Jewellery and Metals

Program: JMET
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 4 Semesters
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


This two-year program will give students a comprehensive education in the design theory and technical and aesthetic skills required by the jewellery and metals industry for entry level positions. The emphasis in Semesters 1 and 2 is on basic information and techniques as related to jewellery. Advanced jewellery techniques will be learned as well as hollowware and flatware in Semester 3 and 4. Note: Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for the post-graduate diploma program of GLDS Goldsmithing and Silversmithing.

Career Opportunities

This program will provide students with the skills needed to produce and repair jewellery, flatware and hollowware. Students will also be introduced to accounting and business practices suitable for small business. Graduates will be able to find employment in jewellery manufacturing, jewellery retailing and custom studios.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • apply their skill to the production aspects of the industry;
  • seek employment with an existing manufacturer;
  • work in design, production and/or retailing within the industry;
  • create functional and aesthetic jewellery and metalwork; 
  • produce chains, hinges and clasps;
  • make bowls and cylinders;
  • apply casting techniques, including centrifugal and vacuum;
  • perform basic jewellery repairs, including ring sizing, chain repair and prong replacements;
  • use bezel and claw settings for faceted and cabochon stones and jewel clusters;
  • be familiar with the basic tools, materials and techniques of illustration and rendering;
  • visualize and draw three-dimensional objects;
  • use written and oral communication skills to present their work;
  • apply basic accounting, business, and entrepreneurial procedures suitable for an owner operated small business;
  • be familiar with styles in jewellery and metals from ancient to contemporary times;
  • employ environmentally sustainable practices within the profession;
  • be familiar with commonly used gem materials and the instruments used for gem identification.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to:

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session conducted by the Jewellery and Metals faculty.

Graduation Requirements

19 Mandatory Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
HSTY 2000History of Metal Art
JEWL 1000Chain Making
JEWL 1001Jewellery Fabrication
JEWL 1002Jewellery Studio
JEWL 1003Jewellery Repairs
JEWL 1004Lost Wax Casting
JEWL 1005Primitive Casting
JEWL 1006Jewellery Drawing
JEWL 1007Jewellery Design
JEWL 1008Professional Practice for Jewellers and Metalsmiths
JEWL 2000Jewellery Drawing and Rendering
JEWL 2001Metalsmithing 1
JEWL 2002Production Casting 1
JEWL 2003Introduction to Gemmology
JEWL 2004Basic Stone Setting
JEWL 2005Metalsmithing 2
JEWL 2006Production Casting 2
JEWL 2007Silversmithing Studio
JEWL 2010Jewellery Drawing and Design
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.

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.