School of Art and Design

Applications accepted for fall only.    NYSED: 00831     CIP: 50.0713     

The major in Jewelry Design integrates design ideation and development with traditional jewelry fabrication skills and processes. Students learn 2D graphic design applications for design creation and manipulation, 3D engineering applications for design verification, CAD modeling, gemology, and industry business practices. Students are prepared for positions as designers, artisans, or self-employed jewelers. Curriculum below is for the entering class of fall 2022.

Semester 1Credits
MAJOR AREAJD 139 - Jewelry Design Ideations I2.5
JD 142 - Gemology and Gem Identification3
JD 174 - Studio Fabrications I2.5
RELATED AREARelated Area: choice*1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONEN 121 - English Composition3
SC 111 - Introduction to the Physical Sciences3
Semester 2
MAJOR AREAJD 161 - Changes, Trends Appraisals2
JD 238 - Jewelry Design Ideations II2.5
JD 272 - Studio Fabrication II2.5
RELATED AREARelated Area: choice*1.5
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice: see Requirements*3
Semester 3
MAJOR AREAJD 240 - Jewelry Design Development3
JD 271 - Alternative/Sustainable Materials2.5
JD 273 - Studio Fabrication III2.5
ELECTIVE(S)choice - General Elective(s)*2
ART HISTORYchoice - see Requirements*3
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*3
Semester 4
MAJOR AREAJD 239 - Design Capstone/Portfolio2.5
JD 267 - Jewelry Seminar/Best Business Practices2.5
JD 274 - Fabrication Capstone/Portfolio2.5
RELATED AREARelated Area: choice*1.5
GENERAL EDUCATIONchoice - see Requirements*6
 Total Credits: 61
*Fall 2022 Requirements: See below.

FIT's General Education and Art History Requirements for Art and Design Associate Degree Programs:

  • Three (3) credits from each required area, totaling 9 credits: G1, G2, and G3 (SC 111)
  • Six (6) credits from two (2) different areas in non-HA 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 and Design History courses: HA 112 (3 credits, required for all Art and Design majors), plus another 3-credit HA course

FIT's Gen Ed courses are organized into 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.  

Certain majors require specific courses. Please review your DARS audit to determine if a particular course is required by your major to meet General Education credits.

Related Area Elective(s)4.5 credits
CHOICE of any two to four courses (for which prerequisites have been met) totaling 4.5 credits from the following:

          Courses from the School of Art and Design:

CD 134, CG 111, CG 211, CG 214, DE 101FA 104, FA 107, FA 114, FA 116, FA 141, LD 471PH 201, TD 141

Courses from the School of Business and Technology:

BE 261BE 403, BL 343, EP 311, EP 321, FM 117, FM 231, MG 242     

Upper Division Alternative(s):
Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for admission to the Bachelor of Fine Arts programs in Footwear and Accessories DesignTextile/Surface Design, and Toy Design.


Upon completion of the Jewelry Design AAS Program, students will be able to:

  1. Solve design problems, turning concepts into real, functioning jewelry.
  2. Research and document sources for design and technical inspiration.
  3. Design jewelry and objects for various markets.
  4. Engineer jewelry and objects for production.
  5. Perform cost analysis and product life-cycle management for the production of jewelry.
  6. Create designs and models using 2D digital technology.
  7. Use 3D hard- and soft-surface modeling software to create digital models of jewelry for production.
  8. Present designs, proposals, and projects to clients, peers, and in an industrial board room setting.
  9. Create collections of jewelry in the genres of fine, fashion, and alternative materials.
  10. Apply knowledge of sustainability and ethical practices to the choices made in design, sourcing, and fabrication of jewelry.
  11. Demonstrate and implement safe working practices in a jewelry studio and a production environment.