The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Metal curriculum exposes students to a full range of technical processes that apply to both small- and large-scale work, such as jewelry, tableware, and sculptural forms in Metal. Early emphasis is on skill development and aesthetic understanding, followed by increasing awareness of critical issues and historical grounding of the metal and jewelry fields.
These goals are supported by a curriculum of technically based classes, with assignments that are structured to address techniques, form, and content. Classes combine demonstrations, slide lectures, and discussions to address specific technical practices. Advanced focus is placed on developing conceptual and formal sophistication in individual work.
The Capstone experience is a cohesive body of work produced in Senior Studio and included in a group exhibition in the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, which is located on the New Paltz campus.
BFA Metal students have been very successful after graduation. Many attend nationally regarded graduate programs, begin their own business as jewelers and metalsmiths, or become employed by established artists. Senior Art Seminar and Contemporary Ideas in Metal seminar help students to prepare for the future by addressing practical and professional concerns for artists.
Visual Arts majors may pursue Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees with a concentration in Metal.
Please refer to the Visual Arts section of the undergraduate catalog for specific information about the BA/BS plan of study, course descriptions, and admission requirements.
Contact Admissions for application information.