Jewellery/Metal Arts

Jewellery/Metal Arts



In Jewellery/Metal Arts, you will:

  • Learn to design, build and sell functional and sculptural objects.
  • Experience intensive development of jewellery-making skills by learning to saw, file, solder, rivet, and stone-set.
  • Experiment with making multiples using molds and casting technology, and learn production techniques to streamline construction of a unique wholesale line.
  • Establish an individual artistic practice with advanced processes such as complex construction, forging and silversmithing.
  • Graduates prepared for a career as a jewellery designer through entrepreneurship studies and exploration of retail/wholesale marketing.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    Jewellery/Metal Arts 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
      • Goldsmithing
      • Silversmithing/Hollowware
      • Jewellery Design
      • Designing for Production
      • Casting
      • Gem Setting and Basic Lapidary
      • Jewellery History
  • Career Possibilities
    • Contemporary Studio Metalsmith
    • Jewellery Designer
    • Bench Jeweller
    • Silversmith
    • Artisan, Craftsperson, or Other Visual Artist
    • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
  • Course List

    Fall 1 [1 elective*]

    JMET 2900

    JMET 2901

    HIST 2905
    Pebbles to Gold: Jewellery History BCE

    * DRAW 2900
    Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary

    * DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form

    * DRAW 2902
    Watercolour: Exploring Water-Based Materials

    * DRAW 2907
    Drawing and Narrative

    * DRAW 2908
    Painting in Acrylics I

    DIGM 2019
    3D Modelling: Jewellery/3D Objects 1

    Winter 1

    JMET 2903

    JMET 2904

    JMET 2905
    Tools and Techniques

    DIGM 2020
    3D Modelling: Jewellery/3D Objects II

    ENTR 2001
    The Business of Craft: Practices and Opportunities

    Fall 2

    JMET 3901
    Approaches in Metal

    JMET 3900
    To Market

    JMET 3902
    Openings and Closings

    JMET 3907
    Jewellery Rendering

    ENTR 3920
    The Business of Craft: Marketing and Sales

    Winter 2 [1 elective*]

    JMET 3903

    JMET 3906
    Metal and Colour

    HIST 3901
    Gold to Pebbles: Jewellery History CE

    * AVVA 3908
    Designing Bodies

    * DIGM 3025
    3D Modelling: Jewellery/3D Objects III

    * DRAW 3001
    Imagery, Sources and Development

    * DRAW 3004
    Painting in Acrylics II

    * DSGN 3916
    Book Art Design

    * HUMN 3000
    Art for Social Change

    ENTR 3921
    Marketing and Online Promotion: Craft

  • Admission Requirements
    Admission Requirements


    • $50 Application Fee (1)
    • An official transcript of marks indicating Certificate – Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD OR
      • An official transcript of marks indicating at least 1 year post-secondary education
      • OR equivalent experience (2)
    • Portfolio Submission
    • Interview

    (1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) Equivalent experience is determined by the College assessing your combination of learning and experience through recognition of prior learning. If you are 21 years of age and have past experience, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

    The College may contact you for an interview, it is important to consider why you want to study with us and your future goals.

  • Portfolio Requirements


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.


    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
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learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.