BFA: 124 credit, four-year program of study
The BFA Jewelry/Metals option assists students in formulating a strong individual direction. Whether students choose to pursue jewelry and metalworking from the perspective of a designer, fine artists, craftsperson, or a combination is not an issue. Students become facile with perfecting their skills, shaping ideas, and tapping into their potential for making contributions to the field.
The Jewelry/Metals option offers students a comprehensive and diverse understanding of the technical and aesthetic potential of metal. The approach emphasizes achieving professional standards with regard to technique and design, and aims to guide students toward conceptual growth and development of a personal statement through the medium, instilling in them the confidence and self discipline necessary to sustain productive artistic careers. Students are encouraged to explore many directions including fabrication of jewelry, utilitarian, or sculptural objects.
The curriculum introduces students to the basic properties and characteristics of different metals and the many ways it can be formed, fabricated, and finished. Students work closely with faculty throughout the program. Senior students work on individual projects culminating in a professional body of work and an exhibition. The program also addresses many related topics from basic business practices to the history of metals and contemporary issues.
Requirements for Admission
All applicants must meet portfolio requirements as an element in the department's admission decision. Additional materials may be required. All applicants must also follow UMass Dartmouth's admissions procedures detailed in the University Catalogue.
MINOR: 21 credits
Qualified students may complete a minor in Jewelry/Metals within the Artisanry Department. The minor consists of 21 credits. To declare a Jewelry/Metals Minor, students must be a degree candidate who has earned at least 54 credits, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.000 and a minimum 2.500 grade point average in their major.
Jewelry/Metals Minors follow the core Sophomore-Junior level studios and the selection of electives specific to the program area. Students must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 in all minor classes in order to proceed in the minor. Passing the Junior Year Review is required if a student elects to move into the senior 400 level studio classes.