JDT Jewelry Design & Technology Program

The Jewelry Design & Technology diploma program covers topics essential to becoming a jewelry designer and CAD (Computer-Aided Design) professional, 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.

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.


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


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

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


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.

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