Texas Tech University

Prof Rob Glover demonstrates soldering to his class

School of Art
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing Emphasis

JEWELRY DESIGN & METALSMITHING

The Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) in Art with a concentration in Studio Art and an emphasis in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing (Metals) offers most areas of jewelry metalworking. Technical areas of study offered are: soldering, sheet fabrication, raising, stretching, forging, repoussé, large and small scale die-forming, casting, stone setting, enameling, lapidary facilities, tool making, metal finishing, chemical patination, titanium and aluminum anodizing, electroforming, photo-etching, spray etching, metal inlay, roller printing, silver plating, studio photography of artwork, a wide variety of mold-making possibilities, powder-coat technology for the studio artist and working with plastics, wood, and glass. Students can also access Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and rapid prototyping technology. We have a budget that facilitates and encourages new technologies in the classroom.  
  
The program of study is structured to give a solid technical foundation in metals. It yet allows sufficient flexibility for students to explore personal directions in their work throughout their studies at Texas Tech University. Each student must also participate in a Senior BFA exhibition after their coursework.  

What Sets Us Apart

The Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing (Metals) program promotes an open environment in the studio that supports the freedom to be creative, yet also insists that students have the self-discipline to meet the requirements of the courses. As a result, alumni of the Metals program are working professionally all over the United States and having their works added to public collections across the country as well.

Program Highlights

Our student run Metals Club sponsors the annual Texas Metals Symposium that brings top artists working in the field of jewelry and metals the TTU campus for presentations to participants from across the State and beyond. The all-day symposium is free and open to the public.

STUDENT ART

 
 
 
Lamellar Gorget, copper, canvas, leather, high tensile fiber line, dress boning, 18Wedding Necklace, copper wire, pearls, 12” x 12” x 5Pearl necklace, faux pearls, rubber, thread, 5” x 8” x 1Heart Spike Bracelet, 7” longRing, 4” x 4” x 4 <

Facilities & Technology

The renovated 3D Art Annex is one of the premier jewelry/metalsmithing facilities in the Southwest United States with over 6,000 square feet of new space dedicated to jewelry design and metalsmithing alone and over one million dollars in traditional and contemporary equipment.  The annex provides a spacious, level-one, laboratory studio that has been developed with an emphasis on the health and safety of its students and faculty.  All studio areas within the annex feature state-of-the-art ventilation systems and a user-friendly architectural plan.  Its high-tech surveillance system ensures twenty-four hour studio access to all MFA and BFA candidates and allows students freedom to work in a secure and open environment. 

 

Soldering room 

Drawers to hold pumice pans, torch tips, lighter and fire bricks for each soldering station. 

Jewlery Design and Metalsmithing Soldering room with drawers to hold pumice pans, torch tips, lighter and fire bricks for each soldering station.

CAD Computer & Mill

Model Master Professional CNC milling machine

Model Master Professional CNC milling machine

Outdoor Lounge

Outdoor student lounge and outdoor facilities in our courtyard

Outdoor student lounge and outdoor facilities in our courtyard

Printers

Formlabs 3D SLA Printers with UV curing stations. iMac workstations with Rhino and Zbrush

Formlabs 3D SLA Printers with UV curing stations. iMac workstations with Rhino and Zbrush
 

admissions

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ADMISSION TO BFA in Art:  STUDIO

All Freshman and Transfer art students are first accepted into the School of Art as an incoming student. Application procedures for each degree program will be explained in the ART 1100 class or by the School of Art academic advisor. During annual SoA Advising events, any student interested in a BFA degree in Studio Art will submit their declaration of major form, a portfolio of 5 images and/or conduct a short interview to describe their interest in their chosen area of emphasis: Ceramics, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Painting, Printmaking, Art Photography, Sculpture or Transmedia.  Application procedures for each area will be explained in the ART 1100 class or by the School of Art academic advisor. The emphasis areas will evaluate the materials submitted by the students and accept or reject them into the emphasis. Student may reapply or later resubmit to change their emphasis.

TUITION ESTIMATOR

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art will provide School of Art students with a professional degree in art, offering comprehensive study in a 123-hour program with concentrations in art education, graphic design, or studio art. Studio Art emphases include Ceramics, Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing, Painting, Photo, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Transmedia. These degrees can be completed in four years and will provide students an opportunity to have an intensive and in-depth experience through visual concepts and practice.

DEGREE CHECKLIST

ONLINE CATALOG INFORMATION

 

Alumni Success & Careers

ALUMNI SUCCESS

BFA alumni Cathy McClure Independent artist New York and Seattle with her artwork.BFA alumni Cathy McClure Independent artist New York and Seattle with her artwork

MFA alumni Mark Nelson Education Coordinator at Rio Grande Jewelry, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Star of Baubles Bangles and Beads on PBS

MFA alumni Mark Nelson Education Coordinator at Rio Grande Jewelry, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Star of Baubles Bangles and Beads on PBS

BFA alumni Prof. Chris Irick Pratt MWP College of Art and Design, Utica, New York. Turbine Pendant.

BFA alumni Prof. Chris Irick Pratt MWP College of Art and Design, Utica, New York. Turbine Pendant

BFA alumni Prof. Mindy Herrin, East Tennessee State University demonstrating at her workshop for TTU students

BFA alumni Prof. Mindy Herrin, East Tennessee State University demonstrating at her workshop for TTU students

MFA alumni Rebecca Beals and BFA alumni Carrie Skinner both work at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California.

MFA alumni Rebecca Beals and BFA alumni Carrie Skinner both work at the Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, California

PAST GRADUATE ACCOMPLISHMENTS

BFA alumni Clayton Salley’s Untitled Spicule Necklace VI currently an MFA candidate at the University of  Iowa with full scholarship

BFA alumni Clayton Salley's Untitled Spicule Necklace VI currently an MFA candidate at the University of  Iowa with full scholarship

Emily Horner Gomez piece, Triggers: Best in Show 2020 Society of North American Goldsmiths Juried Student Exhibition

Emily Horner Gomez piece, Triggers: Best in Show 2020 Society of North American Goldsmiths Juried Student Exhibition

BFA Alumni Jordyn Elliott recently employed at James Avery Jewelry Manufacturing, Fredericksburg, Texas

BFA Alumni Jordyn Elliott recently employed at James Avery Jewelry Manufacturing, Fredericksburg, Texas

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The jewelry metals program has alumni working across the United States in all aspects of the field: Education: College and University & Public and Private K-12 & Technical institutions, Studio Artists, Commercial Jewelry Design, Entrepreneurs, Historical Restoration, Technical Product Development, Gallery and Museum, Retail and Sales.

Faculty

Robly Glover

Robly Glover
Professor

Nancy Slagle

Nancy Slagle
Associate Professor

 

Undergraduate Advising

Pegah Abedi

Pegah Abedi, M.A.
Senior Academic Advisor (Undergraduate)

Amy Nguyen

Amy Nguyen
Temporary Undergraduate Academic Advisor
Development Manager