I’ve mentioned on here before that I went to art school and have a BFA in jewelry & metalsmithing, but not all jewelers start out (or finish) that way. But for those of you who are interested in taking classes or completing a degree and you’re in the south eastern PA/MD area, here are some programs you can check out.
Tyler School of Art at Temple University – my alma mater and they just moved down to Main Campus and should have a brand new facility. I haven’t seen it, but I’m sure there’s a super computer lab attached. (And yes, my chalice is still on their website student gallery)
Moore College of Art & Design – I also have no personal knowledge of Moore’s jewelry program, but curiously their crafts department is listed as Fine Art 3D.
Millersville University – Christina Miller runs the Fine Arts Metals dept and this is where I did the Lancaster Radical Jewelry Makeover. I also know that Jen Townsend will be teaching some classes there as well. It’s not an art school, but they do have a good department that encourages artistic thought.
Not looking for a BFA/MFA but want an overview course or workshops? Check these programs out:
Maryland Institute, College of Art – While it is a fully accredited art school offering degree programs, the jewelry program isn’t itself a major (as far as I could tell), but there is a studio where I’ve taken workshops and they have a certificate program.
Harrisburg Area Community College -I also have no personal knowledge of their certificate program, but there are PA Guild of Craftsmen who are affiliated with the dept. They also offer a crafts marketing program of study and the Radius Gallery at the State Museum is also affiliated with them.
Montgomery College – This is where I audited classes to gain studio access when I lived in an apartment in Maryland. They offer basic courses and some enameling as well as hosting some of Washington Guild of Goldsmiths’ workshops.