Jewelry and Metal Arts

Academy of Art University

Master On Campus
36 months
1191 USD/credit
1137 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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At the Jewelry and Metal Arts program of Academy of Art University you will develop the expertise, craftsmanship, and aesthetic skills that will shape you as an artist and designer.


The Jewelry and Metal Arts program of Academy of Art University emphasizes advanced studio coursework and thesis concept development. Students focus on mastering fabrication and casting skills, learning digital techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study/thesis paths leading to a visually powerful and conceptually cohesive professional portfolio.

Program Learning Outcomes

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.


Academy of Art University offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help you pursue jewelry careers. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your future jewelry careers. Our degree programs are designed to equip aspiring professionals with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to success in the industry.

CAD Jewelry Designer

Create jewelry designs using software for 3D modeling and printing. Realize designs using printed wax and plastic models, CNC machines, milling, and laser cutting for use with modern jewelry production techniques. Work side by side with production teams to ensure manufacturing consistency in this dynamic career path.

Casting Specialist

Work with a variety of clients during the design, prototype, and final production stages. Utilize your expertise to provide solutions for intricate designs and challenging concepts. Stay updated on the newest metal alloys and technologies to ensure the best possible metal castings.

Gallery/Museum Curator

Apply your knowledge of the jewelry profession to curate exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions in a gallery or boutique-style space. Inspire and educate the general public about the jewelry and artwork you represent. Introduce collectors and connoisseurs to new and emerging artists from around the world.

Jewelry & Metal Arts Instructor

Teach students to apply traditional hand techniques and modern technology in the production of jewelry and metal arts while encouraging creativity and self-expression. Instruct the next generation of artists and designers in the latest fabrication methods, materials, and aesthetics used by leading jewelers and metalsmiths. Provide a historical context for the student's artistic exploration and practice.

Studio Jeweler/Gallery Artist

Focus on developing a conceptual and technically sound body of work for collectors and exhibition within a museum or gallery setting. Explore historical, political, or personal narratives while creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition works in your studio. Engage in a dialog with viewers and collectors about the many techniques incorporated into your pieces and the underlying themes represented.

Technical Designer

As a technical jewelry designer, you are a part of the design team creating drawings and digital files for use in production. Plan, iterate, and create maquettes for rapid prototyping in this exciting 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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




90 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

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).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • College transcripts must show the classes/subjects, grades, credits and number of hours completed for each class
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio in your chosen discipline is required with detailed descriptions for all international graduate school applicants
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1191 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1191 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    1137 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1137 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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Jewelry and Metal Arts
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