for a second year do I take Jewellery Methods, and then Jewellery Arts for a third year?

No, the jewellery programs are not sequential. Each program is a stand alone program with specific outcomes. You should apply to the program that best fits your career goals, whether it is the one, two or three year program.

5. May I transfer between jewellery programs bringing credits earned in one program into the other?

It is possible to apply to transfer programs and bring credits from one program to the other. For instance, after successfully completing one or two semesters of the Jewellery Essentials program you may apply to transfer to the Jewellery Methods program.
Or if you are currently in the two year Jewellery Methods program, but decide that one year of study is sufficient for your career goals you may transfer your achieved credits to the one year Jewellery Essentials program to complete the certificate requirements.
There are two important factors that affect the ability to transfer programs. The first is that although the first semester is identical for all three jewellery programs, in second semester the Jewellery Arts course offerings begins to diverge from Jewellery Essentials and Jewellery Methods course offerings. The second factor is that the program may be full, in which case we cannot add more students.
It is our very strong recommendation to apply for the program that best fits your career goals.

6. What is a ‘course pre-requisite’?

After the first semester most jewellery courses have courses from previous semesters that must be successfully completed prior to enrolling in them. For instance, you must pass Design and Colour (Ghum 1049) before enrolling in Jewellery Design 1 (Jewl 1055); or you must pass Goldsmithing 1 (Jewl 1013) before taking Goldsmithing 2 (Jewl 1030). See the Curriculum Planner documents available on the website program pages for F110, F105, F111 or F114 for a complete list of course pre-requisites.

7. Do Continuing Education jewellery courses have Academic Equivalencies with Full Time jewellery courses?

No, for courses to be equivalent they must have the same outcomes, content and teaching hours and this makes it difficult to establish equivalencies between Con Ed and Full Time courses. However, Prior Learning Assessment may be arranged with Jewellery Studies to assess previously learned skills with relation to specific courses and eligibility for exemptions. Student must pay the associated fee for the Prior Learning Assessment process.

8. How much creative independence will I have in my projects and assignments?

Learning hand skills requires practice, repetition and clearly defined technical goals. Projects and assignments are structured to provide students with specific and well defined goals that will advance skill level with various materials, processes and professional situations as they progress through the program. Applicants looking for the ‘open studio’ approach of an art college will not find it at George Brown College Jewellery Studies.

9. Do I need to bring my own tools?

All full time students receive a tool kit in each year of study as part of the Material Fee that is included in your tuition. In first year you are loaned additional tools to complete a basic hand tool kit.

10. How many hours of part time work can I fit into my timetable?

Experience has shown that students who work more than 12-15 hours at their part time job seriously compromise their education. They achieve C’s rather than B’s and A’s.