In the Jewelry and Metalsmithing program, you’ll produce creative pieces in gold and silver, aluminum, bronze, brass, pewter, and nonmetal materials. Students in the program learn to craft jewelry, hollowware, flatware, and small sculptures. The core coursework coupled with advanced techniques, experimental processes, and presentation and display skills prepares graduates to find employment in numerous capacities, from designing silverware to modeling fantasy characters for the TV and movie industry, to working as freelance artists and designers.

Sample Courses

Core studio coursework include history of metalsmithing, design history, and foundation drawing. Sample courses include:

  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing Research Problems
  • Jewelry and Metalsmithing Contemporary Issues
  • Professional Practices in Visual Arts
  • Practicing in Public
  • Advanced Metalsmithing

Practical Experience

The Jewelry and Metalsmithing major offers experiential learning opportunities for students in addition to the coursework.

  • Participate in an Art in New York City, MAYmester course.
  • Learn from alumni and professionals during the visiting artist lecture series.
  • Become an active member of the student-run JAM (Jewelry and Metalsmithing) club.
  • Attend the University Lectures and Syracuse Symposium events.

Study Abroad

Expand your perspective and build your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad boasts more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Jewelry and Metalsmithing students often go abroad in Florence, Italy.

Learn more about Global Study Opportunities for the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Life after Syracuse University

With a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing you can enjoy a career as a:

  • Jewelry Designer
  • Jeweler
  • Silversmith
  • Jewelry Appraiser
  • Watchmaker
  • Lab Grader

Or, continue your education and earn a graduate degree in areas such as art leadership, business, or art education. Recent graduates have attended many of the top graduate schools in the U.S.

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