Graduate Program in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling | School of Art | Kent State University

Graduate Program in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling

The School of Art offers both the Master of Arts degree in Studio Art and the Master of Fine Arts degree in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling. Both programs prepare students with the professional skills, strategies, and experiences necessary to ignite and sustain the momentum for a career in studio craft, teaching or other facets of the field. Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s top graduate programs in the visual arts, the School of Art at Kent State University provides abundant opportunities for graduate students to advance their skills in all areas of studio art.  We offer the only MFA program in northeast Ohio, and the only program in the state of Ohio to offer this breadth of studio specialties.

The program places a strong emphasis on critical thinking and allows students to build individual research strategies for developing a coherent and distinctive body of work. Investigations of inter-media and interdisciplinary relationships are part of the curricular focus. Students are expected to be conscious of and involved in contemporary practices, discourse, and trends nationally and globally among the field and within the larger arts/crafts/design movements. In addition to time in their own studio, graduate students have opportunities to enhance existing skills and knowledge by observing undergraduate class demonstrations and critiques. Graduate students are encouraged to use both traditional and contemporary studio practices while having access to an array of metalsmithing equipment, enameling kilns, as well as a school-wide digital fabrication lab.

Highlights of our program include:

  • Dedicated studio space for graduate students
  • Competitive Graduate Assistantships that offer tuition remission and a stipend
  • Working with a range of graduate faculty 
  • Renowned visiting artist program
  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities, equipment and tools
  • Travel study opportunities every semester

All of the School of Art studios and classrooms are located under one roof in the Center for the Visual Arts, which had its grand opening in 2016.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applicants are expected to have a B.F.A. or B.A. in jewelry/metalsmithing or equivalent experience or skill, with a 2.75 overall grade-point average (3.0 in the art major).

Graduate Application Requirements

information on our application process

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

FALL ADMISSION: FEBRUARY 2

SPRING ADMISSION: SEPTEMBER 15

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact Assistant Professor, Andrew Kuebeck at akuebeck@kent.edu or 330-672-2910.

GENERAL INFORMATION

The faculty in Jewelry/Metals/Enameling has been strong since the beginning of the program in 1950. Over the years, Mary Ann Scherr, Paul Van Dynwick, Bruce Metcalf, and Kathleen Browne were program heads. For many years, Mel Someroski headed the enameling area. 

MASTER OF ARTS PROGRAM OUTLINE

23 hours-studio studies
3 hours-Art History
6 hours-ART 67199, M.A. Thesis
32 Total
 
 

MASTER OF FINE ARTS PROGRAM OUTLINE

36 hours - studio studies
9 hours - electives
9 hours - art history
6 hours - ART 69199, M.F.A Thesis
60 total