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 Finding Your Voice: Branding, Marketing, and Creating Your Unique Presence in the Jewelry Industry
PMJ-484 Computer Aided Design and 3-D Modeling for Jewelers
PMJ-485 Jewelry Design + Development

ELECTIVES

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


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
SEPT 27–DEC 13 | 6:30–9:20 PM
(SKIP FRIDAYS OF COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND AND THANKSGIVING DAY WEEKEND)
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.

WEDNESDAYS | JUDI POWERS
SEPT 25–DEC 11 (SKIP NOV 27 AND DEC 4) | 6:30–9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUS | $680
PRATT MANHATTTAN 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 | AKIYO MATSUOKA
OCT 2–DEC 4 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUS | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

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.

WEDNESDAYS | CAROLYN AHEARN
OCT 9–DEC 11 | 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
SEPT 28- DEC 14 | 9 AM–12 PM
(Skip Saturdays of Columbus Day weekend, Thanksgiving Day weekend)
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.

MONDAYS | KAREN BACHMANN
SEPT 23-DEC 16 | 6:30–9:20 PM
(Skip 3 Mondays: Rosh Hashanah, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day)
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS