Campus overview

The Robert Mouawad Campus at GIA World Headquarters is the premier gem studies school — fully integrating state-of-the-art classrooms, the famous GIA laboratory and an internationally recognised museum into the beautiful Carlsbad, California location.

12 Local Beaches
230 Steps from Legoland
90 Miles from Los Angeles

Nestled beside the Pacific Ocean, half an hour from San Diego, the community is a beautiful place to learn as well as relax after class. From surfing and sailing to hiking and golfing, there’s an array of activities that can provide students with the quintessential Southern California experience.

DIPLOMA & CERTIFICATE PROGRAMMES Offered at the Carlsbad Campus

Graduate Gemologist®

Earn the industry’s most prestigious qualification.


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Graduate Diamonds

Learn to speak the language of diamonds and embark on an exciting career path.

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Graduate Colored Stones

Immerse yourself in a world of colour and be prepared to seize a spectrum of opportunities.

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Graduate Jeweler

Transform precious metals and gems into one-of-a-kind jewellery. Master the art of jewellery repair.

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Jewelry Design & Technology

Develop design and manufacturing skills using the best of traditional and cutting-edge techniques.

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Jewelry Design

Learn the craft of translating your ideas into stunning gem and jewellery illustrations.

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Comprehensive CAD/CAM for Jewelry

Elevate your artistry by learning how to use CAD/CAM software to design jewellery.

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Graduate Success Stories Merideth Austin slide 1
GIA Carlsbad is the ideal place to learn… state-of-the-art equipment and classrooms, plus access to a wonderful gemmological library.

Meredith Austin, GIA GG
Sales Professional/High Jewellery Specialist
David Yurman

Graduate Success Stories Ben Blakeman slide 2
GIA Carlsbad instructors impart years of knowledge and insight and you also meet people and make connections all over the world.

Ben Blakeman, GIA GG
Sales & Marketing
Blakeman’s Fine Jewelr

Graduate Success Story Jeff Mason slide 3
The nature of the pawn business is about knowing whether an item is authentic, and my GIA training enables me to help protect the bottom line.

Jeff Mason, GIA GG, AJA, AJP®
Gemmologist, Gold and Silver Pawnshop

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