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Shape your future as you focus on your own creative vision of sculpture.

What will I learn about Metal and Silversmithing?

Shape your future as you focus on your own creative vision of sculpture. Our state-of-the-art studios are waiting for you! Experiment with forms and techniques while being surrounded by faculty and peers who share your passion, give feedback and offer inspiration. Create your most beautiful work using a variety of metals as you master advanced casting. You’ll start by getting familiar with smithing jargon and advanced terms, tools and techniques and later create wearables.

You’ll gain knowledge in:

  • Casting
  • Fabrication
  • Construction

Why JCCC for Metal and Silversmithing?

Our Metal and Silversmithing courses involve jewelry making, and they encourage you to experiment with metalsmithing. You will make original sterling silver works of art.

Our experienced Fine Arts faculty stress safe handling and disposal practices, and use protective measures for equipment.

You’ll learn in interactive classrooms and labs housed in our new 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Fine Arts & Design Studios (FADS).

As a Fine Arts student, you’ll have access to:

  • Year-round covered outdoor workspaces
  • Ventilated studios with separate spaces
  • Cross-discipline collaboration in multiple-use classrooms

JCCC Fine Arts professors are engaged in local, regional, and international venues, exhibitions, and activities. They attend emerging-trends conferences and workshops to stay up to date on the latest techniques.

The JCCC campus is home to the internationally recognized Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. By featuring a world-class collection of permanent works and traveling exhibitions, the Museum serves as a vital learning resource for students and the community.

You may also exhibit your creations through these outlets:

  • The Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional and national levels, such as those sponsored by the League for Innovation in the Community College, put your work in front of industry professionals and give it a wider community audience.

JCCC has plenty of opportunities for students to get involved and gain more experience. By joining the organization Community of Visual Professionals (CVP), you’ll have the chance to attend art talks by successful artists from around the country, region, and world. This student organization encourages artistic expression through group critiques and workshops.

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Advanced techniques learned at JCCC will make you valuable in the workforce and give you confidence in:

  • Chainmaking
  • Chasing/Repoussé
  • Marriage of metals
  • Raising and stone setting
  • Photoetching
  • Reticulation

With experience in metalsmithing you are on your way to becoming a custom jewelry designer. Couple your knowledge with business and entrepreneurial classes and you’ll be equipped to become your own boss.

Other career paths include:

  • sculptor
  • jewelry repair, appraisal and restoration
  • engraver
  • CAD designer for rendering metals
  • designer for retail stores or exhibitions
  • instructor

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

At JCCC, we know that money is an important factor in pursuing your education. This is why we work hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer JCCC students:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.