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BFA — Metalsmithing

About Metalsmithing

The undergraduate program in Metalsmithing and Jewelry at CSU offers students the opportunity to explore a range of traditional metalsmithing techniques and processes, while emphasizing formal and conceptual development within their own artistic practice. Class projects are designed to introduce and strengthen technical skills, as well as to provide awareness of both historical and contemporary practice within the field. The studio itself is well-equipped, with ample access outside of scheduled class time. Metalsmithing students of all academic levels are encouraged to interact openly with one another, and Graduate students are often informally available for technical assistance or critical analysis.

Students who concentrate in Metalsmithing andJewelry are expected to maintain a strong and active studio presence. Capstone classes require the development of a cohesive body of work, as well as an artist's statement, resume, and participation in a final BFA exhibition. Other exhibition opportunities exist throughout the duration of the program. Students are also encouraged to enter regional and national juried exhibitions,to participate in workshops and conferences, and ultimately to locate and establish a place for themselves within the field of Metalsmithing either professionally, academically, or both.

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Metalsmithing Classes

  • ART245, METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY I
    In this course, basic jewelry and metalworking skills are introduced and developed. The forming and fabrication of non-ferrous metals (including copper, brass, nickel, sterling silver and fine silver) provide the groundwork for further exploration of the techniques and processes of Metalsmithing, as well as the development of individual expression. Group discussions and critiques are used to guide students through this development.
  • ART345 and ART346, METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY II and III
    Numerous additional techniques are introduced at the intermediate level of Metalsmithing and Jewelry, including forging, raising, enameling, and more advanced forming and fabrication processes. These skills are used in conjunction with the techniques learned in ART245 to expand and enhance the expressive quality and individual direction of students' artwork. Group discussions and critiques remain an integral part of this development, along with individual meetings with the Metalsmithing professor.
  • ART 445 and 446 METALSMITHING AND JEWELRY IV and V
    Advanced Metalsmithing students are expected to focus on honing their technical skills while at the same time developing strong individual artistic direction in the work they create. Specialized techniques are introduced, with an emphasis on personal research and expression. Group critiques and one-on-one meetings with the Metalsmithing professor remain an essential part of the students' on going artistic development. Research and readings serve to enhance the understanding of art, as well as to foster conceptual development. Professional practices are also emphasized, and students are assisted in preparing a BFA exhibition, portfolios and vitae, entering national competitions, becoming members of professional organizations, and in preparing to enter professional life or a graduate program of their choice.
  • ART 495 and 496 INDEPENDENT STUDY and GROUP STUDY
    In independent study and group study courses, students may select areas within Metalsmithing and Jewelry in which they wish to pursue greater proficiency and development. These courses are not required, but are offered in order to provide students the opportunity to reach higher artistic levels.