The MFA in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM draws artists from all over the United States and abroad. What they share is a deep commitment to extending their education in art, a passionate curiosity about the unique characteristics of materials, and the desire to work in the forefront of the Metals field, pioneering new attitudes, technologies, materials and processes that will lead the field in new directions.
The graduate curriculum is firmly grounded in the craft traditions, and committed to adopting emerging technologies, and new ideas, to advance the discipline. The state-of-the-art facility, combined with a rigorous curriculum, has positioned the M/J/C-C program to have an international presence.
For the past forty-five years, the graduate program in Metals and Jewelry has maintained a leadership role in the field. Widely known for its emphasis on CAD-CAM as a new medium, and its outstanding technical facilities, Tyler’s Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM MFA program targets four areas—artistic development, preparation for college teaching, designing for industry, and developing entrepreneurial skills.
Each of these aspects is addressed over the course of the program, through seminar courses, one-to-one meetings with faculty, and continuous exploration in the student’s own workspace in the graduate metals studio. The comprehensive curriculum highlights all aspects of jewelry making and the history of metalsmithing. Faculty members encourage each of the graduate students to develop and focus their own personal visions, while at the same time giving students the background they need to build a viable career around their artistry, through teaching, serving design firms, or establishing their own studios.
Students interested in pursuing teaching receive preparation ranging from closely mentored teaching assistantships to training in relevant technologies such as web page design and digital photography. All students share their singular creativity with the art community at Tyler and beyond through the Graduate thesis show, which is the final requirement for the MFA degree. As program founder and Program Head Stanley Lechtzin explains, “We have really managed to marry all of these components—advanced technology, philosophical vision, and practical application. This marriage of support for the newest artistic forms and real world successful job placement is a defining element of Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM at Tyler.”