The Jewellery Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, grind, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and centrifugal casting techniques will be used to create jewellery pieces to high standards.

Overview

Program name
Jewellery Essentials
Code
F111
Location
Duration
1 year (2 semesters)
Starting month
September
Credential
Ontario College Certificate
Method of study
FT

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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 Essentials program provides you with the skills and techniques necessary to begin a career in the jewellery industry. You will learn to saw, file, solder, polish and finish metals including copper, brass, silver and gold. Fabrication and casting techniques will be used to create jewellery items.

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

While successful graduates who wish to continue their Jewellery education may apply for advanced standing in one of our other Jewellery diploma programs, it is strongly recommended that you apply for the program that best fits your career goals as space in the diploma programs is limited and may not be available.


F111 Students

Part Time Study Options

George Brown College also offers evening and weekend courses and certificate programs in Jewellery Skills. (Note: These are not equivalent to the full-time program.)

See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create simple jewellery items in copper, brass, silver and gold, using basic goldsmithing skills.
  2. Produce multiple reproductions of jewellery using basic lost wax casting process.
  3. Apply polishing techniques to produce market ready jewellery items made from various metals including gold and silver.
  4. Differentiate gemstones and their properties as required in the jewellery industry.
  5. Contextualize jewellery according to historical and stylistic qualities to assess provenance, materials and method of production.
  6. Use technical drawing techniques to communicate jewellery designs as required.
  7. Conduct ethical and secure business practices consistent with jewellery business standards.
  8. Use jewellery tools, equipment and materials in a safe manner.
  9. Use computer software (CAD) skills to produce 2D drawings and 3D models of basic jewellery forms.

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
JEWL1076Rhino I for Jewellery
JEWL1073Gemmology for Jewellers
GHUM1049Design and Colour

Detailed course outlines

General Education Electives

Your Career

This program will prepare the successful graduate for an entry-level position in the jewellery industry. The jewellery industry offers a large variety of opportunities with careers in retail, wholesale, manufacturing, precious metals, gemstones, fashion jewellery and accessories.


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Educational/Degree Pathway

Successful graduates who wish to continue their Jewellery education may apply for advanced standing in one of our other Jewellery diploma programs. However, the diploma programs have limited space so it is strongly recommended that you apply for the program that best fits your career goals.

Tuition

$6,097.00* +

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)

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), patience and initiative are recommended qualities for success in this field.

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Success Stories

Michael Vander Eyken, George Brown College Jewellery Essentials and Gemmology graduate

“George Brown really opened my eyes to the fact that I could have a successful career in a less traditional field.” Read about Michael's journey of becoming a consultant at Kimberfire.

Michael Vander Eyken (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Essentials and Gemmology); Diamond and Jewellery Consultant, Kimberfire

"The Jewellery Essentials program at George Brown College not only allowed me to develop transferable skills, but also an attention to detail that can only be found by working in such small scale. I came into the program without any knowledge on making jewellery and after only one year I feel the ways in which I can exercise my creativity are virtually limitless. I am truly thankful to have such a skilful and caring faculty teaching me about my passion."

Olivia Woodhouse (Graduate 2016, Jewellery Essentials)

"I really value the skills and knowledge that I gained from the faculty, and I know that as I face new challenges in the industry, I can always go back to the teachers for advice. It was a great start for me to take a program that will benefit me for the rest of my life."

Michelle Man (Graduate 2008, Jewellery Essentials); Senior Jewellery Designer, IAD Jewellery Limited

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.

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.

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