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JEWELRY DESIGN CERTIFICATE

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In this intensive nine-week course, instructors teach creative and technical skills needed to begin a career as a custom jewellery designer. Jewellery design theory helps students acquire a working knowledge of jewellery artistry. Skills covered include illustrating the shape, form and texture of metal; working with drafting tools; and rendering yellow and white metals, as well as a range of faceted and cabochon gemstones and pearls. Instructors show how to illustrate rings in different views and how to keep design ideas flowing. At the completion of this course, you will have a hand-developed portfolio of your work and a digital copy to show prospective employers and clients.

THE JEWELRY DESIGN COURSE COVERS

  • Learning rendering for yellow and white metals, as well as faceted and cabochon gemstones and pearls
  • Illustrating rings and other pieces of jewellery
  • Learning about sources for jewellery design inspiration and developing motifs to create jewellery objects
  • Rendering jewellery designs using drafting tools for display as a participant in the final class design exhibition
  • Creating a portfolio of class projects and custom designs that is ready for presentation to potential clients and employers

POSSIBLE CAREER PATHS

  • Jewellery Designer
  • Jewellery Manufacturer
  • Custom Designer
  • Hand Renderer
  • Jewellery Business Owner
  • Sales Associate
  • Any individual aspiring for a career in the gem and jewellery industry

TOPICS COVERED

Here are some of the topics covered in the Jewelry Design certificate program.

DESIGN

Learn theory and
techniques to inspire
your jewellery designs.
CREATIVE
PROCESS

Explore your creative
side through real-
world design scenarios.
TECHNICAL
DRAWING

Lay out designs
accurately and to
scale.
RENDERING METAL
AND GEMSTONES

Use watercolour and
shading to bring your
illustrations to life.

ALUMNI SPEAK

ABOUT GIA

Established in 1931, GIA protects the public through gemmological research, education, impartial gem identification and grading services, and instrument development. The world’s foremost authority in gemmology and creator of the 4Cs, GIA sets the standard for determining the quality of diamonds and performs research-based identification of coloured gems and pearls. All of GIA's activities are governed by its mission to serve the public. Learn more.

CAMPUS TOUR

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