Jewellery Arts Program (F114)

Program Description

Leadership Claims

This fine jewellery program is unique in the Greater Toronto Area. George Brown College has the most comprehensive facilities and is one of the largest jewellery education providers in North America.

Program Overview

The Jewellery Arts program focuses on both the goldsmithing techniques and design skills that are necessary to succeed as a jewellery designer and 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 and gold and gemstones.

Full Description

The Jewellery Arts program focuses on goldsmithing techniques and design skills that are necessary to succeed as a jewellery designer and goldsmith. You learn all aspects of jewellery making – sawing, filing, soldering, casting and polishing, and the particulars of working with silver, gold and gemstones. 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 important. Use of technology and fundamental jewellery business skills are integral to the program.

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 showcases graduating students' projects. Students have the opportunity to participate in numerous competitions, and to volunteer for and to attend industry events.

Program Requirements

  • This program requires students to have access to a personal laptop or desktop computer, and reliable internet access for synchronous classes.
  • Students will be required to purchase a Rhino 7 software license; more information will be provided after registration.
  • For information on computer requirements for the use of Rhino 7 software, please consult:
  • Students will be provided with a list of textbooks required to purchase after registration.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities. Graduates work as bench goldsmiths or designers and many as specialists in repair, gemsetting and custom fine jewellery. Some establish businesses as studio jewellers, designing, making and marketing jewellery to customers. Career opportunities exist in fine jewellery or fashion jewellery within retail, wholesale or manufacturing contexts.

Educational Pathways

Opportunities to receive transfer credits toward further study to attain a degree in Jewellery and Gemmology are available.

For information about future study options, see the Transfer Guide.

A photo of graduate Edna I. Milevsky

"As an older student, after having launched and sold a fintech start-up as well as having raised four daughters, I was looking to rekindle my lifetime passion for Jewellery, gemstones and artistic design. George Brown College and its Jewellery Arts program as well as its Gemmology program turned out to be the ideal place for the next step in my lifecycle. It gave me the necessary tools, the critical connections and the nurturing environment to create, experiment and grow. But best of all were the passionate and caring people I met over those wonderful years as a returning student."

Edna I. Milevsky
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

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