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Jewelry & Metalsmithing BFA

Along with essential techniques like construction, casting, forming, stone setting, and computer aided design (CAD), coursework is offered in all major metalworking techniques, including vacuum and centrifugal lost wax casting, vulcanized and silicone mold processes, hydraulic press techniques and die forming, and three-dimensional modeling and CNC milling.

Students also learn to construct jewelry from both base and precious materials while learning how objects are informed by their social, cultural, and historical contexts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skill and an understanding of the importance of craftsmanship
  • Understand a wide range of approaches and methodologies to problem solving
  • Develop good working habits & self discipline
  • Develop cross disciplinary awareness
  • Develop an understanding of conceptual, symbolic and metaphoric issues
  • Develop an awareness of historical, contemporary, cross-cultural issues and artists working in their field
  • Encourage their personal vision and imaginations to become a tangible reality
  • Develop a working knowledge of design principles
  • Develop a sense of being an artist using life and studio experience to support their ideas
  • Cooperative classroom experience
  • Foster collaboration among peers
  • Establish relationships/ work with community
  • Safety: tools, equipment, materials, processes
  • To assume the responsibility of the development of their own professional career in whatever direction it may take
  • Participate in critical dialogue with peers in their field
  • Develop professional and vocational resources
  • Sustainability

Unique to MassArt

During their final semesters, students dedicate their time to independent work, pursuing a particular conceptual direction based on their research and practice to date.

The program curricula is continually evolving, and covers legal and business professional practices as well as exhibition and self-promotion strategies. The department regularly hosts visits from artists whom use experimental methods and materials.

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