Computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD and CAM) processes are revolutionising jewellery today. Freelance designers can produce one-of-a-kind jewellery at a fraction of the cost and jewellery manufacturers can increase production efficiency and quality well beyond what was possible using traditional hand crafting.

Jump-start your experience with CAD using industry-leading CAD software by Gemvision: MatrixGold together with software skills, learn useful sizes, shapes and measurements and gain substantial experience designing jewellery to specifications and rendering stunning, photorealistic images of your designs.

Course outline

Develop skills in the latest technologies in jewellery design. Learn to use the professional industry computer aided jewellery design software by Gemvision. Design highly accurate 3D models that include gemstones and findings, then render these designs in photo-realistic quality as 2D images and videos. Learn about other jewellery tools on the market and how they compare.

Introduction to Gemvision MatrixGold

Introduction to Gemvision MatrixGold

Gemvision tools are the industry standard in the jewellery field. Learn about the interface, modelling strategies and best practices for using the latest version of Gemvision's 3D jewellery tools: MatrixGold.
*Participants need not have previous 2D or 3D computer design experience.
3D and Jewellery Modelling Essentials

3D and Jewellery Modelling Essentials

Using a series of simple projects, learn about ring design and placing and setting gemstones. Understand basic manipulations, common sizes and thicknesses needed for jewellery parts and creative ways to manipulate basic shapes to produce stunning variations in seconds.
Learn Jewellery Setting Styles

Learn Jewellery Setting Styles

Explore standard jewellery setting methods and how to model them in 3D. Learn about bezel settings, prong heads, halo settings, narrow channels, wide channels and more; understanding measurements, guidelines, manufacturing minimums and creative combinations.
Master the Commercial Staples

Master the Commercial Staples

Walk into any jewellery store and you will see a wide range of commercially popular design styles, from crossover to cathedral shanks, from channel to bead settings, from solitaire to gem-encrusted styles. Master these popular styles that employers and entrepreneurs world-wide require of their design team.
Curves, Surfaces and Solids

Curves, Surfaces and Solids

To unleash the creative potential of any design tool, you need to break free of libraries and built-in shapes. Learn how to create and manipulate curves, create surfaces & solids. Trace curves over scanned paper sketches. Understand solid modelling concepts and use them to create unique shapes and designs.
Produce Rings, Pendants, Earrings and more...

Produce Rings, Pendants, Earrings and more...

Learning projects introduce concepts as well as applications and encourage the creation of a wide range of jewellery types, including a variaty or open and closed shank rings, pendant varieties, earrings, brooches and charms.
Rendering with Cycles

Rendering with Cycles

Produce photo-realistic high-resolution renderings suitable for a professional portfolio or website. Learn tips for producing stunning, true-to-life renders by incorporating HDR environments and simulating real-world depth-of-field effects.

Student reviews

  • My favourite course! Didn't expect to learn digital design that easily, thanks to Alex's wonderful teaching.

    - Soi Mui (Singapore)

  • The structure of the course materials was easy to follow. All the tools are relevant for the day to day CAD design.

    -Hannah A. (US)

  • DD100 is user-friendly even for those with no 3D background.

    - Alice Y. (China)

  • A wonderful course that gives the knowledge of designing jewels, more flexibility to the designer and creates the final output easily.

    - M. Sha (Sri Lanka)

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Course instructor

  • Alexander Zupancich

    Alexander Zupancich

    Alex has been training designers and business owners from the region in 3D jewellery design and manufacturing since 2008: building the CAD/CAM skills of over 400 jewellery professionals. He graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Marketing and Management and from INSEAD with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. Read More
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Course summary

    • Introduction to Gemvision MatrixGold
    • Building Simple Jewellery Designs
    • Curves Surfaces & Solids
    • Setting Styles & Repeating Shapes
    • Rendering in Cycles
  • One of the below proofs of proficiency in English is required:
    C6 in English at GCE O-Levels
    IELTS score of 5.5;
    TOEFL score of 500 (Paper based test);
    TOEFL score of 173 (Computer based test);
    TOEFL score of 61 (Internet based test);
  • SG$1,800 (Inclusive of GST and equipment)
    30 hours, divided into 5 lessons part-time or full -time.