Jewelry and Metal Arts
Jewelry and Metal Arts emphasizes conceptual excellence, and blending strong technical proficiency in both traditional techniques and newer CNC technology. The strong liberal arts curriculum that surrounds creative inquiry is a strategic strength. Complimented by one of the newest and most comprehensive Jewelry and Metal Arts studios, nationally, the curriculum provides students the skill set to bridge emerging fields, such as art & engineering and robotics. Undergraduate students learn basic skills such as soldering/fabrication, cold connections, forming methods, surface treatment, embellishing and casting. B.F.A. students are challenged with three essential creative elements – ideation, material knowledge and technical exploration. M.F.A. students are challenged to refine a variety of traditional, contemporary, and innovative metalworking techniques to produce high-quality professional portfolios and enter national and international competitions. Outstanding works of the graduates have been acquired by major museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Design-Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Many of these pieces were produced at the metals studio while the artists were still graduate students.