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    Dec 05, 2022  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Studio Art with a concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry, BFA

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The Metalsmithing and Jewelry concentration will shape your future through a program which sits at an exciting crossroads between traditional and contemporary art, design and craft practice. It all starts with materials and idea research with outcomes that push the possibilities of silversmithing, blacksmithing, and contemporary forms of personal expression in adornment.  The program in metalsmithing and jewelry is designed to shape investigations through the study of history, theory, technical processes, cutting edge technologies, conceptual strategies, experimentation, professionalism and interdisciplinary possibilities.

Students are supported by passionate and professional faculty and staff at the forefront of their disciplines who promote excellence and who are committed to nurturing and sustaining the development of each student. Outside of the studio, students participate in the student organization, the UNT Metals Club, which sponsors visiting artist workshops, gallery exhibitions, sales and annual travel to conferences and workshops.

Throughout the curriculum, students work in a collaborative and supportive environment with regular access to materials, equipment, and library resources related to the study of metalsmithing and jewelry. The studio environment is one where students explore formal and conceptual concerns in jewelry, hollowware and small art objects.

The Metalsmithing and Jewelry minor is designed to encourage students from all areas of the university to explore the possibilities of metal and adornment. Students pursuing the BFA complete a final portfolio of focused work. 

Program requirements


Admission requirements

In addition to the university admission requirements, applicants to the College of Visual Arts and Design must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Freshman applicants must have a verbal SAT score of 450 or higher, or an English ACT score of 18 or higher.
  • Transfer applicants (including those transferring from another major within the university) must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

Students who do not meet the minimum requirements listed above may submit a one-page support document/images that may be taken into consideration during the admission process. At the time of the application, this optional document/images should be submitted to Applicants admitted under these circumstances will be admitted on a conditional basis. They will be required to earn a GPA of 2.5 during their first semester to continue as a major or pre-major in the college.

Pre-major requirements

See Studio Art pre-major  requirements.

General degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a major in studio art will meet the following requirements:

Hours required and general/college requirements

A minimum of 120 total semester hours of which 42 must be advanced, and fulfillment of degree requirements for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree as specified under the “General University Requirements ” in the Academic section of this catalog and the College of Visual Arts and Design  requirements.

Metalsmithing and Jewelry concentration

6 hours from

Program review requirements

Mid-point Review administered while student is enrolled in second 3000-level Metalsmithing and Jewelry course.  Students must pass the Metalsmithing and Jewelry Mid-point Review in order to proceed to the 4000-level Metalsmithing and Jewelry courses.

Additional course requirements

  • 3 additional hours from the metalsmithing and jewelry options
  • 6 hours (3 advanced) from a second craft
  • 3 hours from a third craft
  • 6 advanced hours of art history (3 of which must be AEAH 4840 )
  • 18 hours (15 advanced) of art electives


Hours required for electives may vary based on course selection and the University Core Curriculum Requirements. Electives may be required to satisfy the advanced hour requirement (42) and/or the minimum total hours required for the degree. For specific information see an academic advisor in the College of Visual Arts and Design Student Services Office, Art Building, Room 232.

Other requirements

  • 24 advanced hours must be completed at UNT.
  • 36 hours of art (including at least 12 advanced hours) must be completed at UNT.
  • Transfer course work substituted for required UNT art courses must be approved by a student’s faculty advisor during the degree audit process.
  • A 2.5 grade point average must be maintained in all art courses; only a grade of C (2.0) or better in art courses will count toward degree requirements.

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