Where to get jewelry training in the U.S.

Whether you want a degree or just basic metalsmithing and/or lapidary skills, here are well-recommended sources of education on the jewelry arts coast to coast. With any luck, you can find something suitable near you. If not, these links will give you a good idea whether the training involved is worth a trip – maybe even a temporary relocation.

GIA Jewelry Design & Technology Program (photo courtesy GIA)

GIA Jewelry Design & Technology Program (photo courtesy GIA)

Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA

Art League School
105 N. Union St., Alexandria VA

California College of the Arts
1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, CA

California Institute of Jewelry Training
5805 Windmill Way, Carmichael CA

Center for Creative Studies
201 E. Kirby, Detroit MI

Christian Bauer Studios
135 W. 29th St., New York, NY

Cleveland Institute of Art
Jewelry and Metals Dept., 11141 East Blvd., Cleveland OH

Colorado Academy of Silversmithing
PO Box 2433, Estes Park CO

Conner Jeweler’s School
4820 University Dr., Huntsville AL 35816

Forum Gallery at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Forum Gallery at Cranbrook Academy of Art

Cranbrook Academy of Art
1221 Woodward, PO Box 801, Bloomfield Hills MI

Drouhard National Jeweler’s Academy
2236 S. Main St., Mansfield OH

El Camino College
16007 Crenshaw Blvd., Torrance CA

Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Jewelry Design
Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, New York, NY

Fredricka Kulicke School of Jewelry
239 New Road, Parsippany, NJ

Gem City College
700 State St., Quincy IL

CAD/CAM for Jewelry program at the GIA

CAD/CAM for Jewelry program at the GIA

Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
5345 Armada Dr., Carlsbad CA

Howard Academy for the Metal Arts
188 W. Main St., Stoughton WI

Jewelry Arts Institute
22 E. 49th St., New York, NY

Jewelry Training Center
3730 Sinton Rd. #105, Colorado Springs, CO

Mark Arts (formerly Wichita Center for the Arts)
9112 E. Central, Wichita KS

Maryland Institute College of Art
Jewelry Center, 1300 Mount Royal Ave., Baltimore MD

Enamelist Shana Kroiz, workshop coordinator, Maryland Institute of Art Jewelry Center

Enamelist Shana Kroiz, workshop coordinator at Maryland Institute College of Art Jewelry Center

50 Guinan St., Waltham, MA

Miami Jewelry School
4949 SW 74 Ct., Miami, FL

Murray State University
College of Fine Arts & Communications, Murray KY

New Approach School for Jewelers
107 Southeast Parkway Court, Franklin TN

North Bennet Street School
39 N. Bennet St., Boston MA

Oregon College of Arts and Craft
8245 S.W. Barnes Rd., Portland OR

Parsons The New School for Design
66 West 12th St., New York NY

Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena CA

Portland Jewelry Academy
4784 N. Lombard St., Portland OR

Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts
760 Market St. #900, San Francisco CA

Alan Revere with a student at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts

Alan Revere with a student at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts

Rhode Island School of Design
2 College St., Providence RI

RIT: College of Imaging Arts & Sciences
73 Lomb Memorial Dr., Rochester NY

Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th St., Santa Ana CA

Savannah College of Art and Design
Metals and Jewelry Dept., PO Box 3146, Savannah GA

Sawtooth Center for Visual Art
226 N. Marshall St., Winston-Salem NC

School of the Museum of Fine Arts
230 The Fenway, Boston MA

Southern Illinois University
Edwardsville, IL

Stewart’s International School for Jewelers
651 W. Indiantown Rd., Jupiter FL

Studio Jewelers Ltd.
32 E. 31st St., New York NY

Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology at Paris Junior College
2400 Clarksville St., Paris TX

University of the Arts, Philadelphia

University of the Arts, Philadelphia

University of the Arts
320 Broad St., Philadelphia PA

University of Kansas Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Program
300 Art & Design Bldg., Lawrence KS 66045


Jewelry-Making Workshops

Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
556 Pkwy., Gatlinburg TN

Brookfield Craft Center
286 Whisconier Road, Brookfield CT

Craft Alliance, Delmar Studios
6640 Delmar Blvd., St. Louis, MO

Creative Arts Workshop
80 Audubon St., New Haven CT

Frog Hollow Vermont State Craft Center
1 Mill St., Middlebury VT

Guildford Arts Center
411 Church St., Guildford CT

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
PO Box 518, Deer Isle ME

William Holland School of Lapidary Arts
230 Lapidary Ln., Young Harris GA

Benches at Daniel Valencia's studio, Washington DC

Benches at Daniel Valencia’s studio, Washington DC

Jewelry Class DC
52 O St. NW, Washington DC

Mainline Art Center
Old Buck Rd. & Lancaster Ave., Haverford PA

Mendocino Art Center
45200 Little Lake St., Mendocino CA

92nd Street Y Jewelry Center
 1395 Lexington Ave., New York NY

Peters Valley Crafts Center
19 Kuhn Rd., Layton NJ

Sharon Arts Center
School of Art and Craft, 457 Route 123, Sharon NH

Society for Midwest Metalsmiths (SMM)
St. Louis, MO

Southwest School of Art
300 Augusta, San Antonio TX

Touchstone Center for Crafts
1049 Wharton Furnace Rd., Farmington PA

Wayne Art Center
413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne PA

Worcester Center for Crafts
25 Sagamore Rd., Worcester MA

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14 comments for “Where to get jewelry training in the U.S.

  1. Nancy
    October 14, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I found you through freelance success! Another great school is the International School of Jewelry and Design, owned by Kristin Hanson. Leo is the goldsmith and instructor there and he is a phenomenal jeweler and teacher. I am taking a course there now.

  2. stacey
    November 23, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    I live in Toronto, Canada. Can you recommend any schools in Canada?

  3. stacey
    November 23, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    I live in toronto, canada. can you recommend and schools in canada for classes or courses?

  4. Lynn Anderson
    December 29, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I am interested in metal smithing, jewelry repair and polishing. I live in New Orleans, La. I have heard of Thomas Mann and I recently saw a program on TV saying that Stuller is the U S largest jewelry manufacturer. I need advice and guidance on where to start first. Thank you.

  5. Candice
    April 4, 2017 at 11:53 pm

    Can you recommend training in Charlotte, NC.

  6. April 5, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Stacey, there are quite a few in Toronto. I’m a bit late with this – sorry! – but try Jewel Envy and The Devil’s Workshop, if you’re still looking. Both are well-reviewed. Good luck!

  7. April 5, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Lynn, start with Thomas Mann! He’s a pioneer art jeweler (see my profile here) but also an excellent teacher. I sat in on one of his workshops once. Plus, his studio in NOLA is awesome.

  8. April 5, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Candice, I’m stumped. Looks like Beads, Inc., is a good place to learn beading and wire-wrapping but I’m not seeing much for metalsmithing, stone-setting, etc. Anybody?

  9. deena
    May 4, 2017 at 2:42 am

    Where can I go in phildelphia or lower BUCKS county. Where I can learn. I am beginner

  10. Naomi
    July 6, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    Can you recommend anywhere on the central coast in CA? I’m in San Luis Obispo area. Thanks!

  11. July 9, 2017 at 3:16 am

    Deena, I learned basic skills like stone setting at the Mainline Art Center. Tyler and University of the Arts also have classes. All are listed above. Your best bet may be Bucks County Community College.

  12. July 9, 2017 at 3:24 am

    Naomi, I’m not seeing much right around you. Anyone know that area?

  13. Ryan Kolick
    August 2, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I live in Washington state are there any schools here that you can recommend

  14. Denise
    February 2, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Are there any schools or apprenticeships in Salt Lake City, UT?

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