The Jewellery Methods program provides you with the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this demanding profession as a goldsmith/bench jeweller. The essential skills of measuring, sawing, filing, soldering and finishing are stressed early in the program. Once essential skills are achieved, you study more advanced goldsmithing, jewellery repair, gemsetting and model making as well as jewellery elective subjects.

Overview

Program name
Jewellery Methods
Code
F110
Location
Experiential learning
Mandatory component with in-class and placement hours.
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

The Jewellery Methods program provides you with the skills and abilities necessary to succeed in this demanding profession as a goldsmith/bench jeweller. The essential skills of measuring, sawing, filing, soldering and finishing are stressed early in the program. These skills are built upon through the introduction and practice of many traditional and contemporary techniques. Once essential skills are achieved, you study more advanced goldsmithing techniques, jewellery repair, gemsetting and model making, as well as jewellery elective subjects.

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

Jewellery Studies Frequently Asked Questions

Jewellery Studies Applicant Questionnaire

  • F110 set of rings

Part Time Study Options

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

Experiential Learning

Mandatory component with in-class and placement hours.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Employ with proficiency the goldsmithing skills essential for industry employment.
  2. Utilize copper, brass, silver and gold with proficiency in goldsmithing processes.
  3. Employ the lost wax casting process to produce multiples.
  4. Prepare models for mass production processes.
  5. Employ gemsetting skills to industry standards.
  6. Employ with proficiency jewellery repair skills.
  7. Apply gemological knowledge to safely work with gemstones and jewellery processes.
  8. Identify the materials, processes and business practices of the jewellery industry.
  9. Employ jewellery tools, equipment and materials confidently and safely.
  10. Demonstrate knowledge of the history of jewellery and gemstones.
  11. Communicate a jewellery design accurately utilizing technical drawing techniques.
  12. Apply digital technology to jewellery industry situations.
  13. Utilize generic math and communication skills and general education knowledge.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1013Goldsmithing I
JEWL1017Metal Finishing I
JEWL1038Technical Drawing
JEWL1077Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1078Jewellery Casting
GHUM1023History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1030Goldsmithing II
JEWL1076Rhino I for Jewellery
JEWL1019Metal Finishing II
JEWL1073Gemmology for Jewellers
GHUM1049Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1080Industry Skills I
JEWL2006Gemsetting I
JEWL1059Model Making I
JEWL2007Jewellery Repair I
JEWL2076Rhino 2 for Jewellery
JEWL2037Jewellery Business and Careers

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL2021Industry Skills II
JEWL2011Gemsetting II
JEWL2008Jewellery Repair II
JEWLProgram Specialization Elective (choose one)*
GNEDGeneral Education Elective (choose two)

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Electives

*Program Specialization Electives One (1) specialized elective required
A selection of Jewellery program electives will be offered each semester. See course offerings on web registration.

semester courses
CodeCourse Name

JEWL1004

Enamelling I

JEWL2027

Enamelling II

JEWL2032

Decorative Techniques

JEWL1074

Field Education in the Jewellery Industry

JEWL 1060

Model Making 2

Your Career

This program will prepare the successful graduate for an entry-level position as a bench jeweller. The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities with careers in manufacturing, repair, gemsetting, retail or wholesale, precious metals or fashion jewellery and accessories. Some of our graduates establish their own jewellery businesses.

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Tuition

$5,873.00 *

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 2017 Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

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)

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide 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 recommended qualities for success in this field.

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Success Stories

Patrick Dacko

"George Brown is allowing me to make important connections within the community of jewellery…from stone dealers, tool and equipment shops and jewellery manufacturers."

Patrick Dacko (Graduate, Jewellery Methods)

Brittany Hoplons

"George Brown taught me the skills I need and the language to speak in this industry."

Brittany Hopkins (Graduate 2010, Jewellery Methods)

Owner, Anice Jewellery

Cindy Jiaoyan Chen portrait

“You can’t imagine the impressive reputation the GBC jewellery program has gained in the jewellery industry. You can easily get an in-person interview simply by saying that you are a graduate student from GBC. The program covers all the knowledge, skills and technology that you need as a bench jeweller.”

Cindy Jiaoyan Chen (Graduate 2007, Jewellery Methods)

"I chose the Jewellery Methods program while in search of technical training to enhance my own practice and to expand my expertise at my job. While studying, I learned important hands-on skills that could be applied to working in the jewellery industry. The program's focus on precision and accuracy in goldsmithing prepared me to work efficiently in my field. Upon graduation, I left with new opportunities to pursue in the future and the confidence that I was ready to begin my career."

Samantha McAdams (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Methods)

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