Program Description

Established in 2008, the Native Education College’s Northwest Coast Jewellery Arts (NCJA) program is the first training program specific to Indigenous jewellery traditions. With knowledgeable instructors and a large jewellery workshop, the course has a focus on the Northwest Coast styles and the skills learned may be used by artists of other First Nations, Inuit and Metis cultures. The program helps ensure the cultural knowledge and skills of the Northwest Coast arts traditions and jewellery engraving skills are passed on to the next generation. Graduates of NCJA may continue on to further education at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, mentor with master artists, or become jewellery entrepreneurs.

Note: While this program is specifically geared towards developing artistic design skills and recognition of the Northwest Coast (NWC) styles, you are not required to reproduce NWC designs, particularly if your heritage and ancestry originates from other Indigenous nations across Turtle Island. An important element of this program is utilizing the artistic skills gained through the training as a launching point to develop and create artistic work that honours your personal nation(s) of origin. Students without community permission to use Northwest Coast designs may find it challenging to adapt their own heritage designs but are not excluded from taking the program.



Program Summary

Length

8 Months

Offered

September 2019 - May 2020

Credits

15

Credential

Certificate

Format

Full-time

Schedule

Monday to Friday, 9am-4 pm

Transferability

Emily Carr University of Fine Art + Design

Career Path

Graduates from this program have pursued their entrepreneurial spirit and become self-employed as artists, working in print-making as well as silver jewellery carving. Other graduates have continued their studies in the fine arts such as film studies.

 Course Schedule

Course Code

Course Name 

Total Hours

Credits

NCJA 100

Northwest Coast Art

100

3

NCJA 110

Formline Drawing and Jewellery Design

200

3

NCJA 120

Metalwork Techniques

200

3

NCJA 130

Jewellery Design Studio

200

3

NCJA 140

Studio Management

100

3

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12 Diploma or equivalent
  • Art portfolio including 5 formline drawings. The portfolio must be prepared in advance of the interview
  • Interview with program coordinator


Tuition & Fees

Tuition

$0

Fees

$0

Books

$0

UPass

$0

Supplies

$0

Total Cost

$0

 

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

For more information, contact:

Admissions Department
(604) 873-3772 Ext. 328
admissions@necvancouver.org