DD100 - Fundamentals of Digital Jewellery Design (CAD)

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: Matrix Gold 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.

What you will learn

  • 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.

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Course instructor

  • Alexander Zupancich

    Alexander Zupancich

    Managing Director Alex graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Marketing and Management and from INSEAD with a Masters Degree in Business Administration. With 15 years of experience in business, he is responsible for the operational, regulatory and other non-academic aspects of the school. Read More
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Students' reviews

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

    - Alice Y. (China)

  • My favourite course was DD100 by far. Didn't expect that I can learn digital design that easily, thanks to Alex's wonderful teaching.

    - Soi Mui (Singapore)

  • The structure of the course materials was easier to follow and all the tools seemed relevant for the day to day CAD design use

    -Hannah A. (US)

  • This is a wonderful course which gives the knowledge of designing jewels using Matrix, and this gives more flexibility to the designer and creates the final output easily.

    - M. Sha (Sri Lanka)

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.

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