Goldsmithing & Jewelry Arts

“The FVCC jewelry program is the best career stepping stone anyone could ask for. The teachers are incredibly knowledgeable, and they are always teaching us new techniques and encouraging us to utilize our artistic capabilities. We learn the business side of the industry from pricing our jewelry and developing effective portfolios and business cards to putting our jewelry in the marketplace.”
-April Russell

The curriculum prepares the student for an entry-level position in the jewelry industry and/or for further study and testing in the field of jewelry manufacturing. This program prepares the student with a wide variety of skills including basic fabrication, casting, stone setting, repair and design within a CAD/CAM environment. Upon completion of this program, students will:

  • Have a working knowledge of:
    • anticlastic and synclastic forging. Form jewelry on the hydraulic press and die making for the press;
    • various forms of casting;
    • a variety of surface treatments;
    • a variety of stone setting techniques; and
    • CAD/CAM jewelry design and production;
  • Successfully design and fabricate jewelry;
  • Perform basic jewelry repair;
  • Assemble a professional quality portfolio. Write an artist statement, biographical statement and resume. Photograph student work;
  • Have basic drawing skills; and
  • Have basic math and communications skills.

Program Requirements

See the Academic Catalog.


Douglas Harling
AT 110
(406) 756-3634

For general information, contact the Admissions office: (406) 756-3847.

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