Metals and Jewelry Design Option - Studio Arts BFA

Overview for Metals and Jewelry Design Option - Studio Arts BFA

The metals and jewelry design option provides a stimulating space for students to learn metalsmithing and design techniques. You will learn key processes as you work to find your personal artistic voice. This option is part of the Studio Arts BFA program.

You are exposed to everything from traditional metals techniques to advanced design technologies. Our curriculum develops your creativity to its fullest potential as you explore the foundational and advanced metal crafting. As an option in the studio arts BFA program, you will have the freedom to explore additional art fields to expand your understanding of aesthetics and design. The metals and jewelry degree option expands your imagination and problem-solving skills to prepare you for an exciting and fulfilling career.

The metals and jewelry design option focuses on design, aesthetics, as well as material and process mastery. Self-discovery is at the heart of student assignments, projects, and group discussions. This option develops student’s creative potential through a broad introduction to materials and production techniques before moving on to advanced techniques in various metals.



  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Design

  • Fashion

Careers and Experiential Learning

Typical Job Titles

Accessory Designer Accessory Jewelry Designer
Apprentice/Employee for Artist or Master Craftsperson Blacksmith Corporate Jewelry Designer
Custom Jewelry Designer Design Consultant
Faculty/Instructor Fine Jeweler
Goldsmith Jewelry Design Entrepreneur
Jewelry Design Repairperson Jewelry Salesperson
Jewelry Technician Metalsmith
Product Designer Self-employed Artist, Artisan and/or Designer
Studio Jewelry Artist Studio Fine Artist

Cooperative Education and Internships

What’s different about an RIT education? It’s the career experience you gain by completing cooperative education and internships with top companies in every single industry. You’ll earn more than a degree. You’ll gain real-world career experience that sets you apart.

Co-ops and internships take your knowledge and turn it into know-how. An art and design co-op provides hands-on experience that enables you to apply your artistic capabilities in dynamic professional settings while you make valuable connections between classwork and real-world applications.

Students in the metals and jewelry design option are encouraged to complete a cooperative education or internship experience.

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Admissions and Financial Aid

This option is part of the Studio Arts BFA. Please visit the degree program page for admission requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarships

100% of all incoming first-year and transfer students receive aid.

RIT’s personalized and comprehensive financial aid program includes scholarships, grants, loans, and campus employment programs. When all these are put to work, your actual cost may be much lower than the published estimated cost of attendance.
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