In this dynamic jewelry master's degree, you'll challenge traditional ways of thinking as you design and craft stunning works of art in jewelry and metalsmithing.
Students learn to design, aesthetics, material and process mastery, studio management, gallery relations, professional practices. Broad exposure to metalworking techniques, knowledge of applied design, perceptual and philosophical concepts, and an individual mode of expression. Skills are developed in soldering, fabrication, stone setting, silversmithing, forging, and casting. Students develop their creative imagination and technical invention, develop knowledge of process and command of skills, and appreciation of the crafts and related arts.
Program facilities equipment
SAC boasts the latest equipment in all areas of design, arts, and crafts, which aid students in their technical development. The studio comprises approximately 8500 sq. feet of working space divided into four major areas: a graduate studio, upper-class undergraduate studio, undergraduate studio, and a forge. Specialty side room areas include polishing, machining, casting, aluminum anodizing, chemical processes, and large soldering and annealing areas. A student-operated supply store is also located in the studio. Each student has his or her own secure workspace and torch.
Program job titles reported
Bench Jeweler; Curatorial Intern; Designer; Silversmith; Teaching Assistant
Select program hiring partners
Barbara Heinrich Studio, De Rigueur Designs Oneida Silver, Designs Internationals Inc., JK Jewelry, Knoll Associates, Richards & West Inc., Ritani LLC., Silver Bay Craft Shop, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Tiffany & Co.
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Cooperative Education and Internships
What makes an RIT education exceptional? It’s the ability to complete with real, relevant career experience that sets you apart. In the College of Art and Design experiential learning includes cooperative education and internships, international experiences, multidisciplinary projects, industry partnerships, and more. Participating in these opportunities is not only possible at RIT, but passionately encouraged.
Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are optional but strongly encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in metals and jewelry design.