School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.      NYSED: 00831     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.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAJD 113 - Beginning Soldering Techniques1.5
JD 114 - Piercing and Sawing Techniques1.5
JD 131 - Mechanical Drafting for Jewelers1.5
JD 133 - Introduction to Jewelry Design1.5
JD 172 - Tools, Equipment, and Processes1
JD 121 - Wax Carving1
RELATED AREAFA 104 - Sculpture - Basic1.5
FA 141 - Drawing I1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYEN 121 - English Composition G13
SC 111 - Introduction to the Physical Sciences G33
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAJD 116 - Costume Jewelry White Metal Models1.5
JD 122 - Jewelry Casting2
JD 134 - Jewelry Design II1.5
JD 171 - Materials and Properties2
JD 173 - Materials and Findings for the Jewelry Industry1
JD 115 - Metal Forming Techniques: Chasing and Repousse1.5
RELATED AREAFA 107 - Basic Design1.5
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see History of Art and Civilization*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAJD 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 241 - Introduction to Gemology2
JD 251 - Principles of Silversmithing1.5
JD 262 - Estimating Costs1
RELATED AREACG 111 - Survey of Computer Graphics1
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see History of Art and Civilization*3
choice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAJD 217 - Handmade Platinum Jewelry1.5
JD 218 - Hollow Form Jewelry: Die Construction and Manufacturing Techniques1.5
JD 219 - Clasps, Closings, and Findings1.5
JD 243 - Gemology II1.5
JD 252 - Silversmithing Project Studio1.5
JD 261 - Changes and Trends in Jewelry Design2
ELECTIVEchoice - General Elective1.5-3
GENERAL EDUCATION / ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 70.5-72

*Art & Design Programs: FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements 

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized along the following categories: G1 Basic Communication; G2 Mathematics; G3 Natural Sciences; G4 Social Sciences; G5 Western Civilization; G6 The Arts; G7 Humanities; G8 Foreign Language; G9 Other World Civilizations; G10 American History. 

See list of Gen Ed approved courses under FIT's General Education Requirements and Courses.  An FIT Gen Ed course cannot be used to meet more than one General Education area.     

Associate Degree: (Effective for students entering AAS programs in Fall 2014)

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2 and G3
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in liberal arts courses in G4-G10
  • Three (3) credits of any 200 or 300 level English literature or speech course
  • Six (6) credits from Art/Design History courses: HA112 (3 credits, required for all Art & Design majors), plus another 3 credit HA course.                                                                    

Upper Division Alternatives:
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Accessories Design, Textile/Surface Design, and Toy Design.