Basic techniques

Please note that given the sanitary measures imposed by the covid-19 pandemic, the Basic Techniques program is suspended until further notice. Please visit our Mastering Courses page for more options.

Program objectives

The Basic Techniques program includes six levels and an optional seventh level. A series of projects allow for the learning and mastery of various jewellery making techniques, each project being oriented towards specific learning objectives and the development of specific skills.


Level 1

Level 1 projects serve as an introduction to the two major production techniques: direct metal fabrication and lost-wax casting. Students will learn the basic techniques of jewellery making: tracing, sawing, filing, soldering and polishing.

Projects: Flat band ring, wax carved pendant, round and oval ring chain, wax carved ring, frame pendant with a pierced-out plate

Level 5

Level 5 is aimed to develop new technical skills for precision fitting and soldering.

Projects: Hinged bracelet with integrated clasp, threaded necklace with box catch

Level 2

Level 2 leads students to further develop previously acquired skills by applying them to more delicate projects. Basic dapping techniques and pearl integration are covered. This level also includes setting fabrication techniques and bezel setting.

Projects: Ring with spacers, domed earrings with pearls, piece of jewellery with cabochon stone, ring with faceted oval stone

Level 6

The project undertaken at level 6 is intended to synthesize the skills acquired during the previous five levels of training. The realization of this project involves new technical challenges. It is also intended to provide students with the opportunity to identify their specific technical abilities through the design of a unique piece of jewellery.

Project: Articulated necklace

Level 3

Level 3 focuses on reproduction, involving the making of a mould that will be used in the reproduction of multiple elements originally carved in wax. Either resulting in a multi-link bracelet or a small collection, the third level project requires the making of articulations and a clasp, in addition to allowing for a review of several techniques learned previously.

Project: Articulated bracelet with a clasp or small collection (integrating moulded elements, an articulation system and a clasp)

Level 7 (optional)

The level 7 project will be executed in gold. This optional project follows six levels of basic techniques. Students who opt to continue on to Level 7 will have chosen to perfect their skills and reach a higher level of expertise by designing and making a piece of jewellery out of gold.

Project: Open project using gold

Level 4

Level 4 takes students towards more and more complex jewellery making. The integration of complex brooch findings and machined or fabricated settings as well as the initiation to decorative riveting and forging techniques are all covered in this level.

Projects: Brooch with riveted element, wire ring with prong-set gemstone, quadrangular setting, initiation to forging (open project)

Relevant information:

  • Material costs are not included in the tuition fee and are to be expected each semester.
  • Each group comprises students of all levels.
  • One semester does not necessarily equate to one level. Depending on the student’s ability, the time spent in the studio outside of class hours or the level of difficulty specific to each project, some students take longer or shorter than one semester to complete a level.

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Fall and winter semesters:


  • 60 hours
  • 12 courses, 5 hours each week
  • $ 650 + $ 25 (administration fee) + material costs


  • 63 hours
  • 9 courses, 7 hours each week
  • $ 680 + $ 25 (administration fee) + material costs


Spring semester:


  • 50 hours
  • 10 courses, 5 hours each week
  • $ 550 + $ 25 (administration fee) + material costs


  • 63 hours
  • 9 courses, 7 hours each week
  • $ 680 + $ 25 (administration fee) + material costs


Material costs are not included and have to be covered by students.

Each course gives you access to open studio time outside of class hours.

* Prices are subject to change without notice