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Leonard Urso

Professor
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Leonard Urso

Professor
School for American Crafts
College of Art and Design

Education

BFA, MFA, State University College at New Paltz


Areas of Expertise
Art and design
Metal crafts
Jewelry design
American crafts

Currently Teaching

CMTJ-799
1 - 6 Credits
Metals and Jewelry Independent Study will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study to pursue over the course of the semester. Goals and objectives will be outlined by the student in conjunction with their faculty adviser. Metals and Jewelry Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll. **NOTE: Student must have a minimum 3.0 GPA **
CMTJ-887
0 Credits
The Metal and Jewelry Design Graduate Part-time Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the Metals and Jewelry Design Industry. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Co-ops are typically paid work experiences and can be either part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) or full-time (min 35 hrs/wk). All co-ops must fall within an RIT term (fall, spring, summer).
CMTJ-499
0 Credits
The Metals and Jewelry Design Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the metals and jewelry design industry. There is no academic credit awarded for this course. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Permission from the undergraduate program coordinator required. Co-ops are typically paid work experiences and can be either part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) or full-time (min 35 hrs/wk). All co-ops must fall within an RIT term (fall, spring, summer). Permission of department required.
CMTJ-699
0 Credits
The Metal and Jewelry Design Graduate Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the Metals and Jewelry Design Industry. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Co-ops are typically paid work experiences and can be either part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) or full-time (min 35 hrs/wk). All co-ops must fall within an RIT term (fall, spring, summer).
CMTJ-501
6 Credits
This course concentrates on hollowware design and production through the introduction of spinning, advanced hollowware techniques and rendering. The design and compilation of a professional resume is also completed. This course introduces advanced gem setting and identification and gemstone anatomy. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-698
1 - 6 Credits
This internship is open to all Metals graduate students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Metals students should first procure an internship opportunity within our industry. Students must submit a completed permission form identifying the firm and what they have been told will be their duties and responsibilities. All Metals and Jewelry Design Internships must be approved by the student’s Program Director or Administrative Chair. Students are required to submit a minimum 10-page paper about their experience and obtain a letter of review from their job site supervisor. 90 hours of work earns 1 semester credit.
CMTJ-601
6 Credits
This course covers the advanced aesthetics and techniques in metals and culminating in the Master’s of Fine Arts Thesis. The course is structured on the individual student’s needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of metals techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This course is repeatable and leads to the master’s thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. Lab fee is required.
CMTJ-301
6 Credits
This course will introduce the student to advanced jewelry techniques. Students will be introduced to advanced properties of various metals as a material and advanced casting and mold-making techniques. Students will study and learn the proper mathematical calculations for casting and mold making. Learning how to calculate the proper proportional gravity weights for alloys in casting will be taught. This course introduces jewelry and hollowware rendering, chasing and repousse, and tool making, as well as provide in depth instruction on advanced design and fabrication techniques. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-599
1 - 6 Credits
Metals and Jewelry Independent will provide students with the ability to study in a specialized area with an individual faculty member. Students, with the assistance of a faculty adviser will propose a course of study to pursue over the course of the semester. Goals and objectives will be outlined by the student in conjunction with their faculty adviser. To enroll in a Metals and Jewelry Independent Study students must obtain permission of an instructor and complete the Independent Study Permission Form to enroll.
CMTJ-498
1 - 6 Credits
Metals and Jewelry Design Internship is open to all metals undergraduate students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA. Metals students should first procure an internship opportunity within our industry. Students must submit a completed permission form identifying the firm and what they have been told will be their duties and responsibilities. All Metals and Jewelry Design Internships must be approved by the student’s Program Director or Administrative Chair. Students are required to submit a minimum 10-page paper about their experience and obtain a letter of review from their job site supervisor. 90 hours of work earns 1 semester credit.
CMTJ-399
0 Credits
The Metals and Jewelry Design Part-time Co-op will provide students with the option to work in the metals and jewelry design industry. There is no academic credit awarded for this course. Students may apply for co-op employment to businesses based on the availability of positions and business job needs. Permission from the undergraduate program coordinator required. Co-ops are typically paid work experiences and can be either part-time (10-15 hrs/wk) or full-time (min 35 hrs/wk). All co-ops must fall within an RIT term (fall, spring, summer). Permission of department required.
CMTJ-201
6 Credits
This course will introduce the student to basic jewelry hand tools. Ferrous and nonferrous metals, their compositions and working priorities, will serve as the primary materials. This course will provide an in depth instruction on basic design and fabrication techniques. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop, learn basic machine and hand skills and basic tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-790
6 Credits
This is the first of a two-semester thesis course sequence covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques in metals. This is a culmination, prior to the thesis studio course, of the program developed on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. The student will seriously pursue issues and themes that are relevant to their final thesis topic. The student will be encouraged to utilize new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the master's thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-890
9 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester thesis course sequence. The development of an acceptable thesis project initiated by the student and approved by the student's thesis committee and chairperson of the school. Primarily a creative production resulting in a body of work, the thesis will include a written report which addresses the body of work. The work will be exhibited in the graduate thesis show. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-702
6 Credits
This is the second of a two-semester sequential series covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques in metals. This is a continuation of the program developed on the basis of the individual student's needs, interests and background preparation as they may be determined through faculty counseling. There will be a strengthening of metals techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression. The student will be encouraged to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. This sequence leads to the master's thesis, proposed by the student and approved by the faculty. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-530
3 Credits
An elective course providing an opportunity for introductory study in metals: either hollowware or jewelry. Development of metals techniques, design fundamentals and encouragement of personal expression will be encouraged. The student will learn to evaluate new techniques, materials and concepts. Slide lectures, technical demonstrations, field trips, hands-on experience and critiques will be used. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-502
6 Credits
This course continues instruction in advanced gem setting and identification and gemstone anatomy and introduces jewelry mechanisms. This course provides the student with individual research in technique and design. The senior level students are required to assemble a group show of their four year's work, complete a job search and a professional portfolio including resume, photography, and renderings.**Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-302
6 Credits
This course will introduce the student to advanced jewelry techniques. This course continues instruction in jewelry and hollowware rendering, chasing and repousse, and tool making. This course introduces jewelry and hollowware design and production through the use of kumboo (bi-metal) overlay technique and acid etching. This course will provide an in depth instruction on advanced design and fabrication techniques. Students will obtain instruction on the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop. Students will be taught advanced machine skills, hand skills and tools. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation. **Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**
CMTJ-202
6 Credits
This course will introduce the student to silver soldering and gem setting. Additionally, students will be introduced to basic forming skills for hollowware, flatware and jewelry. Ferrous and nonferrous metals, their compositions and working priorities, will serve as the primary materials. This course will provide an in depth instruction on design and fabrication techniques, the proper use and maintenance of the metals shop, as well as machine and hand skills. Students will be required to conduct research on a historical metals topic, write a paper and give a presentation.**Fee: There is a lab fee required for this course**

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