Jewelry design in process

Take your jewelry making practice to the next level with a suite of courses designed to help you acquire increased design proficiency and strategies to bring your creations to market.

Certificate fee:
$100, nonrefundable.

Certificate Requirements:
Four core courses plus two electives.

Courses may be taken individually.

CORE COURSES

PMJ-482 Making Wearable Art: Beginner Jewelry Fabrication
PMJ-483 Branding: A Jewel Box for Success
PMJ-484 Computer Aided Design and 3-D Modeling for Jewelers
PMJ-485 From A-Z: Jewelry Design for Production

ELECTIVES

PMJ-486: Making Wearable Art: Advanced Jewelry Fabrication—NEW
PMJ-487 Jewelry Design History & Current Trends—NEW


Summer Intensive Schedule

MAKING WEARABLE ART: BEGINNER JEWELRY FABRICATION

PMJ-482

This beginning jewelry studio course will provide an introduction to basic direct metal fabrication techniques using non-ferrous metals. Students will learn fundamental techniques such as: sawing, piercing, filing, sanding, and forming, along with various finishing applications to create wearable pieces. Cold connections, silver soldering, basic bezel setting for stones and scoring and bending for creating dimensional forms will be covered and will enable students to create more complex pieces as the course progresses. Design concepts and problems associated with making wearable objects will be addressed with each project. Patterns will be used to support artistic design development and all projects will be student-designed within project parameters. Students can expect to create three wearable pieces in this course and come away with a strong foundation in direct metal fabrication techniques and skill sets.

Materials/space fee: $75 Includes consumables used in class and access to the studio on non-class days.

Additionally, students will be given a Project Materials and Tool List from the instructor to purchase for their individual projects (approximately $130.) 

MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS | CASEY SOBEL
MAY 29–JULY 1
6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

JEWELRY DESIGN + Development

PMJ-485

This class will focus on design strategies and how to plan and sample a collection for production. Students will work through the steps of designing and producing their own jewelry line as they build a collection in real time.

Topics covered will include research, presentation, concept/design development, identifying and supporting big ideas, and refining your work so that your entire collection feels strong, supported and cohesive. Students will also learn how to create technical spec sheets and best practices for working with vendors and communicating their designs throughout the prototyping and production process.

This class will also touch upon considerations like collection size, seasonality, finding and defining your voice as a designer, how and when to outsource, and how to plan and budget the making of your line. Discover how to create an archival record of your collections and build an attractive portfolio for design jobs within the industry.

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS | CAROLYN AHEARN
JULY 8–AUGUST 7 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUS | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

FINDING YOUR VOICE: BRANDING, MARKETING, AND CREATING YOUR UNIQUE PRESENCE IN THE JEWELRY INDUSTRY

PMJ-483 

This intensive course will be your primer for defining and marketing your jewelry business. Whether you’re a jewelry designer, a bench jeweler, appraiser, gemologist, or retailer, you will develop the tools required to create a memorable, relatable, and enduring brand. We will cover:

  • creating a mission statement that is clear, effective, and relevant to your business
  • logo design and branding, including color theory, packaging, and key words that you’ll associate with your brand
  • marketing and publicity, covering best practices for social media, pitching your brand or business to the press (both trade and consumer), and pitching etiquette
  • trade and retail shows, what are they, what are the benefits and costs of doing them, and how do you know when you’re ready?

We will also have guest speakers who are leaders in various aspects of the jewelry industry to lend working expert insight. At the end of the week, you’ll have a clear voice and a plan for building your jewelry business.\

MONDAY- FRIDAY | JUDI POWERS
JULY 22-25 | 10 AM-6 PM | JULY 26 | 10 AM -12 PM
5 SESSIONS | 3 CEUS | $680
PRATT MANHATTTAN CENTER