The demand for Northwest Coast jewellery has never been greater. The BC tourism industry has been challenged by the BC government to double in volume by 2015. Most Northwest Coast artists learn jewellery making through mentoring with another artist. This 30 week certificate program is the first training program specific to Northwest Coast jewellery.
There are a large number of artists who supplement their income with their art work. Many Northwest Coast jewellery artisans are self-employed but most are part of the informal economy. Each student will complete a drawing portfolio, 2 original painting / print designs, a ring, earrings, bracelet and 3 pendants.
The NCJA program includes a course on studio management to assist artists in setting up a business.