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.
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.
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.
Drawers to hold pumice pans, torch tips, lighter and fire bricks for each soldering station.
CAD Computer & Mill
Model Master Professional CNC milling machine
Outdoor student lounge and outdoor facilities in our courtyard
Formlabs 3D SLA Printers with UV curing stations. iMac workstations with Rhino and Zbrush
APPLICATION TO FIELD OF SPECIALIZATION
While enrolling in Art Foundations, students will apply for a field of specialization in ceramics, jewelry design, metalsmithing, Painting, Photography, printmaking, Sculpture, or transmedia. Applications consist of a portfolio of work completed in the Art Foundations courses. Fields of specialization will conduct periodic reviews to evaluate student progress.
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.
ONLINE CATALOG INFORMATION
Alumni Success & Careers
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
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
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
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
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.