Jewelry Design

http://fitnyc.edu/jewelrydesign

One-Year Associate Degree Program (AAS)

Applications accepted for fall only. HEGIS 5012

The major in Jewelry Design offers qualified students the opportunity to prepare for positions as designers, self-employed jewelers, or executives in the manufacturing of jewelry.

Option A

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAJD 121 - Wax Carving1
JD 131 - Mechanical Drafting for Jewelers1.5
JD 133 - Introduction to Jewelry Design1.5
JD 172 - Tools, Equipment, and Processes1
JD 241 - Introduction to Gemology2
JD 262 - Estimating Costs1
JD 213 - Nontraditional Construction Techniques in Metal1.5
JD 214 - Handmade Diamond Jewelry Techniques1.5
JD 215 - Alternative Materials for Jewelry Fabrication1.5
JD 216 - Advanced Piercing and Metal Carving1.5
JD 251 - Principles of Silversmithing1.5
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAJD 116 - Costume Jewelry White Metal Models1.5
JD 122 - Jewelry Casting2
JD 171 - Materials and Properties2
JD 173 - Materials and Findings for the Jewelry Industry1
JD 243 - Gemology II1.5
JD 261 - Changes and Trends in Jewelry Design2
JD 217 - Handmade Platinum Jewelry1.5
JD 218 - Hollow Form Jewelry: Die Construction and Manufacturing Techniques1.5
JD 219 - Clasps, Closings, and Findings1.5
JD 252 - Silversmithing Project Studio1.5
RELATED AREACG 111 - Survey of Computer Graphics1
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA31.5
RELATED AREA1
 Total Credits: 32.5

Option B

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAJD 121 - Wax Carving1
JD 131 - Mechanical Drafting for Jewelers1.5
JD 133 - Introduction to Jewelry Design1.5
JD 172 - Tools, Equipment, and Processes1
JD 241 - Introduction to Gemology2
JD 262 - Estimating Costs1
JD 231 - Objects Design and Rendering1.5
JD 233 - Jewelry Design III1.5
JD 263 - Costume Jewelry Production and Marketing3
RELATED AREACG 111 - Survey of Computer Graphics1
DE 101 - Principles of Display and Exhibit Design: Small Scale2
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAJD 116 - Costume Jewelry White Metal Models1.5
JD 122 - Jewelry Casting2
JD 171 - Materials and Properties2
JD 173 - Materials and Findings for the Jewelry Industry1
JD 243 - Gemology II1.5
JD 261 - Changes and Trends in Jewelry Design2
JD 235 - Fine Jewelry Portfolio1.5
JD 236 - Fashion Jewelry Portfolios1.5
RELATED AREACG 212 - Introduction to 3D Computer Modeling2
SD 141 - Nature Studies1.5
TOTAL CREDIT REQUIREMENTS
MAJOR AREA27
RELATED AREA6.5
 Total Credits: 33.5

NOTE: See admissions criteria.

Courses

JD 101 — Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Basic processes used in the design and creation of jewelry. Students fabricate their own designs in the studio. (G6: Arts)

JD 113 — Beginning Soldering Techniques

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces precision techniques in soldering and shaping jewelry. Emphasis is on exact measurements, and control of jewelry tools and soldering torches

JD 114 — Piercing and Sawing Techniques

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Proper use of the jeweler's saw is emphasized and the eye is trained to understand the balance between positive and negative spaces. Students pierce and saw an intricate design in flat sheet stock

JD 115 — Metal Forming Techniques: Chasing and Repousse

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces students to jewelry forming techniques by making their own dapping and chasing tools by means of forging, annealing, and tempering. Using these tools, objects are created by repousse and other methods

JD 116 — Costume Jewelry White Metal Models

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students learn white metal modelmaking techniques and develop skills in the basic hand and machine processes used in the production of costume jewelry. These models will be made into molds and produced in JD 122

JD 121 — Wax Carving

1 CREDIT; 2 LAB HOURS

Wax carving of designs suitable for jewelry, stressing illusion and perspective, needed for both brooches and rings. Emphasis is on preparing a design and model for production

JD 122 — Jewelry Casting

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Using designs developed in JD 121, students cast, learning the chemistry of alloying metals and the principles in all casting methods. Experience also is acquired in mold-making, spruing, and investing

JD 131 — Mechanical Drafting for Jewelers

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Designed to teach students the fundamentals of mechanical and plan drawing as it applies to materials, mechanisms, concepts, and designs used in jewelry

JD 133 — Introduction to Jewelry Design

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Emphasis is on developing creative ability. A visual sensitivity is developed through museum trips, nature studies, field trips, etc. Suitable rendering techniques, painting, and perspective requirements are covered

JD 134 — Jewelry Design II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Advanced illustrative techniques in jewelry design. An elementary knowledge of stones, both precious and semi-precious, is given for incorporating in design. Assigned projects focus on industry requirements

JD 138 — Introduction to CAD for Jewelry Design

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Students create two- and three-dimensional computer-generated drawings and models specific to jewelry design. Using modeling software and other computer applications, students develop basic jewelry design skills to create a personal style

JD 141 — Introduction to Diamonds

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

This introductory course provides an overview to diamonds, how crystals form, the physical and optical properties of diamonds, and mining techniques throughout history from ancient times to the present day. Other topics include a review of mining locations and techniques, and the cultural, environmental, financial, and global economic impact of diamonds

JD 171 — Materials and Properties

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Students learn basic chemistry and physics as they pertain to materials used in jewelry. Emphasis is on how chemicals and acids used in the industry, and the chemical composition of various stones, affect production

JD 172 — Tools, Equipment, and Processes

1 CREDIT; 1 LECTURE HOUR

Study of the tools, equipment, and supplies used in the jewelry industry. Discusses quality, function, and care of equipment, including sources and pricing

JD 173 — Materials and Findings for the Jewelry Industry

1 CREDIT; 1 LECTURE HOUR

Studies buying procedures, sources, and up-to-date technology in the jewelry industry. Discusses precious and non-precious materials as well as sizes, nomenclature, and methods used in jewelry manufacturing

JD 181 — Basic Principles of Appraising Jewelry

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Establishes methods and values in the appraisal of jewelry and precious and semiprecious stones. Students acquire familiarity with the simple tests that are available and are given guidance on current market prices

JD 201 — Mineral Identification and Lapidary

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Using appropriate tools and instruments, students learn how to identify a variety of semiprecious materials and their specific properties. Emphasizes applications of these materials for the decorative arts

JD 213 — Nontraditional Construction Techniques in Metal

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Acquaints students with little-known experimental techniques in metalworking such as the Japanese methods of mokume-gane and shakudo

JD 214 — Handmade Diamond Jewelry Techniques

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students develop the start-to-finish techniques used by industry craftspeople in the creation of handmade diamond jewelry. Includes design layout, making of a copper chablon, planning the weight and use of diamonds, and the cutting of azures

JD 215 — Alternative Materials for Jewelry Fabrication

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Covers the design approaches and special methods used in the manufacture of jewelry from common industrial materials, such as plastics, rubber, and stainless steel. Students design and produce prototypes for a small collection

JD 216 — Advanced Piercing and Metal Carving

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Concentrates on advanced piercing and metal carving techniques to create ring designs. Students maintain diaries of sketchwork and research

JD 217 — Handmade Platinum Jewelry

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Introduces various methods used in the making of handmade platinum jewelry, drawing upon skills learned in JD 214

JD 218 — Hollow Form Jewelry: Die Construction and Manufacturing Techniques

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

An intensive study of hollow form jewelry techniques to produce an original finished product of exhibition quality. Includes technical drawing and fabrication of a scale model

JD 219 — Clasps, Closings, and Findings

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Based on the principles of mechanical devices, students learn about and produce clasps, closings, and earbacks

JD 231 — Objects Design and Rendering

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Rendering of objects and accessories from shoes and belt buckles to hair ornaments and handbags. Studies colored glass, enamel, and rhinestones used in these accessories

JD 233 — Jewelry Design III

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students are required to present an entire collection of jewelry around a particular viable theme such as certain stones, metals, or a specific market

JD 235 — Fine Jewelry Portfolio

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students develop a portfolio of fine jewelry renderings, from a variety of precious and semiprecious materials, that reflect their level of accomplishment and an understanding of industry requirements

JD 236 — Fashion Jewelry Portfolios

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Students prepare a portfolio of costume jewelry renderings, creating seasonal lines that reflect their level of accomplishment and an understanding of industry requirements

JD 241 — Introduction to Gemology

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Study of the major gem species and their characteristics, with emphasis on their use in commercial production and price structure. Students acquire a thorough knowledge of all precious and semiprecious stones and the ways in which they are used in jewelry

JD 243 — Gemology II

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

A gem identification course with students learning the use of various laboratory equipment such as the gemological microscope, dichroscope, polariscope, specific gravity balance, refractometer, ultraviolet light, spectroscope, and other instruments used in gem identification

JD 244 — Gemology III

3 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

An in-depth study of gem materials and their synthetic counterparts is provided. Topics include functionality of gem equipment and its application in gem testing, and an understanding of the development of a gem material from its atomic structural nature to a polished gem

JD 251 — Principles of Silversmithing

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Basic study of silversmithing, including advanced use of repousse, chasing, and forming. Small simple projects in either silver, bronze, or copper are created to study these basic procedures

JD 252 — Silversmithing Project Studio

1.5 CREDITS; 3 LAB HOURS

Creation of a handmade, hand-formed silver piece with emphasis on developing student's creative ability. Project should be a major work of exhibition quality

JD 261 — Changes and Trends in Jewelry Design

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

Study of the symbolic meaning as well as the economic rationale for jewelry in modern society. Students are made aware of stylistic differences, the reasons for them, and how styles are influenced by social and political events

JD 262 — Estimating Costs

1 CREDIT; 1 LECTURE HOUR

Using current industry pricing standards, students estimate the cost of their own designs made of precious, semiprecious, or nonprecious materials and stones

JD 263 — Costume Jewelry Production and Marketing

3 CREDITS; 3 LECTURE HOURS

Explains jewelry fashion theory, principles, and cycles and their relationship to jewelry line development while studying trends in ready-to-wear, European, and American designer collections

JD 265 — JEWELRY INDUS/HIST IN LONDON

2 CREDITS; 2 LECTURE HOURS

JD 281 — Diamond Grading

2 CREDITS; 1 LECTURE AND 2 LAB HOURS

Teaches techniques of grading diamonds as to color, clarity, and cut, including basic knowledge needed for diamond selection and establishment of base for pricing. Discusses history and technical terms pertaining to diamond grading

JD 299 — Independent Study in Jewelry Design

1-3 CREDIT