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 metal working 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
  • Fashion
  • Design
  • Retail Stores

Typical Job Titles

  • Accessory Designer
  • Accessory Jewelry Designer
  • Apprentice/Employee for Artist or Master Craftsperson
  • Art Critic
  • Blacksmith
  • Corporate Jewelry Designer
  • Custom Jewelry Designer
  • Design Consultant
  • Design Corporate Manager
  • Entrepreneur
  • Faculty/Instructor
  • Fine Jeweler
  • Goldsmith
  • Jewelry Design Entrepreneur
  • Jewelry Design Professor
  • Jewelry Design Repairperson
  • Jewelry Industry Supervisor
  • Jewelry Instructor
  • Jewelry Salesperson
  • Jewelry Technician
  • Metalsmith
  • Product Designer
  • Professional Artist
  • Self-employed Artist, Artisan and/or Designer
  • Silversmith
  • Studio Jewelry Artist
  • Studio Fine Artist
  • Studio Technicians
  • Visiting Artist


Metals and jewelry design, MFA degree, typical course sequence

First Year

  • 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
  • Free Elective

Second Year

  • CMTJ-790 Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Initiation
  • CMTJ-890 Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Resolution
  • CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation
  • CGEN-704 Thesis Review
  • Free Elective
  • CAD Studio Electives

Admission Requirements

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.
Program taught in:
  • English
Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

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Last updated July 8, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug 26, 2019
2 years
47,522 USD
Annual tuition (12-18 credit hours). Additional fees may apply. Scholarships and aids are available.
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