School of jewelry & Metal Arts
As a student of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts, you will work with mentors who will help you to cultivate your unique, creative voice as you prepare to join one of the most exciting and innovative professions today. Professionals in the field guide you through techniques that range from the traditional in jewelry skills to the absolute latest in laser, kinetics, mixed media, electronics, and 3D modeling. Your final portfolio—based on your dynamic designs, a wide range of technical skills, and a strong business sense—will prepare you for the many job opportunities available to a graduate of the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts.
What We Teach
Turn your love of wearable artwork into a profession. Apply techniques ranging from the traditional in jewelry skills to the latest utilizing laser cutters, electronics, and 3D modeling and printing. Focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness in materials and procedures. Learn about a variety of quality metals and gemstones appropriate for successful outcomes. Cultivate your artistic voice as you create innovative new pieces.
Jewelry designers are usually drawn to their career because of a passion for artistic pursuits and fashion. Designers may work with jewelers and individual customers to create one-of-a-kind jewelry, or they work for manufacturers developing new pieces for the company’s collections. Some entrepreneurial designers go on to start businesses, selling designer jewelry under their own names.
Metalsmithing can be a rewarding career for those who are creative and skilled with their hands. The metalsmith develops skills in shaping, texturing, forming, and joining metal through fabrication and casting. Those with metalsmith skills can go on to teach on the university level; design custom hollowware, jewelry and wedding rings; work in jewelry repair and stone setting; and collaborate with fashion designers.
Bench jewelers use torches along with various hand and mechanical tools to join, cut, shape, and polish metal and set stones. A variety of chemical solutions are also used to add color and surface textures. Responsibilities may range from assisting with design problems, fabrication and casting, basic repair, and cleaning. Typical repair work includes enlarging or reducing ring sizes, resetting stones, and replacing broken clasps and mountings.