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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 .