Goldsmithing and Silversmithing Learn unique skills like lapidary and anodizing. Specialize. Be ready to run your own studio or start your career in manufacturing/retail.

General information

Program code
GLDS
Duration
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Credential
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Campuses
Delivery
Full-time

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2019 Barrie

Program description

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.

Please see note regarding program-specific fee for Goldsmithing and Silversmithing.

Career opportunities

Graduates will be able to find employment in jewellery and fine metal manufacturing, jewellery retailing, custom studios, or as a self-employed jewellery and/or metal designer, craftsperson or teacher. Some of the positions possible are: goldsmith, silversmith, metalsmith, designer, jewellery and metals technologist.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • 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.

Selection Process

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.

Admission details

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.

Courses

Mandatory courses

  • GLDS 1000 - Lapidary and Gem Cutting (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • GLDS 1001 - Jewellery and Metal Techniques 1 (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • Select 1 studio course from the available list during registration. (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • GLDS 1004 - Sales, Marketing and Photography (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • GLDS 1005 - Jewellery and Metals Techniques 2 (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • Select 1 studio course from the available list during registration. (Semester 2 / 126 hours)
  • Program Option Courses - Studio 1 (Semester 2 / hours)
  • Studio 1 courses may include: (Semester 2 / hours)
  • GLDS 1002 - Goldsmithing Studio 1 (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • GLDS 1003 - Silversmithing Studio 1 (Semester 2 / 84 hours)
  • Program Option Courses - Studio 2 (Semester 2 / hours)
  • Studio 2 courses may include: (Semester 2 / hours)
  • GLDS 1006 - Goldsmithing Studio 2 (Semester 2 / 126 hours)
  • GLDS 1007 - Silversmithing Studio 2 (Semester 2 / 126 hours)