JDT

Jewelry Design & Technology Program

The Jewelry Design & Technology diploma program covers topics essential to becoming a jewelry designer and CAD (computer-aided design) technician, including designing a piece of jewelry from a concept, creating it in CAD to engineering specifications and understanding the challenges that come with its manufacturing.

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What You'll Learn

  • Use fundamental design concepts, including texture, shape, form, balance, negative space, color 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 like Matrix, Rhinoceros, ZBrush and V-Ray; and operate CAM hardware like a 3D printer
  • Understand manufacturing processes for the creation of jewelry, like 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 jewelry 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
  • Jewelry Designer
  • CAM Operator
  • Product Developer
  • Quality Assurance Specialist
  • CAD/CAM Service Bureau Technician
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Topics Covered

Here are some of the skills you’ll learn.

COMPUTER-AIDED DESIGN

Model jewelry in 3D using Rhino and Matrix CAD software. 

DIGITAL RENDERING

Create photorealistic images of your 3D designs. 

COMPUTER-AIDED MANUFACTURING

Use a 3D printer to transform your digital designs into physical prototypes. 

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. 

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Available in Carlsbad and New York.

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STUDY AT THE GIA SCHOOL On campus, full-time learning

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

Offered at the following campuses