Academics

Jewelry + Metalsmithing

student making jewelry

Spanning the gamut from traditional goldsmithing to experimental processes and materials, Jewelry + Metalsmithing offers a tight-knit community of students and faculty fully engaged with the discipline. Critical analysis and an open exchange of ideas support each individual's exploration of the relationship of jewelry to the body.

Degree programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)

With a focus on both traditional gold- and silversmithing and contemporary methods of making, the Jewelry + Metalsmithing BFA provides the means to develop your own aesthetic and interpretation of the art form.

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

In Jewelry + Metalsmithing’s MFA program, you research, experiment and iterate to produce adornments and sculptural metalworks that reflect a personal vision grounded in social and environmental responsibility.

Post-baccalaureate (Post-B)

This one-year tutorial meets you at your experience and skill level to provide individualized instruction on the historical, technical and material foundations of jewelry making and metalsmithing.

In the studio

Undergraduate and graduate students bounce ideas off each other and work in close proximity as they hone technical skills and become adept at working with a wide range of metals and other materials.

Featured stories

Brilliant Debut

RISD’s Jewelry + Metalsmithing department launches a virtual pop-up exhibition promoting work by recent graduates.

Curating a Retro-Futuristic Show at MAD

Alumna Kellie Riggs 11 JM curates a retro-futuristic jewelry exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC.

Bare Bones Beauty

Visiting artist Luci Jockel transforms bits and pieces from animals into wearable art that points to the fragility of nature.

Student work

J+M ShowShop

Featuring select senior degree project pieces from Jewelry + Metalsmithing’s BFA Class of 2021, J+M ShowShop is virtual pop-up exhibition that offers limited-edition work for sale. The show highlights the diversity of concepts, process, materials and finished forms that J+M students bring together at the completion of their degree program. The work included in ShowShop is supported by artist statements illuminating each degree project.

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J+M majors graduate with a strong grasp of their individual expressive capabilities and a solid foundation on which to build a career as a jewelry artist, production designer, metalsmith, teacher, gallery owner — or any number of entrepreneurial pursuits that involve designing and making.

Alumni at work

Tzu-Ju Chen BFA 00 | jewelry designer

Balancing a studio practice with her position as senior jewelry designer at FGX International, Tzu-Ju Chen creates work that incorporates artistic traditions from around the world. At FGX she designs products for labels such as No Boundary and Style & Co. and works closely with art directors, clients and overseas vendors. Chen draws inspiration from various cultures encountered during her travels—including her year in Rome as part of RISD's European Honors Program. A subsequent Fulbright Fellowship in China further fueled her research into working with unorthodox materials.

Lauren Tickle MFA 09 | jewelry artist

In her Increasing Value series, Lauren Tickle makes materialism explicit by using American dollars to create brooches, cufflinks, necklaces and more. After being selected one of eight winners of the international Preziosa Young 2013 Design Competition, Tickle took part in an exhibition that traveled to Italy, Germany and Poland, and also took home the Inhorgenta Munich 2014 prize. Closer to home, she creates work sold at the MoMA Design Store in NYC, among other venues.

multiple polishing brushes on a table