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Metalsmithing

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 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

AD3D 304 Metalsmithing

The course uses the media of metal and related materials to communicate ideas. Students work on pieces of adornment (jewelry), small sculptures and /or utilitarian items. This course applies the vocabulary of art to the understanding of metalsmithing in critiques of personal and professional work. Students will learn to work with a myriad of tools, focus on details, and the strict sequential process needed for success in this media.


Prereq: AD 122

AD 400W 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.


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

AD3D 320 Topics in 3D Media

Topics in 3D Media is a cross-disciplinary class designed for ALL 3D media students. The course will follow a general theme each semester and will be co-taught by faculty from different 3D disciplines creating a unique and exciting experience.


Prereq: AD 300W, (successful completion of the Foundations Portfolio Review), and (two of the following: AD3D 301, AD3D 302, AD3D 303, AD3D 304, AD3D 305)

AD 401 Advanced Porfolio I

An advanced course that focuses on students’ personal development of a body of work using contemporary art methods. Emphasizes the individual student’s development of a personal line of creative inquiry, which is supported by a sound conceptual foundation and is executed through appropriate technical means. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.



Prereq: AD2D 320, AD2D 321, AD3D 320, or ADPM 320

AD 402 Advanced Porfolio II

An advanced course that continues goals and accomplishments from Advanced Portfolio I. Students will further develop a body of work using contemporary art methods through self-directed projects. Intended for students from Photography/New Media, 2D, and 3D concentrations.


Prereq: AD 401