The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.


A prior Associates degree or 45-60 semester units (67-90 quarter units) of transferable academic coursework. Students entering the program with fewer than 60 semester units (90 quarter units) will have additional coursework to complete.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

Creative Industry Studies, Jewelry Design Core
BUMT 3600
Management Theory & Principles
This course presents an introduction to management concepts and strategies used by modern businesses, and is designed to familiarize students with the accepted standards, procedures, and techniques employed by senior, middle, and operational managers. It provides students with an understanding of the financial impact of management and how to plan to optimize performance and achieve organizational goals. BUMT 3650
BUMT 3680
Global Marketing Communications
This course provides a foundation of knowledge necessary to create strategic communications plans that will support a product or service in todays competitive marketplace. Students participate in a learning forum environment whereby original ideas and assignments are presented, discussed, and critiqued by the class. This course provides students with a framework of how to enter foreign markets. Prerequisite: BUMT 4600
BUMT 4600
Marketing Management
This course focuses on the management of the marketing function to achieve a competitive advantage and establish brand equity. Students explore creative strategies for entrepreneurs to develop consumer awareness. Prerequisite: BUMT 3600
GNST 1200
20th Century Designers
An exploration of major designers who have had a sustained impact, in both couture and ready-to-wear, on todays fashion. Students analyze how key figures in fashion design have influenced the styles and trends in line development of each decade since 1850, with emphasis on the last 30 years.
GNST 1520
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
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 2530
Principles of Kinesiology
The emphasis of this course is to scientifically examine the musculoskeletal and physiological systems of the body in motion and at rest. The principles of biochemical, pulmonary, and circulatory systems related to movement and exercise and the contemporary issues of neuromuscular health are investigated.
GNST 2530L
Principles of Kinesiology Lab
This lab includes field excursions, observation journals, and interviews with practitioners in the field of kinesiology, including physical therapists, sports medicine physicians, and professional trainers.
GNST 3500
Professional Presentation
A course in effective organizational communication, with emphasis on advanced oral communication skills, including interviewing. Students examine the dynamics of individual and group communication as preparation for full-scaled, business-specific informative and persuasive speeches, in which they use computer technology, visual aids, and statistical data to enhance the impact and clarity of their presentations.
GNST 3750
Mapping Your World: Introduction to Global Production
This geographical survey of the worlds major regions covers population distribution, natural resources, and relationships between different regions in reference to trade and environment, with a focus on current geo-political issues.
GNST 3800
Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning
Students explore universal design concepts underlying the applied arts, the decorative arts, and architecture/architectural form. Using the language of aesthetic analysis, they relate formal elements of color and structure, pattern and motif, and icon and symbol to the origins, development, and diffusion of a wide range of designed objects from many cultures and historical periods. In the process, they gain insight into the durability, adaptability, and resonance of concepts and images that have achieved iconic status in the world of design.
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing.
JDSN 1100
Material & Methods for Jewelry Manufacturing
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
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
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 and watercolors. * Prerequisites: JDSN 1100, JDSN 1200
JDSN 1600
Metalsmithing I
In this course, students investigate jewelry fabrication techniques necessary to create and produce jewelry designs. Prerequisites: GNST 1620, JDSN 1100
JDSN 1700
Wax Carving & Casting
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
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
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
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
This course introduces students to Rhinoceros (Rhino) 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
Students continue to strengthen and perfect their metalsmithing skills by exploring advanced surface techniques such as reticulation and mokumé gane. This course also enhances students knowledge of 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
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
Students create complex digital models for jewelry set with gemstones. All major setting techniques are explored. Prerequisites: JDSN 2000, JDSN 2100
JDSN 2700
Creative Design for Jewelry III
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
Students develop a capsule collection exhibiting examples of the work they have created throughout the program. The collections and portfolios developed by students are presented to and evaluated by a jury of professionals. Prerequisites: JDSN 1900, JDSN 2200
Total Units of Credit: 91