Jewellery Essentials Program (F111)

Jewellery Essentials
School of Fashion Studies
Casa Loma Campus
1 year (2 semesters)
Ontario College Certificate
The Jewellery Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, grind, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and centrifugal casting techniques will be used to create jewellery pieces to high standards.

Full Program Description


Melissa Holmes, sterling pendant

The Jewellery Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and casting techniques will be used to create jewellery items.

Jewellery history, technical drawing, gemmology and an overview of the industry are included to provide you with a broad knowledge of the jewellery field.

Sandraca Choi, snail

While successful graduates who wish to continue their Jewellery education may apply for advanced standing in one of our other Jewellery diploma programs, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the program that best fits your career goals as space in the diploma programs is limited and may not be available.

F111 Students

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening and weekend courses and certificate programs in Jewellery Skills. (Note: These are not equivalent to the full-time program.) See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 

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semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL1013 Goldsmithing I
JEWL1017 Metal Finishing I
JEWL1038 Technical Drawing
JEWL1077 Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1078 Jewellery Casting
GHUM1023 History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL1030 Goldsmithing II
JEWL1019 Metal Finishing II
JEWL1076 Rhino I for Jewellery
JEWL1073 Gemmology for Jewellers
GNED General Education Elective

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

This program will prepare the successful graduate for an entry-level position in the jewellery industry. The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities with careers in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, precious metals, gemstones, fashion jewellery and accessories.

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in fall 2016 Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Basic computer literacy and skill level in Word and Excel are recommended.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Good eyesight (corrected vision is accepted), a high degree of manual dexterity, mechanical inclination, patience and initiative are the qualities necessary to succeed in this field.

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"The Jewellery Essentials program at George Brown College not only allows me to develop transferable skills, but also an attention to detail that can only be found by working in such small scale. I came into the program without any knowledge on making jewellery and after only one year I feel the ways in which I can exercise my creativity are virtually limitless. I am truly thankful to have such a skilful and caring faculty teaching me about my passion."

Olivia Woodhouse (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Essentials)

"I really value the skills and knowledge that I gained from the faculty, and I know that as I face new challenges in the industry, I can always go back to the teachers for advice. It was a great start for me to take a program that will benefit me for the rest of my life."

Michelle Man (Graduate 2008, Jewellery Essentials)

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Contact Us

Contact Us  

School of Fashion Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840


For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

On-campus information sessions are held on a regular basis. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options. Meet your friendly professors and staff. Experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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