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
Elective course with in-class component 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. 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 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

Elective course with in-class component and placement hours.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create jewellery items in copper, brass, silver and gold, using fundamental goldsmithing skills for entry-level employment in the jewellery industry.
  2. Create wax models using hand-carving techniques.
  3. Set gemstones in simple settings to industry standards.
  4. Repair jewellery to industry standards and to meet customer satisfaction.
  5. Produce multiple reproductions of jewellery using the lost wax casting process.
  6.  Incorporate polishing techniques to produce market ready jewellery items.
  7. Differentiate gemstones and their properties as required in the jewellery industry. 
  8. Contextualize jewellery according to historical and stylistic qualities to assess provenance, materials and method of production.
  9. Use technical drawing techniques to communicate jewellery designs as required.
  10. Follow ethic, security and business practices consistent with jewellery industry standards.
  11. Employ jewellery tools, equipment and materials in a confident and safe manner.
  12.  Use computer software (CAD) skills to produce 2D drawings and 3D models of complex jewellery forms.
  13. Produce a professional portfolio that documents attained skills for employment applications.
  14.  Construct finished jewellery pieces according to given designs.

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
JEWL1060Model Making 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
JEWL1004Enamelling I
JEWL2027Enamelling II
JEWL2032Decorative Techniques
JEWL1074Field Education in the Jewellery Industry
JEWL 1060Model 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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Future Study Options

Successful graduates may continue their studies in the Gemmology certificate program (F105) at George Brown College. Graduates with both Jewellery and Gemmology education have a significant advantage in the workplace.

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)

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, 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 2018, Jewellery Methods), Owner, Atelier Dacko

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 George Brown jewellery program has gained in the jewellery industry. You can easily get an in-person interview simply by saying that you are a graduate from George Brown. 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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Email: fashionstudies@georgebrown.ca

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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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