Jewellery/Metal Arts

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
  1. We value your life experience in assessing your application, so please provide us with a copy of your resume.
  1. Please write a one-page letter of intent which includes your:
  • reasons for wanting to study with us,
  • interests in the arts (contemporary or historical) and
  • plans and goals for the future.
  1. For a full experience at our College, it is best to have an appreciation of the history of visual culture. Please identify a piece of art/craft/design from a particular historical period (include a picture of this work). In a one-page essay, describe the work in your own words, what is significant about this work and what it says about visual culture.
  2. To ensure that you are well prepared for direct entry into this program, we need to get an idea of your creative abilities. We will also be looking for your dexterity and imagination. To assess this, please provide:
  • 5 images of things that you have created, such as, but not limited to: collage, woodworking, ceramics, painting, photography, knitting, poetry, creative writing, music, video, sewing, etc. Please note that the images you send do not necessarily need to be associated with this studio.
  • If you have drawing experience, please include:
    • one life drawing showing the human figure and
    • one still-life drawing.

If you have not had previous drawing experience, just let us know. We may adjust your program to include some basic drawing instruction.

Please don’t submit originals. Three-dimensional work should be photographed and presented digitally. For good digital image quality, your image files should be jpegs and sized around 1024 x 768px @ 72 dpi. For video clips, please post on Vimeo or YouTube and send us the link, keeping them 2 to 3 minutes each. For each image, please include a written description, a notation of the media used in producing the work and the date of completion. Be sure label your portfolio with your name, contact information and return address.

Once you have completed your portfolio, it can be mailed, emailed or delivered in person to:

Nancy Beaulieu, Registrar
New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (NBCCD)
457 Queen Street
PO BOX 6000
Fredericton, NB E3B 5H1, Canada

Instructors & Technicians


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


  • Kristen Bishop
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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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