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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.
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.
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.
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.
This course explores financial and consumer math, the geometry of flat and 3-dimensional spaces, and the basics of statistical analysis. Integrating mathematical equations and concepts in the context of problem solving and discovery, students complete projects and assignments demonstrating the effective use of quantitative tools to support their conclusions.
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
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
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. Prerequisite: GNST 1040
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.
This course facilitates a comprehensive understanding of the tools and techniques necessary to effectively navigate the complexities of the job market. Students explore critical components of employment in order to prepare for their job search; the ultimate result is placement in their desired career. Students develop the following skills: building a meaningful resume; understanding how to navigate career sites, including but not limited to FIDM Career Network and Linkedin; effectively researching desired industry and organizations; perfecting interviewing techniques and skills; and finally understanding the benefits of a sharable portfolio which can be utilized throughout their careers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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: 90
Some programs offered may require completion of a second year at the Los Angeles or San Francisco campus. Please contact the campus for details.