Metals and Jewelry Design Master of fine arts degree

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Overview

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


The MFA in metals and jewelry design is a professional degree for practicing artists, craftspeople, or designers who desire to leave a lasting impression on their fields through a devotion to their work and the high standards of discipline and artistic ideals. This jewelry design degree challenges conventional thinking. In this major, you’ll improve your knowledge and experience working with different theories and materials while you are challenged to think unconventionally in order to redefine industry standards.

The MFA in metals and jewelry design is generally a two-year, full-time program that involves the presentation of a thesis, which includes written documentation and a formal exhibition of a body of work.

The program provides students with broad exposure to metal working techniques, expands knowledge of applied design, strengthens perceptual and philosophical concepts, and develops an individual mode of expression. This sequence leads to a master’s thesis, inaugurated by the student and overseen by the faculty. The program is structured on the basis of individual needs, interests, and background preparation, as may be determined through faculty counseling.

Industries


  • Performing and Fine Arts

  • Fashion

  • Design

  • Retail Stores

Typical Job Titles

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

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Curriculum

Metals and jewelry design, MFA degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
CMTJ-701
Metals and Jewelry Design Graduate Studio l
This is the first of a two-semester sequential series covering the advanced aesthetics and techniques in metals. This program 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 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**
6
CMTJ-702
Metals and Jewelry Design Graduate Studio ll
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**
6
STAR-702
Studio Art Research
Graduate students prepare for the written component of the thesis through practice with research, critical judgment, and development of outlines and essays. Contemporary art issues are clarified through discussion and readings in art history, art criticism, artist statements and interviews.
3
ARTH-605
Thinking About Making: The Practice of Art in a Global Society
A discussion based art history elective for graduate students. The course seeks to bridge the gap between studio practice and contemporary art history. Students will explore very current work and ask questions about what is art, who is the audience, what is “our” art making practice and how does that fit within the larger context of the current state of the global art world. How do we measure success and artistic failure? The course emphasizes observation, critical analysis and written interpretation.
3
STAR-706
Business Practices
This class is devoted to business issues that artists must address including portfolio management, pricing and marketing strategies, and public relations for pursuit of a professional career as studio artists. Financial and communication skills are highlighted as are networking skills for the advancement of an artist’s work.
3
STAR-714
Ideation and Series
Creative flow, having an endless stream of ideas, alternatives, and choices for solutions, helps creative work evolve and reach more advanced levels. In this course students develop appropriate skills and strategies to generate ideas and develop them effectively into a cohesive body of work.
3
 
Free Elective
6
Second Year
CMTJ-790
Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Initiation
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**
6
CMTJ-890
Metals and Jewelry Design Thesis Resolution
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**
9
CGEN-703
Thesis Implementation
This course, coordinated and overseen by the School for American Craft's Graduate Director and Thesis Chief Adviser, will monitor the progress of a graduate student in the development of their Thesis. Students will review their work regularly throughout the semester, with both major faculty and the thesis committee. A minimum of three comprehensive thesis reviews with thesis committee members will take place during the semester. Students will create a written response, submitted to their Thesis Chief Adviser, for each review. In addition, a final and formal thesis critique by the student's thesis committee will take place at the end of the semester. Students will receive a written evaluation of this critique from the committee.
3
CGEN-704
Thesis Review
This course is a continuation of the process begun in CGEN-703 Thesis Implementation, coordinated and overseen by the SAC Graduate Director and Chief Thesis Advisor, will monitor the progress of a graduate student in the development of their written thesis as defined in the SAC Graduate Handbook. Students will review their work regularly throughout the semester, with both major faculty and the thesis committee. A minimum of three comprehensive thesis reviews with thesis committee members will take place during the semester. Students will create their written thesis based on the Timeline for the written thesis defined in the Handbook. A final and formal thesis critique by the student’s thesis committee will take place at the end of the semester. Students will submit their finished and Thesis Committee-approved written thesis as the culminating experience in this course.
3
 
Free Elective
3
 
CAD Studio Electives*
6
Total Semester Credit Hours
60

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the MFA program in metals and jewelry design, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college in a field of arts, sciences, or education.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work. Undergraduate degrees should include 50 semester hours in studio courses.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 80 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Submit a portfolio. (Refer to Graduate Portfolio Requirements for more information.)

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Additional Info

Studio Residency program

The School for American Crafts offers a Studio Residency program for students in ceramics, furniture design, glass and metals and jewelry design. Residence positions are limited and are awarded after the review of all applicants’ portfolios, transcripts, and references. An interview is required. Accepted residents are required to register for one independent study credit during each semester of residence.

Accepted residents are expected to be present in their assigned studio during class hours and to contribute up to 10 hours of work per week in the main studio. These work hours are coordinated and overseen by the faculty in the resident's discipline. In exchange, the school will provide workspace, access to facilities, and supportive instruction. The resident is invited to participate in the full range of studio activities.

Participants may be those seeking additional studio experience prior to undergraduate or graduate study, early career professionals, or teachers on leave who wish to work again in an academic studio environment. The faculty in each discipline will make decisions concerning appropriate candidates.

Inquiries should be made to the Studio Residency Program, School for American Crafts, College of Art and Design, Rochester Institute of Technology, 73 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY 14623-5603.