Jewelry & Metalsmithing Studio Discipline
In development of metal objects and wearables, our curriculum focuses on qualities unique to Metalsmithing as a craft practice. Students gain an understanding of the discipline, its conditions, possibilities and limitations, while allowing for multiple traditional and experimental processes and approaches.
Students are encouraged to develop their own creative vision exploring their ideas in metal. With an understanding of the field, students are able to test its boundaries and draw on what a craft discipline has to offer in pursuing their ideas that cross over into other disciplines. The program’s goal is to prepare students for professional work as artists, metalsmiths and jewelers as well as graduate studies.
Facilities include equipment for forming, casting, enameling, etching, patination, polishing, fabrication, hydraulic forming, machining, anodizing, milling and lathe work. In addition to the main studio with 18 shared workstations, three adjacent rooms feature 20 individual stations for Jewelry and Metalsmithing concentration students. Avery large array of metalsmithing equipment is available as well as many other hand and power tools. Some undergraduate courses also take advantage of the Kenilworth Square East facility, with a comprehensive forming studio, welding, and powder coating. Explore more facilities at the Peck School of the Arts.
First Year Program
We don’t expect our new students to figure out college life on their own. Our First Year Program is designed to help new students. In addition to specific coursework carefully chosen to foster success, we connect students to the many resources and opportunities found within a research university. Plus, we surround students with individualized support as they dive deeper into their program and find their way.
Galleries & Exhibitions
Our art and design programs host many galleries and exhibitions both on campus and throughout the community. Our campus is home to four permanent art galleries, each with its own unique mission. All of them are free, open to the public and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
Milwaukee is also home to dozens of galleries and museums. All students in an Art & Design degree program receive a free annual membership to the Milwaukee Art Museum (MAM). That means you can visit MAM and its events, including the popular MAM After Dark series, free of charge while you are a student.
Art & Design Programs
Art & Design studio disciplines are connected to a variety of academic programs, including majors, minors, certificates and graduate programs. This is a full list of all programs offered by the Department of Art & Design.
Which faculty you have within this program is dependent upon your chosen courses or interests. For a list of all Art & Design faculty and staff please follow the link below.