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Metals/Jewelry, B.F.A.

About the Program

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) Accredited

The B.F.A. degree in metals/jewelry design is a studio-intensive program of study focused on developing the aesthetic, conceptual, and technical skills necessary to foster creativity as students work toward developing their individual identities as visual designers/artists. This degree offers students a specialized studio-oriented education in preparation for advanced or graduate studies, or for beginning careers as professional designers or artists.

Students begin with foundation courses in two-dimensional design, three-dimensional design, drawing, art history, and design history along with courses in ceramics, fibers, and wood. Major courses in metals/jewelry design and sculpture complete the requirements. Internship opportunities are available. The remaining credit hours are completed in required Intellectual Foundations courses and in other chosen studio courses.

About the Design Department

402 Upton Hall
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6032
Fax: (716) 878-4231

Admission Requirements

There is no entrance portfolio review for admission. All students will enter the metals/jewelry design major as a bachelor of science (BS-AH MJD) and complete a selection of foundation and major course(s) before a commit-to-major portfolio review for admission into the bachelor of fine arts program (BFA-AH MJD). Commit-to-major portfolio reviews are conducted by faculty and generally take place during the sophomore year. After passing the portfolio review, to continue in the B.F.A. degree program a 3.0 GPA must be maintained in the major. Transfer students are urged to submit their portfolios the semester before transfer in order to facilitate placement in departmental courses and/or for possible commit-to-major portfolio review. Please call the Design Department for additional information. As a condition for graduation, each B.F.A student will be required to mount an individual exhibition of his/her work.

The Design Department reserves the right to retain students’ work for official purposes, such as exhibitions, catalogs, teaching aids, or permanent collections and to use images of the students and their work for publicity and recruitment. Students are expected to assume the costs of materials used in courses. Some studio courses may have an additional charge for materials used in class.Students enrolled in a studio course are expected to work a minimum of two additional hours each week outside of class for each credit granted for that class.

The Design Department may be in the process of curricular revision. Please refer to the college Web site or the department for updated information.

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Metal/Jewelry Design 79 cr

A. Foundation Courses (37 cr)
DES 101 Introduction to Design: 2D I
DES 103 Introduction to Design: 3D I
DES 104 Introduction to Design: 3D II
DES 220 Ceramics I
DES 242 Fibers I
DES 250 Wood Design I
DES 312 History of Craft
DES 414 Senior Seminar (4)
FAR 101 Drawing I
FAR 104 Themes and Issues in Contemporary Arts
FAR 250 Art History I
FAR 251 Art History II

B. Major Courses (30 cr)
DES 230 Introduction to Jewelry Making
DES 330 Applied Jewelry Techniques
DES 331 Jewelry: Junior Studio
DES 336 Metalsmithing
DES 331 Jewelry: Junior Studio
or DES 337 Metalsmithing: Junior Studio
DES 338 Computer 3D Modeling and Rendering
DES 431 Jewelry: Senior Studio (3, 3, 3)

C. Studio Electives Selected by Advisement (12 cr)
DES 320 Ceramics II
DES 342 Fibers II
DES 350 Technical Processes in Wood
DES 321 Ceramics: Junior Studio
or DES 344 Fibers: Junior Studio
or DES 351 Jewelry: Senior Studio
FAR 240 Introduction to Sculpture
FAR 341 Intermediate Sculpture I

All College Electives 2-8 cr

Total Required Credit Hours 120-145 cr

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