Master in Jewelry & Metal Arts

Academy of Art University

Program Description

Master in Jewelry & Metal Arts

Academy of Art University


The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths.

MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Unit Requirements

  • Major 27 units
  • Directed Study 18 units
  • Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
  • Electives 6 units

TOTAL 63 units

MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units

MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project.
  • Produce a cohesive body of work demonstrating personal vision and professional level achievement in concept and execution.

Visual Communication

Work with advanced level skill in chosen mediums and techniques.

Research and Concept Development

  • Explore ideas, articulate concepts, and conceive solutions.
  • Apply project-related research to design solutions.

Critical Analysis

  • Critically discuss work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing techniques, interpreting content, and evaluating results
  • Discuss work within the context of historical movements and contemporary trends in the thesis proposal, final paper, and directed study journals.

Presentation Skills

Give clear, concise presentations supported by appropriate visual materials.

Professional Readiness

  • Professionally present and exhibit artwork.
  • Manage workload to meet deadlines.
  • Produce a portfolio and collateral materials suitable for chosen career path.

Visit to learn more about total costs, median student loan debt, potential occupations and other information. Accredited Member WSCUC, NASAD, CIDA (BFA-IAD, MFA-IAD), NAAB (B.ARCH*, M.ARCH), CTC (California Teacher Credential). Acting degree program is currently not offering online courses. **B.ARCH is currently in candidacy status.

All international students will require a VISA to enter the US and an OPT application to extend their stay after graduation. Selecting a STEM approved program allows for the benefit of being able to apply for an extended 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) stay to work in the country after graduation.

The following Academy majors qualify for the 24-month STEM Extension: Advanced Architectural Design; Advertising; Advertising & Branded Media Technology; Animation & Visual Effects; Architecture; Architectural Design; Art Education; Communications & Media Technologies; Game Development; Game Programming; Graphic Design; Graphic Design & Digital Media; Industrial Design; Interior Architecture & Design; New Media & Web Design. For more information on approved STEM programs, how to apply, and more common questions about studying as an international student at the Academy of Art University, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page here.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated February 21, 2017
Duration & Price
This course is Campus or Online
Start Date
Start date
Sept. 2017
2 - 3 years
Full time
935 USD
Start date Sept. 2017
USA San Francisco, California
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Duration 2 - 3 years
Price 935 USD
per unit - 3 units per class.