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BFAs for Jewelry & Small Metals

We have compiled a list of the best college metal programs and BFAs for jewelry across the country.

Are you interested in getting your BFA in jewelry and small metals? We have compiled a list of colleges across the country that offer jewelry or small metals as a major.

Getting a fine arts degree leads to different professions and opportunities than learning metal working at a vocational school. If you are interested in working professionally as a fine artist, teaching art at a college or university, attending graduate school to earn an MFA, or working in museums or galleries then pursuing a BFA is the right choice for you.

When looking for a BFA program, there are colleges that offer small metals and jewelry as a major and others that offer a BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in metals/jewelry. Generally, the studio art programs are multidisciplinary and give more exposure to different art mediums. The curriculum for jewelry/small metals as a major usually has the majority, if not all, of the studio classes focused specifically on metals and jewelry design.

Every college has different studio facilities and a unique curriculum. All of these metals programs are directed by passionate and experienced faculty. Scroll down our alphabetized list of BFAs in Small Metals or Jewelry Design to find the right school for you. Click the websites to learn more about the program and the facilities at each college.


BFA Jewelry/Metals

Academy of Art University

BFA & MFA Jewelry Enamels Metals

Onsite and online options available

Director: Charlene Modena

San Francisco, CA


Buffalo State College

BFA Metals/Jewelry

Professor: Stephen F. Saracino

Associate Professor: Tara J. Nahabetian

Buffalo, NY


California College of the Arts

BFA Jewelry & Metal Arts

Co-chair: Marilyn da Silva

Co-chair: Curtis Arima

Professor: Deborah Lozier

Oakland, CA


California State University Long Beach

BFA Metal & Jewelry

Program Head: Susanna Ali

Long Beach, CA


Colorado State University

BFA & MFA Metalsmithing and Jewelry

Associate Professor: Haley Bates

Fort Collins, CO


East Carolina University

BFA & MFA Metal Design

Metal Design Coordinator: Tim Lazure

Greenville, NC


Eastern Kentucky University

BFA Jewelry and Metals

Professor: Felicia Szorad

Richmond, KY


Edinboro University

BFA & MFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Professor: Suzanne Amendolara

Professor: Cappy Counard

Edinboro, PA


Grand Valley State University

BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Program Head & Professor: Renee Zettle-Sterling

Allendale, MI


Humboldt State University

BFA Jewelry & Small Metals

Assistant Professor: Emily Cobb

Arcata, CA


Illinois State University

BFA Wood & Metals

Art Department Director: Michael Wille

Associate Professor: Randy Reid

Normal, IL


Kendall College of Art and Design

BFA Metals and Jewelry Design

Faculty: Phil Renato and Mark Baron

Grand Rapids, MI


Massachusetts College of Art and Design

BFA Jewelry & Metalsmithing

Professor: Heather White

Associate Professor: Joseph Wood

Boston, MA


Miami University

BFA Metals and Jewelry Design

Oxford, OH


Northern Illinois University

BFA Metalwork, Jewelry Design, and Digital Fabrication

MFA Metalwork and Jewelry

Program Coordinator & Associate Professor: Jamie Obermeier

DeKalb, IL


Radford University  

BFA Jewelry and Metalworking

Professor: Alison Pack

Radford, VA


San Diego State University

BA in Jewelry + Metalwork & MFA in Jewelry + Metalwork

Program Head and Associate Professor: Sondra Sherman

Assistant Professor: Kerianne Quick

Instagram: @sdsujewelry

Facebook: sdsujewelry

San Diego, CA


Temple University

BFA Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM

Program Head and Professor: Doug Bucci

Professor: Mallroy Weston

Philadelphia, PA


Tennessee Tech

BFA Metals

Department Head: Daniel Randall

Cookeville, TN


UMass Dartmouth

BFA Jewelry/Metals

Associate Professor: Alan Thompson

Dartmouth, MA


University of North Texas

BFA Metalsmithing and Jewelry

Program Coordinator & Associate Professor: James Thurman

Associate Professor: Ana M. Lopez

Denton, TX



Further reading:

Studio Art Degrees with Jewelry Concentration

Career Services for Jewelry Students: Explore Jewelry Job Opportunities

Sell is Not a Four Letter Word: Making a Living in Jewelry

Finding Your Creative Identity Through Design

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