Gemological Institute of America
About Gemological Institute of America
The Gemological Institute of America is the world¡¦s largest nonprofit institute of gemological research and learning with an education location in Culver City, California. Culver City is in western Los Angeles County. It was the original home of MGM Studios, with many films and television shows filmed there from the 1920's through today. The city was also home to the famous Cotton Club during the days of Prohibition. National Public Radio West and Sony Pictures Entertainment now have headquarters in the city. Visitors can enjoy annual events such as the Culver City Music Festival and Fiesta La Ballona. Art enthusiasts can take the ARTWALK, a free, self-guided tour of local art galleries and exhibition spaces. History lovers will enjoy the tour of downtown Culver City, and movie fans take the Sony Studios Tour and visit the Sony Pictures Museum.
GIA offers an Applied Jewelry Arts Diploma program intended to teach the basic principles of design, perspective, and composition. The school also offers a Graduate Jeweler Diploma program, allowing students to work with gemstones and precious metals and take a project from concept to completion. Each program can be completed in six months. The required courses for completion include many hands-on lab courses, including pearl and bead stringing, basic repair and setting, quick design, enameling, working with wax, advanced stone setting, and CAD/CAM for jewelry. Each of the lab courses lasts ten days or less. Other required courses that are continuous for seven to nine weeks are jewelry design and comprehensive CAD/CAM. Jewelry design includes two levels of design projects plus a design exhibition with nine properly framed upper level design. The programs are completed in 26 continuous weeks of study.
GIA is committed to providing financial assistance to eligible students to help cover the costs of attending GIA. Scholarships are funded by the GIA Endowment Fund, the Richard T. Lidicoat Scholarship Fund, or through private donors' establishment of memorial scholarships. Scholarships intended specifically for students within the School of Jewelry Manufacturing include the GIA Endowment Scholarship, the Kurt Wayne Scholarship, the Matthew A. Runci, MJSA Scholarship, and the S.H. Silver Scholarship. General scholarships include the Eunice Miles Scholarship, the Lone Star GIA Associate and Alumni Scholarship, the Milton Wolf Scholarship, and the Zale Corporation Scholarship.
GIA offers many services to students such as career services including an annual career fair, computer labs and internet access, guest speakers, healthcare and medical insurance, library and learning resources, and housing assistance. New students receive a Welcome Packet intended to help them get organized. New students are assigned a Student Services advisor, able to assist with big questions and small details. The Student Services staff also plans a variety of fun events throughout the year, including a Valentine¡¦s Day party, Sports Day and Summer Barbecue, Halloween party, Winter Holiday party, and regular student mixers. GIA also organizes guest lectures and on campus presentations by prominent industry professionals.