Jewellery Programs Information Session – George Brown College (Recording)

I will be presenting today a little bit about the different programs and the differences between them and I’ll show you some examples of course work that we do here at the college calling out some information about the industry in general and some career career information and then talk to you a little bit about the application process and then maybe some time for questions and answers so jewelry and geology at George Brown is part of the School of fashion in the Center for Arts design and information technology which also includes programs like graphic design fashion media Performing Arts and information technology we are the largest school in North America that train students in jewelry quality industry so why choose do George Brown and one good answer to that is location as you’re probably well aware we’re in the City of Toronto downtown and the image there that you see on the left is Dundas Square and that is the center of the jewelry industry in Toronto and also in Canada lots of businesses there are lots of employers mentors opportunities to purchase supplies and materials and so that’s only very short 5-10 minutes subway ride from our campus that you see on the right and so that’s a really great place for the school to be in relation to the industry itself in terms of our core programs that you see here we before I go into the difference between them a little bit of background is that the jewelry programs were initially developed over 50 years ago by a German master goldsmith and that emphasis was on traditional hand skills and very strict industry standards to provide the jewelry sector with a skilled workplace ready graduates to work as bench jewelers now today of course 50 years later we have a lot of experience in this industry and one of the things we continue to pass on is those time-honored traditions of goldsmithing skills but also we assist students in applying the latest digital technologies for a career in today’s evolving jewelry energy industries so our four different programs we have three in jewelry and we have one entomology Jamaal identity is a one-year certificate that means two semesters and in this program you learn how to analyze identify and classify various natural and synthetic gem materials from diamonds the pearls jewelry appraisal is also taught in this program so homology can kind of be thought of as a more scientific approach to gems and jewelry in the jewelry side we have a range of certificate diploma programs the free that you see there where you learn gold spending techniques gem setting repair model making jewelry design history drawing and rendering as well as computer aided design and manufacture or what we call CAD cam so the jewelry programs are really very hands-on they’re technical programs where you’re learning to make jewelry and in the case of the jewelry arts program the three-year diploma you also learn to design in addition to making so people can ask about the ways you can move between these three programs and jewelry and this chart up here shows in purple we have the jewelry essentials is the one-year certificate in orange we have a jewellery method and in green go julie arts the jewelry essentials is a very kind introduction right to the to the field of jewelry and it’s you’re gonna get the basic information and it may be suitable for someone who’s going into retail but it’s not enough to actually learn goldsmithing and or to be a designer the jewelry methods around two years is purely technical so you’re not designing anything you’re not learning any design skills but you’re making industry projects according to drawings that are provided by teachers the jewelry arts program the most advanced one there is the most comprehensive and so it includes all the technical side that you get into methods but it also includes design and and so that you’re making by the end by the third year you’re making projects which

you have designed and brought to life and precious metals and gems so it is possible to transfer from one of the other programs into another and you’ll see the possible ways of doing that there when if you were in the essentials for example after the first year providing you meet the requirements which are at the bottom of the screen there really that you have to maintain a 2.78 point average and a minimum 70% grade in two of the courses and goldsmithing course and a designing color course that everybody takes so providing you have that you can transfer from the jewelry central’s into either the methods program or the arts program if you are starting out in the methods program then you can transfer to the arts program or you can continue in the dangerous chemical methods program and lastly if you’re in the arts program to start you’re going to move all the way through but again in order to to be promoted I’m here too you have to maintain that three point average and the 70% grade in two courses okay our programs are designed with very integrated courses that balance both theory and hands-on practice we have field education such as competitions exhibitions sales field trips guest speakers and we also have a 120 hour internship course that’s incorporated into our curriculum we also conduct a lot of job placements through the academic year and keep very close contact with our graduates and alumni the course subjects themselves in all of the programs can be found on our website under the pages for each program there are in terms of a time commitment there are about 20 to 24 hours of class time per week and classes start as early as 8 o’clock in the morning and most classes are usually done by 4:00 p.m occasionally they might run to 6 p.m and students on top of those 20 to 24 hours of class time students are expected to spend an equal amount of time outside of class for completing their coursework studying homework and a lot of that has to be done in the code in our labs and Studios it’s not the kind of program where you can read about it and gain those skills you really have to be here on campus using the facilities that are here to get your coursework done in terms of our facilities and teaching and as I mentioned the college has one of North America’s largest and best-equipped jewelry schools and with the person class size getting larger we use digital technologies in classrooms and the use of video which is very helpful so here on the left hand side individual instruction that happens a demonstration class is on the right hand of the screen where we use the aid of video cameras post up video cameras so that a teacher can be making a demo and reviewing it on screen and in many cases having a recorded version that you can look at after the demonstration students have access to equipment benches and tools to accomplish the project work and to develop their skills and one unique function or one unique aspect of our programs is that we have precious metals and some gemstones available a lot of credit system so means you can work with precious metals and like silvery gold the college will hold on to your work until two years after you graduate gives you a chance to earn some money pay back the the precious not only get the next slide here shows our homology lab and in all programs classroom teaching is balanced with lattime and individual construction is balanced with group collaborative work so here we see students testing gemstones under polariscope sand microscopes after 50 years of teaching gemology George Brown has amassed a significant collection of gemstones and gem materials which students have access to for testing in the laboratory and in fact the labs are so well equipped and we also provide our facilities to the Canadian Gemological Association and the British Gemological Association as a location for practical exam here you’ll see some of the more dirtier work students polishing George Brown graduates are known for polishing they’re known for the quality of silver

and gold finish that we get and it’s important to know that practice and repetition is essential to get these skills it can be a real challenge of course for today’s full-time students watching not to work part-time jobs based on many many years of conservation we really recommend the students only work part-time eight to twelve hours a week and once you’re aware when students who are working 15 hours and more really suffer with their grades and their accomplishments in the program in addition to all this handwork we also do digital work digital technology not only used in the classrooms like those overheads some of filming the instructors and difference but also for a jewelry design and for jewelry production so CAD cam is the most quickly changing area of the programs we teach rhino software facilities and we have CNC milling that you see on the right and and 3d printing here you’ll see a piece that shows the combination of digital and analog processes used to create this world fire and diamond ring designing is done on the screen was by software milling or 3d printing is used to output the model in a wax like material and the traditional casting hand finishing and gem setting is used to complete the brain I mentioned we also have field education so this is an elective course in the last semester of the jewellery methods and the jewelry arts programs it’s a hundred and twenty hours excuse me of unpaid work paid working in the end within the GTA the Toronto area and this is an amazing opportunity get some job experience add to your portfolio make some really valuable business connections and perhaps and often actually get a part-time or full-time paying job after leaving the college so some examples of employer and field education placements are gem dealers benchwork retail manufacturing and administrative work within a jewelry business in the past we’ve had businesses like meyerson’s Mendham fine jewelry made you look Rolex and the dip we auction house as partners speaking about partnerships we also have some international opportunity to tear in jewelry and zoology these are three institutions which we partner with idea which is the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology in Denmark there’s opportunities for students to go on an exchange semester we have some of their students come to us and our students will go there we also have articulation agreements with partner universities like Birmingham City University in Birmingham England and University of the Arts in London and these agreements give our grads advanced standing towards gaining a bachelor’s degree after finishing their diplomas at George Brown a degree completion can be completed in as little as one year for George Brown diploma so now I’m going to show you a little bit about our faculty a couple of slides of our faculty and we have a total of 14 faculty we have four full-time and ten part-time and they offer a really broad perspective on the industry faculty it works as bench jewelers as designers custom Goldsmith’s are jewelers entrepreneurs gallery managers and retail mess on our right professor sho’nac iourney began her career working with some of Toronto’s top studio Goldsmith’s and designers and her enthusiasm for teaching brought her back to George Brown as a part-time instructor in 99 and a full-time member faculty member since 2004 Katharina molar on the right on sir on your left has been working as a goldsmith Salvation graduating from George Browns jewelry arts and the Jamal T programs and her outstanding jewelry designs have received two prestigious two beers diamond today Awards Katrina is an accredited gemologist and also a fellow of the gem a British Gemological Association two more of our full-time faculty martha Glenys career ranges over a broad area of the jewelry field including ten years as a self-employed past person and an international exhibition she’s taught jewelry at the Nova Scotia College of Art Design as well as Nunavut Arctic College wink H an received her education in Hong Kong in the United States and in Canada she earned her Bachelor Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin

and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and yours truly speaking to you this is some of my work I also have an international background in terms of a undergraduate from Nazca at U and a master’s from the National College of Design in Dublin Ireland as well as two years spent transitioning apprentice in Barcelona Spain so now I wanted some examples of jewelry coursework so you see kind of what the students actually are they’ll produce in each of the years here you see basic goldsmithing projects so we’ve got sawing and filing techniques soldering and hollow construction a very precise geometric forms like the sphere cube or cone and the cylindrical box so in that this is work that you would do in the first year of any of the jewelry programs we started to have in copper and brass before you move on to precious metals like silver and gold the intermediate and advanced goldsmithing projects like these ones are what you can expect to do in your second year whether that’s in the methods program or the arts program examples include hollow ring construction chains very complicated catches that you see on the bottom left so again more developed soldering and precision skills so onto some gemstones Gemini and industry skills projects these are very set projects so you’ll see the gem setting Styles up on the top everybody has two levels of gem setting forces and industry standard projects that would happen in the jewelry methods program like this ring gold ring shank and crown setting that you see in the bottom left now a lot of jewelry is made through the casting technique which means that a model has to be made first very often in West carved by hand which you see on the left or more more commonly now cut by CNC mill or 3d printed in a wax like resin so we teach both of these because we think it’s still very important to have a sense of how wax can be carved and worked but also how it can be but digitally where you can get a lot of precision as you can see like with some of hands on the pieces on the right we also teach production techniques so jewelry that you’re going to be making large quantity of like say two to five hundred pieces of the same so production courses are where you’re learning these more mass production manufacturing and finishing techniques sometimes we have an external client that will come to the college to produce a piece and sometimes the college itself is the point that you see with these things here this is George Brown and then what were the college is named after he was a 19th century newspaper man and a father and Canadian Federation and this was in silver pen was made by the students to commemorate 50 years of the college being off in operation last year and here’s a student project from our jewelry arts program whereby more advanced techniques were used to create this production piece so the technical drawing on the left and then output using laser sintering and be printing so the colored ones are 3d printed and dyed nylon and then up in the top you see different finishes of printed steel printed batons and cast silver and gold so it gives a way of producing lots of different pieces of the same piece for the different materials at different price points drawing and rendering is still very important so it’s hand sketching but also computer rendering again just like the wax model and we teach both analog and digital versions of these and gemology although as I’ve mentioned we have a Jumanji program we also teach basic gemology to all jewelry students it’s really important that someone King jewelry understands what you can or cannot do with certain gemstones and now I’m going to show you a little bit of jewelry arts students work all of this work that we’re going to look at here is from the final jewelry arts program so these students would be in their fifth and six semesters and some very creative

forms of jewelry students in this level on their gold and then they use forming fabrication and some some casting to construct these very advanced projects here you see some earrings that are in vocal purples silver and enamel the piece they’ve done the right enamel another technique that is taught here at the college where we’re colored glass is fused onto the surface of metal to create very decorative does be impressed and sorts of gemstones are incorporated into their designs in the third year from raw crystals that you see on the right side fires diamonds pearls had even beach pebbles to piece the necklace on the right students in them in the jewelry arts program developed a thesis or a theme for their final year and create a series of six to eight pieces in their in their final collections and these collections are shown at a public exhibition each year we hold this attempt the Toronto International Film Festival in downtown Toronto very public venue that gets a lot of exposure and we also host our annual awards ceremony as you can see the group up on the right and the awards are sponsored by our industry partners both cash and in-kind awards to the most deserving students and at this final event this is the climax and we’re actually preparing for right now because we have one next week a lot of the industry will come out and scout for the best analogy to to perform to employ so yeah we’re going to post a link to that here on the chat side of the page and I’m going to talk to you a little bit about careers so ruled as where jewelry is really industry there’s lots of ways to enter the industry as I’ve mentioned we are really focused on making a jewelry but that doesn’t mean that all of our grads end up being negative someone can do but but and some of them don’t but knowing how the jewelry is made and being able to make is a really important aspect to gaining a foothold into the jewelry industry so there’s careers in the mentoring sector and the wholesale sector and in retail opportunities our bench Goldsmith a jewelry designer Studio Goldsmith which is more of a independent craftsperson entrepreneur and then often all students will go or graduates will go into specialty trades whether that’s gems editing or repair or finger casting when I mentioned about the industry being broad we kind of categorize it into fine jewelry which is gold and diamonds and gemstones the expensive materials fashion jewelry mixer alternative and non-precious materials and then bridge jewelry which falls in between and our graduates working all of those areas – jewelry in gemology also careers of the manufacturing wholesale or retail sector graduates can become buyers graders and sorters of gemstones and diamonds and appraisal it’s one of the wonderful things about the geology program is that there’s a significant amount of appraisal in the second half of gemologist and there’s also opportunities for further study after taking chamalla p2 to become a certified appraiser here at the college successful students now one of the things I didn’t mention wet that I did to me people often ask you know can i should i or can’t I do both programs to a gorge an entomology program interestingly we know that a lot of the successful students who have both programs certainly have a leg out in the industry when they’re looking for employment but in addition to having those two educational you

it looks like effective yep okay sorry about that little connection problem so I’m just talking about what’s successful jewelry students have mentioned the eye sight high degree of manual dexterity meaning do you like to work with your hands are you okay getting your hands dirty you don’t have to have a lot of a background in in hand skills but you know how are you at building an Ikea bookcase for example if you can do that we can train you to make jewelry you want to have some mechanical inclinations but and patience is very important jewelry takes a long time to make and learning to make it has a lot of there’s a lot of patience you want to have good teamwork and collaboration skills some drawing skills but again we teach you drawing here but you want to have feel comfortable drawing and most importantly the ability while you’re a student here to spend many hours working in the studio in terms of dermology students again good eyesight certainly can be corrective glasses but color blindness will present a very big problem part of the general classification is based in color and you’re spending a lot of time looking for instruments like microscopes we also want to have a scientific mind and good memory skills for facts and figures when it comes time to write your exams for Tamala G which are written after you complete the program with the in association with the Canadian Gemological Association it’s a lot of facts and figures – – to get back in those exams unlike the jewelry programs Hey initiative visual acuity good wood teamwork and collaboration and the ability again to spend many hours in our gemstone lab in our labs reviewing gemstones more experience you have of the gemstones the more successful you will be so on to some specifics here tuition costs and other fees and our jewelry programs the tuition you’ll see up there is a domestic fee a domestic is 1117 an international fee is fourteen thousand three hundred thirty those are for one full year or two semesters your material material and lab fees are included in those costs so that includes for jewelry includes a tool kit in both year one and year two and year three course packs with supplies and materials so those things you walk away with but as a graduates you’re going to leave the programs with a tool with all of your hand tools to move into the beginning of your career either under there is textbooks lots of materials and specifically as we’re working in precious metals in year one you can expect an additional cost of about three hundred dollars in year to about six hundred dollars and in year three in the jewelry arts program you could be anywhere from one thousand to two thousand dollars depending on the amount of gold you choose to use in your projects gemology fees there they are again in domestic is fifty one hundred internationals fourteen thousand three hundred and thirty and the material fees here again includes some tools and some materials and textbooks run a little bit higher entomology there’s more reading involved and your output about seven hundred dollars in textbooks for the whole year lastly we’re going to look at application cycle so applications for September opening November and I know that you’re interested in having your application assessed as quick as possible and our statistics show that two areas of slowdown are transcripts arriving at the college or applicants completing testing so your application is stalled until this step is complete I forgot to mention areum so as a domestic student you would be applying for a Castilla or Ontario college application service as an international student it’s best to apply directly to George Brown through the online application system it is possible to go through Oh Cass but the OAS is recommended then George Panama notifies you of any

outstanding items like including transcripts or grade 12 english now once an applicant has met all the criteria criteria notification of acceptance or a wait list or a different hour decline will will come to you and you need to make a confirmation of that offer so as a domestic students you working your going to confirm that offered through Oh cast so by May first four offers issued between February and April and four offers after May first you have to confirm within three weeks receiving your offer now for an international students you’re going to confirm that opera in George Browns online application system unless you applied for Oh Cass and international applicants have four weeks to pay their first semester fees and accept the offer it’s known until you accept the offer that you’re placed in one of the programs is held and secured so you can check your application status online through su view and there is a I just have a screenshot here to show you about the dashboard of studio where it runs through the different steps so this is a place where you want to get familiar going to interview once you have applied to the college and you have a student number and a pin you can access the Stu view which means that you can see where your application might be held up at what stage it is in the process the registration cycle once you have been accepted or you’ve accepted your offer registration packages are sent out in June and registration happens online in July usually in early July you go online again force to beYOU to do all of your registration it’s very straightforward because in the first semester I’m sorry the first year of all four programs there are no electives so you want to click on the box of every single course that comes up and then your registry we have orientation one week before class starts and then class always starts on the Tuesday after our Labor Day holiday so that’s the first Tuesday about sorry first Tuesday of September and it’s very important that you arrive on the first day of classes so much happens in that first day in terms of getting set up and getting benches and getting tools that you really don’t want to arrive late for that part of your education so I want to just thank you for attending and we’ll open up now for some questions so on your on your screen the little microphone there the icon second to the left if you click on that you can open your microphone unmute and ask verbal questions or you can ask him to chat by typing in on the right hand side hi Paul oh boy I mean nice to meet you I am wondering if you could just throw up for your tuition slide it for one more time is that okay I sure can are you doing for Jamar for jewelry i jewelry ice okay thank you just like the back here there we go that’s great thanks so much yeah have any questions about any of the specifics there um I have a couple of questions but I’ll let somebody else go first though just one it was nice sure so you’ll notice there on the chats on the right-hand shot side we’re just supposed to be a virtual tour of the facilities so that will give you a chance to go in and take a look at our facilities and where you would be studying building jewelry it takes you a virtual tour through all of the labs and classrooms I’m wondering at there on me is a questionnaire and something that we need to like exhibit our drawing skills on do we need to send that in skill or a

portfolio or anything like that no thank you for asking that question that guidelines for getting into the jewelry arts program change is here there is no longer it’s no longer necessary to have to submit a portfolio and it’s also no longer necessary to submit the questionnaire what we have changed there so you can apply directly to jewelry arts without without either of those things I believe they have been taken down off of our website did you see them there recently I saw them there before I applied so um I I have my settings and everything but I was wondering if you still wanted that company so we do know what yeah we made a few changes this year so that you can apply directly into jewelry arts and then there’s just some requirements of the in year welcome to maintaining a high def GPA so that you could be promoted into the secondary genetics okay great yeah a lot of time I saw them was February so I’m not sure if it still up but thank you very much okay thanks and I’m gonna go check on ttis thanks for the study abroad auction is there a specific semester in the three-year program where that is advised or is it at any point okay Taylor so from the study abroad option this is a fairly new aspect that we have that we’ve been able to set up in the programs and the ideal semester is semester so the winter of your second year studies that’s what we have an exchange program with the Copenhagen School of Design and things are growing in this area so there may be other opportunities for exchange but other schools but currently for the exchange program it’s just the school in Copenhagen I hope that answers your question welcome Claire does anyone else have any questions they would like answered I’ve got one more oh no sorry from Eunice our international students eligible for the exchange program abroad yes they are absolutely and yeah I think I also mentioned in addition to the the exchange opportunities that I mentioned earlier on we also have more opportunities now for once you’ve finished at George Brown whether in the jewelry methods diploma program or the jewelry arts diploma program or even the gemology certificate we now have partnerships where you can go abroad and complete a either a Bachelors of design degree from the jewelry program or a bachelor’s degree from the geology program and you get full credit the full amount of time that you studied at George Brown so for example if you’ve done the two-year program you get two years a credit and if you’ve done the geology program you get one full year of credits so that’s in a really incredible opportunity to move along and get a degree that’s something they did it before in the future unfortunately I won’t be able to attend the first week of classes and the orientation how can I get on track as soon as possible that is unfortunate as I said we really discourage students arriving a week late so much content is is in that first week in addition to tools and it really really isn’t an opportunity for getting you on track unless you attend that first week so I encourage you to try to change your

plans and be here on not necessarily if you really can’t make the orientation that is before the Labor Day holiday that is one area where yes the it’s not as critical but it really is critical to be here on the Tuesday morning after the Labor Day Monday so that’s the first Tuesday of September it’s actually September 3rd this year I wasn’t sure the date so September 3rd is a critical day to be on campus when classes start you’re welcome I just have one more question how do how do you handle absences because I know that that GBC there’s a lot of people coming in that are pursuing a secondary career or other options and wanting to learn new skills but if they need to the absence for like a week or so due to another career pursuit how does how does the program handle that sorry first such a specific question so obviously it is great although there are a lot of students who are coming for a second career they’re usually not maintaining the first one at the same time we we really it becomes very very problematic and we see students actually being unsuccessful taking a whole week delivering classes is very problematic don’t understand that was only 14 weeks of classes in a semester and great deal happens in a week so missing an entire week is you know of course there’s medical emergencies that happen which we make accommodation for but we really encourage students to to to be able to spend the 24 hours of class time 20 to 24 and then minute additional 20 to 24 here on campus completing the work I can’t really stress it enough that it’s very difficult to be successful without being here and and attending thank you very much another question from Eunice would you be able to give the salary range there’s someone who graduates from jewelry arts starting out as well as a later down the line yeah it’s very um this is a very broad question because the jewelry industry is so varied you know we have students who will start out who could be starting out in in retail or in a bench jewelry position we have students who would be entrepreneurs who want to be independent perhaps people and designers so the range is very broad I would say you know often our students would be in a manufacturing type position with the bench jewelers you’re looking at between 15 and 20 dollars an hour to start with now that can change very quickly it really all depends on the the proficiency and skill level hand skill level that’s what’s really coveted the most in the jewelry industry people who have with efficiency the speed and ability for precision in their hand work and those people progress very quickly through the industry in addition to that having gemology certification because Jamal because jewelry is a field that does not have certification which homology does having both of those can can be can increase your your salary potential immensely you’re very welcome any other questions all right well I’d like to just say

thank you very much for joining us for this information session and I hope you oh I think we have a one more question coming in from Rebecca so we’ll wait you’re very welcome so thank you everyone and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in September