Jewelry and Metal Arts

Academy of Art University San Francisco

24 months
26147 USD/year
26147 USD/year
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The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths.

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Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project.
  • Produce a cohesive body of work demonstrating personal vision and professional level achievement in concept and execution.

Visual Communication

  • Work with advanced level skill in chosen mediums and techniques.

Research and Concept Development

  • Explore ideas, articulate concepts, and conceive solutions.
  • Apply project-related research to design solutions.

Critical Analysis

  • Critically discuss work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing techniques, interpreting content, and evaluating results
  • Discuss work within the context of historical movements and contemporary trends in the thesis proposal, final paper, and directed study journals.

Presentation Skills

  • Give clear, concise presentations supported by appropriate visual materials.

Professional Readiness:

  • Professionally present and exhibit artwork.
  • Manage workload to meet deadlines.
  • Produce a portfolio and collateral materials suitable for chosen career path.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Drawing
  • Wax Model Making and Introduction to Casting
  • Jewelry & Metal Arts: Design & Fabrication
  • The Art & Ideology of the 20th Century
  • Forging & Forming
  • Jewelry & Metal Arts: Advanced Design & Fabrication
  • Explorations in Papermaking
  • Digital Design: Laser Cutting and Milling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


IELTS or TOEFL needed


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
2 (required)
GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
7 (required)
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application form or online application
  • $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from your undergraduate college/university showing completion of an undergraduate degree
  • One page essay explaining personal goals for graduate school or essay related to a topic as required by the Department
  • Resume: Describe your educational and professional experience
  •  Portfolio/Demo reel: A portfolio with detailed descriptions in your chosen discipline is required
  • Additional materials may be required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    26147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26147 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    26147 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 26147 USD per year and a duration of 24 months.


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