Art (Metals) (BFA)

The BFA program in art with a concentration in metals offers a wide range of traditional and nontraditional approaches to metals:

  • attention to detail
  • creativity
  • critical thinking
  • emphasizing craft skills
  • metalworking

A well-equipped studio with a wide variety of metal-smithing tools is offered. Students explore the close relationship with the School of Art's sculpture and foundry programs, learn important entrepreneurial skills, and receive a strong foundation in technical vocabulary and methods for working with metal while being encouraged to experiment with alternative materials and techniques.

Students have the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills through additional educational opportunities that include:

  • conferences and symposia
  • internship possibilities
  • lectures
  • visiting artists
  • visits to artist studios, museums and exhibitions
  • workshops

ASU is located in proximity to numerous galleries and museums as well as local organizations such as:

  • The Arizona Artist-Blacksmith Association
  • The Arizona Designer Craftsmen
  • Metalink

Degree Offered

Art (Metals) (BFA)
Design & the Arts, Herberger Institute for


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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Information about this program

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Career Outlook

Graduates find opportunities in jewelry firms or work in independent production as one-of-a-kind jewelers in their own businesses. Many students further their opportunities by going on to complete the MFA.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 12%$66,930
Craft Artists4.3%$34,940
Fine Artists, Including Painters, Sculptors, and Illustrators6.6%$49,520
Gem and Diamond Workers-6.7%$37,960
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education7.5%$59,170
Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other-6.7%$35,820
Artists and Related Workers, All Other5.5%$63,540
Precious Metal Workers-6.7%$37,960

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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