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Jewelry Design Degree Outlook

Jewelry provides designers with a means to incorporate a love for fashion with skills that go well beyond those learned by textile artists. Jewelry designers often work with metals, precious stones, beads, wire, and more to create necklaces, watches, bracelets, rings, belts, and adornments for footwear and clothing. Jewelry designers can work alone or in conjunction with a design studio or jewelry store. Regardless of the types of materials used in the design and the work setting, jewelry designers need to pay attention to detail, use precision, and a obtain a high degree of knowledge about the materials used for their designs.

Jewelry Design

Although jewelers often design new jewelry, they also can do repair work. Many jewelers also study gemology to become familiar with the physical properties of the gem stones with which they work. They also need to acquire metalworking skills. Many artists who enter college to study sculpture are attracted to the attention to detail that's required by jewelry design. These artists also learn that newer techniques, such as laser technology, can be used instead of traditional methods to cut and improve the quality of metals and gemstones.

A jewelry designer must know how to draw either by hand or by computer, or both to begin the design process. Most often, a three-dimensional prototype is designed from wax or other materials before using precious metals and stones to create the final product. Jewelry designers may build molds to replicate their designs as well.

Many jewelers work alone, even if they're employed by a busy design studio or retail store. This work requires intense concentration and attention. But, when the jeweler has his or her own business, that concentration may be interrupted when dealing with customers. The setting is important, so jewelry designers must take special care in determining how they wish to work.

Many jewelers don't require a college degree to produce saleable work. But, jewelry designers may discover that a job might require at least a period of internship or apprenticeship. A degree in fine arts with a concentration on jewelry is suggested for anyone who wants to learn how to use a wide variety of materials in a short amount of time. In addition, a college environment will provide the future jewelry designer with the work environment needed to try those different materials.

Many jewelry designers can cut the cost of traditional college environments by learning trades at vocational schools. Some programs can vary in length from 6 months to 1 year, and students can learn the use and care of jewelers' tools and machines and basic jewelry making and jewelry-repairing skills, such as designing, casting, and setting and polishing stones. Additionally, Jewelers of America offers four credentials that range from Certified Bench Jeweler Technician to Certified Master Bench Jeweler, for bench jewelers who pass a written and practical exam.


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Fashion Design (AS)
  • Alumni have appeared in reality competition shows such as Top Chef and Project Runway.
  • Has a team of about 4,000 faculty members focused on helping students tap opportunities in a marketplace driven by ideas.
  • Offers programs in design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.
  • Provides program coordinators who work with students to ensure they have the learning materials, assignments, facilities, and faculty to get the most out of the program.
  • Over 50 campus locations nationwide.
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Master of Business of Fashion
  • Ranked among the Best Business Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Ranked the #1 Public MBA program in the NYC region in 2014 by the U.S. News and World Report.
  • Educates about 4,500 undergraduate and graduate students per academic year at two campuses in New Jersey as well as five satellite locations in New Jersey and Singapore.
  • The only public university in New Jersey in the Association of American Universities (AAU), a group comprising of North America’s 63 leading research universities.
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Teacher, Manager, Instructor (TMI)
  • Aims to prepare students for a successful career in the Barbering/Hair Stylist industry.
  • Students can gain real-world experience through the school’s public salon.
  • With classes starting weekly, students can begin their program as soon as they’re ready.
  • The Barber/Hair Stylist and Teacher/ Manager/ Instructor programs are available.
  • 3 campus locations are available throughout Little Rock, Arkansas.
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Graphic Design
Platt College , Riverside
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  • A Los Angeles-based private college offering programs in medical sciences, legal studies, and graphic design since 1985.
  • Has weekend programs, including certified  veterinary technology, nurse assistant, and hemodialysis technician.
  • Showcases visual communication students’ artwork and design through campus magazine.
  • 3 campuses in Southern California.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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AAS Interactive Media Design
  • Several campuses are designated as 2015 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media.
  • Scholarships and other financial aid opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Day, evening, and online classes are available for flexible schedule options.
  • Regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
  • Founded 160 years ago, it is one of America’s premier private career colleges.
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Web Design & Application Development Certificate
  • Guarantees flat-rate tuition for students who stay continuously enrolled.
  • Offers a four-day class schedule, leaving Fridays open.
  • Founding member of the Accrediting Council for Independent Schools and Colleges (ACICS) in 1912.
  • Career assistance services are provided to all students and graduates for life.
  • Has programmatic accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) and Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
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Associate of Science, Film
  • Located in Hollywood, CA, offering degrees in film, music production, business, animation and more.
  • Scholarship, financial aid and military benefits are available for students who qualify.
  • Programs taught by award-winning industry professionals in real-world working environments.
  • Features industry-standard facilities including recording studios, soundstages, green screen, movie theatres and more.
  • Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).
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