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School of Jewelry & Metal Arts

Professional Opportunities

Jewelry & Metal Arts students begin their professional careers on day one. Starting with first semester class projects, they will begin to develop jewelry and metal art designs and technical skills to help realize their personal concepts. As students advance through the Jewelry & Metal Arts degree program, they develop professional portfolios that each expresses a unique vision.

As students develop their talents and unique styles at this top jewelry design school, they will have many opportunities to network with professionals in the jewelry and metal arts design industry and begin their professional futures:

Spring Show – With an exhibition of fresh and original work, Academy of Art University's Spring Show draws crowds of industry professionals each year. Students showcase their best work that demonstrates their creativity and skills. Past jurors have included Michael Holmes and Elizabeth Shypert from Velvet da Vinci Gallery.

Spring Show

Collaboration with the School of Fashion & Fashion Shows – As the first fashion design university to be invited to show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, Academy of Art University offers Jewelry & Metal Arts students the chance to gain priceless exposure for their collaborations with fashion designers. Fashion students present collections in New York each Spring and Fall. In addition, the Academy hosts its Graduation Fashion Show in San Francisco each Spring, attracting crowds of fashion icons.

Career & Entrepreneurial Services – Students prepare for entry into the professional work force by taking advantage of the Career & Entrepreneurial Development department’s onsite and online workshops. See more.

Industry Relationships & Events – Throughout each semester, the School of Jewelry & Metal Arts participates in industry events and brings respected professionals in the industry to campus. Students benefit from lectures and special events. Past lectures have included the Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor (in collaboration with the Organization of Jewelry Historians), Andy Cooperman, Harriete Estel Berman, and more.

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Career Opportunities
As students earn their Jewelry and Metal Arts degree, they will develop a portfolio and well-rounded set of skills that will prepare them for professional opportunities such as:
  • 3D Jewelry Modeler
  • 3D Jewelry Designer
  • Artist Assistant
  • Business Owner
  • Casting-Shop Manager
  • Commission Artist
  • Digital Design Instructor
  • Digital Jewelry Designer
  • Designer of ‘One-of-A Kind’ High–End Functional & Non Functional Objects
  • Fashion Accessory Designer
  • Gallery Assistant
  • Gallery Curator
  • Gallery Owner
  • Jewelry Design Assistant
  • Jewelry Designer of One-of-A Kind, High-End Fashion Accessories
  • Jewelry Instructor
  • Jewelry Mold-Making Shop Manager
  • Jewelry Production Assistant
  • Jewelry Repair Specialist
  • Limited Edition Caster
  • Limited Edition Jewelry Designer
  • Mass Production Shop Manager
  • Metal Fabricator
  • Mold-Maker
  • Product Developer
  • Product Development
  • Product Manger
  • Production Specialist
  • Small Object Mold-Maker
  • Styling Assistant
  • Technical Designer
  • Toy Modeler/Assistant
  • Unique Metal Prototype Designer
  • And More!
 
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