Jewellery Art and Design


Get hands-on experience in the design and fabrication of jewellery through intensive courses in metal techniques, drawing, design, history of jewellery, gemmology, digital jewellery design, and business management.

Tuition: 37480*
Credential: Diploma
Length: 2 0 years
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download /media/vancouver-community-college/content-assets/documents/international/flyer-jewellery-art-and-design.pdf
Campus: Downtown Downtown
Start Dates: Sep

What you will learn

  • Jewellery fabrication (piercing, soldering, doming, texturing, finishing, riveting)
  • Traditional goldsmithing techniques
  • Lost wax casting
  • Stone setting
  • Metal forging
  • Jewellery repair
  • Machinery, tools, safety
  • Metallurgy and alloys
  • Origins and properties of gemstones
  • Gemstone assessment
  • Gemstone cuts, care, and cleaning
  • Gemstone marketing, buying, and pricing
  • Diamond properties
  • International diamond market
  • Visual literacy
  • Conceptual design
  • Illustration and visual representation
  • Technical drawing
  • Perspective drawing
  • 3D design software
  • History of Jewellery
  • Jewellery in global cultures
  • Art in contemporary society
  • Northwest Coast Indigenous jewellery and design
  • Individuality and artistic expression
  • Meanings of jewellery
  • Business management and entrepreneurship
  • Jewellery-related laws and regulations
  • Promotion, advertising, ethics
  • Production methods and time management

What to expect

  • Two years of full-time study, or part-time for up to 5 years
  • 70-90 per cent of time dedicated to hands-on, technical training
  • Industry-experienced instructors
  • Cohort-style classes with personalized learning
  • Technical assignments
  • Creative projects
  • Critiques
  • Lectures
  • Technical assignments
  • Exams
  • Demonstrations
  • Group projects
  • Research projects
  • Guest presentations
  • Public showcases and exhibitions
  • Field trips
  • Fully equipped workshops
  • Use of hand tools and torches
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • Award and scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunity to transfer to jewellery degree programs at AUA (Calgary), or NSCAD University (Halifax)

Admission requirements


Admission to the Jewellery Art and Design program is on a competitive selection basis. Applicants must have completed Grade 12 or acceptable equivalent. In addition, an interview will be arranged with the selection committee.

Candidates should bring to the interview:

  • Portfolio*
  • Resumé
  • Letter of Intent

A portfolio is a collection of images of showing artistic ability, technical aptitude and/or hand-eye coordination. It should be saved as a PDF and sent to the Department in advance of the interview. It should include 10-20 pieces, and could include examples of any of the following:

  • Drawing and Painting
  • Photography
  • Collage
  • Sculpture
  • Jewellery
  • Textile and fibre arts
  • Metal and/or wood work
  • Ceramics
  • Any other art or craft demonstrating creativity and/or manual dexterity

Portfolios will be judged on the degree to which they show creativity and/or hand-eye coordination.

The resumé should include previous education and work experience.

The letter of intent should outline why the applicant has chosen to apply for the program, and could also include career and/or artistic goals, and other areas of interest.

A major focus of the interview is on establishing the applicant’s ability to succeed in the program with consideration given to ability and willingness to accept and grow in a learning environment, ability to interact with others, commitment to the total program, attention span, and previous art/design related training and experience. Successfully chosen candidates may be o?ered seats to the program.

*The Department recognizes that not all applicants will have previous experience in art, craft, or design. Applicants who do not have a portfolio are asked to bring a collection of found images of jewellery, and be prepared to discuss what makes them examples of fine craftsmanship or effective design.


  • Seats are offered to applicants who have met all admission requirements, on a first-qualified, first-served basis.
  • International applicants must be 17 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and educational documents as required by their course or program.
  • All VCC applicants are required to function successfully in an English-speaking classroom. English requirements vary by program. For details, visit VCC International - English Requirements.   

Recommended Characteristics

  • Open-mindedness
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Creativity
  • Manual dexterity
  • Strong work ethic
  • Good eyesight (corrected vision is accepted)
  • Patience
  • Attention to detail
  • Curiosity
  • Enthusiasm
  • Commitment
  • Appreciation of fine craftsmanship and design

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

Prior learning assessment and recognition is not available for this program. 

Fees and other costs *

Tuition deposits are payable usually within three weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Tuition Deposit

10250 (10000 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee145
Tuition Tuition 37480
Student union256
College initiative188
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource375
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 550
Temporary Medical Insurance 149
U-PASS 796
Program-specific extra fees0

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Sep 2024
(Fall term)
October 01, 2023


  • Apply Now: Qualified applicants may receive offers of admission if seats are available, or placed on waitlists if seats are full.
  • Closed: Applications are not accepted.
  • For details about application availability based on study permit status and recommendations if the application status is closed, visit the Availability Status page.
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