Jewellery Programs Information Session – George Brown College (Recording)

Jewellery Programs Information Session – George Brown College (Recording)

September 17, 2019 0 By Kailee Schamberger


PAUL McCLURE: I will be
presenting today a little bit about the different programs and
the differences between them and I’ll show you some examples
of course work that we do here at the college. Following that, some information
about the industry in general and some career– career
information and then I’ll talk to you a little bit about the application
process and then there’ll be some time for questions and answers. So Jewellery and Gemmology at
George Brown is part of the School of Fashion in
the Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology
which also includes programs like graphic design, fashion, media,
performing arts and information technology. We are the largest school
in North America that trains students in jewellery gemmology industry. So why choose George Brown? And one good answer
to that is location. As you’re probably well aware,
we’re in the City of Toronto, downtown and the image there
that you see on the left is Dundas Square and that is the
centre of the jewellery industry in Toronto and also in Canada. Lots of businesses there, lots
of employers, mentors, opportunities to purchase supplies and
materials and so that’s only a very short five, ten-minute
subway ride from our campus that you see on the right. And so that’s a really great
place for the school to be in relation to the industry itself. In terms of our four
programs that you see here, we– before I go into the
differences between them, a little bit of background is
that the jewellery programs were initially developed over 50 years ago
by a German master goldsmith and that emphasis was
on traditional hand skills and very strict industry standards
to provide the jewellery sector with skilled workplace-ready
graduates to work as bench jewellers. Now today of course, 50 years later,
we have a lot of experience in this industry and one of the
things we continue to pass on are those time-honoured traditions
of goldsmithing skills but also, we assist students in applying
the latest digital technologies for a career in today’s evolving
jewellery and gemmology industries. So our four different programs:
we have three in jewellery and we have one in gemmology. Gemmology is a one-year certificate;
that means two semesters. And in this program, you learn how
to analyze, identify and classify various natural and synthetic gem
materials from diamonds to pearls. Jewellery appraisal is also
taught in this program so gemmology can kind of be thought
of as a more scientific approach to gems and jewellery. In the jewellery side, we have a
range of certificate or diploma programs; the three that you see there where
you learn goldsmithing techniques gem setting, repair, model making,
jewellery design, history, drawing and rendering as well
as computer aided design and manufacture or
what we call CAD/CAM. So the jewellery programs
are really very hands-on. They’re technical programs
where you’re learning to make jewellery and in the case of
the Jewellery Arts program, the three-year diploma, you also
learn to design in addition to making. So people often ask about the
ways you can move between these three programs in jewellery. And this chart up here shows in purple
we have the Jewellery Essentials, the one-your certificate. In orange we have Jewellery Methods
and in green we have Jewellery Arts. The Jewellery Essentials is a very–
more of an introduction right, to the– to the field of jewellery
and it’s– you’re gonna get the basic information and it
may be suitable for someone who’s going into retail
but it’s not enough to actually learn goldsmithing and–
or to be a designer. Jewellery Methods program,
two years, is purely technical. So you’re not designing anything,
you’re not learning any design skills but you’re making industry projects
according to drawings that are provided by teachers. The Jewellery Arts program, the
most advanced one there is the most comprehensive and so it
includes all the technical stuff that you get in Methods but
it also includes design and, and so that you’re making by
the end– by the third year, you’re making the projects which
you have designed and brought to life in precious metals and gems. So it is possible to transfer
from one of the other programs into another and you’ll see
the possible ways of doing that there. One, if you were in Jewellery Essentials,
for example, after the first year, providing you meet the
requirements which are at the bottom of the screen there,
really that you have to maintain a 2.7 grade point average and a
minimum 70 per cent grade in two of the courses: a goldsmithing
course and a design in colour course that everybody takes. So providing you have that, you can
transfer from the Jewellery Essentials into either the Methods program
or the Arts program. If you are starting out
in the Methods program, then you can transfer to the
arts program or you can continue into the second year
of the Methods program. And lastly, if you’re in the Arts
program to start you’re gonna move all the way through but again in
order to, to be promoted at year two, you have to maintain that grade
point average of a 70 per cent grade in the two courses. Okay. Our programs are designed with
very integrated courses that balance both theory and hands-on practice. We have field education such as
competitions, exhibitions, sales, field trips, guest speakers and we also
have a 120-hour internship course that’s incorporated into our curriculum. We also conduct a lot of job
placements through the academic year. We keep very close contact
with our graduates and alumni. The core subjects themselves in
all of the programs can be found on our website under the
pages for each program. There are, in terms of
the time commitment, there are about 20 to 24
hours of class time per week. And classes start as early as
8:00 in the morning and most classes are usually done by 4:00pm;
occasionally they might run to 6:00pm. And students, on top of those
20 to 24 hours of class time, students are expected to spend
an equal amount of time outside of class for completing their
course work, studying, homework and a lot of that has to be done in the
college, in our labs and studios. It’s not the kind of program
where you can read about it and gain those skills. You really have to be here on campus
using the facilities that are here to get your course work done. In terms of our facilities and
teaching, as I mentioned, the college has one of North America’s
largest and best equipped jewellery schools and with
the class size getting larger, we use digital technologies in the
classroom and the use of video which is very helpful. So there on the left-hand side,
individual instruction that happens; a demonstration class is on the
right-hand side of the screen where we use the aid of
video cameras– close up video cameras so that a teacher can be making a demo
and students viewing it on a screen. In many cases having a recorded
version that you can look at after the demonstration. Students have access to equipment,
benches and tools to accomplish their project work and
to develop their skills. And one unique function– or one
unique aspect of our programs is that we have precious metals and
some gemstones available on a credit system. So that means you can work
with precious metals and– like silver and gold. The college will hold onto your work
until two years after you graduate. Gives you a chance to earn some
money and pay back the precious metal and get your work. The next slide here
shows our gemmology lab. In all programs, classroom
teaching is balanced with lab time and individual instruction is balanced
with group collaborative work. So here we see students testing
gemstones under polariscopes and microscopes. After 50 years of teaching gemmology,
George Brown has amassed a significant collection of gemstones
and gem materials which students have access to for testing
in the laboratory. And in fact the labs are so well
equipped we also provide our facilities to the Canadian
Gemmological Association and the British Gemmological Association
as a location for practical exams. Here you’ll see some of the more
dirtier work: students polishing. George Brown graduates
are known for polishing; they’re known for the quality of
silver and gold finish that we get and it’s important to know that
practice and repetition is essential to get these skills. It can be a real challenge of course
for today’s full-time students who often have
to work part-time jobs. Based on many, many years of
observation, we really recommend that students only work part-time,
8 to 12 hours a week. And once you’re over– when
students who are working 15 hours and more really suffer with their grades
and their accomplishments in the program. In addition to all this hand work,
we also do digital work. Digital technology not only used
in the classrooms like those overheads of filming the
instructors and demos but also for jewellery design and
for jewellery production. So CAD/CAM is the most quickly
changing area of the programs. We teach Rhino software. And we have CNC milling
that you see on the right and, and 3D printing. Here you’ll see a piece that
shows a combination of digital and analog processes used to
create this gold, sapphire and diamond ring. Designing’s done on the
screen with software. Milling or 3D printing is used to output
the model in a wax-like material. And traditional casting, hand
finishing and gem setting is used to complete the ring. I mentioned we also
have field education. So this is an elective course
in the last semester of the Jewellery Methods and the
Jewellery Arts programs. It’s 120 hours. (coughing) Excuse me. Of unpaid or paid work, working
in the industry within the GTA, the Toronto area. And this is an
amazing opportunity; get some job experience,
add to your portfolio, make some really valuable
business connections and perhaps and often actually, get a
part-time or full-time paying job after leaving the college. So some examples of employer and
field education placements are gem dealers, bench work, retail,
manufacturing and administrative work within a jewellery business. In the past we’ve had businesses like
Myerson’s, Mindham Fine Jewellery, Made You Look, Rolex and the
Dupuis Auction House as partners. Speaking about partnerships,
we also have some international opportunities here in
jewellery and gemmology. These are three institutions
which we partner with: KEA which is the Copenhagen School
of Design and Technology in Denmark. There’s opportunities for students
to go on an exchange semester. We have some of their students come
to us and our students will go there. We also have articulation
agreements with partner universities like Birmingham City University
in Birmingham, England and University of the Arts in London. These agreements give our
grads advanced standing towards gaining a bachelor’s degree
after finishing their diplomas at George Brown. A degree completion can be
completed in as little as one year after a George Brown diploma. So now I’m gonna show you a
little bit about our faculty; couple of slides of our faculty. We have a total of 14 faculty;
we have four full-time and ten part-time. And they offer a really broad
perspective on the industry. Faculty have worked as bench jewellers,
as designers, custom goldsmiths, art jewellers, entrepreneurs,
gallery managers and retail. On our right, professor Shona
Kearney began her career working with some of Toronto’s top
studio goldsmiths and designers and her enthusiasm for teaching
brought her back to George Brown as a part-time instructor in ‘99
and a full-time member– faculty member since 2004. Katharina Möller on
the right– sorry, on your left, has been working as a goldsmith
since graduating from George Brown’s Jewellery Arts
and the Gemmology programs. And her outstanding jewellery designs
have received two prestigious DeBeers Diamond Today awards. Katharina is an accredited
gemologist and also a fellow of the BGA, British
Gemmological Association. Two more of our full-time
faculty: Martha Glenny’s career ranges over a broad area
of the jewellery field, including 10 years as a
self-employed crafts person and an international
exhibition curator. She’s taught jewellery at the
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design as well as
Nunavut Arctic College. Wing-ki Chan received her
education in Hong Kong, in the United States and in Canada. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts
degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master
of Fine Arts degree from Nova Scotia College of
Art and Design. And yours truly speaking to
you, this is some of my work. I also have an international
background in terms of an undergraduate from NSCADU and
a Master’s from the National College of Design in Dublin, Ireland as well
as two years spent apprenticing in Barcelona, Spain. So now on to some examples
of jewellery course work. So you see kind of what the
students actually are– will produce in each of the years. Here you see basic
goldsmithing projects. So we’ve got sawing and filing
techniques, soldering and hollow construction of very
precise geometric forms like a sphere, cube or cone
and a cylindrical box. So in that this is work that you
would do in the first year of any of the jewellery programs,
we start you out in copper and brass before you move on to
precious metals like silver and gold. The intermediate and advanced
goldsmithing projects like these ones are what you can expect to
do in your second year whether that’s in the Methods
programs or the Arts program. Examples include hollow ring
construction, chains, very complicated catches
that you see on the bottom left. So again, more developed
soldering and precision skills. So on to some gemstones. Gem setting and
industry skills projects. These are very set projects so
you’ll see gem setting styles up on the top. Everybody has two levels of
gem setting courses and industry standard projects that would
happen in the Jewellery Methods program like this ring– gold
ring shank and crown setting that you see in the bottom left. Now a lot of jewellery is made
through the casting technique which means that a
model has to be made first; very often in wax, carved by
hand which you see on the left. Or, more– more commonly now
cut by CNC mill or 3D printed in a wax-like resin. So we teach both of these because we
think it’s still very important to have a sense of how wax can be
carved and worked but also how it can be done digitally where
you can get a lot of precision as you can see like with some
of the patterns on the pieces on the right. We also teach production techniques. So jewellery that you’re gonna
be making large quantity of, like, say 2 to 500 pieces of the same. So production courses are where
you’re learning these more mass production manufacturing
and finishing techniques. Sometimes we have an external
client that will come to the college to produce a piece and sometimes
the college itself is the client which you see with these pins here. This is George Brown, the man
the college is named after. He was a 19th century newspaper man and
the Father of Canadian Confederation and this was a pin– silver pin was made
by the students to commemorate 50 years of the college
being in operation last year. And here’s a student project
from our Jewellery Arts program whereby more advanced techniques
were used to create this production piece. So the technical drawing on
the left and the output using laser centering and 3D printing. So the coloured ones are 3D
printed and dyed nylon and then up in the top you see different
finishes of printed steel, printed (indiscernible) and
casts in silver and gold. So it gives a way of producing
lots of different pieces of the same piece but in different
materials at different price points. Drawing and rendering
still very important; both hand sketching but
also computer rendering. Again, just like the wax model,
we teach both analog and digital versions of these. And gemmology, although as I’ve
mentioned we have a Gemmology program, we also teach basic
gemmology to all jewellery students. It’s really important that
someone working in jewellery understands what you can or
cannot do with certain gemstones. And now I’m gonna show you a little
bit of Jewellery Arts students’ work. All of this work that we’re
gonna look at here is from the final year of the Jewellery Arts
program so these students would be in their fifth and sixth semesters. And some very
creative forms of jewellery. Students in this level, alloy
their gold and then they use forming, fabrication and some
casting to construct these very advanced projects. Here you see some earrings
that are in gold; pearls; silver and enameled the piece on the right. Enamel is another technique that
is taught here at the college where coloured glass is infused
onto the surface of metals to create very decorative
(indiscernible) effects. And all sorts of gemstones are
incorporated into the designs in the third year from raw
crystals that you see on the right; sapphires, diamonds, pearls,
and even beach pebbles in the necklace on the right. Students in the Jewellery Arts
program develop a thesis or a theme for their final year and
create a series of six to eight pieces in their– in their final collections. And these collections are shown
at a public exhibition each year. We hold this at TIFF, the
Toronto International Film Festival in downtown Toronto. Very public venue that gets a
lot of exposure and we also host our annual awards ceremony. You can see the
group up on the right. And the awards are sponsored
by our industry partners. Both cash and in-kind awards to
the most deserving students. And at this final event, this
is the climax we’re actually preparing for right now
because we have one next week. A lot of the industry will
come out and scout for the best talent to employ. So yeah, we’re gonna post a link
to that here on the chat side of the page and I’m gonna go on and
talk to you a little bit about careers. So gold– sorry, jewellery
is a really broad industry. There’s lots of ways
to enter the industry. As I’ve mentioned, we are
really focused on the making of jewellery but that doesn’t mean
that all of our grads end up being makers. Some of them do but,
but– and some of them don’t. But knowing how the jewellery is
made and being able to make it is a really important aspect
to gaining a foothold into the jewellery industry. So there’s careers in
the manufacturing sector, in the wholesale
sector and in retail. Opportunities are bench goldsmith
and jewellery designer; studio goldsmith which is more of a
independent craftsperson, entrepreneur. And then often students will
go– or graduates will go into specialty trades whether that’s
gem setting or repair or casting. When I mention about that the
jewellery industry being broad, we kind of categorize it into
fine jewellery which is gold and diamonds and gemstones,
the expensive materials; fashion jewellery which are
alternative and non-precious materials. And then bridge jewellery which falls
in between and our graduates work in all of those
different areas of jewellery. In Gemmology– also,
careers in the manufacturing, wholesale or retail sector,
graduates can become buyers, graders and sorters of gemstones
and diamonds and appraisal. It’s one of the (indiscernible)
things about the Gemmology program is that there’s a significant amount
of appraisal in the second half of gemmology and there’s also
opportunities for further study after taking gemmology to
become a certified appraiser here at the college. Successful students. Now one of the things I didn’t
mention that I did do– people often ask, you know, can I–
should I or can I do both programs? Do a Jewellery program
and a Gemmology program? And interestingly we note that a
lot of the successful students who have both programs certainly
have a leg up in the industry when they’re
looking for employment. But in addition to having those
two educational— (no audio) It looks like I’m connected. Yup. Okay. Sorry about that
little connection problem. So I was talking about what’s–
successful jewellery students have. Mentioned the eyesight, high
degree of manual dexterity; meaning do you like to
work with your hands? Are you okay
getting your hands dirty? You don’t have to have a lot of
background in, in hand skills but, you know, how are you at
building an IKEA bookcase, for example? If you can do that, we can
train you to make jewellery. You wanna have some mechanical
inclinations and patience is very important. Jewellery takes a long time to
make and learning to make it has a lot of– requires
a lot of patience. You wanna have good teamwork
and collaboration skills. Some drawing skills but again,
we teach you drawing here but you want to feel
comfortable drawing. And most importantly, the
ability while you’re a student here, to spend many hours working in the studio. In terms of gemmology students,
again, good eyesight; certainly can have corrective
glasses but colour blindness will present a very big problem. Part of gem classification
is based in colour and you’re spending a lot of time looking through
instruments like microscopes. You also want to have a
scientific mind and good memory skills for facts and figures. When it comes time to write your
exams for gemmology which are written after you complete
the program with the– in association with the Canadian
Gemmological Association, it’s a lot of facts and figures to,
to, to give back in those exams. And like the Jewellery programs,
patience, initiative, visual acuity, good with team work and
collaboration and the ability again, to spend many hours in our gemstone lab–
in our labs reviewing gemstones. The more experience you
have with the gemstones, the more successful you will be. So onto some specifics here. Tuition costs and other fees
in our Jewellery programs. The tuition you’ll see up there
is a domestic fee– domestic is 6,117 and international fee is 14,330. Those are for one full
year or two semesters. Your material– material and lab
fees are included in those costs so that includes– for Jewellery,
includes a toolkit in both year one and year two and year three; course
packs with supplies and materials. So those things you walk
away with as a graduate. You’re gonna leave the programs
with the tool– with all of your hand tools to move into the
beginning of your career. ‘Other’ under there is text books,
supplies, materials and specifically as we’re working in precious metals,
in year one you can expect an additional cost of about $300;
in year two about $600 and in year three in the Jewellery Arts
program, you can be anywhere from $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the
amount of gold you choose to use in your projects. Gemmology fees,
there they are again. And domestic is 5,100; international’s
14,330 and the material fees here again includes some tools and some
materials and textbooks run a little bit higher in Gemmology
because there’s more reading involved and you’re up at
about $700 in textbooks for the whole year. Lastly, we’re gonna look
at the application cycle. So applications for
September open in November. And I know that you’re interested in
having your application assessed as quickly as possible and
our statistics show that two areas of slow down are
transcripts arriving at the college or applicants completing testing. So your application is stalled
until this step is complete. I forgot to mentioned
there as a domestic student, you would be
applying through OCAS, the Ontario College
Application Service. As an international student,
it’s best to apply directly to George Brown through the
online application system. It is possible to go through
OCAS but the OAS is recommended. Then George Brown notifies you
of any outstanding items like missing transcripts
or grade 12 English. Now once an applicant
has met all the criteria, notification of acceptance or
a waitlist or a decline will, will come to you. And you need to make a
confirmation of that offer so as a domestic student, you’re gonna
confirm that offer through OCAS. So by May 1st, for offers issued
between February and April and for offers after May 1st, you have
to confirm within three weeks of receiving your offer. Now for an international student,
you’re gonna confirm that offer in George Brown’s online application
system unless you apply through OCAS. And international applicants
have four weeks to pay their first semester fees
and accept the offer. It’s not until you accept the
offer that your place in one of the programs is
held and secured. So you can check your
application status online through STU-View and there is a–
I just have a screen shot here to show you of the Dashboard of
Stu-View where it runs through the, the different steps. So this is a place where you
want to get familiar with where you’re going in STU-View. Once you have applied to the college
and you have a student number and a PIN, you can access
the STU-View which means that you can see where your
application might be held up, or what stage it is
in the process. The registration cycle. Once you have been accepted
or you’ve accepted your offer, registration packages
are sent out in June. And registration
happens online in July, usually in early July. You go online again through
STU-View to do all of your registration. It’s very straightforward
because in the first semester– or sorry, the first
year of all four programs, there are no electives so you
wanna click on the box of every single course that comes up. And then you’re registered. We have orientation one week
before class starts and then class always starts on the Tuesday
after our Labour Day holiday. So that’s the first Tuesday of Oct–
sorry, first Tuesday of September. And it’s very important that you
arrive on the first day of classes. So much happens in that first
day in terms of getting set up and getting benches and getting
tools that you really don’t want to arrive late for that
part of your education. So, I wanna just thank you for
attending and we will open up now for some questions. So on your– on your screen,
the little microphone there, the icon second to the left, if
you click on that you can open your microphone, unmute
and ask verbal questions. Or you can ask in the chat by
typing in on the right-hand side. WOMAN: Hi Paul. PAUL McCLURE: Hi. WOMAN: Hi. Nice to meet you. I’m wondering if you could just
throw up tuition slide one more time. Is that okay? PAUL McCLURE: I sure can. Are you for Gemmology
or for Jewellery? WOMAN: Jewellery Arts. PAUL McCLURE: Okay. WOMAN: Thank you. PAUL McCLURE: Just cycle back here. There we go. WOMAN: That’s great. Thanks so much. PAUL McCLURE: Yeah. Did you have any questions about
any of the specifics there? WOMAN: I have a couple questions
but I’ll let somebody else go first. I just want to organize. Thank you. PAUL McCLURE: Sure. Sure. So you’ll notice there on the
chat on the right-hand chat side, we just posted a
virtual tour of the facilities. So that’ll give you a chance
to go in and take a look at our facilities and where you would
be studying, building jewellery. It takes you on a virtual
tour through all of the, the labs and the classrooms. WOMAN: Hi, Paul. PAUL McCLURE: Hi. WOMAN: I’m wondering–
there on the– there’s a, a questionnaire and something
that we need to write– exhibit our drawing skills on. Do we need to send that in still
or a portfolio or anything like that? PAUL McCLURE: No. Thank you for
asking that question. The guidelines for getting
into the Jewellery Arts program changed this year. There is no longer– it’s no
longer necessary to have– to submit a portfolio and it’s also
no longer necessary to submit the questionnaire. What we have changed there–
so you can apply directly to Jewellery Arts without–
without either of those things. I believe they have been
taken down off of our website. Did you see them there recently? WOMAN: I saw them there
before I applied so I, I, I have my acceptance and everything
but I was wondering if you still wanted that, so. PAUL McCLURE: No,
we do not want that. Yeah, we made a few changes this
year so that now you can apply directly to Jewellery Arts and then
there’s just some requirements that the– in year one to
maintain a high enough GPA so that you can be promoted into
second year of Jewellery Arts. WOMAN: Okay. Great, great. PAUL McCLURE: Okay? WOMAN: The last time I saw them
was February so I’m not sure if it’s still up. But thank you very much. PAUL McCLURE: Okay, thanks. And I’m gonna double check that
‘cause that can be confusing, I know. WOMAN: Awesome. PAUL McCLURE: Thanks. The study abroad option. Is there a specific semester
in the three-year program where that is advised or
is it at any point? Okay. Taylor. So for the study abroad option,
this is a fairly new aspect that we have that we’ve been able to
set up in the program and the ideal semester is
the fourth semester. So the winter of your
second year of studies. That’s when we have the exchange
program with the Copenhagen School of Design. And things are growing in
this area so there may be other opportunities where exchange
with other schools but currently for the exchange program, it’s
just the school in Copenhagen. I hope that answers your question. Welcome. Does anyone else have any
questions they would like answered? WOMAN: I’ve got one more. Oh, no. Sorry, I’ll let you
answer that one first. PAUL McCLURE: From Eunice. Are international students eligible for
the exchange program abroad? Yes, they are. Absolutely. And… you know, I think I also
mentioned in addition to the, the exchange opportunities
that I mentioned earlier on, we also have more opportunities
now for once you finish at George Brown whether in the
Jewellery Methods diploma program or the Jewellery Arts
diploma program or even the Gemmology certificate, we now
have partnerships where you can go abroad and complete a–
either a Bachelors of Design degree from the Jewellery
program or a Bachelor of Science degree from the Gemmology
program and you get full credit for the full amount of time that
you studied at George Brown. So for example, if you
did the two-year program, you get two years of credit
and if you’ve done the Gemmology program, you get one
full year of credits. So that’s a really incredible
opportunity to move along and, and get a degree if that’s
something you’re looking for in the future. You’re welcome. Unfortunately, I won’t be
able to attend the first week of classes and the orientation. How can I get on track
as soon as possible? That is unfortunate. As I said, we really discourage
students arriving a week late. So much content is, is in that
first week in addition to tools and it really– there really
isn’t an opportunity for getting you on track unless you
attend that first week. So I encourage you to try to
change your plans and be here on– not necessarily if
you really can’t make the orientation that is before
the Labour Day holiday. That is one area where yes, it’s
not as critical but it really is critical to be here on the
Tuesday morning after the Labour Day Monday. So that’s the first
Tuesday of September. It’s actually
September 3rd this year. I wasn’t sure of the dates. So September 3rd is a critical date
to be on campus when classes start. You’re welcome. WOMAN: I just have
one more question. PAUL McCLURE: Yes. WOMAN: How do– how do
you handle absences? Because I know that, that at
GBC there’s a lot of people coming in that are pursuing
a secondary career or other options and wanting
to learn new skills. But if they need to be absent
for like a week or so due to another career pursuit, how
does– how does the program handle that? PAUL McCLURE: Umm… WOMAN: Sorry for such
a specific question. (laughing) PAUL McCLURE: It’s all right. So obviously we discourage that
absolutely like, you know, although there are a lot of
students who are coming for a second career, they’re usually
not maintaining the first one at the same time. WOMAN: Okay. PAUL McCLURE: So we, we
really– it becomes very, very problematic and we
see students actually being unsuccessful taking a whole
week away from classes is very problematic. You have to understand that
there’s only 14 weeks of classes in a semester and a great
deal happens in a week. So missing an entire week is,
you know– of course there’s medical emergencies that happen
which we make accommodation for but we really encourage students
to, to, to be able to spend the 24 hours of class time– 20 to 24
and then the additional 20 to 24 here on campus completing the work. I can’t really stress it enough that
it’s very difficult to be successful without being here and,
and, and attending. WOMAN: Thank you very much. PAUL McCLURE: Okay. Another question from Eunice. Would you be able to give the
salary range for someone who graduates from Jewellery Arts
starting out as well as a little later down the line. Yeah. It’s very it’s– this is a
very broad question because the jewellery industry is so varied. You know, we have students who
will start out– who could be starting out in, in retail or
in a bench jewellery position. We have students who
would be entrepreneurs, who want to be independent
craftspeople and designers. So the range is very broad. I would say, you know, if–
often a student will be in a manufacturing type
position with a bench jewellers, you’re looking at between $15
and $20 an hour to start with. Now that can
change very quickly. It really all depends on the, the
proficiency and skill level– hand skill level. That’s what’s really coveted the
most in the jewellery industry. People who have the proficiency,
the speed and the ability for precision in their hand work and
those people progress very quickly through the industry. In addition to that, having
gemmology certification because gemmology– because jewellery
is a– is a field that does not have certification but gemmology does. Having both of those can–
can be– can increase your, your, your salary potential immensely. You’re very welcome. Any other questions? All right. Well, I’d like to just say thank
you very much for joining us for this information
session and I hope you– oh, I think we have one more
question coming in from Rebecca so we’ll wait. You’re very welcome. So thank you everyone and I look
forward to hopefully seeing you in September.