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B.F.A. in Art, Metalsmithing

The Art – Metalsmithing major at Colorado State University offers students the opportunity to explore a range of traditional techniques and processes, while emphasizing formal and conceptual development within their own artistic practice.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, August
Tuition Fee: $32,734 per year
Location: Fort Collins, CO, United States

Class projects during this Art – Metalsmithing major at Colorado State University introduce and strengthen technical skills, and provide awareness of both historical and contemporary practice within the field.

Students are encouraged to enter regional and national juried exhibitions, to participate in workshops and conferences, and ultimately to locate and establish a place for themselves within the field of contemporary jewelry and metalsmithing, either professionally, academically, or both.

Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate:

  • Fundamental knowledge and mastery of media and processes necessary to communicate meaning in a work of art.
  • Ability to communicate clearly about their own art and the art of others.
  • Knowledge about and be well versed in contemporary art and demonstrate the motivation to view and discuss current local, regional, and national exhibitions.

Potential Occupations

Art graduates possess a number of transferable communication, analytical, and critical thinking skills appropriate for work in traditional business as well as positions in academia and roles as freelance artists, graphic designers, art educators, art historians, studio fine artists and as “creatives” in government and industry.

Many employers appreciate art majors for their multiple skills and their ability to adapt to a variety of tasks and work environments. Participation in internships, cooperative education, and service learning opportunities is highly recommended to enhance practical training and development. Graduates who go on for advanced studies can attain more responsible positions with the possibility of rising to top professional levels.



“My experience at CSU, and particularly in the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology has been invaluable! The program was both challenging and supportive.”

Sara Bombaci // Master of Science

Courses included

  • Issues and Practices in Art
  • Global Art History
  • Foundations – Form and Observation
  • Foundations – Color and Composition
  • Foundations – Materials and Space
  • Global Art History