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Metals/Jewelry, B.S.

About the Program

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited

The B.S. degree in metals/jewelry design is a studio degree with a strong academic component. This degree offers students a broadly grounded educational experience as a basis for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.

Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, and design history, along with courses in ceramics, fibers, and wood. Major courses in metal/jewelry design focus on developing the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as students work toward developing their individual identities as visual designers/artists. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other academic subjects of the student’s choosing. The academic component offers opportunities to gain a broader base of knowledge, as well as knowledge in other disciplines related to the major field of study.

Admission Requirements

There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the metals/jewelry design major as a bachelor of science (BS-AH MJD) and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for continuation in the B.S. degree program. Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.S. degree program a 2.5 GPA must be maintained in the major. Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Design Department for additional information.

The Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections, and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class.Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Metal/Jewelry Design 45 cr

A. Foundation Courses (24 cr)
DES 101 Introduction to Design: 2D I
DES 103 Introduction to Design: 3D I
DES 220 Ceramics I
DES 242 Fibers I
DES 250 Wood Design I
DES 312 History of Craft
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts

B. Major Concentrations (21 cr)
DES 230 Introduction to Jewelry
DES 330 Applied Jewelry Techniques
DES 331 Jewelry: Junior Studio (3, 3)
DES 336 Metalsmithing
DES 431 Jewelry: Senior Studio (3, 3)

All College Electives 36-42 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr


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Art and Design Department

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Upton Hall 402 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
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