Texas Tech University

SOA student in the Jewelry Making lab

School of Art
Master of Fine Arts
Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Concentration

Master of fine arts in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Concentration

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program in art with a concentration in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing (Metals) is structured to give a strong technical foundation in metals and yet allows sufficient flexibility for students to explore personal directions in their work throughout their tenure at Texas Tech University. A graduate seminar is scheduled once a week throughout the semester for group critiques, slide lectures, technical demonstrations, and discussions of required readings or research materials.

In addition, individual critiques are scheduled on a weekly basis or as needed. Students are encouraged to draw from their background, interests, observations, and environment as a basis for developing distinct and personal statements in metal. Generally, the direction of each student's research is determined by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor and the MFA Advisory Committee. To complete the requirements for the MFA degree the student is required to write a report, pass an oral review, and have a public exhibition of thesis work. The faculty member's role is to provide the guidance, expertise, and judgment needed in helping students achieve their artistic goals and to realize their full potential as artists.

Program Highlights

Near the end of each semester of study, a student has a works-in-progress review by the Studio Faculty. Recommendations and advice are given at this time by all studio area faculty members. 


SOA student in jewelry making labLayers, bronze, 2” x 2” x ½ “ eachbrooch, copper, felt, thread, 8 x 2 ½” x ½Seasons in the Rice Field, copper, wood, resin, 12” x 16” x 9Basket, copper wire, 5” x 10” x 10


What Sets Us Apart

The MFA Report and Orals are held the semester prior to the MFA exhibition, candidates are required to complete a written, illustrated report and present a public slide lecture. Following the public presentation, students are reviewed by the graduate faculty from all art areas and their MFA Advisory Committee to assess their ability to verbally present their aesthetic influences and artistic direction. The final semester of study is spent in preparation of the thesis exhibition. This is a public exhibition of the student's metalwork which displays professionalism, creativity, and development as an artist.





The MFA requires three consecutive years in residence and a minimum of 60 semester credit hours. Hours include: 21 hours in area of specialty; 12 hours secondary area; 9 hours in art history; 9 hours electives; 6 hours MFA project; and 3 hours MFA graduate seminar.





Patricia A. Earl


Contact the Advisor

Patricia A. Earl
Senior Academic Advisor

Master of fine arts in Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Emphasis faculty

Robly Glover

Robly Glover

Nancy Slagle

Nancy Slagle
Associate Professor