Jewellery/Metal Arts

jewellery/metal arts studio


This program provides intensive skill development by introducing you to sawing, filing, soldering, riveting and stone-setting. You use computer-assisted design, mould-making and casting technologies 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 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. You create a portfolio that celebrates the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

By the end of this program, you will have demonstrated the ability to create a personal body of work representing technical skill, aesthetic sensitivity, and cultural awareness, and have the capacity to work within the creative economy.


Jewellery/Metal Arts is 2-year studio-based diploma program that enables you to learn skills that transform metal into functional and non-functional objects and can be completed in 4 semesters of study from September to April.

Most students start with taking our Foundation Visual Arts Program (see Apply Now). If you already have a certificate in visual arts, have previous post-secondary experience or in the visual arts, you might be eligible for direct entry into this diploma program.

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

Curriculum Guide
Areas of Study

    • Goldsmithing
    • Silversmithing/Hollowware
    • Jewellery Design
    • Designing for Production
    • Casting
    • Gem Setting and Basic Lapidary
    • Jewellery History
Course List

Fall 1

  • Form
  • Function
  • Pebbles to Gold: Jewellery History BCE
  • Students Select 1
    • Directions in Drawing: Traditional and Contemporary
    • Life Drawing: Structure and Form
    • Watercolour: Exploring Water-based Materials
    • Drawing: Time and Narrative
  • Computer Aided Design: Jewellery/3D Objects I

Winter 1

  • Casting
  • Production
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Computer Aided Design: Jewellery/3D Objects II
  • The Business of Craft: Practices and Opportunities

Fall 2

  • Approaches in Metal
  • To Market
  • Openings and Closings
  • Gold to Pebbles: Jewellery History CE
  • The Business of Craft: Marketing and Sales

Winter 2

  • Silversmithing
  • Metal and Colour
  • Jewellery Rendering
  • Students Select 1
    • Designing Bodies
    • Computer-Aided Design: Jewellery/3D Objects III
    • Painting in Acrylics
    • Imagery, Sources and Development
    • Book Art Design
    • Art for Social Change
  • Marketing and Online Promotion: Craft
Career Possibilities

With an entrepreneurial focus, this program prepares you to establish your own small business, be employed or continue in Advanced Studio Practice Program at NBCCD or at other leading institutions in Canada and beyond.

Professional opportunities upon graduation include:

  • Contemporary Studio Metalsmith
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Bench Jeweller
  • Silversmith
  • Artisan, Craftsperson, or Other Visual Artist
  • Entrepreneur/Business Owner
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


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

Apr 6

Deadline to Request an Incomplete Grade

Apr 10

Easter: College Closed

Apr 24

Return College Property/Clean out Lockers (FVA & Jewellery/Metal Arts)

Apr 24

Winter Term Ends

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