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.
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.
Fall 2017 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.
Open Level Wax Working. Instructor: MJ Tyson. Nov. 2 - Dec. 21. In this eight-session open-level wax working class, you will learn to complete a set of designs utilizing different wax carving and forming techniques. You will start with carving waxes and learn subtractive sculpting methods by using files, burs, and carving tools. You will also learn how to work additively with soft waxes such as wire and sheet wax by utilizing wax pens and other modeling tools. Alternative approaches to surface embellishment, casting clean-up, and production considerations will also be covered. 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.
Simple Ring Making. Instructor: Lindsay Sanchez. Nov. 4. Design and fabricate rings in copper and brass or in sterling silver (available for purchase). Learn to apply beautiful texture with hammers and decorative metal stamps, adding your own personal touch and unique flare. Learn basic silver soldering skills using the traditional jeweler’s torch. Finish the ring by refining the edges with files and sandpaper for a smooth and professional look. 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.
Jewelry Essentials: GEM 110. Dec. 26. This course examines jewelry’s important features and how they combine to give a piece its unique value. Content includes the unique qualities of precious metals, how to describe them to customers, and how to identify jewelry types and styles, using industry terms to describe them. Coursework also includes an examination of the different jewelry manufacturing methods, and how they can affect style, appearance, and durability. Other topics include how precious metals are regulated, marketed, and tested, and the key components of a compelling product presentation. The course also covers watches and giftware. The final exam is online, open book, and does not require a proctor. 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 Round Faceted Stone Setting, October 23. Instructor: Ann Cahoon. In this intensive hands-on class, students are exposed to the fundamentals of setting round faceted stones. Starting with technical exercises and moving on to projects of increasing complexity, students practice cutting seats, securing stones, and finishing with a stone in place. More...
PORTLAND JEWELRY ACADEMY
Tucked in the Saint Johns neighborhood in North Portland, the Portland Jewelry Academy offers an extensive 16-week course that provides the foundation needed for a career as a professional bench jeweler.
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...
REVERE ACADEMY OF JEWELRY ARTS
San Francisco, California
Featuring California state-approved Diploma Programs, the Revere Academy was founded in 1979 by master goldsmith and former AJDC president, Alan Revere. The Revere Academy is a place where master craftsmen pass on the traditional skills they use every day to the next generation.
Jewelry Technician Program (JT) - 11 classes that successively build on bench skills and trade practices, designed to give you all the essential skills to make jewelry.
Jewelry Technician Intensive Program (JTI) - Similar to the Jewelry Technician Program, this 2-month program led by Alan Revere is taught in a full-time format, helping students prepare for a career in jewelry. Instruction covers 11 classes and includes the basics of hand engraving, studio access on evenings and weekends, guest speakers, field trips and special events.
Graduate Jeweler Program 11 additional classes build on the skills learned from the JT or JTI program. The total of 22 classes provide a well-rounded foundation in jewelry and is ideal for designers, entrepreneurs, and those serious about a career with the potential to grown in many areas.
Masters Symposium Every April, prominent experts from around the world gather at the Revere Academy to teach their areas of specialization.
Classes Revere Academy’s professional level classes are open to all. Most classes are 3-5 days.
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)