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The MFA in metals and jewelry design is a professional degree for practicing artists, craftspeople, or designers who desire to leave a lasting impression on their fields through devotion to their work and the high standards of discipline and artistic ideals. This jewelry design degree challenges conventional thinking. In this major, you’ll improve your knowledge and experience working with different theories and materials while you are challenged to think unconventionally in order to redefine industry standards.
The MFA in metals and jewelry design is generally a two-year, full-time program that involves the presentation of a thesis, which includes written documentation and a formal exhibition of a body of work.
The program provides students with broad exposure to metalworking techniques, expands knowledge of applied design, strengthens perceptual and philosophical concepts, and develops an individual mode of expression. This sequence leads to a master’s thesis, inaugurated by the student, and overseen by the faculty. The program is structured on the basis of individual needs, interests, and background preparation, as may be determined through faculty counseling.
Performing and Fine Arts
Typical Job Titles
Accessory Jewelry Designer
Apprentice/Employee for Artist or Master Craftsperson
Corporate Jewelry Designer
Custom Jewelry Designer
Design Corporate Manager
Jewelry Design Entrepreneur
Jewelry Design Professor
Jewelry Design Repairperson
Jewelry Industry Supervisor
Self-employed Artist, Artisan and/or Designer
Studio Jewelry Artist
Studio Fine Artist
Metals and jewelry design, MFA degree, typical course sequence
CMTJ-701 Metals and Jewelry Design Graduate Studio l
CMTJ-702 Metals and Jewelry Design Graduate Studio ll
STAR-702 Studio Art Research
ARTH-605 Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art in a Global Society
STAR-706 Business Practices
STAR-714 Ideation and Series
CMTJ-790 Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Initiation
CMTJ-890 Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Resolution
CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation
CGEN-704 Thesis Review
CAD Studio Electives
To be considered for the MFA program in metals and jewelry design, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:
Complete a graduate application.
Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a field of arts, sciences, or education.
Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work. Undergraduate degrees should include 50 semester hours in studio courses.
International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
Submit a portfolio.