Jewelry Design

Curriculum

Acceptance to the Jewelry Design program is contingent upon documented proficiency in Photoshop and Illustrator.

The following are the required courses for this major. Students meet with the Education Department to create a personalized academic plan. Transfer credits, placement tests, changes in curriculum, and other factors help determine which courses must be taken prior to graduation.

Click on the green tab to see curriculum for each degree. Click on a course title to expand and read the course description.

GNST 1040
English Composition
UNITS: 3
In this process-oriented course, students combine deep, disciplined research with careful writing and revision to produce a thoughtful, creative, and personally meaningful research essay. They learn to formulate focused research questions, identify and investigate credible sources, and synthesize expert opinion with their own insight in support of a clearly defined, complex thesis. The emphasis is on curiosity, exploration, and discovery. As part of the process, students also gain confidence and competency in two primary areas of written expression: organization and mechanics.
GNST 1230
Color & Design Theory
UNITS: 3
An introductory study of the principles and elements of color and design theory. Students critique aspects of a visual representation by analyzing the components of design and the use of color by the artist.
GNST 1520
Gemology
UNITS: 3
A study of gemstones from their origins in nature to their use in jewelry. Students learn basic identification of natural, imitation, and lab-grown gems as well as the history of and criteria for evaluating diamonds, colored gems, and pearls. Prerequisite: JDSN 1100
GNST 1560
History of Jewelry
UNITS: 3
This course surveys the styles and functions of jewelry from primitive times to the present. The status, symbolism, and historical significance of jewelry are explored. A context for modern jewelry design is developed from the synthesis of historical and modern styles. Prerequisite: JDSN 1100
GNST 1600
Effective Speaking
UNITS: 3
A course in oral communication designed to give students poise, speaking confidence, and the ability to develop and produce a focused, well-organized speech that holds the audiences attention through effective delivery methods. Presentational skills and audience-centered communication are emphasized.
GNST 1620
The Creative Process
UNITS: 3
This course explores the science of creativity and emphasizes a psychological and socio-cultural approach. Students analyze and develop their own creative process through a quarter-long design project.
GNST 1650
Critical Thinking
UNITS: 3
Designed to foster independent thinking, this course strengthens students capacity to reason clearly, critically, and creatively, including the ability (1) to analyze the arguments of others, (2) to synthesize effective arguments of their own, and (3) to solve problems skillfully. Students also gain experience in reading closely and conducting purposeful, imaginative research skills essential to the examination of demanding social, moral, political, and personal issues. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
GNST 2020
Survey of Western Art I
UNITS: 3
A survey of art, architecture, and design from the Prehistoric Period through the Middle Ages. Included are the social, economic, cultural, political, and religious influences which have prompted or affected the art of each period. Students examine works of art and their iconography, stylistic techniques, and different media, with the goal of being able to recognize, understand, and discuss various art forms in their broader contexts.
GNST 2780
Major Art Movements
UNITS: 3
This course is an introductory survey of the art and artists influencing and informing the international visual arts of the late modern and contemporary periods. Beginning with Post-War Expressionism and Pop Art, the course covers the diverse movements of the late 20th century, including Feminist art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. Students examine the art and architecture of the postmodern, post-pop environment of today, paying special attention to new media and modes of expression such as video, installation, and performance art. Students investigate the intersections of fine art and popular culture as well as explore unique voices from the margins that inform visual culture today.
GNST 2960
American Political & Economic History
UNITS: 3
A survey of American history from 1930-2000. Emphasis is on the political and economic features, both domestic and foreign, that contributed to the emergence of the welfare state and the nations rise to global leadership after World War II. The course provides an understanding of the Great Depression, the Second World War, the Cold War, Americas eventual emergence as the worlds only superpower, and the interrelation of all these factors.
GNST 2980
Professional Practices
UNITS: 3
To become more self-reliant and enterprising in the job search, students investigate career opportunities and the career path, personal traits, job responsibilities, and qualifications necessary to be competitive and promotable. Students build research tools that enable them to develop a plan of action, conduct informational interviews, practice interviewing skills, and produce a digitized professional resume, biographical statement, and cover letter for immediate submission to prospective employers.
JDSN 1100
Material & Methods for Jewelry Manufacturing
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the jewelers bench, tools, and basic manufacturing methods used in jewelry making. Students learn the terminology of the jewelry trade, and develop an understanding of appropriate materials and methods used for specific applications.
JDSN 1200
Rendering I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the basic techniques of rendering for jewelry design. Students draw perspective illustrations of necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings, and other jewelry.
JDSN 1400
Rendering II
UNITS: 3
This class emphasizes the importance of rendering detail accurately. Students learn to express the distinctive artistic attributes of jewelry through the use of colored pencils, markers, and gouache. * Prerequisites: JDSN 1100, JDSN 1200
JDSN 1600
Metalsmithing I
UNITS: 3
In this course, students apply jewelry fabrication techniques necessary to create and produce jewelry designs. Prerequisites: GNST 1620, JDSN 1100
JDSN 1700
Wax Carving & Casting
UNITS: 3
After learning the techniques, materials, and principles of wax carving by hand and casting, students in this course produce wax models and cast their designs to produce finished jewelry settings. Prerequisites: GNST 1620, JDSN 1100, JDSN 1200
JDSN 1800
Metalsmithing II
UNITS: 6
Students in this course continue to build the technical skills for the fabrication of jewelry. Construction of connecting mechanisms as well as techniques for forming and manipulating metals (such as chasing and raising) are explored. Students analyze and develop creative solutions to the challenges inherent in these processes. Prerequisites: JDSN 1400, JDSN 1600, JDSN 1700
JDSN 1850
Business of Jewelry Design
UNITS: 3
This course outlines the components for costume, bridge, and fine jewelry collections. Students are introduced to all of the elements needed to launch and run a successful jewelry design business. Prerequisites: GNST 1520, GNST 1560, GNST 1620
JDSN 1900
Creative Design for Jewelry I
UNITS: 3
Students in this course draw upon their research skills and their understanding of the principles and elements of design to create and produce jewelry pieces inspired by global influences. Prerequisites: JDSN 1400, JDSN 1600, JDSN 1700
JDSN 2100
Computer-Aided Jewelry Design I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to Rhinoceros as a multimedia computer tool for creative design and presentation. Students gain hands-on experience in creating new designs, drawing line sheets, executing technical sketches, and preparing color stories and materials concepts. Prerequisites: GNST 1520, GNST 1560, JDSN 1400, JDSN 1700
JDSN 2200
Metalsmithing III
UNITS: 6
Students continue to strengthen and perfect their metalsmithing skills by exploring advanced surface techniques such as reticulation, mokumé gane, and enameling. This course also enables students to use the stone setting and finishing techniques required for finished pieces of jewelry. Prerequisites: JDSN 1700, JDSN 1800, JDSN 1850
JDSN 2300
Creative Design for Jewelry II
UNITS: 6
In this course, students combine various media and techniques to produce jewelry pieces of their own design. Prerequisites: JDSN 1800, JDSN 1850, JDSN 1900
JDSN 2500
Computer-Aided Jewelry Design II
UNITS: 3
Students create complex digital models for jewelry set with gemstones. All major setting techniques are explored. Prerequisites: JDSN 2000, JDSN 2100
JDSN 2600
Alternative Materials for Jewelry Design
UNITS: 3
This course gives students the opportunity to express individuality and produce unique examples of distinct jewelry designs incorporating non-traditional materials. Prerequisites: JDSN 1900, JDSN 2200
JDSN 2700
Creative Design for Jewelry III
UNITS: 6
As a culmination of their training, students design individual jewelry collections. The course includes discussions of sourcing, merchandising, and marketing as they relate to students designs. Prerequisites: JDSN 2200, JDSN 2300
JDSN 2950
Sample Case Development & Presentation
UNITS: 3
Students develop a sample case exhibiting examples of the work they have created throughout the program. The sample cases are presented to and evaluated by a jury of professionals. Prerequisites: JDSN 1900, JDSN 2200
Total Units of Credit: 90
GNST 1520
Gemology
UNITS: 3
A study of gemstones from their origins in nature to their use in jewelry. Students learn basic identification of natural, imitation, and lab-grown gems as well as the history of and criteria for evaluating diamonds, colored gems, and pearls. Prerequisite: JDSN 1100
GNST 1560
History of Jewelry
UNITS: 3
This course surveys the styles and functions of jewelry from primitive times to the present. The status, symbolism, and historical significance of jewelry are explored. A context for modern jewelry design is developed from the synthesis of historical and modern styles. Prerequisite: JDSN 1100
GNST 1620
The Creative Process
UNITS: 3
This course explores the science of creativity and emphasizes a psychological and socio-cultural approach. Students analyze and develop their own creative process through a quarter-long design project.
GNST 2780
Major Art Movements
UNITS: 3
This course is an introductory survey of the art and artists influencing and informing the international visual arts of the late modern and contemporary periods. Beginning with Post-War Expressionism and Pop Art, the course covers the diverse movements of the late 20th century, including Feminist art, Minimalism, and Conceptual art. Students examine the art and architecture of the postmodern, post-pop environment of today, paying special attention to new media and modes of expression such as video, installation, and performance art. Students investigate the intersections of fine art and popular culture as well as explore unique voices from the margins that inform visual culture today.
GNST 2980
Professional Practices
UNITS: 3
To become more self-reliant and enterprising in the job search, students investigate career opportunities and the career path, personal traits, job responsibilities, and qualifications necessary to be competitive and promotable. Students build research tools that enable them to develop a plan of action, conduct informational interviews, practice interviewing skills, and produce a digitized professional resume, biographical statement, and cover letter for immediate submission to prospective employers.
JDSN 1100
Material & Methods for Jewelry Manufacturing
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the jewelers bench, tools, and basic manufacturing methods used in jewelry making. Students learn the terminology of the jewelry trade, and develop an understanding of appropriate materials and methods used for specific applications.
JDSN 1200
Rendering I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to the basic techniques of rendering for jewelry design. Students draw perspective illustrations of necklaces, pendants, bracelets, earrings, rings, and other jewelry.
JDSN 1400
Rendering II
UNITS: 3
This class emphasizes the importance of rendering detail accurately. Students learn to express the distinctive artistic attributes of jewelry through the use of colored pencils, markers, and gouache. * Prerequisites: JDSN 1100, JDSN 1200
JDSN 1600
Metalsmithing I
UNITS: 3
In this course, students apply jewelry fabrication techniques necessary to create and produce jewelry designs. Prerequisites: GNST 1620, JDSN 1100
JDSN 1700
Wax Carving & Casting
UNITS: 3
After learning the techniques, materials, and principles of wax carving by hand and casting, students in this course produce wax models and cast their designs to produce finished jewelry settings. Prerequisites: GNST 1620, JDSN 1100, JDSN 1200
JDSN 1800
Metalsmithing II
UNITS: 6
Students in this course continue to build the technical skills for the fabrication of jewelry. Construction of connecting mechanisms as well as techniques for forming and manipulating metals (such as chasing and raising) are explored. Students analyze and develop creative solutions to the challenges inherent in these processes. Prerequisites: JDSN 1400, JDSN 1600, JDSN 1700
JDSN 1850
Business of Jewelry Design
UNITS: 3
This course outlines the components for costume, bridge, and fine jewelry collections. Students are introduced to all of the elements needed to launch and run a successful jewelry design business. Prerequisites: GNST 1520, GNST 1560, GNST 1620
JDSN 1900
Creative Design for Jewelry I
UNITS: 3
Students in this course draw upon their research skills and their understanding of the principles and elements of design to create and produce jewelry pieces inspired by global influences. Prerequisites: JDSN 1400, JDSN 1600, JDSN 1700
JDSN 2100
Computer-Aided Jewelry Design I
UNITS: 3
This course introduces students to Rhinoceros as a multimedia computer tool for creative design and presentation. Students gain hands-on experience in creating new designs, drawing line sheets, executing technical sketches, and preparing color stories and materials concepts. Prerequisites: GNST 1520, GNST 1560, JDSN 1400, JDSN 1700
JDSN 2200
Metalsmithing III
UNITS: 6
Students continue to strengthen and perfect their metalsmithing skills by exploring advanced surface techniques such as reticulation, mokumé gane, and enameling. This course also enables students to use the stone setting and finishing techniques required for finished pieces of jewelry. Prerequisites: JDSN 1700, JDSN 1800, JDSN 1850
JDSN 2300
Creative Design for Jewelry II
UNITS: 6
In this course, students combine various media and techniques to produce jewelry pieces of their own design. Prerequisites: JDSN 1800, JDSN 1850, JDSN 1900
JDSN 2500
Computer-Aided Jewelry Design II
UNITS: 3
Students create complex digital models for jewelry set with gemstones. All major setting techniques are explored. Prerequisites: JDSN 2000, JDSN 2100
JDSN 2600
Alternative Materials for Jewelry Design
UNITS: 3
This course gives students the opportunity to express individuality and produce unique examples of distinct jewelry designs incorporating non-traditional materials. Prerequisites: JDSN 1900, JDSN 2200
JDSN 2700
Creative Design for Jewelry III
UNITS: 6
As a culmination of their training, students design individual jewelry collections. The course includes discussions of sourcing, merchandising, and marketing as they relate to students designs. Prerequisites: JDSN 2200, JDSN 2300
JDSN 2950
Sample Case Development & Presentation
UNITS: 3
Students develop a sample case exhibiting examples of the work they have created throughout the program. The sample cases are presented to and evaluated by a jury of professionals. Prerequisites: JDSN 1900, JDSN 2200
Total Units of Credit: 72

Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.