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Jewelry and Metal Arts, BFA

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
San Francisco, CA, United States
At the Jewelry and Metal Arts program of Academy of Art University, you will develop the expertise, craftsmanship, and aesthetic skills that will shape you as an artist and designer. Begin by learning the basics of fabrication and casting techniques before moving on to more challenging jewelry making projects.
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The Jewelry and Metal Arts program of Academy of Art University exposes students to an array of metal design principles and techniques. Curriculum covers sketching, color theory, soldering, stone-setting, welding, casting, mixed-media, enameling, digital techniques, and more.

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

Visual Communication

  • Effectively execute design concepts
  • Demonstrate evidence of trialing and self-editing designs, as evidenced in sketchbook/journal
  • Demonstrate facility and flexibility in fine art foundations and media-specific skills

Conceptual Development and Critical Analysis

  • Explore and articulate concepts, creative possibilities, and appropriate solutions within a given topic or subject
  • Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of concept, execution, and refinement of a given project

Presentation Skills

  • Clearly express ideas verbally, visually, and in writing
  • Display work to professional presentation standards
  • Demonstrate craftsmanship and attention to detail

Professional Readiness

  • Manage workload to meet deadlines
  • Create a coherent, original portfolio and collateral materials, including website, postcards, and business cards, demonstrating personal vision and achievement of technical proficiency in chosen medium


Academy of Art University offers some of the best training and hands-on experience to help you pursue jewelry careers. We pride ourselves in doing an exceptional job preparing you to excel in your future jewelry careers. Our degree programs are designed to equip aspiring professionals with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to success in the industry.

CAD Jewelry Designer

Create jewelry designs using software for 3D modeling and printing. Realize designs using printed wax and plastic models, CNC machines, milling, and laser cutting for use with modern jewelry production techniques. Work side by side with production teams to ensure manufacturing consistency in this dynamic career path.

Casting Specialist

Work with a variety of clients during the design, prototype, and final production stages. Utilize your expertise to provide solutions for intricate designs and challenging concepts. Stay updated on the newest metal alloys and technologies to ensure the best possible metal castings.

Gallery/Museum Curator

Apply your knowledge of the jewelry profession to curate exciting and thought-provoking exhibitions in a gallery or boutique-style space. Inspire and educate the general public about the jewelry and artwork you represent. Introduce collectors and connoisseurs to new and emerging artists from around the world.

Jewelry & Metal Arts Instructor

Teach students to apply traditional hand techniques and modern technology in the production of jewelry and metal arts while encouraging creativity and self-expression. Instruct the next generation of artists and designers in the latest fabrication methods, materials, and aesthetics used by leading jewelers and metalsmiths. Provide a historical context for the student's artistic exploration and practice.

Studio Jeweler/Gallery Artist

Focus on developing a conceptual and technically sound body of work for collectors and exhibition within a museum or gallery setting. Explore historical, political, or personal narratives while creating one-of-a-kind and limited edition works in your studio. Engage in a dialog with viewers and collectors about the many techniques incorporated into your pieces and the underlying themes represented.

Technical Designer

As a technical jewelry designer, you are a part of the design team creating drawings and digital files for use in production. Plan, iterate, and create maquettes for rapid prototyping in this exciting career path.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    132 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Sketching for Communication
  • Color Science and Fabric Technology
  • Wax Carving and Introduction to Casting
  • Jewelry & Metal Arts
  • Digital Techniques for the Fashion Business
  • Model Making

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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General Requirements

  • Official high school transcripts and diploma
  • Applicants and sponsors must complete the Affidavit of Support Form
  • An art portfolio is not required for admission. but it will help the admission process
  • An official bank letter (from student. family/parents/sponsor) must show a minimum balance of $42,000 USD or equivalent
  • We do not require TOEFL or IELTS scores and do not have a minimum score requirement. You will however be evaluated for your English language proficiency upon your arrival
  • Photocopy of your valid passport
  • Photocopy of your 1-20, 1-94, or other visa document
  • If your transcripts are not in English. they must be translated and notarized

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1059 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1059 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1011 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1011 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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