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MJD-110 Fundamentals of Design I


The goal of this course is to facilitate an understaning of the various processess involved in designing a piece of jewellery. Principles of design are explored and discussed and many tools for creative thinking will be examined. Students will be required to keep a sketch book of their ideas, including a work flow of how designs can be turned into reality. This course will be heavily related to projects assigned for the entire program.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program

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MJD-111 Northwest Coast First Nations Art & Engraving I


This course will focus on students learning the traditional skill of engraving precious metals to produce either First Nations or contemporary-themed work. Students will learn to prepare their own engraving tools, practice hand engraving, and even try their hand on the Gravermax engraving system. Students will have the opportunity to explore the history of Indigenous design and the nature of Northwest Coast First Nations art. The use of First Nations designs and the political and cultural aspects of "appropriation" as it relates to Indigenous culture will be discussed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.

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MJD-112 Metal Techniques I


Students will first learn studio basics, including workbench set up and design, how to use the foredom effectively, and tips on the safe use of equipment and supplies. The course will then introduce the basic characteristics of metal used in jewellery making and a variety of tools and techniques used in working with metal. Specific metal techniques covered will include piercing and riveting, surface treatments, soldering, bezel setting, and band rings. Finishing and polishing metal pieces will also be covered. Assignments will be given under each technique learned.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program

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MJD-113 Metal Casting I


Students will learn about several casting methods including the vacuum casting process and some low-tech casting techniques. They will be introduced to the equipment used to produce a rubber mold and practice metal pouring. Finally, students will learn how to carve a wax ring in preparation for lost-wax casting in term 2.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program

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MJD-114 Drawing and Rendering

45 hours


Students will explore basic drawing techniques and apply them to the design of jewellery. The focus is on providing students with skills required for design, in order to produce coherent and expressive rendering/ illustrations of their own unique pieces of jewellery, in both black and white, and in colour.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.

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MJD-115 Final Project I


The student will complete a project that he/she has designed using at least three techniques. Each student will be given time with the instructor to discuss the design, its concept and ultimately its creation. This project will give the students a chance for some freedom in showcasing the techniques and skills learned in the program. Students will start to assemble a digital or pictorial portfolio, using the in-studio photo booth. The working logbook, as a project time-management tool, will be introduced.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program

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MJD-116 Business Practices for Jewellery Artists I


Students will begin to create their digital portfolios with an introduction to small scale photography. This course will be further enhanced by an introduction to marketing including social media, web sales, exhibition entries and other promotional opportunities. The students will learn to design and create their own business card for business and promotional purposes.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate

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MJD-120 Fundamentals of Design II


This course will take the design concepts learned in Fundamentals of Design 1 and expand on them, giving students the chance to think about their design in different ways. It will continue to focus on individual creativity through the use of their sketchbooks. Students will learn how to break down a design into various components, how to do presentation drawings, and how to produce jewellery designs for specific jewellery projects. There will also be an historical overview of jewellery designs included in this course.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD 110 - Fundamentals of Design I.

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MJD-121 NW Coast First Nations Art & Engraving II


This course will be a continuation of Northwest Coast First Nations Art & Engraving I. Students will learn more about the history of Indigenous design and continue to work on engraving techniques in either traditional or contemporary designs.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD-111 - First Nations Art & Engraving I.

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MJD-122 Metal Techniques II


This course is a continuation of Metal Techniques I. Students will learn more about tools and techniques used in working with metal. Metal techniques covered will include repoussage and tool making, intermediate stone setting, and additional ring styles. There will be an opportunity to explore electrolytic colouring of titanium and niobium. Students will also be introduced to other materials used in the production of jewellery.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD-112 - Metal Techniques I;

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MJD-123 Metal Casting II


This course, as a continuation of Metal Casting I, will allow students to further explore casting techniques. Emphasis will be on lost-wax casting and mold-making for production. Students will gain a clearer understanding of the vacuum casting process and, through practice, learn to work independently and with precision. Also covered in term 2 are alternative wax techniques, wax injection, and investing. Students will also learn about different alloys used in jewellery and how to roll out a prepared ingot into sheet or wire.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD-113 - Metal Casting I.

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MJD-124 Introduction to Gemmology

38 hours


Gemstones are an intrinsic part of making jewellery and in this course students will learn about the crystal structure and classification of the most commonly used stones, as well as the difference between natural and synthetic stones. Students will study the various lo-tech methods for identifying precious stones, both mineral and organic. Participants will have the opportunity to do some in-depth research into a gemstone of their choice.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.

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MJD-125 Final Project II


As this is the final project for the program, students will be required to design and make a piece of finished jewellery using the skills they have learned over the program. Students will also learn how to display and present their work professionally, and the course will culminate in an event where students will have the opportunity to display their work from the entire program to the public.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD-115 - Final Project I;

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MJD-126 Business Practices for Jewellery Artists II


Students will review the business side of jewellery making including tips for those who wish to be self-employed, legal and ethical considerations when dealing with precious metals and stones, marketing techniques, and business administrative skills. Opportunities in the field will also be discussed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Take MJD-116 - Business Practices for Jewellery Artists I.

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