In general, jewelry design programs provide students with training in metal working techniques. They typically include courses in 3-D design, casting, stone setting and art history. Successful completion of a jewelry or metals program can lead to a Bachelor of Applied Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) or Master of Fine Arts (MFA). The three schools profiled below include a renowned technology institute and two national universities that offer undergraduate and/or graduate programs in jewelry and metal work.
1. The University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS
|School Highlight:The University of Kansas has a metalsmithing facility with state-of-the-art safety equipment and ventilation.|
The University of Kansas (KU) is a research institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked KU 50th on its list of 'Top Public Schools - National Universities' list in 2015. KU offers a BFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry through the School of the Arts Department of Visual Art. Students participate in a weekly seminar to discuss issues in contemporary art. Additionally, students have access to a metal studio, which includes polishing, enameling, casting and soldering areas.
2. Rochester Institute of Technology, NY
|School Highlight: Undergraduate metalcrafts and jewelry program at the Rochester Institute of Technology provides instruction in wood, clay, metal and glass.|
RIT offers a BFA and an MFA in Metalcrafts and Jewelry. BFA students take courses in 3-D design and concept drawing, as well as electives in art history. Students in the 2-year MFA program write a thesis, study metal working techniques and have the opportunity to participate in a residency program at the School of American Crafts.
3. San Diego State University, CA
|School Highlight:San Diego State University is among the largest institutions of higher education in the San Diego region.|
San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public institution that U.S. News & World Report ranked 78th on its 'Top Public Schools - National Universities' list for 2015. SDSU's School of Art, Design and Art History offers a B.A. (Bachelor of Arts) in Applied Arts and Sciences for applied design students specializing in jewelry and metalwork. Once enrolled, students take courses in casting, stone setting and die-forming and conduct art and design research. They also have the opportunity to participate in a foreign exchange program. The school also offers a 3-year MFA in applied design. Program emphasis is on applied design as it pertains to jewelry and metalwork.
Top Jewelry Design Schools in the U.S.
|California College of the Arts||Opportunity to participate in an internship with area metal artists||Oakland, CA|
|Cranbrook Academy of Art||U.S.'s only independent art and design graduate school||Bloomfield Hills, MI|
|Indiana University, Bloomington||U.S. News & World Report ranked the MFA in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design 10th in the nation in 2008||Bloomington, IN|
|Temple University||Students in the School of Art have access to an art facility with galleries and workshops||Philadelphia, PA|
|University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign||Art and design program prepares students for careers in studios or academic settings||Champaign, IL|
|University of Wisconsin, Madison||One of the oldest metal programs in the nation||Madison, WI|
|Virginia Commonwealth University||Students develop strong technical skills in conjunction with a liberal arts education||Richmond, VA|