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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

Earn an Associate of Fine Arts (AFA) Degree

JCCC offers an Associate of Fine Arts degree that lets you tailor your learning experience to match your interests.

  • AFA with the Fine Arts Track - This track is a general degree focusing on Fine Arts.
  • AFA with the Lens-based Media Track - This track offers you the flexibility to focus on Photography or Flimmaking.

For details about how to plan your classes, contact Tonia Hughes at

[Catalog] Associate of Fine Arts, AFA

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. Check out Get Involved @ JCCC to find a group that fits your interests.

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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.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.