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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
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The Metalsmithing and Jewelry concentration will shape your future through a program at an exciting crossroads between traditional and contemporary art, design and craft practice. It all starts with material and idea research with outcomes that push the possibilities in metalworking, personal adornment, and self-expression.

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Why Earn a Metalsmithing and Jewelry Degree?

The program in Metalsmithing and Jewelry is designed to shape investigations through the study of technical processes, history, theory, cutting-edge technologies, conceptual strategies, experimentation, professionalism and interdisciplinary possibilities.

Students are supported by passionate and professional faculty and staff at the forefront of their disciplines who promote excellence and who are committed to nurturing and sustaining the development of each student.

Throughout the curriculum, students work in a collaborative and supportive environment with regular access to materials, equipment, and library resources related to the study of metalsmithing and jewelry. The studio environment allows students to explore formal and conceptual concerns in jewelry, hollowware and small art objects.

Marketable Skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Adapting techniques
  • Autonomous working
  • Oral and written communication
  • Multiple approach assessment

Metalsmithing and Jewelry Studio Art Degree Highlights

Faculty members are nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and scholars who impact communities worldwide. In addition, some are active members and leaders of national organizations.
Our 90,000-square-foot Art Building includes classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, studios, a workshop and a visual resources library.
The annual Voertman Student Art Exhibition awards many cash prizes and art scholarships and is juried by arts professionals. Our students have also won other scholarships through local, regional and international exhibitions like those sponsored by the Texas Arts and Crafts Educational Foundation.
A Living-Learning Community brings together art and design majors who live on campus to enhance academic and social experiences.
The College of Visual Arts and Design – one of the nation's most comprehensive visual arts schools and one of the best in the Southwest – is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, which means the college meets or exceeds high standards of academic excellence.
Students are encouraged to participate in the UNT Metals Club student organization, which sponsors visiting artist workshops, gallery exhibitions, sales and annual travel to conferences and workshops.

What Can You Do With a Metalsmithing and Jewelry Studio Art Degree?

Studying Metalsmithing and Jewelry helps you become a practicing artist, exhibiting and selling works in galleries, shops, museums and art fairs. Increasingly, businesses are seeking employees with visual arts backgrounds for positions in their training and design departments.

Metalsmiths and jewelers design, construct, adjust, repair, appraise and sell jewelry. Additional areas of work include the following.

  • Industrial Design
  • Metalcraft
  • Art Dealer
  • Product Development
  • Ornamental items for gates, grilles, railings
  • Furniture
  • Light Fixtures
  • Sculptures
  • Tools
  • Utensil design
  • Decorative item creation

With a B.F.A., you'll also be prepared to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree, the terminal degree in Studio Art.

Overall employment of fine artists is projected to grow 14% from 2020 to 2030, faster than the average for all occupations. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Metalsmithing and Jewelry Studio Art Degree Courses You Could Take

Beginning Metalsmithing (3 hrs)
Design, construction and forming using basic techniques with an emphasis on sculptural forms and containers.
Beginning Jewelry (3 hrs)
Design, construction and forming using basic techniques with an emphasis on personal adornment.
Intermediate Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Color and Surface (3 hrs)
Design in metals using intermediate processes with an emphasis on color and surface effects.
Intermediate Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Plasticity (3 hrs)
Design in metal using intermediate processes with an emphasis on the plastic deformation of metal.
Intermediate Metalsmithing and Jewelry: Technology (3 hrs)
Design in metal using intermediate processes with an emphasis on industrial technologies.
Topics in the History of Crafts (3 hrs)
Selected topics in the history of crafts.

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