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The Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing area utilizes historical and contemporary contexts, through research and experimentation, to explore the creation of adornment, functional objects, and sculptural forms.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing area at MSU Denver is the only university level jewelry studio in the Denver metropolitan area. Our curriculum encourages you to pursue your personal artistic and career goals in jewelry/metals while developing a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary metals techniques. The curriculum is designed to broaden students’ understanding of the field and its historical and contemporary context through research and experimentation.
Throughout the curriculum, you will be challenged to develop your own personal style while building a repertoire of techniques. Upper division courses integrate non-traditional material exploration to question historic notions of value, ask students to consider the conceptual implications of creating work for the body, and explore the cross-disciplinary opportunities of the medium.
The Jewelry and Metalsmithing area provides 16 individual workstations in addition to separate casting, soldering, enameling, and forming areas. It was renovated in the summer of 2020 to build out a designated centrifugal casting area, new hoods for chemical-based processes, and brand-new ventilation throughout.
The studio facility consist of the following: