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Course Descriptions

JD 101
Introduction to Jewelry Fabrication
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Basic processes used in the design and creation of jewelry. Students fabricate their own designs in the studio. (G6: Arts)

JD 113
Beginning Soldering Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: JD 133, JD 114, JD 172, JD 131 and JD 121 or approval of chairperson
Introduces precision techniques in soldering and shaping jewelry. Emphasis is on exact measurements, and control of jewelry tools and soldering torches.

JD 114
Piercing and Sawing Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: JD 172, JD 121, JD 133, JD 131 and JD 113 or approval of chairperson
Proper use of the jeweler's saw is emphasized and the eye is trained to understand the balance between positive and negative spaces. Students pierce and saw an intricate design in flat sheet stock.

JD 115
Metal Forming Techniques: Chasing and Repousse
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: All first-semester Jewelry Design courses or approval of chairperson
Co-requisites: JD 171, JD 173, JD 116, JD 122 and JD 134 or approval of chairperson
Introduces students to jewelry forming techniques by making their own dapping and chasing tools by means of forging, annealing, and tempering. Using these tools, objects are created by repousse and other methods.

JD 116
Costume Jewelry White Metal Models
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all first-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 115, JD 122, JD 134, JD 173 and JD 171 or approval of chairperson
Students learn white metal modelmaking techniques and develop skills in the basic hand and machine processes used in the production of costume jewelry. These models will be made into molds and produced in JD 122.

JD 121
Wax Carving
1 credit; 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Co-requisites: JD 114, JD 113, JD 172, JD 131 and JD 133 or approval of chairperson
Wax carving of designs suitable for jewelry, stressing illusion and perspective, needed for both brooches and rings. Emphasis is on preparing a design and model for production.

JD 122
Jewelry Casting
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: JD 121
Using designs developed in JD 121, students cast, learning the chemistry of alloying metals and the principles in all casting methods. Experience also is acquired in mold-making, spruing, and investing.

JD 131
Mechanical Drafting for Jewelers
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: JD 172, JD 121, JD 113, JD 114 and JD 133 or approval of chairperson
Designed to teach students the fundamentals of mechanical and plan drawing as it applies to materials, mechanisms, concepts, and designs used in jewelry.

JD 133
Introduction to Jewelry Design
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Co-requisites: JD 113, JD 121, JD 114, JD 131 and JD 172 or approval of chairperson
Emphasis is on developing creative ability. A visual sensitivity is developed through museum trips, nature studies, field trips, etc. Suitable rendering techniques, painting, and perspective requirements are covered.

JD 134
Jewelry Design II
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all first-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 115, JD 122, JD 173, JD 116 and JD 171 or approval of chairperson
Advanced illustrative techniques in jewelry design. An elementary knowledge of stones, both precious and semi-precious, is given for incorporating in design. Assigned projects focus on industry requirements.

JD 138
Introduction to CAD for Jewelry Design
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 COMPUTER LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: CG 111 and JD 131 or approval of chairperson
Students create two- and three-dimensional computer-generated drawings and models specific to jewelry design. Using modeling software and other computer applications, students develop basic jewelry design skills to create a personal style.

JD 141
Introduction to Diamonds
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
This introductory course provides an overview to diamonds, how crystals form, the physical and optical properties of diamonds, and mining techniques throughout history from ancient times to the present day. Other topics include a review of mining locations and techniques, and the cultural, environmental, financial and global economic impact of diamonds.

JD 171
Materials and Properties
2 credits
Students learn basic chemistry and physics as they pertain to materials used in jewelry. Emphasis is on how chemicals and acids used in the industry, and the chemical composition of various stones, affect production.

JD 172
Tools, Equipment and Processes
1 credit
Co-requisites: JD 131, JD 113, JD 114, JD 121 and JD 133 or approval of chairperson
Study of the tools, equipment, and supplies used in the jewelry industry. Discusses quality, function, and care of equipment, including sources and pricing.

JD 173
Materials and Findings for the Jewelry Industry
1 credit
Prerequisites: all first-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 134, JD 122, JD 115, JD 116 and JD 171 or approval of chairperson
Studies buying procedures, sources, and up-to-date technology in the jewelry industry. Discusses precious and non-precious materials as well as sizes, nomenclature, and methods used in jewelry manufacturing.

JD 181
Basic Principles of Appraising Jewelry
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Establishes methods and values in the appraisal of jewelry and precious and semiprecious stones. Students acquire familiarity with the simple tests that are available and are given guidance on current market prices.

JD 201
Mineral Identification and Lapidary
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 STUDIO hours per week
Using appropriate tools and instruments, students learn how to identify a variety of semiprecious materials and their specific properties. Emphasizes applications of these materials for the decorative arts.

JD 213
Non-Traditional Construction Techniques in Metal
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 214, JD 215, JD 251 and JD 216 or approval of chairperson
Acquaints students with little-known experimental techniques in metalworking such as the Japanese methods of mokume-gane and shakudo.

JD 214
Handmade Diamond Jewelry Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 216, JD 213, JD 215 and JD 251 or approval of chairperson
Students develop the start-to-finish techniques used by industry craftspeople in the creation of handmade diamond jewelry. Includes design layout, making of a copper chablon, planning the weight and use of diamonds, and the cutting of azures.

JD 215
Alternative Materials for Jewelry Fabrication
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 214, JD 216, JD 251 and JD 213 or approval of chairperson
Covers the design approaches and special methods used in the manufacture of jewelry from common industrial materials, such as plastics, rubber, and stainless steel. Students design and produce prototypes for a small collection.

JD 216
Advanced Piercing and Metal Carving
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 214, JD 251, JD 213 and JD 215 or approval of chairperson
Concentrates on advanced piercing and metal carving techniques to create ring designs. Students maintain diaries of sketchwork and research.

JD 217
Handmade Platinum Jewelry
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 219, JD 218 and JD 252 or approval of chairperson
Introduces various methods used in the making of handmade platinum jewelry, drawing upon skills learned in JD 214.

JD 218
Hollow Form Jewelry: Die Construction and Manufacturing Techniques
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 217, JD 252 and JD 219 or approval of chairperson
An intensive study of hollow form jewelry techniques to produce an original finished product of exhibition quality. Includes technical drawing and fabrication of a scale model.

JD 219
Clasps, Closings, and Findings
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 217, JD 252 and JD 218 or approval of chairperson
Based on the principles of mechanical devices, students learn about and produce clasps, closings, and earbacks.

JD 231
Objects Design and Rendering
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 233 and JD 263 or approval of chairperson
Rendering of objects and accessories from shoes and belt buckles to hair ornaments and handbags. Studies colored glass, enamel, and rhinestones used in these accessories.

JD 233
Jewelry Design III
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 263 and JD 231 or approval of chairperson
Students are required to present an entire collection of jewelry around a particular viable theme such as certain stones, metals, or a specific market.

JD 235
Fine Jewelry Portfolio
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisite: JD 236 or approval of chairperson
Students develop a portfolio of fine jewelry renderings, from a variety of precious and semiprecious materials, that reflect their level of accomplishment and an understanding of industry requirements.

JD 236
Fashion Jewelry Portfolios
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisite: JD 235 or approval of chairperson
Students prepare a portfolio of costume jewelry renderings, creating seasonal lines that reflect their level of accomplishment and an understanding of industry requirements.

JD 241
Introduction to Gemology
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Study of the major gem species and their characteristics, with emphasis on their use in commercial production and price structure. Students acquire a thorough knowledge of all precious and semiprecious stones and the ways in which they are used in jewelry.

JD 243
Gemology II
1.5 credits; 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: JD 241
A gem identification course with students learning the use of various laboratory equipment such as the gemological microscope, dichroscope, polariscope, specific gravity balance, refractometer, ultraviolet light, spectroscope, and other instruments used in gem identification.

JD 244
Gemology III
3 credits; 2 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: JD 243 and JD 281 , or approval of chairperson
An in-depth study of gem materials and their synthetic counterparts is provided. Topics include functionality of gem equipment and its application in gem testing, and an understanding of the development of a gem material from its atomic structural nature to a polished gem.

JD 251
Principles of Silversmithing
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Basic study of silversmithing, including advanced use of repousse, chasing, and forming. Small simple projects in either silver, bronze, or copper are created to study these basic procedures.

JD 252
Silversmithing Project Studio
1.5 credits; 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: JD 251
Creation of a handmade, hand-formed silver piece with emphasis on developing student's creative ability. Project should be a major work of exhibition quality.

JD 261
Changes and Trends in Jewelry Design
2 credits
Study of the symbolic meaning as well as the economic rationale for jewelry in modern society. Students are made aware of stylistic differences, the reasons for them, and how styles are influenced by social and political events.

JD 262
Estimating Costs
1 credit
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: all third-semester Jewelry Design courses specific to option, or approval of chairperson
Using current industry pricing standards, students estimate the cost of their own designs made of precious, semiprecious, or non-precious materials and stones.

JD 263
Costume Jewelry Production and Marketing
3 credits
Prerequisites: all second-semester Jewelry Design courses
Co-requisites: JD 231 and JD 233
Explains jewelry fashion theory, principles, and cycles and their relationship to jewelry line development while studying trends in ready-to-wear, European, and American designer collections.

JD 281
Diamond Grading
2 credits; 1 Lecture and 2 LABORATORY hours per week
Teaches techniques of grading diamonds as to color, clarity, and cut, including basic knowledge needed for diamond selection and establishment of base for pricing. Discusses history and technical terms pertaining to diamond grading.

JD 299
Independent Study in Jewelry Design
Variable Credits (3 Credits Maximum);
Prerequisite: a minimum 3.5 GPA and approval of instructor, chairperson, and dean for Art and Design

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