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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

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 for Metals and Jewelry Design MFA

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 relevant, hands-on career experience. At the graduate level, and paired with an advanced degree, cooperative education and internships give you the unparalleled credentials that truly set you apart. Learn more about graduate co-op and how it provides you with the career experience employers look for in their next top hires.

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.

Cooperative education, internships, and other experiential learning opportunities are encouraged for graduate students in the MFA in metals and jewelry design.