Jewelry Design Course
Jewelry Design Class Overview
This online jewelry making course will help you master the art of jewelry design, from the basics to more advanced beading and wire working techniques. You will learn different lay out patterns, string beads, jump rings, French wire transitions, Danish clusters and knotted necklaces. Professional jewelry designers will demonstrate these techniques and more on stunning HD video and they will provide you with the basic business skills necessary to sell your work online or in-person at trunk shows and craft fairs.
We give you everything you need to complete a series of design projects throughout the jewelry design course, including beads and a full tool kit. These projects will be evaluated by your mentor, an experienced jewelry designer who will give you feedback and help you master the skills taught in the course.
What you'll learn
After completing the Jewelry Desing course, students will be able to:
- Master the art of jewelry Design from the basics to more advanced beading and wire techniques.
- Demonstrate skills in different lay out patterns, string beads, jump rings, French wire transitions, Daish clusters and knotted necklaces.
- Create unique pieces of jewelry.
- Describe the importance of color, balance, volume, emphasis, line and texture when creating jewelry pieces.
- Explain the key strategies of jewelry display that will enhance his or her work and photograph them.
- Create cohesive lines of jewelry that represent his or her signature style.
- Explain basic business skills and techniques to sell his or her work online or in person.
- Maintain creativity by learning about new techniques to set his or her jewelry apart, as well as how to find outlets for inspiration.
What you get
- 24/7 access to expertly prepared online course materials — lessons and HD video
- One-to-one feedback from a professional jewelry designer as your mentor— there to help you improve
- Access to a team of advisors — available by phone and email to answer all your questions
- Up to 18 months to complete the course at your own pace
- Access to our student forum — an online community to discuss courses, get answers to your questions, and share your work
- 14 days to review the course risk-free — full refunds offered in first two weeks after enrollment
- NYIAD Certificate in Jewelry Design delivered upon graduation
- Unit 1
- Unit 2
- Unit 3
- Unit 4
- Unit 5
- Unit 6
- Reference Library
Unit 1 Getting Started in Jewelry Design
Lesson 1.1 Eye of the Jewelry Designer
In Lesson 1.1: Eye of the Jewelry Designer, we'll cover NYIAD's Three Guidelines for Jewelry Design™. These simple concepts are important to keep in mind with every piece you create and are key elements in every successful piece of jewelry. You'll also begin looking at jewelry with a "designer's eye," thinking about how each piece was created and determining what materials and techniques were used.
Lesson 1.2 A Short History of Beaded Jewelry
In Lesson 1.2: A Short History of Beaded Jewelry, we will explain the role that beads have played in human history. You'll learn how to describe the origin of beads and their role in human history as well as how to list some of the religious and symbolic meanings that have been attached to beads over time.
Lesson 1.3 Introduction to Tools and Materials
In Lesson 1.3: Introduction to Tools and Materials, you will learn about the different types of jewelry making tools, beads and supplies. By the end of the lesson you will be able to recognize different jewelry making tools and their functions, list different types of beads and understand "findings" by identifying their different components.
Lesson 1.4 Buying Tools and Supplies
In Lesson 1.4: Buying Tools and Supplies, we'll explore all the different places in which you can buy jewelry making supplies. You'll learn to list the different types of bead and tool suppliers as well as the best methods for purchasing jewelry supplies both online and at retail stores.
Unit 2 Basic Skills and Techniques
Lesson 2.1 Design and Color
In Lesson 2.1: Design and Color, we will give you an introduction to fundamental design concepts, including the elements of color theory, composition and common jewelry styles. You'll learn to create several types of color schemes, to define a variety of color categories and to explain characteristics such as volume, emphasis, line and texture.
Lesson 2.2 Stringing Techniques, Part 1
In Lesson 2.2: Stringing Techniques, Part 1, we will show you how to execute several important beading techniques. You will eventually use these techniques in your own jewelry designs. You will learn to lay out a pattern on a bead board, to measure string correctly, use crimp beads, open and close a jump ring and string beads on a tiger tail.
Lesson 2.3 Wire Working Techniques, Part 1
In Lesson 2.3: Wire Working Techniques, Part 1, we will show you how to execute several important beading techniques that you will be able to use in your own jewelry designs. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to measure string and crimp beads, attach chains to a multi-strand divider and execute several wire-wrapping techniques including a simple loop wrapped loop, and a loop with chain.
Lesson 2.4 Budgeting and Logging Costs
In Lesson 2.4: Budgeting and Logging Costs, you will learn different strategies for budgeting, keeping track of expenses and pricing your jewelry. From creating a spreadsheet to developing a fair pricing system for your finished work, by the end of this lesson you'll have all the skills necessary to run a profitable business.
Unit 3 Advancing Your Design Skills
Lesson 3.1 Stringing Techniques, Part 2
In Lesson 3.1: Stringing Techniques, Part 2, you will learn some advanced stringing techniques that will allow you to create more elaborate beaded jewelry. You'll learn to create beaded earrings and necklaces with French wires, to utilize knotting between beads, to master the right-angle weave technique and to string and stitch beads in more complex weaving patterns.
Lesson 3.2 Wire Working Techniques, Part 2
In Lesson 3.2: Wire Working Techniques, Part 2, you'll learn advanced wire working techniques that will allow you to create a wide variety of jewelry designs. By the end of the lesson, you'll know how to explain different types and qualities of wire, to create Danish wire clusters, single and double wire spirals, as well as large-scale webs, hoops and wire details for bracelets and pendants.
Lesson 3.3 Developing a Signature Look
In Lesson 3.3: Developing a Signature Look, you'll learn creative strategies for developing your own jewelry designs. From identifying several different strategies for adding innovation to your style to building on said techniques throughout the design process, this lesson will help you master what it takes to create a line of jewelry that truly stands out.
Lesson 3.4 Copyright Law
In Lesson 3.4: Copyright Law, we follow along as Cynthia Stern, a skilled and passionate beader, interviews a New York City lawyer, Sarah Feingold, about copyrights and the legal nuances of protecting jewelry designs. In doing so, you will learn how to protect your original designs.
Unit 4 Developing Your Style
Lesson 4.1 Creating Unique Findings
In Lesson 4.1: Creating Unique Findings, you'll learn how to make your own decorative findings with wire. By the end of the lesson you will be able to create a hook and eye clasp as well as more complex decorative clasps. You will also learn to create a variety of earring hooks, forged findings and bead connectors.
Lesson 4.2 Focusing On Color Trends
In Lesson 4.2: Focusing On Color Trends, you'll learn how to follow color trends in a way that will help you keep your jewelry designs current. We will discuss the most effective methods of monitoring and identifying color trends, the right ways to use color in an effort to keep your designs current, and the importance of incorporating some sense of color trend in your styles.
Lesson 4.3 Advanced Jewelry Photography
In Lesson 4.3: Advanced Jewelry Photography, you'll learn some simple, reliable techniques and setups for photographing your jewelry. We will explain the importance of taking good photographs as we help you create simple still-life setups for photographing your work. Along the way, you'll develop several go-to techniques to improve the overall quality of your product images.
Lesson 4.4 Building Your Brand
In Lesson 4.4: Building Your Brand, we are going to discuss how to approach building your brand as a jewelry maker- that means taking the time to create a branded package that extends throughout your entire line, from your jewelry to your business cards to your website and ultimately to yourself.
Unit 5 Creating a Unique Brand
Lesson 5.1 Creating a Distinct Line of Jewelry
In Lesson 5.1: Creating a Distinct Line of Jewelry, you will learn how to design a completely cohesive line of jewelry that reflects your signature style. From developing an inspiration point to learning to combine the right tools and colors, this lesson will help you in the task of completing an entire line from start to finish.
Lesson 5.2 Starting Your Own Business
In Lesson 5.2: Starting Your Own Business, you'll learn the basics of how to start your own small jewelry design business. We'll start by exploring the necessary research you should do to develop a business model and write a cohesive plan. From there, we explore the difference between sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. We'll wrap up by discussing the wholesale option, outlining the steps required to have jewelry produced in quantity.
Lesson 5.3 Finding Your Inspiration
In Lesson 5.3: Finding Your Inspiration, you'll learn techniques to use when "designer's block" strikes, to help you come up with interesting, creative jewelry designs. We'll go over a few creative strategies that can help you create new, unique designs, then build upon your existing talents to help you continue creating more new designs down the road.
Unit 6 Designing as a Professional
Lesson 6.1 Creating and Photographing Jewelry Displays
In Lesson 6.1: Creating and Photographing Jewelry Displays, you'll learn how to display your jewelry in a way that will attract the attention of potential customers. From creating attractive displays for crafts fairs and trunk shows to creating a complete photography set, this lesson will teach you the best tips and tricks of the industry for showcasing your work to potential clients.
Lesson 6.2 Selling Your Work Online and at Craft Shows
In Lesson 6.2: Selling Your Work Online and at Craft Shows, we'll talk about what it's like to sell your work on Etsy and other available online marketplaces. You'll learn how to host your own trunk show and the best methods for locating and participating in craft shows around your area.
Lesson 6.3 Ergonomics
In Lesson 6.3: Ergonomics, you'll learn tips for creating a work environment that will help you avoid the health problems that can occur over time when performing repetitive tasks. From building a workstation to using your tools with the proper technique, this lesson is all about the steps you should take to minimize stress on your body.
Lesson 6.4 Maintaining Your Creativity
In Lesson 6.4: Maintaining Your Creativity, you'll learn more techniques for finding inspiration and creating unique designs. We'll wrap up by discussing the best strategies for overcoming a designer's creative block as well as several advanced jewelry making techniques you might be interested in adding to your skill set down the road.
When you enroll in NYIAD's Jewelry Design Course you have the option to purchase a set of physical materials to go along with your online course.
While we are committed to always providing the highest-quality online design courses available, we recognize that many of our students would also like to receive printed lessons that they can keep on their shelves and refer back to anytime they like.
We have created a beautiful set of brand new physical materials, filled with all of the same amazing photographs and expertly prepared course content. They are available for purchase at a cost of $250, which is due upon enrollment.
These materials are not required to complete the course. Without them you will still have access to everything you need online.
Two Payment Plans to Choose From
Save 25% when you enroll in more than one program
NYIAD now allows you to enroll in more than one course and save money on the tuition of each! This applies to single students enrolling in two courses at the same time or multiple people enrolling in the same course together.
Try it risk-free!
Our refund policy gives you up to 14 days to review the course with no risk. If during that time you decide the program is not right for you for any reason, simply notify us and we'll refund every penny. No questions asked.
After 14 days, you can cancel at any time and you may be entitled to a refund based on how much you've completed.
That means there's no reason to hesitate.
Learn Jewelry Design from Professionals
NYIAD is the only school that pairs its students with professional jewelry designers. You will learn how to make jewelry from experienced professionals, who you have access to via phone or email. They wil review your jewelry designs and give you feedback.
Haley Mindes studied for her BFA at Hartford Art School, after which she traveled to Florence, Italy, where she discovered her passion for creating jewelry. The combination of her graphic design background and jewelry-making passion launched a successful photo charm business selling nationally to small boutiques.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Alicia has been designing jewelry for most of her life. She now runs her own jewelry line, Lingua Nigra and teaches hands on classes spaces across New York City.
Dori Eisenhauer is a New York City based jewelry designer. Dori studied design at Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, WA. Soon after she moved to New York City and continued her jewelry design studies at the 92nd Street Y as well as under Donna Distefano, former resident goldsmith at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Serena Van Rensselaer
Serena Van Rensselaer
Serena Van Rensselaer grew up in New Jersey and studied Art History and Cultural Anthropology before re-visiting her childhood passion of jewelry design in San Miguel D'Allende, Mexico. It was there that she took her first metal class and fell in love with the creative process. Serena worked, studied and traveled to Europe and the Caribbean, honing her skills as a metal smith.
About Our Mentor Program
The New York Institute of Art and Design is the only online school that gives you access to a professional designer who will act as your teacher and mentor.
You will benefit from a personal relationship just like you would get in the classroom. Our mentors are there to answer your questions via phone or email at every turn.
In addition, you will submit projects throughout the course which will be evaluated by your teacher. They are there to help you improve as you master the craft.