Degrees offered in the Metalsmithing program include:


Metalsmithing Program

The UAF Metalsmithing program offers BFA and MFA degrees in Metalsmithing. The undergraduate studio courses in jewelry making and metal fabrication are offered at three skill levels. Beginning students learn to manipulate flat nonferrous sheet and wire; Intermediate students learn toolmaking, casting, and cold connections; Advanced students learn to manipulate metal with hammers, heat, chemicals, and other tools. Students learn critical thinking in designing functional/non-functional objects and through problem-solving during the project’s completion. Students are encouraged to develop their aesthetics and technical skills through experimentation in design and use of materials.

Juanita Webb grinds a steel blade in her summer sessions metalsmithing class in the UAF Fine Arts Complex. | UAF Photo by Todd Paris
Azielle Tirrell shows off the swan earrings she is making in Metalsmithing class during the 2022 Summer Visual Arts Academy at the UAF Art Department in the Fine Arts Complex on the UAF campus Tuesday, June 14, 2022. | UAF Photo by Eric Engman
Beginning students learn to pierce, saw, file, sand, solder, buff and polish non-ferrous metal. They learn to construct a bezel and set a cabochon, cut and polish cabochons, and fabricate a cylindrical container. Intermediate students add to their skill set by making their own steel tools or stamps, as well as learning how to cast using cuttlefish, sand casting, and lost wax casting. Intermediates also learn cold connection techniques and the fabrication of a angular container. Advanced students design projects based on learning new skills: forging, raising and sinking, enameling, reticulation, fusing, foldforming, advanced stone setting techniques, die forming, fusing mokume gane, and exploring alternate materials such as concrete, anodized titanium, and acrylic resin.



Metalwork in progress lined up on an anvil



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Patricia Carlson

Patricia Carlson

Adjunct Instructor in Metalsmithing




students at work on the bench in the metalsmithing studio