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Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Goldsmithing and Silversmithing Ontario College Graduate Certificate

What is Goldsmithing and Silversmithing?

This one-year post-graduate diploma program is directed towards students wishing to pursue goldsmithing or silversmithing as a self-directed career.

Students will refine their jewellery and metalworking skills, develop their design abilities and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to design, produce and market jewellery, flatware and hollowware. Students specialize in either goldsmithing or silversmithing. Within their area of specialization, students choose a number of advanced techniques to concentrate on, and develop the in-depth knowledge and skills that would allow them to work independently or as designers.

Goldsmith - A goldsmith is one who would design, as well as produce, jewellery as an employee or in one's own studio.

Silversmith - A silversmith is one who would design, as well as produce, hollowware and flatware items as an employee or in one's own studio.

In order to prevent injury, all students in the Goldsmithing and Silversmithing program are now required to wear protective footwear in order to work in some of the labs we use.  The footwear must meet CSA standard Z195-09 for Protective Footwear.  There are two levels of protection: green triangle and yellow triangle. Green triangle provides better protection and is more common; therefore it is preferred. The table below provides more information:

Protective Footwear green triangleGreen triangle footwear has sole puncture protection with a Grade 1 protective toe (withstand impact up to 125 joules).

Protective footwear yellow triangleYellow triangle footwear has sole puncture protection and Grade 2 protective toe (withstand impact up to 90 joules)

Local retailers offer affordable alternatives for protective footwear in a variety of styles. However, we may also invite a business that sells protective footwear to the campus at the beginning of the fall semester, for your convenience. If you have any questions please contact your program coordinator Andrea Wenckebach.

Program Outline 2016-2017

Major:
GLDS
Length:
1 Year
Effective Dates:
2016-2017
Delivery:
2 Semesters
Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Location:
Barrie
Start:

Fall - Barrie

Contact:
Greg Merrall
Email:
Greg.Merrall@GeorgianCollege.ca
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext.

This one-year post-graduate diploma program is directed towards students wishing to pursue goldsmithing or silversmithing as a self-directed career.

Students will refine their jewellery and metalworking skills, develop their design abilities and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to design, produce and market jewellery, flatware and hollowware. Students specialize in either goldsmithing or silversmithing. Within their area of specialization, students choose a number of advanced techniques to concentrate on, and develop the in-depth knowledge and skills that would allow them to work independently or as designers.

Goldsmith - A goldsmith is one who would design, as well as produce, jewellery as an employee or in one's own studio.

Silversmith - A silversmith is one who would design, as well as produce, hollowware and flatware items as an employee or in one's own studio.

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • design, develop and produce a portfolio of personal work (jewellery and metalwork) and a skills inventory


  • be adaptable in applying various technical skills and aesthetic development to a wide variety of jobs in the jewellery and fine metals field


  • respond to style and marketing trends in the industry


  • plan and execute marketing and sales strategies


  • design and fabricate products that would produce sales and marketing opportunities in wholesale and/or retail venues, such as Kempenfest, Muskoka Arts & Crafts, galleries and custom work


  • recognize and identify materials as to their suitability for gem materials


  • cut and polish various shapes of cabochon and faceted stones


  • use advanced gem cutting and polishing techniques, including channel inlay and carving, and incorporate finished products into jewellery and hollowware


  • understand the history and tradition of vessels and other regalia used in various religious rituals and domestic occasions


  • use technical skills and dexterity in a variety of advanced metal working techniques as listed in the course descriptions, including reactive metal techniques, lathe work and machining, knifemaking and toolmaking


  • apply their skill to the production aspects of the industry


  • seek employment with an existing manufacturing or embark on a self-employment career such as a production studio


  • work in design, production and/or retailing within the industry


  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession.
Fall Intake - Barrie

Sem 1 | Sem 2

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Fall | Winter

2016 | 2017

- College diploma or equivalent with a specialty in Jewellery and Metals.

Applicants lacking a post-secondary diploma, degree, or equivalent may be considered based on proven related experience in the chosen field.

Applicants must meet ONE of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to this program:

- College diploma or equivalent with a specialty in Jewellery and Metals.

Applicants lacking a college diploma, university degree, or equivalent may be considered based on proven related experience in the chosen field.

4 Mandatory Courses

1 Optional Course - Studio 1

1 Optional Course - Studio 2

Qualified applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on the admission requirements, quality of the portfolio work and space availability. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted into this post-graduate program.

Mandatory Courses

GLDS1000 Lapidary and Gem Cutting
GLDS1001 Jewellery and Metal Techniques 1
GLDS1004 Sales, Marketing and Photography
GLDS1005 Jewellery and Metals Techniques 2
Optional Course - Studio 1
To be selected from College list
Optional Course - Studio 2
To be selected from College list

GOLDSMITHING OPTION: Incorporates complex techniques such as working with exotic alloys, granulation and hydraulic die forming; and use aesthetic judgment, problem solving and critical thinking in the design and production of jewellery.

SILVERSMITHING OPTION: Incorporates non-metallic materials with metalwork, such as a wooden handle on a raised teapot; produce liturgical pieces and domestic objects using traditional and non-traditional materials and techniques; create complex flatware using forging techniques and different materials; and use aesthetic judgment, problem solving and critical thinking in the development and execution of metalwork objects.

A display case from the Jewellery sale, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of materials

Valentine’s jewellery sale

Students in the Jewellery and Metals program held their annual Valentine’s sale at Georgian’s Barrie Campus in February. The second floor of the administrative building, across from Subway restaurant, was bustling with people checking out student-made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Read more...

Alumna Elizabeth Malouin examines a green semi-precious stone

Elizabeth Malouin

Entrepreneur

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2011


I made the decision to leave my career of more than 20 years in the financial industry and forge ahead into the world of jewellery and metals. After completing the two-year program with honours and receiving various awards, I went on to graduate from the Goldsmithing program in 2011. Read more...

A display case from the Jewellery sale, including bracelets, necklaces and earrings in a variety of materials

Valentine’s jewellery sale

Students in the Jewellery and Metals program held their annual Valentine’s sale at Georgian’s Barrie Campus in February. The second floor of the administrative building, across from Subway restaurant, was bustling with people checking out student-made bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Read more...

An original necklace by a student artist

Goldsmithing graduate showcase begins Ontario-wide tour

‘Rock in Metal’, the 2014 Goldsmithing graduate showcase, begins an Ontario-wide tour this month. The exhibition of stunning jewellery created by nine graduating Goldsmithing graduate certificate students, is open to the public at the Barrie Campus until May 14. Read more...

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Students design jewellery fit for a princess

When Princess Anne visits Barrie on Oct. 22, she’ll be presented with not one, but two unique pieces of jewellery created by recent graduates of Georgian’s Jewellery and Metals and Goldsmithing and Silversmithing programs. Read more...

Alumna Elizabeth Malouin examines a green semi-precious stone

Elizabeth Malouin

Entrepreneur

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2011


I made the decision to leave my career of more than 20 years in the financial industry and forge ahead into the world of jewellery and metals. After completing the two-year program with honours and receiving various awards, I went on to graduate from the Goldsmithing program in 2011. Read more...

Alumnus Kyle Barrett examines his brooch for Princess Anne

Kyle Barrett

Entrepreneur and Jeweller

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


Since graduation, I’ve become an entrepreneur, making custom pieces for clients. I recently made a piece for Princess Anne, commissioned by Grey and Simcoe County Foresters as a gift for her on her visit to Barrie. Read more...

Angi Luciani

Angi Luciani

Owner, Eclectaccessories

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2014


I love that I get to explore whichever medium I choose and not have someone else dictate my day. The jewellery program was critical in helping me achieve that by teaching me both the creative skills of jewellery-making and how to run a business. Read more...

Emily Wojna, at work in her studio

Emily Wojna

Goldsmith, Emily Wojna Jewellery

Program:

Jewellery and Metals, Goldsmithing and Silversmithing

Year:

2013


I am a Goldsmith and create one-of-a-kind wedding and engagement jewellery and sell my work at Metalworks in Kingston and The Guild Shop in Toronto. Going to Georgian College was one of the best decisions I made because of how it changed my life. Read more...

For inquiries please contact the appropriate person below.

Contact:
Greg Merrall
Phone:
705-728-1968 ext.

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