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
2 Semesters (1 Year)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2020 Barrie

Program description

Students refine their jewellery and metalworking skills, develop their design abilities, and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to design, produce and market jewellery and metalwork. Students choose a number of advanced techniques to concentrate on, and develop the in-depth knowledge and skills to work independently or as designers within the industry.

Please see note regarding program-specific fee for the Goldsmithing program.

Career opportunities

Graduates may 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, metalsmith, designer, jewellery and metals technologist.

Admission information

Admission requirements

  • College diploma, equivalent work or independent hands-on experience within the areas of jewellery and metals.

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

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

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.


Program-specific Courses

  • GLDS 1000 - Lapidary and Gem Cutting
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • GLDS 1001 - Jewellery and Metal Techniques 1
    (Semester 1 / 84 hours)
  • GLDS 1002 - Goldsmithing Studio 1
    (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)
  • GLDS 1005 - Goldsmithing Studio 2
    (Semester 2 / 126 hours)