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College Metals Programs & BFAs for Jewelry

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 or furthering your education in jewelry and small metals? We have compiled a list of the best college metal programs and BFAs for jewelry across the country.

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 a MFA or working in museums or galleries then pursuing a BFA is the right choice for you.

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

Bowling Green State University

BFA Studio Art – Jewelry and Metals

Program Head & Professor: Tom Muir

Instructor: Marissa Saneholtz

Bowling Green, OH

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 Metalsmithing

Associate Professor: Haley Bates

Fort Collins, CO

Cranbrook Academy of Art

Master of Fine Arts – Metalsmithing

Department Head: Iris Eichenberg

Bloomfield Hills, MI

Eastern Illinois University

BFA Studio with 3D emphasis

Instructor of Metalsmithing: Erin M. Rice

Charleston, IL

Eastern Kentucky University

BFA Jewelry and Metals

Professor: Felicia Szorad

Richmond, KY

Edinboro University

BFA Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Professor: Suzanne Amendolara

Professor: Cappy Counard

Edinboro, PA

Georgia Southern University

BFA 3D Studio Art Concentration

Professor: Christina Lemon

Statesboro, GA

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

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

Missouri State University

BFA 3D Studies

Assistant Professor: Jin A. Seo

Senior Instructor: Iwona Zalewska-Duszek

Springfield, MO

Radford University  

BFA Jewelry and Metalworking

Professor: Alison Pack

Radford, VA

San Diego State University

BA Emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing

Assistant Professor: Kerianne Quick

Associate Professor: Sondra Sherman

San Diego, CA

Temple University

BFA Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM

Program Head and Professor: Stanley Lechtzin

Philadelphia, PA

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

University of the Arts

BFA Craft & Materials concentration in Jewelry/Metals

Faculty: Mallory Weston, Caroline Gore & Rod McCormick

Philadelphia, PA

VCU Arts

BFA Craft Material Studies in Metal/Jewelry

Interim Chair & Associate Professor: Susie Ganch

Richmond, VA


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