The metalsmithing concentration offers a wide range technical possibilities including blacksmithing, hollowware, jewelry, and 3-d modeling. Through readings, special exhibitions, visiting lectures and workshops students are exposed to national and international currents of thought and new approaches to material. Critiques and discussion of both critical theory and topical issues are used in an open-ended search for understanding current directions within contemporary metalsmithing. 

Students in metalsmithing develop an awareness of the field, which is facilitated through the many opportunities includuing organized field trips, symposiums, and conferences. The culmination of the student experience in the program focuses on the crafting of a compelling body of work and the ability to speak, write and contextualize their work within the larger field of metalsmithing.

Students learn to create jewelry and small functional objects, mold making and wax models, stone setting, acid etching, granulaton, keum boo, patination, hinge mechanisms, soldering, relief forms, repoussee, hydraulic die forming, chasing, and fold forming. 

Career opportunities

  • Metals craftsman
  • Instructor/professor
  • Mold maker
  • Jewelry designer
  • Lapidary specialist
  • Blacksmith


  • Advanced studio spaces for upperclassmen
  • Participation in local and national conferences
  • Participation in local and national exhibitions
  • Workshops and demonstrations
  • Guest speakers and vsiting artists

Student work gallery

Area coordinator