Because of its power and meaning, people have been making and adorning themselves with jewelry for 100,000 years. Discover what is so intriguing about the creation of jewelry from traditional techniques through contemporary design.
We’ll help you explore your urge to create - and to develop the jewelry design and fabrication skills necessary for your career success. In a combination of classroom and studio workshops, you’ll learn the fundamental skills and metalsmithing techniques necessary to make jewelry.
You'll engage in class discussions, technical demonstrations and independent projects using traditional and non-traditional jewelers' processes and materials. Small class sizes provide opportunities for one-on-one attention. Explore this diverse field at Selkirk College and learn how to best create a niche for your own unique designs.
All students registered in Kootenay Studio Arts programs take Drawing and Design courses as well as Professional Development and Practices courses. The Jewelry studio courses introduce students to jewelry fabrication, forming and casting techniques in non-ferrous metals as well as jewelry design processes to help you realize your own vision. The Jewelry studio courses also include specialized skills such as gem setting, findings, pricing and design for production.
Casting and Findings
Drawing and Design Process
Jewelry Design Process and Construction
Professional Development and Practices
Raising and Forming
Throughout the Jewelry Studio program, emphasis is placed on developing a high skill level of design and fabrication skills necessary to create jewelry. As familiarity with the tools and techniques is developed, students are encouraged to explore their own concepts as a means of artistic expression.