Jewelry design classes curriculum
Starting with the fundamentals of identifying and working with metal and precious stones, you will quickly advance to hands-on techniques for crafting and repairing jewelry. In fact, our jewelry design classes curriculum covers everything from the techniques and tools of the trade to recipes for basic chemical solutions. You'll graduate with an understanding of various jewelry making processes and how to create and repair a range of different pieces safely and effectively.
Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career ProgramLearning at Ashworth
The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.
Evaluating your business idea; setting yourself apart from the competition; market testing; investment funding and donation funding; qualities of an entrepreneur; crowdfunding and angel investors.
Lesson Group 2: Nurturing Your Inner DesignerEye of the Jewelry Designer
The value and meaning of jewelry; three guidelines for jewelry design; definition of a designer/maker; importance of learning good technique; expressing and finding your style; finding your creative community.
The origin of beads and their role in human history; the religious and symbolic meanings that have been attached to beads over time.
Different types of equipment used in jewelry making, including pliers and cutters; various findings used in jewelry making, including beading wire, clasps, crimp beads, crimp knot covers, ear wires, head pins, jump rings, and three-strand connectors.
Importance of researching where to buy your jewelry supplies and what to look for; low-cost options for bead buying; shopping online and through catalogs; selecting and buying the best tools; creating a shopping list; getting started with photography.
The Jewelry Design and Repair program will give students the information they need to strengthen their jewelry-making skills and tap into their creative side. This comprehensive program covers the hands-on skills involved in designing and crafting all types of jewelry, all while helping you discover and maintain your jewelry’s signature look.
After completing the Jewelry Design and Repair program, students will be able to:
- Outline the personal and professional characteristics of successful jewelry workers and describe typical job responsibilities, including the special ethical considerations in this field.
- Describe the distinctive characteristics of different jewelry-making materials, including gems and other stones, precious metals, alloys, and nonmetallic materials.
- Explain the basic principles governing the design and production of jewelry items.
- Identify and describe the equipment and tools used to make and repair jewelry and identify the retailers and wholesalers from which such items may be obtained.
- Identify and describe both basic and advanced techniques used to make jewelry.
- Describe how to develop your signature look and cohesive brand, identify how to promote and sell your work through photography, advertising, and creative displays, and identify how to prepare to sell at craft fairs and trunk shows.
- Identify the importance of ergonomics while working at your bench and recognize ways to maintain and increase your creativity.
Pursue a rewarding career in jewelry design and repair
Graduate in as few as four months with the knowledge and hands-on skills to work with metals and precious stones to create quality jewelry. With a diploma in jewelry designing you'll know everything from how to repair a broken chain to where to get quality soldering equipment. Whether you want to run your own business or work for someone else, our Career Tools can provide one-on-one guidance to assist in the career search.