Jewelry & Metals
The Jewelry/Metals program has two full time faculty members who teach six courses per semester. It thrives with about thirty undergraduate students and three graduate students. Jewelry Fabricating and Jewelry Casting, in which the students learn basic skills for making jewelry, functional hollowware and sculpture, are offered at the beginning level. More advanced techniques are taught in Enameling, Metalsmithing, Advanced Jewelry and Graduate level courses.
Students are challenged to develop their personal aesthetic while exploring and building a repertoire of techniques. Advanced students are taught professional practices such as photographing their work, writing resumes and artist’s statements, and approaching galleries. Internships are available in the final year of study. The curriculum includes visiting artist lectures and workshops, trips to museums and conferences, and slide lectures of historical and contemporary metalwork.
Graduates of the program have started small businesses making one-of-a kind and production jewelry, worked in retail jewelry, continued their graduate education and become teachers and professors.