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Jewelry + Metals

As a Jewelry + Metals student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will develop a thorough understanding of your creative process and contemporary practices that will shape you as an artist and designer. Our coursework begins with studying the fundamental techniques and materials in jewelry design, metalwork, functional objects, and sculpture.

After the basics, you will learn about a full range of concepts, materials, and technologies:

  • 3D Modeling & 3D Printing
  • Art and Machine
  • CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Casting
  • Ceremony and Ritual
  • Electroforming and plating
  • Enamel
  • Fabrication and forming
  • Jewelry concepts
  • Material studies
  • Mechanisms
  • Stone setting
  • Surface and color

And you will learn about the history of the field, contemporary attitudes across art and design, jewelry, wearables, objects, and the artists and designers of our time. To grow as an artist, you will continually develop skills, increase your knowledge, and broaden your experiences. As a Jewelry + Metals major you will accomplish these goals through studio projects and research, presentations, exhibitions, and field trips. Each year, you will produce and submit work for exhibition and competition including the juried Student Independent Exhibition, held in the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries, as well as the Spring Show.

What can I do with a degree in Jewelry + Metals?

  • Jeweler
  • Designer and Owner
  • Jewelry Designer
  • Studio Artist
  • Silversmith
  • Modeler

Facilities

Our studios offer exceptional opportunities to explore and create using a full range of materials and technologies including CAD, 3D modeling, and 3D printing. You’ll have access directly in the studio to 3D printing to turn your CAD models into real 3D elements for jewlery, accessories, and objects.

CIA also houses the fabrication studios, a shared space, staffed and supervised by highly qualified technical specialists. Students from all courses of study are encouraged to use this space and do hands-on research with tools and materials. This communal environment gives students optimal means of making for their individual exploration and group projects.

A premier college of art and design.
11610 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44106 USA
800.223.4700

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