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The jewelry/metalsmithing program at EMU has two principle goals for its students: to provide them with the skill and understanding needed to develop, integrate, and teach in metal arts programs at the public school level, with certification; and to give students with a professional interest in the field the technical skills, conceptual understanding, and design expertise necessary to succeed in the field. The facilities are first-rate: a studio complex of six rooms, each supporting an integral part of the program.

Students also can take part in the Eastern Silversmiths Guild, a student group that centers its activities on the jewelry/metals studio. The organization hosts lectures, exhibitions, workshops and field trips, and holds sales to raise funds for charity and for group activities. There is a longstanding association with the Michigan Silversmiths Guild, a statewide group.

Metalsmithing FACULTY


Metalsmithing Courses

ARTS 102 Jewelry for Nonmajors

A hands-on approach to provide students with the opportunity to develop artistic and technical skills with metal and other jewelry materials. (Formerly ART 167)

Prereq: none

ARTS 230 Metalsmithing I

The course uses the media of metal and related materials to communicate ideas. Students work on pieces of adornment (jewelry), small sculpture and/or utilitarian items. This course applies the vocabulary of art to the understanding of metalsmithing in critiques and professional work. Students will learn to work with a myriad of tools, test their time management skills, focus on details and learn to work through a strict technical process for success in this media. (Formerly ART 320)

Prereq: ARTS 122 and department permission

ARTS 330 Metalsmithing II

The course introduces complex fitting and soldering, cold forging, and small-tool making for chasing and repousse. Box construction is emphasized. The students improve their skills learned in Metalsmiting I and increase their speed and time management. Students will begin to design with a personal style and meaning in their work. (Formerly ART 321)

Prereq: ARTS 230, ARTS 290, passed foundation review, and department permission

ARTS 430 Metalsmithing IV

The students will be responsible for developing a proposal for three exhibition pieces. This proposal will contain a theme, a list of experimental techniques to be tested and a procedural plan. At this point students are able to multi task in the studio. This way they can work on several pieces at once. All work will be photographed in a professional manner. (Formerly ART 443)

Prereq: ARTS 331 and department permission

ARTS 331 Metalsmithing III

This course will focus on skills such as the use of the correct hammers for forming, raising, plannishing, forging and texturing. Students learn to control a form in metal by making a template and raising according to the template. The students will also learn to increase the speed at designing and will experiment with a new technique to complete a three piece set of objects. The course will continue to develop style and meaning in student work while building a portfolio of exhibition work. Additional skills to be developed will be patina application, stick soldering, alternative finishes and hinges and photographing work. (Formerly ART 442)

Prereq: ARTS 330 and department permission

ARTS 490W Capstone

This course is taken in conjunction with the last course in each student’s area of concentration. It is designed as the culminating learning experience for students in the BFA curriculum and will help provide direction for their future professional careers. The course will focus on preparation for a required senior exhibition, the development of a professional portfolio, and the creation necessary written documents to support one’s professional career. This course fulfills the General Education Writing Intensive requirement.

Prereq: must be enrolled in final area of concentration and department permission

ARTS 431 Metalsmithing V

This course is designed to allow students design complex metals pieces and encourage individual exploration of advanced techniques. Techniques include but are not limited to: blacksmithing, enameling, stone setting, die making, lathe work, electroforming, casting, patina exploration, hydraulic press work, photo etching, mold-making and commercial exploration or limited production work. Students will select a particular technique, research and experiment the technique, and complete three exhibition quality works.

Prereq: ARTS 430; Co-res: ARTS 490W