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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.

FREQUENTLY ASK QUESTION

The applicant for GIA courses should have higher H.S.C. or equivalent to 10 + 2. Also, all courses are conducted in English language only. Hence, proficiency in English language is required. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

A GIA education focuses on teaching from the grass root level regardless of whether you have a gem and jewellery industry connection or not. Many of our students do not have any background in the industry. Not only have they successfully completed the program, but several of our students have flourished either by starting their own ventures or working for established names in the industry.

The Jewelry Design course helps you prepare in turning your inspirations into designs. You’ll learn drafting, shading, design theory, how to illustrate shape and form using several mediums, and more. Plus, successfully completing the GIA Jewelry Design certificate course opens up numerous avenues to explore as career paths including jewellery designer, hand renderer, sales associate, technical designer, jewellery business owner, and more.

The basis for any jewellery design is manual designing where the idea is put on paper. The measurements, linking and layout with the help of CAD is the next step. The jewellery design theory taught in this course has helped several students acquire a working knowledge of jewellery artistry.

In this intensive nine-week course, instructors teach creative and technical hand-rendering 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 five 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.

Yes. In the GIA Jewelry Design course, we cover basics like drawing a line and advance towards drawing and rendering complex forms of jewellery pieces. Many students from non-designing background have enrolled for this course and have done well in their careers.

Yes. Every student is required to design a portfolio, during which they are guided at each and every step – starting from selecting an inspiration and measurements to the rendering and filing of the designs for display.

As a part of developing hands-on experience, GIA conducts various value-add activities – in addition to the curriculum – such as guest sessions and factory visits. In guest sessions, students get the opportunity to hear from industry experts, and through factory visits, students gain first-hand experience of witnessing jewellery manufacturing process. During and after completion of their programmes, students also continue to remain a part of the GIA Alumni Network to help them build stronger connections in the industry.

No. The same curriculum is taught at every GIA school, but programs may be offered in different languages at some GIA locations. Each campus location has a unique class schedule and course offerings, and the number of students per class varies.

GIA provides assistance to the students in finding suitable industry placements. Companies from the gem and jewellery industry interested in recruiting GIA students approach GIA with their requirements. Similarly, interested students also connect with GIA for support in finding suitable job profiles. Common enquiries are for diamond graders, gemmologists, jewellery designers, and sales and marketing professionals. GIA, however, does not offer any job guarantees.

Upon successfully completing the programme, you will earn the GIA Jewelry Design Certificate. In addition, you qualify for membership in the local alumni chapter. GIA has more than 155,000 alumni in active alumni chapters around the globe. As a GIA alumni member, you'll participate in local alumni meetings and events that further your professional development.

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.

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