A jewellery designer sitting at a desk in a workshop in a blue collared shirt and brown apron sketching out a design

Launch your career as a jewellery designer or entrepreneur

Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business Ontario College Diploma program

Get hands-on experience in the jewellery industry, from fabrication to sales. Access industry experts, seasoned faculty, and state-of-the-art studios and technologies.

Program code JDBB
Duration 2 Years
Credential Ontario College Diploma
Delivery Full-time +
Part-time

Program information

Program description

The Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business diploma program provides you with the hands-on experience and skills necessary for a successful career in the jewellery industry. With access to industry experts, seasoned faculty and studios equipped with the latest technologies, you gain valuable expertise in stone setting, jewellery repair, and the creation of custom jewellery using hand fabrication and finishing techniques. Your practical skillset is further complemented through the use of computer aided design (CAD) software, which is of growing importance in the jewellery industry. With first-hand experience working in and managing the campus jewellery store, this unique program helps you broaden your focus to sales, marketing, accounting and business practices suitable for small businesses, and for creating and managing an online presence.

Please note: Some program courses may be delivered at the downtown Barrie location (5 Ross St.). The Arch and Helen Brown Design and Digital Arts Centre is located just minutes away from the waterfront. You’ll learn in our fully-equipped studios using industry standard tools, and you’ll have the opportunity to network with leaders in your field and real-world clients.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2023 Barrie

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business program?

Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent OR mature student status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

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: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

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 for Prior Learning website for details:
www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

What career paths can I take in the jewellery industry?

Your Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business diploma gives you many career opportunities

Graduates of the program may find employment in a variety fields in the jewellery industry, including design, repair, production, business, sales, merchandizing, and supply.  Specific roles may include jewellery designer or repair person; stone setter; goldsmith; studio jeweller; and jewellery store manager, owner or merchandizer.

What courses are included in the Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business diploma program?

Course overview

22 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Jewellery Design, Bench Skills and Business program outline.

  • JEWL 1001 – Jewellery Fabrication 1
  • JEWL 1006 – Jewellery Drawing and Design
  • JEWL 1010 – Metal Finishing
  • JEWL 1011 – Jewellery Techniques
  • JEWL 2003 – Introduction to Gemmology
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.

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