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School of Jewelry & Metal Arts

Study Jewelry & Metal Arts

Design innovative jewelry with enhanced craftsmanship and attention to detail. Enhance your creative skills in wearable artwork to the professional level, learning from expert instructors who can help to nurture your experience with jewelry design and metalwork in our specialized crafting facilities.

Our graduates work at these respected studios and companies among others:

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Financial Aid for those who qualify.

“I feel like my experience at the Academy helped to make me a little more special. I have a lot of things I can share, not only about fine jewelry, but about all the other things I’ve learned and the steps I’ve taken in the past to get to this place.”

Jewelry & Metal Arts

Jizhi Li, MA 2015

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Executive Director, School of Jewelry & Metal Arts

Charlene Modena

Ms. Modena has an extensive background in both jewelry and sculpture and has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the world. She wants to help redefine the preconceived picture in student's mind of what jewelry can be and show all the things it can be, not just the cliché.

Areas of Interest

Creating a striking design or building requires skill and effort. Our hands-on Jewelry & Metal Arts curriculum, along with our experienced faculty, will provide the technical expertise necessary to develop artistic concepts and designs.

"I really appreciate all of the amazing instructors, directors, and the incredible students that were continuously raising the bar. I am incredibly grateful for the education I have gotten at the Academy of Art."

Student Work

Whether you're interested in casting and metal, intricate goldsmithing and precious gems, or gallery curation, our Jewelry & Metal Arts courses teach you the skills to create an artistic portfolio of work that you can carry into your career.

Online degrees available!

Learn from industry experts working in Jewelry & Metal Arts today.

Updated September 8, 2020

Covid-19 update from Art Academy University:

In preparation for the Fall 2020 Semester, the Academy’s covid-19 Task Force has been hard at work ensuring safety for anyone visiting our campus through the following measures:

  • Friendly safety reminders are posted throughout Academy buildings.
  • Sanitation stations are provided in buildings.
  • Social distance stickers are clearly marked in elevators, lobbies and on floors.
  • Plexiglass shields are at host desk and in restroom.
  • Buses are cleaned often and thoroughly.

Also, to stop the spread of COVID -19, wearing a mask is important. Masks are required to be worn at all times when in Academy buildings. but can be removed When the wearer is eating. Seated alone at their personal workstation or at least six feet away from another individual. Please note that a face mask must cover both the Nose and Mouth. Academy of Art University will also provide receptacles for used/soiled face coverings.

We recommend cloth/fabric masks or a 3-ply disposable medical grade mask. Bandannas and neck gaiters are not recommended as studies show these are not effective.

The face mask types and wearing protocols outlined above are designed in accordance with CDC guidelines and the city of San Francisco. We ask that you follow them so that we can all remain safe and healthy.

I am staying in the residence halls: may I remain in on-campus housing during Thanksgiving and/or the Intercession?

Yes you may request to remain in on-campus housing during the breaks. Please notify campus housing at 415-618-6335 or email: . During halls are open to all students.

Are any studios, Labs and woodshops/workshops open to students.

Yes the University is making available specific studios, Labs, and woodshops and workshops to student to reserve to complete projects and advisor on how to access facilities and to find out about associated fees and to make a reservation.