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Our internationally competitive undergraduate jewelry program offers you a rich and rigorous educational experience, preparing you for a career that is filled with countless opportunities in the field of contemporary jewelry.



Pratt Munson’s jewelry program is the premier jewelry program in Central New York

Utilizing the Colleges well-equipped studio, students will be introduced to basic metal-craft jewelry making techniques, while learning about jewelry and metal-smithing design, creativity, fabrication, and social responsibility.


All first-year students take the Foundation program’s core curriculum, along with required art history and liberal arts courses, and begin the fine arts major curriculum in the fall of the second year. While continuing with their required art history and general education coursework, second-year students take more focused courses in their chosen area of emphasis, whether painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and integrated practices, or jewelry. In addition to their studio requirements, all fine arts students take a series of departmental seminars that address social, historical, and critical issues in contemporary art.

Learning Outcomes 

+Understand basic design principles, emphasizing both two- and three-dimensional design;

+ Understand the possibilities and limitations of materials used in the fabrication process;

+ Gain knowledge and skills in the use of tools, techniques and processes, including their roles in the production of work from concept to finished object;

+ Understand the aesthetic use of raw materials as well as technical benchworking procedures for the direct fabrication of pieces;

+Design and execute jewelry and metalwork using a variety of metals and other materials;

+ Have experience in cold connections, soldering, casting, and other metalworking processes;

+ Understand the place of jewelry and fine metalworking in the histories of art, design and culture;

+ Have a functional knowledge of basic business practices;

+ Have a basic understanding of end-user psychology, human form and function, and user interface;

+ Be able to work independently and complete final projects.

Careers in Jewelry

Jewelry Designer, Bench Jeweler, CAD/CAM Jewelry Designer, Jewelry Maker/Artisan, Gemstone Setter, Enamelist, Jewelry Repair Technician, Jewelry Sales Associate,  Jewelry Appraiser, Jewelry Educator/Instructor, Custom Jeweler, Artisanal Metalsmith, Jewelry Photographer, Jewelry Entrepreneur, Jewelry Curator