Degrees Offered

BFA in Metals / Jewelry / CAD-CAM

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.

BFA in Metals / Jewelry / CAD-CAM with Entrepreneurial Studies

In partnership with the Fox School of Business at Temple, Tyler School of Art offers BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies for all BFA major disciplines. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies is a 126 credit degree program integrating the disciplines of art and entrepreneurship. Program coursework includes 68 credit hours of art and art/related courses (which includes a 3-credit Tyler business, entrepreneurship or internship course); 14 credits of art history; 32 credits of Gen Ed; 3 credits of open electives and nine credits of Fox entreprenuership coursework. The BFA with Entrepreneurial Studies prepares students with the requisite skills for entrepreneurship in their respective studio discipline and necessary preparation to pursue graduate studies in their studio discipline, in entrepreneurship, or in similar professions upon graduation.

MFA in Metals / Jewelry / CAD-CAM

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.”