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Jewelry + Metals

Academics . Jewelry + Metals . Overview

Jewelry + Metals

As a Jewelry + Metals student at the Cleveland Institute of Art, you will develop a thorough understanding of your creative process and contemporary practices that will shape you as an artist and designer. Our coursework begins with studying the fundamental techniques and materials in jewelry design, metalwork, functional objects, and sculpture.

After the basics, you will learn about a full range of concepts, materials, and technologies:

  • 3D Modeling & 3D Printing
  • Art and Machine
  • CAD (computer-aided design)
  • Casting
  • Ceremony and Ritual
  • Electroforming and plating
  • Enamel
  • Fabrication and forming
  • Jewelry concepts
  • Material studies
  • Mechanisms
  • Stone setting
  • Surface and color

And you will learn about the history of the field, contemporary attitudes across art and design, jewelry, wearables, objects, and the artists and designers of our time. To grow as an artist, you will continually develop skills, increase your knowledge, and broaden your experiences. As a Jewelry + Metals major you will accomplish these goals through studio projects and research, presentations, exhibitions, and field trips. Each year, you will produce and submit work for exhibition and competition including the juried Student Independent Exhibition, held in the Institute’s Reinberger Galleries, as well as the Spring Show.

Real-world experience for real-world careers
What may best set CIA apart from other colleges of art and design is its commitment to engaged practice. CIA’s Engaged Practice provides you opportunities to learn through experience by working on real-world projects with external partners or clients, or in the public sphere—all before graduation.

These opportunities allow you to put your classroom and studio knowledge to work in a professional setting while still being guided by faculty. You’ll learn what it takes to meet clients’ expectations, and you will emerge with confidence that will serve you as you launch your career.

Major Application
Art and design education is structured to prepare students for the challenges of competition that define a career in the art and design fields. Consistent with that value, CIA students begin their major focus with an application process that is competitive. Students apply to majors in the spring semester of their Foundation year.

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