Metals and Jewelry Design

Metals student working in studio

Our metals program offers introductory through advanced study in metalsmithing and jewelry design at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. You will develop a strong design and technical foundation in a broad range of metalworking processes and experimental applications such as basic fabrication, casting, die-forming, enameling and stone-setting to raising, lathe-spinning, anodizing, and plating.

You will develop professional portfolios and be highly prepared and strongly encouraged to enter competitive exhibitions, to apply for grants, fellowships and scholarships, to seek internships or apprenticeships, and to pursue advanced graduate education. A wide range of career opportunities exist for you as a metals graduate: as an entrepreneur, as a teacher, within a museum or gallery setting, or within industry as a designer or technician.

At Miami, Metals and Jewelry Design majors can:

  • Participate in a world-wide network of educational and professional connections—to meet individualized program interests.
  • Gain experience in innovative and traditional technologies—laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC lab, and full complement of smithing, casting, fabrication, and finishing tools and processes.
  • Benefit from applied entrepreneurial experience through exhibitions, public sales and specialized practicums.
  • Enjoy a small supportive environment (maximum 15 students per class).
  • Work alongside a cadre of highly-skilled graduate artists.
  • Work until wee hours of the night in the well-equipped, dedicated undergraduate studio (each individual work station includes torches, ventilation, and locked storage).
  • Be inspired by visiting artist lectures and workshops.
  • Thrive in a liberal arts environment, leaving school a well-rounded, highly marketable individual.
  • Choose among Miami’s many other minor and double-major options—including Interactive Media Studies, Art Education, and other studio disciplines.