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Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking

Program Description

Just the Facts

Watchmaking and Jewelrymaking. A program that prepares individuals to apply technical knowledge and skills to make repairs, and maintain timepieces, time-measuring devices, and jewelry items. Includes instruction in mechanical timekeeping systems, digital timekeeping systems, timesetting, casting, engraving, polishing, stonesetting, soldering, fine microscopic work, equipment and tool maintenance, redesign and restyling techniques, and customer relations.

This program is available in these options:

  • Certificate / Diploma
  • Associate degree

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Additional Information

If you want to combine artistic skill and old-fashioned craftsmanship, consider a metalworking or jewelry-making program. Students learn classic and modern techniques to transform lumps of metal and fragments of stone into beautiful decorations.

Metalworking programs teach you how to shape, torch and pound gold, silver and other metals into jewelry or larger crafts. Many programs also teach design and gem setting. A lot of the design work is done using computer-aided design (CAD).

Vickie Sedman is a professor of crafts at Temple University's Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania. She teaches classes in jewelry, metals and CAD-CAM (computer-aided manufacturing).

The program at Tyler is four years long. Students spend much of their time in a studio. Studio time is supplemented with classes in CAD and design as well as with visits from guest lecturers.

Sedman teaches students how to create functional 3D objects. She says it helps to have an understanding of mechanics, geometry and chemistry.

"Students who have grown up problem solving, like the kid who grew up fixing cars or equipment, have a real head start on their peers," she says.

Tyler and many other colleges offer four-year bachelor's programs that will give you a broad art education. But there are also shorter programs.

Martha Glenny is the coordinator of a jewelry program. "We are looking for creative talent, shown in any media, and good drawing skills," she says.

Glenny looks favorably upon extracurricular activities that demonstrate initiative, leadership and commitment. If the student has knowledge of the jewelry field via a co-op, part-time work or courses, that is a definite plus, she says.

You also need manual dexterity, mechanical inclination, patience, initiative and artistic sense. General high school art courses are also recommended.

Sedman says a portfolio plays a big role in whether you get accepted to any program. When looking at student portfolios, she tries to spot individuality.

"This individuality may be evident in the composition, use of color, line quality or emotion in their drawings and paintings," she says. "The most impressive portfolios contain artwork that has a concept or idea."

You'll need to purchase disposable materials, such as sandpaper, saw blades and metals.


Occupational Outlook Handbook
For more information related to this field of study, see: Jewelers and Precious Stone and Metalworkers

On Jewelry Career Options
Great summary of careers in this field

Society of North American Goldsmiths
A good resource for information and inspiration


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