Jewelry and Metalwork

Cameron Lyden, MFA 2015

image: Cameron Lyden MFA 2015  

The MFA program at The University of Georgia in Jewelry and Metalwork is a comprehensive 60-hour program of study emphasizing conceptual development, technical/material innovation and critical analysis where research and creative practice take center stage. Concluding with the development of
a mature and coherent body of work, our program serves as a springboard for a career as a creative professional in the field
and beyond.

Our program includes internationally recognized faculty: Area Chair/ Associate Professor Mary Hallam Pearse, Assistant Professor Demitra Thomloudis and distinguished Emeritus faculty Gary Noffke and Robert Jackson. 

Working closely with individual instructors, students are guided as they develop an individual material and visual language. Importance is placed on expanding the student’s knowledge of the history of the discipline, contemporary ideas in the field and within the larger art world. The self-directed plan of study is individualized and requires a high degree of motivation. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to conduct research as they build towards identifying a thesis topic which will exemplify the student’s skill as a researcher and studio artist.  With the culmination of graduate research, all MFA students work closely with the Georgia Museum of Art where they will present their thesis exhibition. The conclusion of the thesis project will assist as a platform for the pursuit of independent work beyond the institution.

Melissa K. Walter, MFA 2011

image: Melissa K. Walter MFA 2011


Students are encouraged to take full advantage of the many opportunities within the field by actively applying for exhibitions, attending conferences and workshops relative to the field. The program of study is further enriched by the exemplary school wide programing in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, area specific visiting artist program, study abroad programs, field trips to galleries and museums organized by the department and the participation in the dynamic student run organization, Phi Beata Heata.

Our program offers generous assistantships which are highly competitive and cover tuition costs + stipend. Assistantships are renewable year to year and generally last for three years. First year Graduate Assistants work for the school of art and in the following years have the opportunity to teach classes with the Lamar Dodd School of Art. 

Program of Study

The Jewelry and Metalwork Program offers an area specific seminar class required by MFA candidates each semester where student work is critiqued regularly and critical discourse pertaining to the field and the larger arts/crafts/design areas and trends are analyzed and discussed. Additionally, candidates are required to take an MFA Open Seminar and Pedagogy course with all first year LDSOA MFA candidates. Candidates course of study will also include two Art History courses, one Criticism course and the opportunity to take courses within the School and Art and the University at large to build individual research directions. 

Graduate Facilities

The Jewelry and Metalwork graduate studios offer our candidate’s a private, well-equipped space to make, collaborate and research. Each individual studio is furnished with a jeweler’s bench, large work bench, and ample storage with the opportunity to reconfigure and adapt the space as each candidate builds their studio practice amongst supportive graduate peers and faculty.