Department of Art + Design,
Art History, Art Education
BS/BA or BFA of Art + Design
Metalsmithing + Jewelry Concentration (BS/BA or BFA)
The goal of the Metalsmithing + Jewelry concentration is to educate students in the art and craft of metalsmithing and jewelry-making, by balancing the technical and aesthetic aspects of art making. The program may be pursued from a fine artist, designer, or craftsperson’s perspective, and prepares students for a wide variety of opportunities post-graduation – including graduate study, bench work, or independent production of jewelry or metalwork.
At the introductory level, students experience both functional and sculptural aspects of jewelry and metalwork. Additional courses expand on the numerous techniques of jewelry and metalsmithing, while focusing on conceptual and design development. Coursework is augmented by an ongoing examination of contemporary and historical metalsmithing. In their last semester, students participate in the senior project, which gives them an opportunity to develop a cohesive body of work while learning professional skills, such as résumé and artist statement writing.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry program is housed in a new, 3,000-square foot studio facility with state-of-the-art ventilation and separate graduate studios. The studio is equipped for a wide range of processes, spread out over three rooms with separate chemical, finishing, and enameling rooms. Equipment includes:
7 natural gas and oxygen soldering torches
2 natural gas and compressed air annealing torches
Acetylene and oxygen casting torch
Acetylene B tanks
Acetylene and oxygen mini-torch
Electric burn-out kiln
Gas burn-out kiln
Centrifugal casting machine
Vacuum casting machine
20-ton hydraulic press
Stakes and hammers for forming and forging
Students should contact Professor Jan Baum, at email@example.com, to determine recommended course sequence based on individual needs and course availability.