The Advanced Jewelry Apprentice Certificate will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the jewelry industry. This program illuminates pathways for careers in jewelry design, fabrication, restoration, and repair. There are additional opportunities in gemology, lapidary, stone setting, computer aided design and additive manufacturing.
An Advanced Jewelry Apprentice (AJA) will be able to demonstrate to any jewelry business owner a command of all the safety procedures and tool use protocols required to perform basic jewelry processes, such as torch use, sawing, casting, soldering, buffing, plating, CNC mill use, lathe use, and etching.
During fall quarter, students will focus on learning the safe and efficient applications of torches and power tools while developing hand skills. Classes will include training on industrial machines such as the lathe and standard mill and in high tech skills using 3D printing and laser cutter applications for jewelry making. Students will learn to sketch and make detailed design drawings that they will use to create multiple independently designed projects. Students will have access to the studio’s open studio time to work on projects.
During winter quarter, students will focus on expanding skills through classes on specific techniques presented by renowned regional artists. Software skill acquisition, 3D printing for lost wax casting, and CNC milling will be practiced through multiple projects. Students will gain additional experience by participating in the studio’s community service project with the Seattle Metals Guild Women’s Shelter Jewelry Project and acting as Studio Safety Monitors.
During spring quarter, students will focus on learning business skills and documenting the projects created throughout the course while students continue to acquire and refine their hand fabrication and casting skills. To conclude the certificate program, students will learn to create an online portfolio of their work. This portfolio will be submitted for review by instructors and can later be shown to prospective employers or clients as evidence of the certificate holder’s skills.
Tuition is $2,300/quarter, for three quarters. Scholarships up to 90% of tuition are available. Additional materials costs will range from $250-$450 per quarter. Download an application form here. For more information, attend one of the upcoming information sessions on August 31 and September 12, or call Certification Program Coordinator Nanz Aalund at 206-842-4475 ext 223.