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


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.) 

FRIDAYS | CASEY SOBEL
JAN 25–MAR 29 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

BRANDING: A JEWEL BOX FOR SUCCESS

PMJ-483

This course will cover all the basics and beyond of what is required to successfully create your own design brand and optimally market yourself and your product to the appropriate target audience, whether jewelry, service or skill based. You will be guided in creating a mission statement, identifying a core concept for your business and a value proposition that differentiates you from the competition. You will develop the skills necessary for creating a strong logo, guidelines for building a unique identity in the market and the tools required to present yourself confidently. The course also includes tips and information on topics including best practices in photography, effective strategies for optimizing social media, as well as creating an appropriate and effective digital presence with a consistent message and presentation, and exploration of Omni channel marketing.

TUESDAYS | REBECCA FOERSTER
JAN 22–MAR 25  | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CENTER

COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN AND 3-D MODELING FOR JEWELERS  

PMJ-484

This course is designed for the Computer Aided Design novice. Through a series of hands-on exercises and projects, students will experience fundamental digital tools suitable for the design, modeling, rendering and production of small jewelry items. Students will learn the fundamentals of the design software Rhino to build 3D models suitable for production, with an emphasis on 3D printing as a tool in the design process. Students will use CAD to create objects and photo-realistic renderings, and will conclude the class with a design ready for real world production. Students should expect to master the basic interface of Rhino and be proficient with general tools that will enable the creation of solids and surfaces and the application of patterns and text, ring sizing, standards for thicknesses, and hollowing. The course will also address various production methods and best practices when working with a manufacturer.

WEDNESDAYS | SERGEI TIOURINE
JAN 23–MAR 27 | 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.

THURSDAYS | CAROLYN AHEARN
JAN 24–MAR 28 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUS | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

MAKING WEARABLE ART: ADVANCED JEWELRY FABRICATION
PMJ-486

This advanced jewelry studio course will expand upon the direct metal fabrication skills with non-ferrous metals learned at the beginner level. Students will explore techniques such as: advanced wire work for construction and chain-making, advanced stone setting techniques for cabochon and faceted stones and simple hollow construction techniques for creating small 3-dimensional objects. Students will combine new techniques with foundational skills to create ever more complex jewelry forms.  Advanced soldering skills, simple forming and wire working techniques will be combined with an expanded focus on surface treatments and finishing.  As before, design concepts and problems associated with making wearable objects will continue to be addressed with each project.  Sketching and pattern making will be used to support artistic design development and all projects will be student-designed within project parameters and skill level. Students can expect to create three wearable pieces in this course and come away with greater confidence and expanded skills in direct metal fabrication. Prerequisite: PMJ-482 Making Wearable Art: Beginner Jewelry Fabrication or beginner jewelry fabrication skills and permission from the instructor.

SATURDAYS | CASEY SOBEL
JAN 26–MAR 30 | 9 AM–12 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

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.) 

JEWELRY DESIGN HISTORY & CURRENT TRENDS
PMJ-487        

The history of jewelry and wearable ornament design is rich with multi-cultural, socio-economic, and material usage concepts. Elements of antique and historic jewelry can often be reinterpreted and have new iterations in other eras.  You will examine the various factors that contribute to jewelry design today and how they relate to their historic antecedents.

TUESDAYS | KAREN BACHMANN
JAN 28–APR 8 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS