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Metals and Jewelry Design MFA

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.

Program skills

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.


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 100.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 0%
Alternative Plans 0%

Experiential Learning

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.