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MJ 313 Goldsmithing – Practical Application

The focus of this course is on learning, as well as honing, classical goldsmithing techniques. Although traditionally practiced in gold, this particular set of skills can be learned through constructing in less precious and non precious metals. Each student will be asked to complete numerous technical assignments with measured specifications that focus on complex fabrication and soldering skills. Assignments will include but are not limited to learning how to make a perfect cube, a hinged hollow construction bracelet, build a box clasp, explore multiple methods of pin backs, clasps and bales, learn how to set stones, practice jewelry repair methods, alloy metal and fabricate complex wire constructions. There will also be two larger assignments over the course of the semester. Our Natural Replication project will be moved to this course because the primary learning outcomes are accuracy, attention to detail, problem solving and acquiring sensitivity to the material while learning to stretch traditional methods in unconventional ways. The final project for the semester will explore the re-interpretation of nature in jewelry.  

Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisites: MJ Major or permission of instructor

MJ 101 Metalsmithing & Jewelry I

This one semester introductory course blends technical instruction with an investigation of design and concept as it relates to ornament and function. Students develop confidence and proficiency with the basic skills of forming, soldering and finishing. Classroom discussions and image presentations introduce the broad range of possibilities that the field of Metalsmithing and Jewelry encompasses that are part of this diverse and exciting field. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  No prerequisite.

MJ 212 Special Topics: Casting

In this one semester course, students will explore various techniques of casting that can be applied to individual investigations.  Students will learn the fundamentals and processes related to casting including lost wax casting, direct object casting, rubber mold making, and single mold casting.  Assignments will emphasize an exploration of technique and student's ideas will be directed toward utilizing the techniques in their own practice in order to gain an understanding of application.  Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: MJ 101.  


MJ 213 The Table

MJ 213 The Table: In this one semester course, students will explore the various formats, techniques and materials that are necessary to gain an understanding of utilitarian objects and hollowware for the table. Students will learn the fundamental processes related to hollowware including raising, forming, forging, die-forming and seaming. A more sophisticated understanding and application of previously learned techniques will also be covered and developed such as advanced soldering, surface embellishment and mechanisms. Assignments will emphasize an exploration of technique, material, form, and formal and conceptual intent. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Pre-requisite: MJ 101. A lab fee is charged: see rate schedule

MJ 214 Enameling

MJ 214 Enameling: Explore the relationship of color, form and surface by learning how to fuse glass to metal. This course will cover a variety of ancient and contemporary approaches to the art of enameling. This versatile medium allows for drawing, painting and design on two and three dimensional forms that can include jewelry, objects, and installation pieces. Techniques will include cloisonné, champlevé, scrafitto, stenciling, and use of decals, drawn and painted marks as well as digital images. Innovative and experimental approaches will be encouraged. 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Pre-requisite: MJ 101

MJ 216 Designing - More than One

MJ 216 Designing - More than One: In this course students will become proficient with a number of fabrication and casting techniques that lend themselves to creating multiples, whether one focus's on developing a collection for limited production or investigates how repetition, pattern and rhythm can be developed by utilizing the same element again and again. Students will move through a design process that will consider material, modes of production/labor and their relationship to form and content. Mold making, casting, die forming, linkage and more will be covered. Elective: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week. Pre-requisite: MJ 101.

MJ 301-302 Metalsmithing & Jewelry Majors Studio

This one-year class introduces students to the full breadth of the studio practice of the Metalsmithing and Jewelry major.  Students build on their previous skills while learning new technical skills.  Students will develop a sold conceptual base for their work and discover modes of working and interests that are specific to them through research, drawing and model making as well as finished pieces.  Incorporated into the curriculum are projects that challenge students both conceptually and technically. In addition to assignments, self-designed explorations of technical, conceptual or design directions are included.  Major requirement: 3 credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  

Prerequisite: MJ 101 + one 200 level class.  An advanced tool kit is required.

MJ 401-402 Metalsmithing & Jewelry Majors Studio

The final year provides students with the opportunity to work in an independent manner. New technical skills may be introduced, yet emphasis is placed on honing already acquired skills. Each student is expected to select, research, and articulate a direction that culminates into a related body of work and written thesis.  Major requirement: 3-credits/semester; 6 hours/week.  Prerequisite: MJ 101, one 200 level class, MJ 301/302, MJ 351.