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Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Degree

The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts program emphasizes advanced studio coursework and concept development. Students focus on learning fabrication skills, modular casting, laser cutting techniques, and exploring cross-cultural themes before embarking on individual Directed Study paths.

MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Unit Requirements

Major 27 units
Directed Study 18 units
Graduate Liberal Arts 12 units
Electives 6 units
TOTAL 63 units

MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts Degree Requirements

  • Successful completion of Final Thesis Project
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum grade of C in all required 63 units

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MFA Program Learning Outcomes

Graduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

MFA Thesis Project

  • Present an original thesis concept worthy of the MFA degree.
  • Demonstrate the feasibility of the thesis project.
  • Produce a cohesive body of work demonstrating personal vision and professional level achievement in concept and execution.

Visual Communication

  • Work with advanced level skill in chosen mediums and techniques.

Research and Concept Development

  • Explore ideas, articulate concepts, and conceive solutions.
  • Apply project-related research to design solutions.

Critical Analysis

  • Critically discuss work using objective criteria: describing facts, analyzing techniques, interpreting content, and evaluating results
  • Discuss work within the context of historical movements and contemporary trends in the thesis proposal, final paper, and directed study journals.

Presentation Skills

  • Give clear, concise presentations supported by appropriate visual materials.

Professional Readiness

  • Professionally present and exhibit artwork.
  • Manage workload to meet deadlines.
  • Produce a portfolio and collateral materials suitable for chosen career path.

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.


Please see Degree Breakdown for requirements for the program. Explore our course catalog and take classes based on your interests, either online or in our world-class facilities in San Francisco.

Graduate Degree Breakdowns

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

The MFA Jewelry & Metal Arts degree provides advanced study for students pursuing a career in this competitive field of art and design. Studio courses focus on the techniques necessary to develop and master technical skills. Graduate Liberal Arts courses promote the expression of ideas and effective communication utilizing visual, oral and written presentation skills. The program culminates with an independent final thesis project. Students will graduate from this Jewelry & Metal Arts school equipped with a portfolio of work and prepared for professional opportunities in this field.

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