School of Art, Craft & Design

Metals Studio

Metals Studio courses held at the Appalachian Center for Craft

The metals program at TTU focuses on building a foundation of technical skill which enables our students to pursue careers in the contemporary metal-smithing field as jewelers, blacksmiths, studio artists and educators.

The BFA curriculum offers a series of classes in jewelry making, casting, hollowware, sculpture, blacksmithing, drawing, design and history, in addition to general academic studies. In these classes students are exposed to a broad range of techniques as well as the theory of metal work ranging from historical to contemporary.

Emphasis is placed on craftsmanship, critical thinking and creative problem solving through design. The process of making through both traditional and contemporary means is taught with an emphasis on personal creative development.

Students design and create solutions for functional and aesthetic problems using progressively more advanced tooling and techniques. Projects range from fine jewelry to architectural ironwork.

About the Program

Studio Profile

  • Receive individual attention;
  • Learn a broad range of technique and theory related to the field of metalsmithing;
  • Enjoy a 6,000-square-foot studio including blacksmithing facility, main bench room, hammering, buffing and chemical rooms;
  • Develop professional skills necessary for a successful career in the arts;
  • Work with resident artists, visiting artists, and workshop lecturers;
  • Have access to professional groups both nationally and internationally;
  • Use cad-cam computer operated 3-D modeling equipment.

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