Jewellery/Metal Arts

jewellery/metal arts studio

The Diploma in Jewellery/Metal Arts provides intensive skill development by introducing you to sawing, filing, soldering, riveting and stone-setting. Mold-making and casting technologies enable you to experiment in making multiple designs. Through advanced processes such as complex construction, forging and silversmithing, you establish an individual artistic practice.

Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you will engage in experimentation and creative problem solving. You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, art history, drawing and 2D/3D design. Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

This is a 2-year studio-based diploma program in 4 semesters from September to April and teaches you the skills to transform metal into functional and non-functional objects.

Interested in finding out more?
Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study
  • Casting
  • Goldsmithing
  • Silversmithing
  • Designing for Production
  • Gem Setting
  • Hollow Ware
  • Jewellery Design
  • Basic Lapidary
  • Jewellery History
Course List

Fall 1

  • JMET 2900 Form
  • JMET 2901 Function
  • JMET 2906 Computer-Aided Design: Jewellery/3D Objects
  • JMET 2902 Rendering in Black and White
  • COMM 2900 Communication for Visual Artists

Winter 1

  • JMET 2903 Casting
  • JMET 2904 Production
  • JMET 2905 Tools and Techniques
  • HIST 2905 Pebbles to Gold: Jewellery History BCE

Choose one of the following two:

  • DSGN 2903 Design Concepts
  • DSGN 2902 3D Digital Design: Shaping Space
  • TXDN 2915 Designing for Felt

Fall 2

  • JMET 3901 Approaches in Metal
  • JMET 3900 To Market
  • JMET 3902 Openings and Closings
  • HIST 3901 Gold to Pebbles: Jewellery History CE
  • ENTR 3905 Preparing for the Retail Market — Fine Craft

Winter 2

  • JMET 3903 Silversmithing
  • JMET 3904 Blush: Colour on Metal
  • JMET 3905 Rendering in Colour
  • ENTR 3907 Preparing for Wholesale Market — Fine Craft

Choose one of the following six:

  • AVVA 3908 Designing Bodies
  • DRAW 3000 Painting in Acrylics
  • DRAW 3001 Imagery, Sources and Development
  • DSGN 3001 Creative Design Exploration
  • DSGN 3002 3D Digital Design and Production
  • DSGN 3916 Book Art Design
Career Possibilities

NBCCD graduates have found jobs as:

  • Jewellery Designers
  • Business Owners
  • Metalsmiths
  • Art Educators
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

Direct Entry 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. Your examples must be presented digitally and saved in either JPEG or PDF format at 150 dpi on a USB memory stick. Please be sure to carefully label your jump drive with your name and contact information. If you would like your memory stick to be returned, please provide a self-addressed envelope.

You may instead choose to submit your portfolio digitally by attaching your files to an email. Please do not send your files through Google Drive or any other file sharing program. If your submission size exceeds 9mb, please split your portfolio into multiple emails, all containing your name and contact information.

Please mail or drop off your jump drive or submit files electronically to:

New Brunswick College of Craft and Design
457 Queen Street
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1


  • 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


Instructors & Technicians


  • Brigitte Clavette, Coordinating Instructor
  • Kristyn Cooper
  • Audreé Hamelin St-Amour
  • Kristen Bishop


  • Erica Stanley
Apply Now

Go to the Admission Requirements to start the application process. This page will also provide more details and info on where to mail your transcript of marks, cash, cheques and/or money order.


Spencer Corbett, Diploma in Jewellery/Metal Arts, 2014

New Brunswick College of Craft & Design

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