2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Feb 25, 2021  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Jewelry and Metalsmithing, BFA (Not admitting after 2016), please rever to Studio Arts, BFA)

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Note: The BFA programs in Ceramics, Jewelry and Metalsmithing, Printmaking, Painting and Sculpture in the School of Art will be merging to form the BFA and the BS programs in Studio Arts from August 2017.


Barbara Walter, School of Art
ComArt Building, 315-443-3700, bewalter@syr.edu


Barbara Walter


The jewelry and metalsmithing program teaches students to manipulate a variety of metals with tools for aesthetic ends. The flexibility of the curriculum allows students to select the directions they wish their work to take, such as jewelry making, silversmithing, or processes that move across these traditions. Students are encouraged to experiment across media lines so that traditional involvement with non-precious and precious metals is mixed with the exploration of plastics, woods, gemstones, and other materials.

Students in the program make objects that range from the highly functional to the purely expressive. They study such jewelry and metalsmithing techniques as forming, joining, molding, stonecutting, stone setting, and surface decorating. Related studies in the classical and contemporary uses of materials and tools, rendering, and small sculpture provide topics for independent research and investigation.

Excellent studio facilities and attentive instruction from professional artists provide a balanced experience in making and industrial processes. Through close contact with faculty members, students participate in frequent group and individual critiques and are assisted in identifying and pursuing program and career goals.

First-year art and design majors are invited to enroll in introductory level classes.

Program Requirements

Art History Requirements: 15 credits

  • Art/Design History Requirement (x2)  3 credits each
  • Art/Design History Elective (x3)  3 credits each

Academic Electives: 24 credits

  • Six (6) credits must be in Humanities

Studio Electives: 30 credits

Free Electives 9 credits

Total Credits: 126

Degree Awarded: BFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing

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