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StudentMJSA Member School Roundup

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 WorksCreative Side Jewelry Academy at Austin • GIA (Gemological Institute of America)  Jewelry Arts Inc. • Les Ateliers • MetalwerxNew Approach School for Jewelers • New York Jewelry Design Institute North Bennet Street School • Portland Jewelry AcademyProfessional Jewelers Academy • Studio Jewelers Ltd. • The Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College 

San Francisco, California

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.

Click here for the full class schedule.


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Austin, Texas

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. 

Click here for the Spring 2018 course schedule.

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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.

Experimental Wax/Workable Molds. July 9-30. Instructor: Brice Garrett. Capture textures and expressive marks in one-time use molds for wax casting. Students will explore carving, drawing, and stamping into clay to create molds. Designs will be customized through the hands-on process of wax casting and wax modeling techniques. Once in metal, cleanup techniques, surface embellishments, and final finishes will complete the pieces. This course is open to beginners and intermediate students. More... 


Creative Side Jewelry Academy

Austin, Texas 

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.

The Art of Inlay.  July 13-15. Instructor: Steve Kriechbaum. Inlay is a decorative jewelry technique that consists of inserting pieces of contrasting colored stones and other materials into depressions in metal or wood to form patterns or pictures that are flush with the surface. In this course, students will fabricate a ring in sterling silver, and prepare it for inlay by creating channels and grooves for the stones. Choose from a selection of rough cut lapis, turquoise, bloodstone, and onyx to cut, grind, and shape to fit perfectly into the recesses of the piece.  More...


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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, 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...

To find out more about classes, see Carlsbad (CA) campus classes and New York (NY) campus classes.


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.

One-day workshops

Customized classes

Week-long classes 


Les Ateliers

Oceanside, California

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...  


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Waltham, Massachusetts
Metalwerx is an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts, offering small, personalized classes in a supportive, enthusiastic, community environment.


Summer with the Masters


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Franklin, Tennessee
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...


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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 DesignersIllustrator for Jewelry Design • Jewelry Marketing and Branding • Photoshop for Design Presentation • Designing in Shaper • Understanding CADRendering & Watercolor with Remy Rotenier • Zbrush for Sculpting

Click here to view the Spring 2018 schedule.

Click here for Calendar at a Glance.  


North Bennet St School

Boston, Massachusetts
North Bennet Street School offers intensive, hands-on training in traditional trades and fine craftsmanship, helping students to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods.

Jewelry Making 101. June 23-24. Instructor: Ann Cahoon. Learn the basics of jewelry making and get to know your way around the bench by choosing from a selection of beginner-level projects. Projects range from rings and bangles to earrings and pendants. More...


Portland Jewelry Academy

Portland, Oregon
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 Jewelry Academy & Studio

Hanover, Massachusetts
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

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 yearMore...

Pearl and Bead Stringing Classes available throughout the year. More...

Wax Modeling/Casting/Molds Rolling admission; classes available throughout the yearMore...



Portland Jewelry Academy


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:

Jewelry Technology • Gemology  •  Watchmaking (Horology) • Computer-Aided Design 


Top photo courtesy of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA)

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