Certificate Program

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What is the Baltimore Jewelry Center certificate? The Baltimore Jewelry Center certificate is a structured plan for taking classes that ensures students receive the education most suited for their jewelry-making goals. The certificate program is suited for students who are interested in one or a combination of the following goals: developing a fulfilling personal practice; creating a body of production work and applying for shows; creating a body of one-of-a-kind work suitable for exhibitions. The certificate program assists students in the development of their craft, helps students increase their competency in creating high caliber work, and ensures that students leave the program in the skills and craftsmanship of jewelry design and fabrication and knowledgeable about the contemporary jewelry field.

Why enroll in the Baltimore Jewelry Center certificate program? The three certificate tracks that the Baltimore Jewelry Center offers will assist students in streamlining their education. The directed nature of each track will allow students to focus on the areas and skills most of interest to them and further the development of their studio practice. The certificate program will help students set goals for their work, analyze progress toward their goals, and ultimately, achieve those goals, all with help from knowledgeable instructors at the Baltimore Jewelry Center.

Students in the certificate program will receive course advising to assist them in choosing the classes appropriate to their skill level and timeline. After an initial goal setting session, students will receive ongoing mentorship with BJC instructors and a formal mid-level review, as well as assistance in finding opportunities for selling and exhibiting work. The program will ensure that students have guided support throughout their education and exit the program with a strong set of hand-skills, a developed sense of design, and a cohesive body of work. A final review and exhibition will be the culmination of the certificate.

What are the components of the program?

  • Initial meeting to identify student’s goals and choose the track best suited for achieving those goals
  • Ongoing documentation of grades and milestones
  • Ongoing course advising and mentorship
  • Formal mid-level review
  • Assistance in finding opportunities for selling and exhibiting work
  • Completion of required classes (10-15, depending on the track)
  • Completion of a culminating body of work
  • Final review and exhibition
  • Online portfolio/website (tracks 2 and 3)

What are the fees associated with the program?

Certificate fees:

  • Registration fee = $100 (covers tracking and course advising)
  • Mid-level review = $100
  • Final review = $100
  • Group exhibition = $100
  • One day workshop to create individual website = $150, (optional)

Class fees (as of November 2016)*

  • 12-week class = $475
  • 8-week class = $340
  • 4-week class = $205
*The certificate program is based on completing 12-week classes, but 8-week and 4-week classes can be bundled to use as electives. Class fees do not cover studio rental; a studio practice is necessary to complete the program, whether achieved through a home studio or utilizing the BJC’s studio rental program.

Track 1: Foundation (10 classes)

The Foundation Track is for the student who wants a thorough foundation in metals and jewelry education and wants to develop a fulfilling personal practice.

  • Introduction to Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Perfecting Metal Fabrication
  • Advanced Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Metalforming: Forged Jewelry
  • Flatware **or** Metalforming: Vessels
  • Waxworking
  • Casting
  • Principles of Design/Creativity Recharge

Plus Electives: (4)

With a few exceptions, all classes are 12-week classes, however 4- and 8-week classes may be bundled for credit as electives.

Track 2: Professional/Production (15 classes)

The Professional/Production Track is for the student who is interested in designing and creating custom production jewelry.

  • Introduction to Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Perfecting Metal Fabrication
  • Advanced Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Introduction to Stone Setting
  • Waxworking
  • Casting
  • Production Jewelry Design
  • Professional Development
  • Rendering for Jewelers (½ hand, ½ digital)
  • Introduction to Rhino CAD

Plus Electives: (6)

some HIGHLY ENCOURAGED electives:

  • Advanced Rhino CAD
  • Photographs
  • Documentation
  • Principles of Design/Creativity Recharge

Additional requirements:

  • have at least 4 pieces of your work professionally photographed
  • create an online portfolio/website
  • apply to at least 4 retail shows
  • join a professional organization like SNAG or AJF With a few exceptions, all classes are 12-week classes, however 4- and 8-week classes may be bundled for credit as electives.

With a few exceptions, all classes are 12-week classes, however 4- and 8-week classes may be bundled for credit as electives.

Track 3: Studio Artist/Conceptual (15 classes)

The Studio Artist/Conceptual Track is for the student who is interested in pursuing an art practice making one-of-a-kind work, focusing on gallery exhibitions.

  • Introduction to Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Perfecting Metal Fabrication
  • Advanced Metals
  • Jewelry
  • Metalforming: Forged Jewelry
  • Flatware **or** Metalforming: Vessels
  • Waxworking
  • Casting
  • Professional Development
  • Alternative Materials
  • Curatorial Viewpoints
  • Thematic or Conceptual Art Jewelry Course

Plus Electives: (6)

some HIGHLY ENCOURAGED electives:

  • Principles of Design/Creativity Recharge
  • Photographs & Documentation

Additional requirements:

  • professionally photograph at least 4 pieces of your work
  • create an online portfolio/website
  • apply to at least 4 gallery exhibitions
  • join a professional organization like SNAG or AJF

All classes are 12-week classes., however 4- and 8-week classes may be bundled for credit as electives.

FAQs

What will the certificate prepare students for? The certificate program offers students focused time to build technical and hand-skills and develop an aesthetic voice. The certificate program is suited for students who are interested in one or a combination of the following goals: developing a fulfilling personal practice; creating a body of production work and applying for shows; creating a body of one-of-a-kind work suitable for exhibitions. The program prepares students for a variety of jewelry-making paths, including showing work in exhibitions, selling work, and applying to graduate schools. The certificate program is an excellent way for students to build their portfolio and gain experience in the contemporary jewelry field.

Do you need any artistic background or prerequisites to enroll in the program? No, anyone may enroll.

What is the structure of the program? Students will have an initial meeting to identify student’s goals and choose the track best suited for their path. Ongoing course advising, mentorship, and documentation of grades and milestones will occur along the course of their education. Mid-level and final reviews will comprise a mixed group of instructors and visiting artists, to whom the student will present their work and receive feedback and work with to map next steps. The student’s certificate program experience will culminate in a group exhibition and final review of the cohesive body of work completed in the program.

What are the core requirements necessary to complete the program? Students will need to complete all the classes associated with the chosen track. All students will create a culminating body of work that will be reviewed and shown in a culminating certificate exhibition. Additional requirements for the Professional/Production Track and the Studio Art Track include: creating a personal website, having work professionally photographed, entering work in at least four juried exhibitions or craft shows, and joining a professional organization.

How will students be evaluated? Students in the certificate program will be graded on a letter grade system in which completion of projects, a robust sketchbook, attendance and class participation, craftsmanship, willingness to stretch oneself technically, and artistically, and aesthetics will be evaluated, all with the goal of assisting the student in creating his/her highest quality work. Student work will be critiqued through a mid-level and final review.

Is there a final project or exhibition? Yes, at the end of the program, students create a culminating body of work and display that work in an exhibition.

How long does the program take? The BJC certificate program is designed to be flexible and to work with people who have a variety of schedules. Students who are interested in taking classes full time can complete the program in two years. There is no time limit for the program.

What are the fees associated with the program? There will be a $100 registration fee to cover tracking and course advising, as well as fees associated with the mid-level review ($100), final review ($100) and culminating exhibition ($100). Payment of the registration fee is necessary to initiate the program; additional fees are paid prior to each component of the program. Class fees (as of November 2016) range from $195-450 and are in addition to the certificate program fees. Class and studio rental fees are separate costs.

Can I apply MICA Jewelry Center course credits to BJC certification? Yes, the credit from up to 5 MICA Jewelry Center classes can be applied. You will need to supply your transcript from MICA. The certificate is based on 12-week courses.

How do 8-week and 4-week course map onto the program? With a few exceptions, all required courses are 12-week classes, but 8-week and 4-week classes may be bundled to use toward elective requirements.