Below are some of the courses being offered by some of our MJSA member schools in the next few months. Please check back often for updates. Note: If you are a member school and would like to submit forthcoming classes and courses for this page, please click here.
Academy of Art University, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts • Austin Community College • Brooklyn Metal Works • Creative Side Jewelry Academy at Austin • GIA (Gemological Institute of America) • Jewelry Arts Inc. • Les Ateliers • Metalwerx • New Approach School for Jewelers • New York Jewelry Design Institute • North Bennet Street School • Portland Jewelry Academy • Professional Jewelers Academy • Studio Jewelers Ltd. • The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College
Through the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts, students will find and cultivate their artistic voices as they create innovative pieces utilizing traditional jewelry skills and the latest technologies, including lasers and 3D modeling and printing.
The Jewelry & Metal Arts program offers an array of metal design principles and techniques combined with conceptual development. Through a hands-on environment and well-equipped studios, the curriculum covers sketching, design, soldering, stone-setting, welding, casting, enameling, mixed media, digital techniques, and more.
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (ACC)
Jewelry making is an ancient art that’s alive and well today. If you see yourself creating and restoring ageless treasures as a professional jeweler, ACC can provide the knowledge and skills you need. Our hands-on instruction at the jewelry bench includes time-honored techniques in fabrication, lost-wax casting, and repair, as well as access to state-of-the-art equipment and computer aided design (CAD) technology. With decades of experience in every corner of the market, our faculty will give you the foundation for success.
ACC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Jewelry in addition to a certificate in Jewelry Fabrication.
Spring 2018 courses are Jewelry Techniques I & II, Jewelry Repair/Fabrication I & II, Jewelry Casting I & II, Introduction to Metal Engraving, Wax Forming for Jewelry.
BROOKLYN METAL WORKS
Brooklyn, New York
Brooklyn Metal Works (BKMW) is a metal art studio that offers space to rent for the development of work in the metalsmithing field, as well as offering concept-based classes and gallery space to promote artists, designers, and makers. The intention of this studio is to present a safe working and learning environment, to foster exploration, encourage experimentation, and strengthen the knowledge base of all involved. Brooklyn Metal Works aims to promote the field of metalsmithing and to further critical dialogue among those who practice, write, and invest time and energy into the field.
Welcome to BKMW: Jewelry. March 26-May 14. Instructor: Brice Garrett. Learn basic metalsmithing skills and jewelry-making techniques in this introductory eight-week class. Get to know the studio and become familiar with the tools and equipment in this hands-on course. Students will explore the foundations of metal work, including sawing, filing, forming, and soldering, as well as discussing the components of jewelry design. More...
CREATIVE SIDE JEWELRY ACADEMY OF AUSTIN
The intention of Creative Side is to provide a comfortable, fun, professional, and creatively inspiring studio space where anyone can come to learn and build a skill set and career in the ever-expanding craft of jewelry making. Offering more than 75 courses a semester, including weekend, week long, evening, and daytime courses that cover a wide array of techniques. Creative Side also now offers youth programs and summer camp apprenticeships for ages 10 to 16.
Six-Week Argentium Immersion Course. March 26-May 4. Instructor: Ronda Coryell. These courses were designed to take you from basic fabrication skills all the way to hollow forms, stone setting, granulation, bezels and shanks, enameling, working in gold, and more. At the end of this immersion series, students will have all the core skills they need to work in this cutting-edge alloy that is taking over as the leading new sterling alloy in the industry. This non-tarnish, fusible metal is like a dream come true for jewelers. More...
GIA (GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA)
Carlsbad, California, and New York City
Whether you’d like to learn specific jewelry design technologies, or how to become a bench jeweler, GIA offers programs that will prepare you for success.
Comprehensive CAD/CAM For Jewelry, Mar. 29 – May 18; July 5 – Aug. 24; Oct. 18 – Dec. 14. Elevate your artistry by learning how to use cutting-edge CAD/CAM software to design jewelry. More...
Graduate Diamonds. This program will allow you to develop hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs, and explore how they affect diamond value; grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range; detect diamond synthetics, treatments, and simulants; recognize when advanced testing is required; and speak the language of diamonds confidently. More...
JEWELRY ARTS INC.
New York City
Jewelry Arts’ students learn jewelry design and creation in a warm and supportive environment featuring semi-private classes of 4-5 students per instructor.
Learnjewelrydesign.org is an online school for jewelry creators. Its feature course on counter sketching freehand, Jewelry Design & Sketching, is state-of-the-art: jewelers can enroll anytime and learn from the comfort of their home or office.
Created by the award-winning jewelry designer, master goldsmith, and jewelry educator Robert Ackermann, G.G., Jewelry Design & Sketching is where creative jewelry professionals turn for a key design skill. More...
Metalwerx is an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts, offering small, personalized classes in a supportive, enthusiastic, community environment.
NEW APPROACH SCHOOL FOR JEWELERS
Established by Blaine Lewis in 1996, New Approach features live demonstrations using high magnification HD cameras to show an instructor’s work with absolute precision.
Graduate Bench Jeweler Program • Jewelry Technician Program • Advanced Stone Setting • Bench Jeweler Comprehensive • Counter Sketching and Color Rendering • Ornamental Hand Engraving • Platinum Fabrication • Stone Setting Comprehensive • Wax Carving with Kate Wolf. More...
NEW YORK JEWELRY DESIGN INSTITUTE
New York City
By offering a series of in-depth courses, hands-on training, expert teachers, and lectures and presentations from some of the top names in the New York and global jewelry business, the New York Jewelry Design Institute provides a mix of science, art, craftsmanship, and computer technology that leads our students to become fully dimensional artisans, designers, and businesspeople.
A-Z Photography for Jewelry Designers • Create Your Own Signature Collection with Kristin Hanson • Rapid Rendering for Jewelry Designers • Illustrator for Jewelry Design • Jewelry Marketing and Branding • Photoshop for Design Presentation • Designing in Shaper • Understanding CAD • Rendering & Watercolor with Remy Rotenier • Zbrush for Sculpting
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NORTH BENNET STREET SCHOOL
North Bennet Street School offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.
Fundamentals of Jewelry Making II: Soldering Intensive. April 7-May 5. Instructor: Colleen Matthews. Confidence at the soldering bench requires in-depth knowledge of the soldering process and a lot of practice. Understanding the many approaches to soldering, when they are appropriate, and the tools and products available help a jeweler strategize the best way to fabricate a piece of jewelry. Learn to refrain from lighting the torch until many questions are answered and a clear plan for how the entire piece will be put together – not just an isolated join – is determined. Through a series of exercises and progressively more challenging projects, this analytical process proves critical in producing an anxiety-free soldering environment. Many finishing techniques are explored which adds to the professional look of your work. More...
PORTLAND JEWELRY ACADEMY
Tucked in the Saint Johns neighborhood in North Portland, the Portland Jewelry Academy has an extensive 16-week course that will give you the foundation needed to begin making quality jewelry. We provide one-on-one training, so that your individual needs are met.
Foundational Bench Skills Enrollment opens at the beginning of every month; projects in jewelry fabrication, wax carving and injection, casting, stone setting, and repairs take place on an ongoing basis throughout the year. More...
PROFESSIONAL JEWELERS ACADEMY & STUDIO
The premier jewelry academy in Massachusetts providing a three-month, comprehensive training course for jewelry repair and fabrication. Upon completion, students will be certified as part of the Jewelers of America Bench Professional Certification program. Flexible schedule; students determine their own start dates. Class hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Curriculum focuses on the following skills:
Gemstone Faceting and Repair • Laser Welding of Precious Metals • Goldsmith Skills • Torch Soldering of All Metals • Lost-Wax Casting • Repairing and Fabricating of Jewelry • Gemstone Setting. More...
STUDIO JEWELERS LTD.
New York City
Studio Jewelers Ltd. is a licensed jewelry trade school offering a wide range of courses, small class sizes, and flexible scheduling (full and part time, 6 days per week), whether you are seeking a career in the jewelry industry or looking to develop new skills.
Basic Jewelry Making Rolling admission; classes available throughout the year. More...
Diamond Setting I Rolling admission; classes available throughout the year. More...
Diamond Setting II Rolling admission; classes available throughout the year. More...
Jewelry Repair Rolling admission; classes available throughout the year. More...
Pearl and Bead Stringing Classes available throughout the year. More...
Wax Modeling/Casting/Molds Rolling admission; classes available throughout the year. More...
THE TEXAS INSTITUTE OF JEWELRY TECHNOLOGY AT PARIS JUNIOR COLLEGE
Paris, Greenville and Sulphur Springs, Texas
The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College prides itself on instruction in both state-of-the-art and time-honored techniques, with a low staff/student ratio for individualized training. The four program areas are designed to teach a student the technical, manipulative, and professional skills required for a career in jewelry, watchmaking and/or gemology industry.
Programs At TIJT:
Top photo courtesy of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)