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The 2017/2018 Academic timetable will be posted Monday April 3, 2017.

Continuing student registration for 2017/2018 Academic year begins on Monday May 8, 2017.

New student registration begins on Tuesday May 23, 2017.

The college reserves the right to change its course offerings at any time. Note: Not all courses listed are offered every term. Unless otherwise specified, a minimum of letter grade of C is required to meet a prerequisite.

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MJD-110

Fundamentals of Design 1

38.5 hours

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

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.


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MJD-111

Northwest Coast Aboriginal Jewellery Art 1

44 hours

This course will focus on students learning the traditional skill of engraving precious metals to produce both aboriginal and contemporary themed work. Students will learn to make 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 aboriginal design and the nature of Northwest Coast aboriginal art as it relates to jewellery making. The use of aboriginal designs and the political and cultural aspects of "appropriation" as it relates to aboriginal culture will be discussed.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.


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MJD-112

Metal Techniques 1

108 hours

Students will first learn some 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. Additional techniques may be covered depending on the expertise of the instructor(s) and the interest of the students. Assignments will be given under each technique learned.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.


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MJD-113

Metal Casting 1

49.5 hours

The type of casting that will be taught is primarily lost wax casting through the use of the vacuum casting process. The student will learn how to make wax models, how to invest, burnout and ultimately cast a piece. This is a sophisticated process involving much equipment and many tools and takes time and practice to perfect. It is a technique that lends itself to making reproductions in an efficient manner and allows for various effects that can be obtained in no other way. Students will also be introduced to rubber molds and explore lo-tech casting techniques such as cuttlebone casting and sand casting.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into 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 1

45 hours

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 into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program.


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MJD-120

Fundamentals of Design 2

38.5 hours

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):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 110.


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MJD-121

Northwest Coast Aboriginal Jewellery Art 2

44 hours

This course will be a continuation of Northwest Coast Aboriginal Jewellery Art 1. Students will learn more about the history of aboriginal design and continue to work on engraving techniques in both contemporary and modern designs.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 111.


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MJD-122

Metal Techniques 2

104 hours

This course is a continuation of Metal Techniques 1. 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 forming and electrolytic colouring and plating. Students will also be introduced to other materials used in the production of jewellery. Additional techniques may be covered depending on the expertise of the instructor(s) and the interest of the students.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 112.


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MJD-123

Metal Casting 2

44 hours

As a continuation of Metal Casting 1, this course expands on the important technique of making molds for wax models from a finished piece or an element of a piece. By making a rubber mold, it is possible to make many reproductions and substantially impact the cost of creating jewellery. Mold making is an important skill set for jewellery makers that again involves precision and special equipment. Students will also learn about alloys used in jewellery making and how to make a metal ingot.

Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 113.


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MJD-124

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 2

45 hours

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. New techniques and equipment may be explored depending on student interest and the direction of student projects. 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):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 115.


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MJD-126

Business Practices for Jewellery Artists

16.5 hours

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):

  • Admission into the Metal Jewellery Design Certificate Program and completion of MJD 115.


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