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Jewelry/Metals (MFA)

The MFA Artisanry - Jewelry/Metals is a 60 credit, 2- to 3-year program of study.

The Jewelry/Metals program offers students the opportunity for concentrated studio work involving both technical and conceptual challenges. Through questioning and experimentation, students work to consolidate materials and processes while developing strong conceptual and expressive ideas.

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Graduate students are encouraged to pursue individual areas of interest which may include fabrication of jewelry as well as utilitarian and/or sculptural objects. Students work closely with a faculty advisor to ensure guided exploration to develop the advanced skills, confidence, and self-discipline necessary to sustain a productive artistic career. Individual meetings take place on a weekly basis and critiques occur each month. Studies culminate with both a visual and written thesis.

Jewelry/Metals Student Work

Avery Lucas
Dha Mee Hahn
Jessica Benzaquen
Jessica Benzaquen
Kaitlyn Evans
Kaitlyn Evans
Monica Guerra
Tricia Lachowiec
Tricia Lachowiec
Monica Guerra
Monica Guerra
Kelly Conroy

Pursue your MFA at UMassD

  • Assistantships: provide stipends, tuition waivers and fee reductions
  • Exhibition opportunities: local, regional, and on campus
  • Facilities: labs, equipment, and tools for artistic exploration and production
  • Faculty: involved in scholarly, creative, and professional projects
  • Individualized attention extended to every student
  • Interdisciplinary projects and committees are encouraged
  • Location: an hour from Providence, Boston, and Cape Cod
  • New Bedford: an active downtown arts community
  • University education: access to faculty in other fields
  • Visiting artists: enrich your artistic and professional development
  • Visual Resources Center: more than 150,000 archived images
  • Workspaces: assigned to each graduate student

Jewelry/Metals Faculty


In addition to your application and fee, you are required to provide the following:


Portfolio of 20 images representing your art work, process of thinking, implementation of concepts, and studio production. The portfolio is the equivalent of the entrance examinations which other academic areas often require. 

Submit your portfolio to: SlideRoom

Application materials

  • statement of purpose (minimum 300 words)
  • resume
  • official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (regardless if a credential is earned or not)
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Email materials to:


Visit us—we're happy to arrange a tour of our facilities. Contact Jason Loete: or 508-910-6635.


Assistantships are available on a competitive basis. See the Graduate Catalog for more information.

More Information


Aaron Bourque

Full Time Lecturer
Art & Design
College of Visual & Performing Arts 357A