JDT

Jewelry Design & Technology Programme

The Jewelry Design & Technology diploma programme covers topics essential to becoming a jewellery designer and CAD (Computer-Aided Design) professional, including designing a piece of jewellery from a concept, creating it in CAD to engineering specifications and understanding the challenges that come with its manufacturing.

Placeholder Alt Text

What You'll Learn

  • Use fundamental design concepts, including texture, shape, form, balance, negative space, colour and more
  • Apply the CAD model engineering concepts to make durable and comfortable pieces that are long lasting
  • Create, render and prototype designs using CAD software such as Matrix, Rhinoceros, ZBrush and V-Ray; and operate CAM hardware such as a 3D printer
  • Understand the manufacturing processes for the creation of jewellery, such as diestriking and casting
  • Design and develop CAD models using the metrics of scale, proportion and element relationships; and within the constraints of cost, time, size, style and manufacturing methods
  • Apply Quality Assurance Benchmarks to jewellery designs to ensure proper engineering for manufacturing and wear
  • Develop digital and physical portfolios of class projects and custom designs that are ready for presentation to potential clients and employers, and display work in a final design exhibition

Possible Career Paths

  • CAD Designer
  • Jewellery Designer
  • CAM Operator
  • Product Developer
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • CAD/CAM Service Bureau Technician
View Popular Career Paths

Topics Covered

Here are some of the skills you’ll learn.

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN

Design jewellery using state-of-the-art CAD software.

DIGITAL RENDERING

Create photorealistic images of your 3D designs. 

MANUFACTURING

Learn to operate prototyping equipment. Know what affects CAD designs.

DESIGN

Explore theory and techniques to inspire your jewelry designs. 

JEWELRY ENGINEERING

Apply CAD engineering parameters to create jewelry that is built to last. 

DIGITAL SCULPTING

Use ZBrush to create a hand-sculpted look to your jewelry designs. 

Jewelry Design & Technology Tour The Future of Design Lives Here

Get Started

Offered at GIA World Headquarters and The Robert Mouawad Campus in Carlsbad, CA.

Card image cap

STUDY AT THE GIA SCHOOL STUDY AT THE SOURCE

Immerse yourself in the world of gems and jewellery and earn your Jewellery Design & Technology diploma by studying at a GIA campus. This transformative programme opens up a world of opportunity.

Offered at the following campuses