Jewellery Art & Design Program, Vancouver Community College


Study Jewellery Making in Vancouver!

Vancouver Community College’s Jewellery Art & Design 2-year diploma program offers a unique experience for those aiming to enter the jewellery profession, or start their own businesses as independent artisans. Founded in 1988, the program provides a solid foundation of technical skills, augmented by classes in Art History, Design, Gemmology, Drawing, Digital Design, and Business Management.

Application Deadline for September 2020: March 15, 2020.
Tuition is $6563.00 for the full two years, plus other fees.

For full program information click here, or call 604-877-7100, ext. 8571.
Info sessions Jan. 21, Feb. 11, and March 10. To join an info session electronically, or for a video tour of the department, email:

What you will learn:
  • Jewellery fabrication (piercing, soldering, doming, texturing, finishing, riveting)
  • Traditional goldsmithing techniques
  • Lost wax casting
  • Stone setting
  • Metal forging
  • Jewellery repair
  • Machinery, tools, safety
  • Metallurgy and alloys
  • Lapidary techniques (cutting, polishing)
  • Enamelling
  • Gemstone identification and testing
  • Gemstone cuts, care, and cleaning
  • Gemstone marketing, buying, and pricing
  • Diamond identification and grading
  • International diamond market
  • Visual awareness
  • Conceptual design
  • Illustration and visual representation
  • Technical drawing
  • Perspective drawing
  • 3D design software
  • History of art, ornament, and costume
  • Art in contemporary society
  • Individuality and artistic expression
  • Meanings of jewellery
  • Business management and entrepreneurship
  • Jewellery-related laws and regulations
  • Promotion, advertising, ethics
  • Production methods and time management


What to expect:
  • Two years of full-time study
  • Hours 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday
  • 70 per cent of time dedicated to hands-on, technical training
  • Industry-experienced instructors
  • Small cohorts (maximum 20) go through the full two years together
  • Personalized learning
  • Critiques
  • Lectures
  • Demonstrations
  • Group projects
  • Research projects
  • Guest presentations
  • Public showcases and exhibitions
  • Field trips
  • Fully equipped workshops
  • Networking with industry professionals
  • Award and scholarship opportunities
  • Opportunity to transfer to jewellery degree programs at AUA (Calgary), or NSCAD University (Halifax)
  • Opportunity to transfer to second-year Gemmology certificate and degree programs at Birmingham University, UK


Photo credits:
Students working in Workshop: Claudette Carracedo
Jewellery by Carissa Heartt: Dominique Bréchault
Jewellery by Natalia Badulescu: Tanya King

Accessibility: Accessible.

Social Media:
Instagram: @vccjewellery Featured artists: @caressahearttjewellery,
Facebook: @vccjewelleryartanddesign, Featured artists: @caressaheartt
Twitter: @myvcc