Explore the art and craft of metalsmithing and jewelry-making by balancing the technical and aesthetic aspects of creating art.
The program, which may be pursued from the perspective of a fine artist, designer or craftsperson, prepares students for a wide variety of opportunities, including graduate study, bench work, or independent production of jewelry or metalwork. At the introductory level, you experience both functional and sculptural aspects of jewelry and metalwork. Additional courses expand on the numerous techniques while focusing on conceptual and design development.
Coursework is augmented by an ongoing examination of contemporary and historical metalsmithing. In your last semester, participate in the senior project and develop a cohesive body of work while learning professional skills, such as résumé and artist statement writing. Students in this concentration can complete the B.S./B.A. or B.F.A. View degree requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.
The 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 over three rooms with separate chemical, finishing and enameling rooms. Equipment includes a range of torches, a casting kiln, a finishing room and an acid room.
Undergraduate tours of the art department are offered regularly. Guided tours in the summer are available by special arrangement and self-guided tours are available any weekday. Take a virtual tour of the metalsmithing and jewelry and studio.
Internship opportunities for students include working for independent studio artists, jewelry workshops, galleries and ornamental metalwork forms. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in internships.