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.

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.

Overview

Program name
Jewellery Arts
Code
F114
Location
Experiential learning
Students with a minimum 2.5 GPA may apply for Field Education elective in final year.
Duration
3 years (6 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 N/A
May 2020 N/A

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.

Jewellery Studies Frequently Asked QuestionsPDF iconJewellery Studies Applicant QuestionnairePDF icon

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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). For the Continuing Education Course Guide, visit coned.georgebrown.ca

Experiential Learning

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

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Solder any of the gold alloys by using an appropriate solder preparation.
  2. Use several different techniques to shape the metal objects.
  3. Use different materials in combination to create objects of adjournment.
  4. Design one of a kind jewellery items on customer request.
  5. Produce a wax carving from design.
  6. Produce a cast moulds and cast jewellery by centrifugal or by vacuum method.
  7. Produce various surface finishes by using one or more of the following methods: Skakudo, Mokume, patination, texturing, sand blasting, sheet lamination or grinding and polishing.
  8. Produce various jewellery items from semi-precious materials coloured by anodizing process.
  9. Gold plate, silver plate and Rhodium plate jewellery objects.
  10. Make jewellery by stamping and pressure forming.

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
JEWL1019Metal Finishing II
JEWL1073Gemmology for Jewellers
JEWL1076Rhino I for Jewellery
GHUM1049Design and Colour

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1080Industry Skills I
JEWL1051Jewellery Projects A
JEWL2006Gemsetting I
JEWL1055Jewellery Design I
JEWL1054Jewellery Rendering and Illustration I
JEWL2076Rhino 2 for Jewellery

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL2021Industry Skills II
JEWL2024Jewellery Projects B
JEWL1056Production Techniques A
JEWL2023Jewellery Design II
JEWL2011Gemsetting 2
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 5

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL3024Jewellery Projects C
JEWL2029Production Techniques B
JEWL2037Jewellery Business and Careers
JEWLProgram Electives (choose two)*

SEMESTER 6

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
JEWL3035Jewellery Projects D
GNEDGeneral Education Elective
JEWLProgram 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
CodeCourse Name
JEWL1059Model Making I
JEWL1060Model Making II
JEWL2007Jewellery Repair I
JEWL2008Jewellery Repair II
JEWL1004Enamelling I
JEWL2027Enamelling II
JEWL2032Decorative Techniques
JEWL1074Field Education in the Jewellery Industry

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.


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Future Study Options

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

Educational/Degree Pathway

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

Tuition

$6,117.00 * +

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 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.

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

Jewellery Studies Applicant QuestionnairePDF iconJewellery Arts Applicant Portfolio Submission GuidelinesPDF icon

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. 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.

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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.

Contact Us

School of Fashion Studies

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4840

Email: fashionstudies@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 Studies and classes take place at our Casa Loma Campus, located at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, ON, Canada.

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