In Tyler’s Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program, established in 1962 by Program Head Stanley Lechtzin, students learn to design jewelry and objects of great beauty and utility using state-of-the-art tools and materials, and they learn how to make a living doing it. Students in the Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program, using materials ranging from gold, silver, aluminum and bronze to modern titanium and plastics, create rings, pins, earrings, bracelets, furniture, toys, and other functional objects and product design. The faculty emphasize traditional techniques and their historical significance as well as, in advanced courses, encouraging students to use the latest technologies in the field.
Tyler’s is not only one of the largest Metals/Jewelry programs in the country; it is also the only one in the world with an emphasis on CAD-CAM (Computer-Aided Design–Computer-Aided Manufacture) at all degree levels. As Lechtzin points out, “Some of our faculty members have been working with these technologies since their inception. That experience, along with the advantages of our size and facilities, allows us to offer a great deal more diversity in our curriculum, including specialized courses such as Color in Metal, Plastics, Production Processes, and Photo Etching in Jewelry. This variety means our students are prepared for a wider range of work.”
The program requires BFA candidates to take a minimum of one year of CAD-CAM work, as well as a Business Practices in Crafts course that explores and prepares students for opportunities in industry, business, and education, and also highlights the skills needed to create a professional visual portfolio and establish an independent studio.
The program’s many talented and successful alumni have chosen a variety of career paths, including toy design, table-top design, architectural hardware, furniture design, special effects and effects make-up, footwear, fashion and accessory design, as well as fine, commercial, fashion, and studio craft jewelry sold at craft shows, galleries and museum gift shops worldwide.
The facilities in Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM are considered among the most advanced at any art school. In addition to the outstanding computer resources, the studios include a completely equipped electroforming lab. For a virtual tour of the facilities available to students, please visit www.temple.edu/crafts.
There is a great deal of interaction between the program’s undergraduate and graduate students. Third- and fourth-year BFA students work closely with both faculty and graduate student tutors. Seniors have the opportunity to join the Senior Metals Seminar and acquire a private workspace. Students thrive on the opportunity for collaboration within the program and also outside it, through established exchange programs with Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem, and Scotland’s Edinburgh School of Art.
As Lechztin sums up the Metals/Jewelry program, “We have a real commitment to staying at the cutting edge of technology, a commitment to preparing students for a successful economic life in art and design, and genuine, strong support for our students’ unique artistic visions. The successful marriage of these elements is what sets us apart.”
The Metals/Jewelry/CAD-CAM program is a founding member of Cad-LabOration, which is a consortium of metals/jewelry programs that currently house 3D printing facilities. One of CadLabOration’s missions is the sharing of existing technologies among the member programs.