Jewelry & Metalsmithing
We’re quite proud of our Jewelry and Metalwork facilities which are some of the best in California. There are 21 work areas well equipped with tools for student use in a space designed to foster a studio community. Our in depth curriculum is part of an AA in Art with an emphasis in Jewelry and focuses on mastery of technique and materials exploration supported with separate areas for casting, etching and enameling, and forming and finishing. Our students’ work has received attention from Art Jewelry magazine, 500 Necklaces, 500 Earrings, 500 Wedding Rings, won a Niche Award, a Women’s Jewelry Association scholarship, SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship and been exhibited in numerous local, regional and national shows.
We partner regularly with local and national organizations in jewelry, metals and crafts to create a network that supports our students goals after leaving the classroom. Our students have continued on to win a Windgate Fellowship, attend GIA, CSU Long Beach and CSU Fullerton, Oregon College of Art and Craft, Kendall College of Art and Design, California College of the Arts, San Diego State University, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Many students start their own businesses after interning with local artists.
The studio is supported by professionals in the field, Adjunct Faculty Tammy Young Eun Kim, Christiana Updegraff and Rachel Shimpock. Our students begin here by learning the tremendous possibilities inside Jewelry and Metalwork and then develop a network for pursuing their various goals throughout their careers.