Jewellery Arts Program (F114)

Jewellery Arts
School of Fashion Studies
Casa Loma Campus
3 years (6 semesters)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
The Jewellery Arts program focuses on both the goldsmithing techniques and design skills that are necessary to succeed as a designer/goldsmith. You learn all aspects of jewellery making – sawing, filing, soldering, casting, forging and decorative metal techniques such as inlay, filigree and chasing, and the particulars of working with silver, gold and platinum.

Full Program Description


The Jewellery Arts program focuses on goldsmithing techniques and design skills that are necessary to succeed as a designer/goldsmith. You learn all aspects of jewellery making – sawing, filing, soldering, casting and polishing, and the particulars of working with silver, gold and platinum. You are required to utilize various design strategies and study the wide variety of jewellery forms open to you as a designer. Skills in the application of the creative process are stressed.

You are encouraged to work to the highest goldsmithing standards as you create jewellery with precious metals and gemstones. Projects are designed to advance technical and design skills, while at the same time permitting individual expression. An annual jewellery exhibition (part of an industry networking event, and open to the public) showcases graduating students' projects. Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous competitions, and to volunteer for and attend industry events. Students may submit jewellery for sale and participate in various retail events organized as part of the Craft Show Management course.

This fine jewellery program is unique in the Greater Toronto Area.

Jewellery Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Jewellery Studies Applicant Questionnaire

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening and weekend courses and certificate programs in Jewellery Skills and Jewellery Design (not equivalent to the full-time program). For the Continuing Education Course Guide, visit

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
JEWL1073 Gemmology for Jewellers
JEWL1076 Rhino I for Jewellery
GHUM1049 Design and Colour


semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL1080 Industry Skills I
JEWL1051 Jewellery Projects A
JEWL2006 Gemsetting I
JEWL1055 Jewellery Design I
JEWL1054 Jewellery Rendering and Illustration I
JEWL Program Elective (choose one)*


semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL2021 Industry Skills II
JEWL2024 Jewellery Projects B
JEWL1056 Production Techniques A
JEWL2023 Jewellery Design II
JEWL Program Elective (choose one)*
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL3024 Jewellery Projects C
JEWL2029 Production Techniques B
JEWL2037 Jewellery Business and Careers
JEWL Program Electives (choose two)*


semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL3035 Jewellery Projects D
GNED General Education Elective
JEWL Program Electives (choose two)*

*Program electives (six program electives required)

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

For information on future study options, see


*Program Specialization Electives (seven Specialization electives required)

Jewellery electives vary each semester. See courses offered at time of registration.

semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL2011 Gemsetting II
JEWL1059 Model Making I
JEWL1060 Model Making II
JEWL2007 Jewellery Repair I
JEWL2008 Jewellery Repair II
JEWL2030 Craft Show Management
JEWL1004 Enamelling I
JEWL2027 Enamelling II
JEWL2033 Metal Forming
JEWL2032 Decorative Techniques
JEWL1074 Field Education in the Jewellery Industry

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Your Career 

The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities. Many of our graduates work as bench goldsmiths or designers, or in repair, gemsetting, or sales and management. Others establish their own businesses as studio jewellers, designing and making jewellery to build their collections or to fulfill customer orders. Career opportunities exist in fine jewellery or in fashion jewellery in retail, wholesale or manufacturing.

Future Study Options 

For further information, see

Tuition and Fees


$5,465.00 *

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)
  • Information session - Other arrangements will be made for applicants unable to attend information sessions.
  • Portfolio
  • Questionnaire

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 and fine motor control, mechanical inclination, drawing skills, patience, initiative and artistic sense are the qualities necessary to succeed in this field.

How Do I Apply to the Program  

Jewellery Studies Applicant Questionnaire

Jewellery Arts Applicant Portfolio Submission Guidelines

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Student Success

Success Stories  

"I have taken two Jewellery programs at George Brown College. The Jewellery Arts program taught me to work with discipline while expressing myself through precious metals and gemstones. I then furthered my expertise and identification of gemstones by taking the Gemmology program. These two areas of expertise have increased my opportunities for employment in the jewellery industry."

Joanna Mader (Graduate 2015, Jewellery Arts; Graduate 2016, Gemmology)

"My time at George Brown in the Jewellery Arts program has taught me how to channel my creativity into jewellery. I learned much about applying design into functional jewellery through several hands-on techniques. In my final semester I was granted the opportunity to work as an intern in the industry. This was an amazing experience which showed me how jewellery is made in the real world. The combination of practical work and position as an intern taught me about the reality of the jewellery industry in Canada."

Mana Mazaheri (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Arts)

"From the moment I applied to the program, I had very clearly defined goals. The instructors in the Jewellery Arts program were instrumental in my skills development and played a critical role in preparing me to tackle my ambitions and plans. The foundation built during my time at George Brown is sound and strong, and it enabled me to achieve my goals and set the newer, larger goals that I endeavour to realize today."

Jeffrey Ross (Graduate 2003, Jewellery Arts); Jeffrey Ross Jewellery Ltd.

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