The graduate program in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at CSU is an intensive and focused period of study in which students are expected to maintain a high level of studio activity. Individual artistic practice is both supported and challenged through an ongoing series of meetings and critiques. Incoming graduate students must be technically proficient in order to successfully experiment with themes and approaches that best express their own artistic, intellectual and philosophical investigations.
The Metalsmithing and Jewelry graduate program is a three-year, 60 credit course of study with a focus on creative studio practice and research. The first two years are marked by technical and conceptual exploration, critical investigation, and the cultivation of a creative approach that is relevant to each student's intentions and sensibility. The third year is dedicated to the research and creation of a cohesive body of work, culminating in an MFA Thesis Exhibition held in the Hatton Gallery. A written thesis is also required to complete the requirements for the MFA degree.
The metalsmithing studio provides facilities for all metalsmithing approaches with separate areas for raising, forging, enameling, casting, welding, and blacksmithing. Graduate students have generous studio space which allows them uninterrupted time and dedication to their work. There is also the option of engaging in other complementary studio work such as photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, painting, fibers, drawing, and graphics.
Haley Bates, Assistant Professor
Metalsmithing Area Coordinator