2019 SCHEDULE, TUITION AND FEES
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The GIA Graduate Gemologist diploma program delivers a comprehensive gemology education on diamonds and colored stones. Using the latest gemological equipment, you will work with real diamonds and gemstones under the trained eyes of GIA instructors. Through extensive lab work, you will practice identifying and grading diamonds and colored stones in an efficient, accurate and consistent manner. Skills taught include evaluating a diamond’s proportions; distinguishing natural, treated and synthetic gemstones; and using the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to determine gemstone quality. When studying on campus, you will receive tweezers, a 10x loupe, a pointer probe, plotting pens, a gem cloth, a table gauge, a crown angle card, a color grading card, a polariscope, a dichroscope, a handheld spectroscope, pinpoint incandescent light source, a refractometer with polarizing filter and removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a lab manual and printed course materials.

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight)
  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range
  • Build a knowledge base about colored stones and the colored stone market
  • Use gemological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Use the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Identify gemstone characteristics, simulants and treatments, and recognize when advanced testing is required
  • Understand how gems are mined, fashioned and brought to the marketplace
  • Recognize how quality, rarity and color affect value
  • Determine how market factors affect gem value

What You Earn

  • GIA Graduate Gemologist® Diploma
  • GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma
  • GIA Graduate Colored Stones Diploma

Possible Career Paths

  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Colored Stone Buyer
  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Sorter/Grader
  • Estate Jewelry Dealer
  • Gemologist
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Buyer
  • Lab & Research Professional
  • Merchandiser
  • Pawnbroker
  • Retailer
  • Sales Associate
  • Wholesaler

The Graduate Diamonds diploma program examines the technical expertise needed to grade, buy, and sell diamonds with the insight of a seasoned professional. This diploma program explores the GIA diamond grading procedures to assess the 4Cs – color, clarity, cut and carat weight and how they affect diamond value. Students use professional diamond grading equipment for the purposes of examining a diamond’s quality characteristics to grade and identify diamonds. Coursework also includes creating plotting diagrams; determining fluorescence; and detecting treated diamonds, synthetic diamonds and diamond simulants. Other topics covered include the effect of fluorescence on diamond body color, the role cut plays in the marketplace, and important sectors of the diamond industry, including dealers, cutters and manufacturers. When studying on campus, you will receive tweezers, a 10x loupe, a pointer probe, plotting pens, a gem cloth, a table gauge, a crown angle card, a color grading card, a lab manual and printed course materials.

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop in-depth, hands-on experience with the GIA International Diamond Grading System™ and the 4Cs (color, clarity, cut and carat weight); appreciate how they affect diamond value
  • Grade diamonds in the D-to-Z color range
  • Detect diamond synthetics, treatments and simulants
  • Recognize when advanced testing is required

What You Earn

  • GIA Graduate Diamonds Diploma

Possible Career Paths

  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Diamond Buyer
  • Diamond Sorter/Grader
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler

The Graduate Colored Stones diploma program explores the identification of common and unusual gemstones found in the marketplace. Subjects covered include the GIA Colored Stone Grading System and the correct usage of standard gemological equipment to distinguish natural, treated and synthetic gemstones. The program also examines which gems are commercially important, shifting supply patterns, and how these factors affect gem prices and availability. This program also includes the study of more than 60 species of gemstones, and how illumination techniques can facilitate the identification process. When studying on campus, you will keep a polariscope, a dichroscope, a handheld spectroscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, tweezers, a pinpoint incandescent light source, lab manual and printed course materials.

What You’ll Learn

  • Build a knowledge base about colored stones and the colored stone market
  • Use gemological equipment effectively to identify gemstones
  • Use the GIA Colored Stone Grading System to evaluate gemstone quality
  • Recognize how quality, rarity and color affect value
  • Determine how market factors affect gem value
  • Understand how gems are mined, fashioned and brought to the marketplace

What You Earn

  • GIA Graduate Colored Stones Diploma

Possible Career Paths

  • Appraiser
  • Auction House Jewelry Specialist
  • Colored Stone Buyer
  • Estate Jewelry Dealer
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Buyer
  • Pawnbroker
  • Retailer
  • Wholesaler

In this intensive nine-week course, instructors teach creative and technical hand-rendering skills needed to begin a career as a custom jewelry designer. Jewelry design theory helps students acquire a working knowledge of jewelry artistry. Skills covered include illustrating the shape, form and texture of metal; working with drafting tools; and rendering yellow and white metals as well as a range of faceted and cabochon gemstones and pearls. Instructors show how to illustrate rings in five different views and how to keep design ideas flowing. At the completion of this course, you will have a hand-developed portfolio of your work and a digital copy to show prospective employers and clients. You will be able to keep your design toolkit, which contains a variety of paints, pencils, brushes, templates, papers and vellum and other art tools.

What You’ll Learn

  • Develop sources of inspiration
  • Understand jewelry design theory and artistry
  • Illustrate shape, form, and texture of metal
  • Render faceted gems, pearls, colored metals, etc.
  • Learn traditional drafting techniques
  • Develop motifs to create sketches of jewelry objects
  • Create a portfolio of class projects and custom designs that is ready for presentation to potential clients and employers

What You Earn

  • GIA Jewelry Design Certificate

Possible Career Paths

  • Custom Designer
  • Hand Renderer
  • Jewelry Business Owner
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Sales Associate

Diamond Grading Lab

Through a unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching and multimedia, the Diamond Grading lab class explores how to grade diamonds consistently and accurately using a modern gem microscope and a loupe. Students study GIA’s International Diamond Grading System™, explore time-saving shortcuts to determine a variety of grading factors, and are introduced to methods for reading a GIA Diamond Grading Report. You will spend more than 16 hours practicing grading techniques on diamonds that were carefully selected and graded by GIA. In the process, you will study how to recognize the most common diamond features. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you will keep a lab manual, a pointer probe, a gem cloth, a plotting pen set, a table gauge, a crown angle card and a color grading card.

Class duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

Colored Stone Grading Lab

Through extensive hands-on practice using gemstones, you will explore grading the color, clarity and cut quality of a wide range of colored stones. Coursework includes the study of the GIA Colored Stone Grading System; how to describe color by hue, tone and saturation; and how to judge gem quality factors. Topics also include the relationship between light and color and developing color memory. Study of this content can improve the consistency and accuracy of colored stone grading skills. Students must pass a two-stone practical exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you will keep a lab manual, a gem cloth, pinpoint incandescent light source and a color grading card.

Class duration: 3 days (21 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

Gem Identification Lab

In this lab, students practice the same time-tested procedures and identification skills used by the Institute’s renowned gemological experts. Tools used include a microscope, a refractometer with polarizing filter and a removable magnifying eyepiece, refractive index (RI) liquid, a polariscope with an optic figure sphere, a dichroscope, a table model prism spectroscope, a handheld spectroscope and a loupe. Students use these instruments to practice identifying natural gemstones, imitations, assembled stones and synthetics. Along with this hands-on training, your instructors will carefully demonstrate key tests and coach you in quick, effective testing procedures. (Be sure to read the Student Notification of Classroom Chemical Usage in the Education Catalog) Students must pass an instrumentation exam to complete the class successfully. Once you have completed the class, you will keep a lab manual, a gem cloth, pinpoint incandescent light source and a color grading card.

Class duration: 5 days (35 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

Pearl Grading Lab

Discover how the world’s foremost experts determine the quality of akoya, freshwater, South Sea, and Tahitian pearls. Explore GIA’s 7 Pearl Value Factors™. Key topics include how to evaluate cultured pearls in order to promote the relationship between beauty, value and quality in merchandise. Students must pass a two-stone assessment to complete the class successfully. Upon completing the class, you will keep a lab manual for future reference.

Class duration: 1 day (7 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

Quick Design

Increase your professionalism by quickly and efficiently learning the basic skills in jewelry design presentations.
Through this hands-on, practical class, you learn to communicate designs effectively with bench jewelers, colleagues and customers. You are guided how to make realistic presentations with colored pencils, stencils and equipment which are yours to keep. These professional design illustration techniques help you translate ideas into reality.

Class duration: 5 days (30 clock hours)
What you earn: Letter of Completion

GIA-administered scholarships are available for On Campus and Distance Education (eLearning and lab class) students worldwide. Available scholarships vary per program, campus, citizenship, and residency.

Scholarships are available for On Campus programs offered at the Bangkok campus. Applicants cannot be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident. Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships for the program they indicate on their application. Applications must be submitted online during the following application periods:

  • Apply between August 1 and September 30 for a scholarship to be used for new enrollments that start the following year.
  • Apply between February 1 and March 31 for a scholarship to be used for new enrollments starting the current year.

Scholarship recipients are responsible for all non-course related expenses, including but not limited to visa application, travel, housing, food and other expenses.

Additional details on eligibility, how to apply, and required documents are available at https://www.gia.edu/scholarships.

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