Jewelry and Metal Arts
The Jewelry and Metal Arts program is within the cross-disciplinary department of Dimensional Practices. We offer degrees of BA, BFA, MA, and MFA. Our MFA program is 3 years with students obtaining the degree of MA at the end of their second year, continuing on to an MFA by invitation.
The programs emphasize the development of individual artistic expression while focusing on conceptual and technical skills necessary for professional achievement. Students are encouraged to create freely without any media boundaries, producing jewelry, hollowware, flatware, mixed media objects, steel and titanium bicycles, sculpture, installation, furniture, light fixtures, and artful consumer products intended for mass production. Our brand new, state-of-the-art building is equipped with a 3D rapid prototyping facility; CNC laser cutter, plasma cutter, mill, and lathe; a 250-gallon copper electroforming facility (the largest in any academic setting!); a 90-gallon aluminum anodizing tank; TIG welders; 2’x4’ vacuum thermoforming machine; a 50-ton hydraulic press; as well as a fully stocked metals studio. Techniques offered within this program include: metal fabrication, small and large scale metal casting, metal forming, enameling, anodizing, electroforming, lathe and CNC work, etching, patination, polishing, powder coating, and hydraulic forming. In addition to the main metals studios and electroforming facility, there is a BFA studio with 8 individual bench areas and a private graduate studio.
More info about our BA/BFA program can be found here: https://art.uiowa.edu/undergraduate-program/studio-art/dimensional-practice and our MA/MFA program here: https://art.uiowa.edu/graduate-program/studio-art/dimensional-practice.