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The purpose of the Certificate in Jewelry Design (CJD) is to facilitate student creativity, to recognize student achievement and to demonstrate competence in this specific area of study. It is designed for students pursuing the fine arts, but does not transfer to other colleges and universities the way the Associate of Arts (AA) degree does. Students seeking a BA or BFA should see the NSC Associate of Arts degree requirements and the graduation requirements of the university at which they intend to enroll.

This certificate is a 4-quarter program that can be completed during the regular school year and in the following summer quarter.

Learning Outcomes
  • Communicating using the language and vocabulary of the Visual Arts, specifically as it relates to jewelry and/ or small-scale metal sculpture
  • Make aesthetic judgements and decisions
  • Develop skills and techniques in the creation of jewelry and metal-smithing while demonstrating principles of composition/ design, and craftsmanship
  • Demonstrate the proper attitude. skills, and knowledge for the visual arts related arena
  • Create and exhibit a body of work upon completing of all courses

The following procedure outlines the process for this achieving this award. Work with your primary advisor to begin planning your class schedule, get help registering for classes, and work on your Educational Plan. They will have an annual schedule for the program and classes you will need to take to complete your certificate/degree. If you have questions about the coursework or projects for a specific class, please contact the instructor of that class for more information.


Candidates for the CJD must complete 50 credits of college-level courses (numbered 100 or greater) with a minimum GPA of 2.0. The required jewelry classes (25 credits) must be taken at NSC.

At the completion of the required courses, the students must exhibit their work either on campus or at an approved venue. This should be a solid body of work expressing their mastery of materials. Final approval and recommendation to award the CJD rests with the art faculty.

Some art courses are only offered once a year, so students should consult their advisors and the annual schedule. Substitutions may be made with the approval of an art advisor and the dean.

See printer friendly PDF document at top of this page for the complete requirements, a recommended sequence of courses, and a course planning worksheet.