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Metals and Jewelry Design MFA

Challenge traditional ways of thinking as you create works that leave a lasting impression.

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

Accessory Designer; Accessory Jewelry Designer; Apprentice/Employee for Artist or Master Craftsperson; Art Critic; Blacksmith; Corporate Jewelry Designer; Custom Jewelry Designer; Design Consultant; Design Corporate Manager; Entrepreneur; Faculty/Instructor; Fine Jeweler; Goldsmith; Jewelry Design Entrepreneur; Jewelry Design Professor; Jewelry Design Repairperson; Jewelry Industry Supervisor; Jewelry Instructor; Jewelry Salesperson; Jewelry Technician; Metalsmith; Product Designer; Professional Artist; Self-employed Artist, Artisan and/or Designer; Silversmith; Studio Jewelry Artist; Studio Fine Artist; Studio Technicians; Visiting Artist

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., 


  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Fashion

  • Design

  • Retail Stores


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%