Jewellery Arts Program (F114)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Jewellery Arts
  • Code: F114
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $5,568.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:
    Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA may apply for Field Education elective in final year.

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

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 attend industry events.

Program Requirements

The Jewellery Arts program requires students to have access to a personal laptop or desktop computer. 

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create jewellery items in copper, brass, silver and gold, using adept goldsmithing skills for employment in the jewellery industry.
  2. Apply specialized jewellery skills to industry standards to inform technique and design.
  3. Devise jewellery design solutions to meet client needs taking both material and process requirements into consideration.
  4. Construct finished jewellery pieces according to given designs.
  5. Produce technical drawings and illustrations to communicate jewellery designs as required.
  6. Select fabrication processes to optimize jewellery production.
  7. Contextualize jewellery according to historical and stylistic qualities to assess provenance, materials and method of production.
  8. Produce industry quality jewellery items using the lost wax casting process.
  9. Incorporate polishing techniques to produce market ready jewellery items.
  10. Differentiate gemstones and their properties as required in the jewellery industry.
  11. Follow ethical, security and business practices consistent with jewellery industry standards.
  12. Employ jewellery tools, equipment and materials in a confident and safe manner.
  13. Use computer software (CAD skills) to produce 2D drawings and 3D models of complex jewellery forms, and digital manufacturing technologies (CAM skills) to produce industry quality jewellery items.
  14. Produce a professional portfolio that documents attained skills, including jewellery and jewellery designs, for employment applications and marketing opportunities.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

Code Course Name
JEWL1013 Goldsmithing I
JEWL1017 Metal Finishing I
JEWL1081 Technical Drawing I
JEWL1077 Jewellery as an Industry
JEWL1078 Jewellery Casting
JEWL1088 Technical Drawing II
GHUM1023 History of Jewellery and Gemstones
COMM1007 College English

SEMESTER 2

Code Course Name
JEWL1030 Goldsmithing II
JEWL1019 Metal Finishing II
JEWL1073 Gemmology for Jewellers
JEWL1076 Rhino I for Jewellery
GHUM1049 Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

Code Course Name
JEWL1080 Industry Skills I
JEWL1051 Jewellery Projects A
JEWL2006 Gemsetting I
JEWL1055 Jewellery Design I
JEWL1054 Jewellery Rendering and Illustration I
JEWL2076 Rhino 2 for Jewellery

SEMESTER 4

Code Course Name
JEWL2021 Industry Skills II
JEWL2024 Jewellery Projects B
JEWL1056 Production Techniques I
JEWL2023 Jewellery Design II
JEWL2011 Gemsetting II
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

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

SEMESTER 6

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

*Program electives (four program electives required)

General Education Electives

Electives

*Program Specialization Electives Four (4) specialization electives required Jewellery electives vary each semester. See courses offered at time of registration.

Code Course Name
JEWL1059 Model Making I
JEWL1060 Model Making II
JEWL2007 Jewellery Repair I
JEWL2008 Jewellery Repair II
JEWL1004 Enamelling I
JEWL2027 Enamelling II
JEWL2032 Decorative Techniques
JEWL1074 Field Education in the Jewellery Industry

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

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.

Future Study Options

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

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$5,568.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2020. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2021 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

Financial Assistance

This program is approved for OSAP funding, provided the applicant meets OSAP eligibility criteria.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For promotion to the second year of the Jewellery Arts program (F114), students must attain a minimum grade of 70% in Design and Colour (GHUM 1049) and Goldsmithing 2 (JEWL 1030) courses, and maintain a program grade point average of 2.7 by the end of their first year of study in the program. Students who do not meet this requirement will be able to transfer to the Jewellery Methods program (F110) or Jewellery Essentials program (F111).

** 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. 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 the Transfer Guide 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 recommended qualities for success in this field.

How to Apply

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges.

Student Success

Student Name
Joanna Mader

"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."

Student Name
Mana Mazaheri

"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."

Student Name
Jeffrey Ross

"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."

Contact Us

School of Fashion and Jewellery

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionandjewellery@georgebrown.ca

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

Our Jewellery Programs are part of our School of Fashion and Jewellery and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.

Jewellery Arts Program (F114)

2019-20202020-2021
  • Program Name:
    Jewellery Arts
  • Code: F114
  • Credential:
    Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Method of Study:
    Full-time
  • Duration:
    3 years (6 semesters)
  • Centre:
  • School:
  • Location: Casa Loma Campus
  • Starting Months: September
  • Domestic Tuition:
    $6,117.00 * +
  • Experiential Learning:

    Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA may apply for Field Education elective in final year.

Compare up to 3 programs

Overview

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 attend industry events.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create jewellery items in copper, brass, silver and gold, using adept goldsmithing skills for employment in the jewellery industry.
  2. Apply specialized jewellery skills to industry standards to inform technique and design.
  3. Devise jewellery design solutions to meet client needs taking both material and process requirements into consideration.
  4. Construct finished jewellery pieces according to given designs.
  5. Produce technical drawings and illustrations to communicate jewellery designs as required.
  6. Select fabrication processes to optimize jewellery production.
  7. Contextualize jewellery according to historical and stylistic qualities to assess provenance, materials and method of production.
  8. Produce industry quality jewellery items using the lost wax casting process.
  9. Incorporate polishing techniques to produce market ready jewellery items.
  10. Differentiate gemstones and their properties as required in the jewellery industry.
  11. Follow ethic, security and business practices consistent with jewellery industry standards.
  12. Employ jewellery tools, equipment and materials in a confident and safe manner.
  13. Use computer software (CAD skills) to produce 2D drawings and 3D models of complex jewellery forms, and digital manufacturing technologies (CAM skills) to produce industry quality jewellery items.
  14. Produce a professional portfolio that documents attained skills, including jewellery and jewellery designs, for employment applications and marketing opportunities.

Courses

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

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 2

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 3

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
JEWL2076 Rhino 2 for Jewellery

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL2021 Industry Skills II
JEWL2024 Jewellery Projects B
JEWL1056 Production Techniques A
JEWL2023 Jewellery Design II
JEWL2011 Gemsetting 2
GNED General Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

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

SEMESTER 6

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

*Program electives (four program electives required)

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

For information on future study options, see www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Electives

*Program Specialization Electives Four (4) specialization electives required Jewellery electives vary each semester. See courses offered at time of registration.

semester courses
Code Course Name
JEWL1059 Model Making I
JEWL1060 Model Making II
JEWL2007 Jewellery Repair I
JEWL2008 Jewellery Repair II
JEWL1004 Enamelling I
JEWL2027 Enamelling II
JEWL2032 Decorative Techniques
JEWL1074 Field Education in the Jewellery Industry

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Your Career

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.

Future Study Options

For information about future study options, see georgebrown.ca/transferguide.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

$6,117.00 * +

Additional Costs

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of programs starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

+ Books and additional supplies are not included in tuition fees and must be purchased by the student separately.

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

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: For promotion to the second year of the Jewellery Arts program (F114), students must attain a minimum grade of 70% in Design and Colour (GHUM 1049) and Goldsmithing 2 (JEWL 1030) courses, and maintain a program grade point average of 2.7 by the end of their first year of study in the program. Students who do not meet this requirement will be able to transfer to the Jewellery Methods program (F110) or Jewellery Essentials program (F111). 

** 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. 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 and fine motor control, mechanical inclination, drawing skills, patience, initiative and artistic sense are the recommended qualities for success in this field.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Joanna Mader

"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."

Student Name
Mana Mazaheri

"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."

Student Name
Jeffrey Ross

"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."

Contact Us

School of Fashion & Jewellery

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionandjewellery@georgebrown.ca

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

Our Jewellery Programs are part of our School of Fashion & Jewellery and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

Sign up and learn more about your options, our programs, and life at George Brown.