Enroll in a Jewelry & Metal Arts program like no other at Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California, where the next generation of jewelry designers learn to create exquisite jewelry, fine metal objects, and prototypes for mass production in our state-of-the-art facilities. Through advanced jewelry and metal arts courses, students will sharpen their design concepts and craft one-of-a-kind pieces from premium materials using techniques ranging from traditional metal design to digital 3D printing and laser cutting technology.

The School of Jewelry & Metal Arts degree program provides a hands-on environment for students. Our well-equipped studios provide students with access to the latest in laser-cutting technology, 3D modeling and printing, enameling, casting, welding, forging, smithing, and mixed media tools and applications for their projects. Our goal is to prepare students to become premier jewelry designers for a competitive global market, providing comprehensive instruction in production, presentation, and market insight. 

Discover the creative experience of a lifetime as you collaborate with other student artists from an array of different programs, including the School of Fashion, School of Photography, and School of Fine Art Sculpture. Our experienced professors will provide technical guidance and new sources of inspiration to help develop your vision for jewelry design and production at a world-class arts university in San Francisco.

Charlene Modena | Director, Jewelry & Small Metal Arts Charlene Modena received her MA in Sculpture from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metal Arts and an MFA in Sculpture from Academy of Art University. She also studied with the S.F. Art Institute, Penland School in North Carolina, and Haystack School in Maine, and conducted additional research in England, Mexico, Italy, and Hawaii. She has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the world, including the American Institute of Architects, the University of Guanajuato (Mexico), the Butler Institute of American Art, Elements Gallery, Velvet da Vinci, Ueno Royal Museum (Tokyo), and the Biennale Internationale de Limoges in France.

Gordon Silveria | Director of Arts Technology Native San Franciscan Gordon Silveria became an instructor in 1994, and has held numerous posts at the Academy, including Director of Illustration, Acting Director of Graduate New Media and 2D Animation, and Director of Alumni and Industry Outreach. As Director of Arts Technology, he primarily works with the Illustration and Jewelry and Metal Arts programs. He illustrated the best-selling children's math book The Greedy Triangle and holds an MFA in Sculpture and a BFA in Illustration from Academy of Art University.

RECENT GRADUATES: If you recently received a degree--BA, BFA, MA, or MFA--from this university, everything you need to know to upload your graduate portfolio can be found at this link. 

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Jewelry and Metal Arts Workshop, photo: Academy of Art University
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Jewelry and Metal Arts Workshop, photo: Academy of Art University
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Jewelry and Metal Arts Workshop, photo: Academy of Art University
Charlene Modena
Charlene Modena
Charlene Modena
Charlene Modena, Walking in the Woods: Full Moon Reflections, 2011, necklace, silver, iron, sacred basil wood; 24 inches, photo: Charlene Modena
Gordon Silveria
Gordon Silveria
Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University
Academy of Art University
Charlene Modena
Charlene Modena
Gordon Silveria