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Jewelry and Metal Arts, MFA

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, CA,
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.


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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

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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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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