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In the study of Jewelry/Metals as part of the Craft + Material Studies program, you'll learn how to manipulate materials to produce a range of designs—from art jewelry to design-oriented jewelry to experimenting with new genres.

At the heart of the Jewelry/Metals program is thinking through making. If you are passionate about working with your hands and engaging with material to create something meaningful, the study of Jewelry/Metals at UArts is just right for you.

You'll have many opportunities to exhibit your work—perhaps you'll be like one group of students who created a pop-up jewelry show in a temporary garden created on campus by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society.

You'll have many opportunities to exhibit your work, both at UArts, through the annual wearable art show put on by the Experimental Costume Design and Performance program, and at major exhibitions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Philadelphia Furniture Show.

Featured Student Work:Frustration. Alyssa Perez ('13). Materials: bronze, sterling silver, 6” x 3”, 2012

DieAlmond. Duke Kim ('11). Materials: sterling silver, cubic zirconia necklace, 28" 

student jewelry/metal
student jewelry/metals
Ellen Sherry
Choi Young Ji
Lisa Hill '18
Lisa Hill '18


Robin Wang '18
Jonathan English '18

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Jewelry faculty member Mallory Weston standing in front of white wall, brown hair, wearing red plaid shirt, black pants and a long moray eel necklace around her neck
Mallory Weston

Jewelry / Metals (BFA)
Creates custom jewelry for comedian Patton Oswalt
Caroline Gore headshot
Caroline Gore

Jewelry / Metals (BFA)
Work in permanent collection of Museum of Fine Arts-Houston, many private collections
Rod McCormick headshot
Rod McCormick

Jewelry / Metals (BFA)
Metalsmith, sculptor and jewelry; much current work involves 3-D printing

Sample Courses in the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals

First Year
Drawing: Objects & Space
Drawing: Natural Forms & The Human Figure
Found & Fabricated

Second Year
Sophomore Projects
Computers for Object Makers
Jewelry Exploration Projects
Metalsmithing Exploration
Jewelry Rendering and Design

Third Year
Junior Projects/Discourse
Jewelry/Metals Junior Studio I
Jewelry/Metals Junior Studio II
Jewelry/Metals Junior Projects

Fourth Year
Jewelry/Metals Senior Thesis I
Jewelry/Metals Senior Thesis II
Jewelry/Metals Senior Studio
Craft Senior Projects

About the Curriculum

At the heart of the curriculum of the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals is the notion of thinking through making.  Jewelry/Metals students are passionate about working with their hands and about discussing the ideas and concepts underlying their art. Jewelry/Metals students learn to express themselves through material and process. A student who pursues Craft and Material Studies will work closely with an advisor to determine the curricular path that best matches their artistic goals.  

Students who complete the Craft + Material Studies Major with a concentration in Jewelry/Metals will:

  • Demonstrate independent, creative problem solving and original thinking. They exhibit a distinct and personal approach to art making.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of contemporary issues and historical precedents. They have an appreciation for experimentation/innovation as well as for the traditions of making as applied to contemporary craft practice.
  • Acquire and demonstrate the professional skills needed to be successful as artists, entrepreneurs, designers for industry and productive citizens.
  • Be able to talk and write about art (including their own work) critically, intelligently and with considerable insight.
  • Acquire the level of technical skill required for them to reach their career goals. They establish a work practice appropriate to their ideas and demonstrate a deep familiarity with materials and processes.

Explore the full curriculum

Having experienced all aspects of making, from initial design to the final finished piece, Craft graduates are flexible and well-prepared to become independent studio artists, or to find positions in related fields in design, business and industry, or go on to pursue advanced degrees.

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Casey Sharpe holding up a piece of jewelry
Casey Sharpe

BFA '09

Jewelry / Metals (BFA)
Art jeweler who works as a designer at a high-end jeweler on Rodeo Drive in LA
a headshot of Adriane Dalton.
Adriane Dalton

BFA ’04

Jewelry / Metals (BFA)
Interim editor, Metalsmith magazine; artist, national and international exhibits

UArts Hosts Premier Craft Symposium
Friday, November 2
UArts is pleased to be hosting CraftNOW's annual symposium, Making a Difference, on November 2. Students and faculty will benefit from panels and discussions with some of the biggest names in craft. Roberto Lugo will be the keynote speaker presenting Pottery Saved My Life.

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