History

In response to a need expressed by the jewellery world, jewellers Madeleine Dansereau and Armand Brochard founded the first jewellery school in Quebec in the 1970s. The school, named the Atelier de joaillerie, evolved into the École de joaillerie et de métaux d’art de Montréal (ÉJMAM). At ÉJMAM, students mastered jewellery techniques as well as gemology, the lapidary arts, and design.

In 1989, Quebec’s Ministry of Education set up a technical program in crafts, which meant that students could obtain a college diploma (DEC) in the study of craft techniques. The Cégep du Vieux Montreal became the home of the crafts program for western Quebec and offered ÉJMAM a partnership. ÉJMAM would have responsibility for the Cégep’s jewellery training program. More than 250 graduates have finished the Cégep jewellery program since its first graduates were granted their diplomas in 1992.

In 1996 ÉJMAM closed temporarily. A new administration reorganised ÉJMAM and the school reopened in 1998 as the École de Joaillerie de Montréal (ÉJM). The École de Joaillerie de Montréal (ÉJM) was born as a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under Part III of the Quebec Companies Act.

In addition to the Cégep program, ÉJM offers private lessons and master classes to jewellers, as well as a comprehensive program on the fundamentals of jewellery for an adult continuing education demographic.

In order to provide professional support and resources to both its Cégep and continuing education students, the School makes its workshops and equipment available in a variety of ways: workshop and equipment rental, free workshop access for school projects, technical assistance, information and counselling, research, special projects, and a documentation centre.

ÉJM is recognized as a private educational institution by the federal and provincial governments and also holds a trainer license recognized by Emploi Québec allowing it to offer corporate training. On behalf of the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, ÉJM also reviews applications for the recognition of skills for obtaining tax credits for fashion design.