Engravers and etchers work with hard and soft metals or other materials. A number of non-profit and for-profit schools in the U.S. offer training programs for aspiring engravers.
Schools With Engraving Programs
|College/University||Location||Institution Type||Programs Offered||Tuition and Fees*|
|Montgomery Community College||Troy, NC||2-year, Public||Certificate||$2,537 in-state, $8,681 out-of-state|
|Lassen Community College||Susanville, CA||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$1,127 in-state, $5,903 out-of-state|
|Trinidad State Junior College||Trinidad, CO||2-year, Public||Certificate, Associate's||$5,160 in-state, $8,162 out-of-state|
|Gem City College||Quincy, IL||2-year, Public||Certificate||$22,225 (For largest program)|
|GRS Training Center||Emporia, KS||Private for-profit||Certificate||Varies according to course type|
|Mesalands Community College||Tucumcari, NM||2-year, Public||Certificate||$1,812 in-state, $2,916 out-of-state|
|Emporia State University||Emporia, KS||4-year, Public||Bachelor's||$6,758 in-state, $20,675 out-of-state|
Sources: *NCES and school websites
School Selection Criteria
Anyone interested in an official engraving program should keep the following in mind:
- Prospective students should consider how they intend to use engraving within a relevant program.
- Courses with lower student-to-teacher ratio allows for more individualized instruction.
- Facilities that allow enlarged visual demonstration and after-hour access to machines can aid in additional training.
- Accreditation may be a factor in engraving school selection, though professional engravers may teach courses independent of accredited institutions.
Metal Engraving Certificate
Metal engraving certificates can be earned in less than one year. These programs may focus on metals such as gold and silver and precious gems and stones. This program includes coursework such as scroll cutting and design, lettering and calligraphy, and engraving applications.
Associate of Applied Science in Gunsmithing
There are gunsmithing degree programs that put emphasis on engraving. These programs prepare students for entry-level employment in the firearm and metal industries. Coursework covered may include workplace dynamics, management principles, and basic engraving.
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking
Engraving is found within some BFA programs in printmaking or engraving, though engraving degrees are not as common. These degree programs cover coursework in lithography and etching at beginning, intermediate and advanced levels. Additional courses may include printing in monotype, silkscreen, and woodcut. These programs may also have portfolio projects, collaborative public art projects and workshops and lectures by visiting professionals.
In summary, stand-alone engraving programs are uncommon, but several types of degree programs include engraving as part of the curriculum such as gunsmithing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees. Accreditation opportunities and access to good engraving facilities are two things to keep in mind when searching for an engraving program.