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Major in Jewelry/Metals BFA


With an emphasis on both technical and conceptual growth, the Jewelry/Metals program develops your understanding of how to work expressively with the metal medium.

As you pursue your BFA in Art + Design: Jewelry/Metals, you will learn a sequence of technical skills and will work to solidify a clear, creative approach—whether more individualistic or pertaining to applied design.

The BFA is a professional degree with concentrated areas of specialization, so you will take more art courses than you would in a BA program. At UMass Dartmouth, you also have the advantages of a university education where you can diversify your studies and expand your career opportunities.

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In your final year, you'll focus on developing an individualistic approach to your aesthetic, skills, concepts, and ideas. You'll produce a cohesive body of work to be presented in the BFA Exhibition.

Your studies will prepare you to pursue careers in running a studio business, designing for industry, technical jewelry employment, or within a number of related fields.

Hannah Blount '08 - jewelry designer & entrepreneur
Hannah Blount '08

Designer/entrepreneur who sells her jewelry in boutiques and galleries across the world

Internship placements

  • E.A. Dion Jewelry
  • Priya Himatsingka Designer Jewelry
  • Sotheby's, jewelry appraisal
  • Ustinov Jewelers

Graduate schools

  • Cranbrook Academy of Art
  • Eastern Carolina University
  • Parsons School of Design
  • SUNY New Paltz
  • University of Georgia/Athens

Career placements

  • Beehive Kitchenware, co-owner
  • Fuller Craft Museum, exhibit installer
  • Heather Beck Designs, owner
  • Valdosta State University, faculty
  • Sotheby's, jewelry appraisal
  • Swarovski, jewelry design coordinator
  • Tiffany & Company, stone setter

Jewelry/Metals Student Work

Breanna Bates - Jewelry-Metals
Caitlin Marchetti - Jewelry-Metals
Charro Zuck - Jewelry-Metals
Hannah Blount - Jewelry-Metals
Jeffrey Gallot - Jewelry-Metals
Justin Brown - Jewelry-Metals
Justin Brown - Jewelry-Metals
Laura Mullen - Jewelry-Metals
Leeza Khoury - Jewelry-Metals
Maggie Hinchcliffe - Jewelry-Metals
Nicole Malinosky - Jewelry-Metals
Roland St. Pierre - Jewelry-Metals

Pursue a range of directions to produce either jewelry or utilitarian objects, or work with a more sculptural approach. The curriculum introduces you to the essentials: cutting, forming, fabrication, surface finishing. Further course work includes:

  • etching, forging, sinking shallow forms
  • lost wax casting, mold making to produce multiples
  • simple and faceted stone setting, hinge construction
  • small scale mass production
  • machining, chasing/repousse, anodizing, electroforming
  • enameling

For the BFA in Art + Design: Jewelry/Metals, you'll complete 81 credits in studio and support courses related to your major, and 120 credits overall.

Explore the art and craft of jewelry/metals with a minor. You'll have the opportunity to develop your artistic and technical skills in this creative field.

For the minor, you'll complete 18 credits.

  • Studio facilities: our 9,000 square-foot facility at the Star Store campus offers extensive equipment for comprehensive material and process exploration
  • Internships: enhance your studies by gaining hands-on professional experience
  • Exhibits: students develop a professional body of work that culminates in an exhibition work
  • Community: interact with peers by joining the Metals Guild
  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Earn an advanced degree

Master of Fine Arts in Artisanry: Continue your education with a master's in artisanry. You can choose to specialize in ceramics, fibers, jewelry/metals, or wood/furniture.

Master of Art Education: With an emphasis on how the arts are integrated into daily life, the MAE program leads to a single-level professional certification in Massachusetts as an art teacher in grades Pre K-8 or 5-12.

Post-Baccalaureate Artisanry Certificate: A 9-credit program for students interested in pursuing a post-baccalaureate "fifth year" with a studio focus.

Jewelry/Metals Faculty


Alan Thompson

Associate Professor
Art & Design
Star Store, New Bedford 234