Goldsmithing

Program: GOLD
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 2 Semesters
Duration: 1 Year
Effective: Fall 2021
Location: Barrie

Description

Students refine their jewellery and metalworking skills, develop their design abilities, and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to design, produce and market jewellery and metalwork. Students choose a number of advanced techniques to concentrate on, and develop the in-depth knowledge and skills to work independently or as designers within the industry.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be able to find employment in jewellery and fine metal manufacturing, jewellery retailing, custom studios, or as a self-employed jewellery and/or metal designer, craftsperson or teacher. Some of the positions possible are: goldsmith, metalsmith, designer, jewellery and metals technologist.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. design, develop and produce a portfolio of jewellery and metalwork and generate a skills inventory;
  2. apply various technical skills and aesthetic development to a wide variety of jewellery and metalwork;
  3. create metalwork and jewellery based on marketing trends in the industry;
  4. plan and execute marketing and sales strategies for goldsmithing products;
  5. design and fabricate products that would produce sales and marketing opportunities in wholesale and/or retail venues, galleries and clients;
  6. select and identify stones and minerals as to their suitability for gem materials;
  7. cut and polish various shapes of cabochon and faceted stones;
  8. use advanced gem cutting and polishing techniques, including channel inlay and carving, and incorporate finished products into jewellery and metalwork;
  9. use skills in production processes to make jewellery, findings or metalwork;
  10. employ environmentally sustainable practices into professional practice;
  11. use aesthetic judgement, problem-solving and critical thinking in the design and production of jewellery and metalwork.

Program Progression 

The following reflects the planned progression for full-time offerings of the program.

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2021
  • Sem 2: Winter 2022

Admission Requirements

  • College diploma, equivalent work or independent hands-on experience within the areas of jewellery and metals.

Applicants lacking a post-secondary diploma, degree, or equivalent experience may be considered based on proven related work or other independent experience in the chosen field.

Qualified applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on the admission requirements, quality of the portfolio work and space availability. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted into this post-graduate program.

Selection Process

Qualified applicants will be considered on an individual basis, based on the admission requirements, quality of the portfolio work and space availability. Only a limited number of applicants will be accepted into this post-graduate program.

Graduation Requirements

6 Program Courses
 

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
GLDS 1000 Lapidary and Gem Cutting 84
GLDS 1001 Jewellery and Metal Techniques 1 84
GLDS 1002 Goldsmithing Studio 1 84
 Hours252
Semester 2
Program Courses  
GLDS 1004 Sales, Marketing and Photography 42
GLDS 1005 Jewellery and Metals Techniques 2 84
GLDS 1006 Goldsmithing Studio 2 126
 Hours252
 Total Hours504

Graduation Window

To graduate from this program, a student must attain a minimum of 60% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester. The passing weighted average for promotion through each semester and to graduate is 60%.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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