Pratt Institute’s Undergraduate Jewelry program is part of the Department of Fine Arts, offering students a rich and rigorous educational experience. This internationally competitive program in the field of contemporary jewelry prepares students for a career that is filled with countless opportunities for success. Pratt’s Brooklyn location places it in close proximity to New York City’s jewelry and fashion design companies—among the best in the world—providing a wide range of creative stimuli and professional networking opportunities for the jewelry student. Countless museums and galleries further enrich the cultural experience. The historic Diamond District, located in mid-town Manhattan, provides convenient access to industry suppliers for tools, materials, and specialty techniques.

The jewelry course of study places strong emphasis on design, craft, theory, social responsibility, and professional development. Jewelry courses cover every facet of traditional metalworking skills, digital processes, design, history, theory, ethical practices, and professional development. Electives can be selected from not only the Fine Arts Department, but throughout the entire Institute, complimenting the core jewelry curriculum and providing a cross-disciplinary experience applicable to each student’s goals and interests. Fully equipped metalworking and enameling studios are at the student’s disposal, along with computer labs, 2D and 3D printing labs, laser cutting, CNC machining, woodworking, plastics, powder coating, and electroforming. All junior and senior jewelry majors are assigned an individual bench space in a designated studio with their peers, where collaboration and community are fostered.

Experiential learning takes students out of the studio-classroom and into the world. New York City’s myriad of cultural and commercial offerings provide the perfect backdrop for faculty accompanied student visits to pertinent museum and gallery exhibitions and talks, department store collections, and designer shops. The Pratt Jewelry program has cultivated significant relationships with prominent jewelry businesses, organizations, and notable individuals in the field, to provide students with strong professional experiences and support from the extended jewelry community. Students routinely participate in competitions, exhibitions, special projects, critiques with faculty, peers and guests, and mentorship programs. Nationally and internationally acclaimed contemporary jewelers are invited each semester to present public talks or participate in panels where students gain insights into current trends and the maker’s studio practice. 

Exchange options for qualifying students include Israel, Scotland, Netherlands, and Japan, enhancing the global and cross-cultural learning experience. Scholarships for summer study at various craft schools around the country, as well as a range of additional partnership programs with various companies and institutions help support students to broaden their experience and make life long connections that will propel their careers. Graduates of the jewelry program are poised to become leaders in the field with the globally recognized reputation of Pratt Institute, and a creative, authentic, and innovative approach to art, design, and making. 

JEWELRY COORDINATOR

Patricia Madejapmadeja@pratt.edu

JEWELRY STUDIO TECHNICIAN

Aubrey Hillman ahillman@pratt.edu

Jewelry Faculty


Studio

Karen Bachmann
David Butler
Mary Beth Rozkewicz
Aubrey Hillman

Digital Technologies and Design

Ho’o Hee
Russell Jones
Ashley Marcovitz

History, Theory, and Professional Practices

Karen Bachmann
Toni Greenbaum
Mary Beth Rozkewicz
Katrin Zimmermann


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Curriculum

Requirements for BFA Jewelry, 2017

  • Semester 1

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-140 Visualization/Representation

    FDC-150 Space, Form, Process
    OR
    FORM 
    OR
    PROCESS 

    FDC-160 Light Color Design Lab
    OR
    COLOR 
    OR
    DESIGN LAB 

    HA-111 Themes in Art and Culture I

    HMS-101A Literary and Critical Studies I

  • Semester 2

    Complete these courses.

    FDC-141 Visualization/Representation/Concept

    FDC-161 Light Color Design Studio
    OR
    COLOR 
    OR
    DESIGN STUDIO 

    FDC-180 Time and Movement

    HA-112 Themes in Art and Culture II

  • Semester 2 Core

    Complete one of the following Social Science Core Global Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-203G Global History to 1800
    OR
    SS-204G Global History Since 1800
    OR
    SS-209G Introduction to Anthropology
    OR
    SS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient World
    OR
    SS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great Khans
    OR
    SS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International System
    OR
    SS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational Perspective
    OR
    SS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global Identities
    OR
    SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
    OR
    SSWI-234G Century of Genocides
    OR
    SSWI-241G Cities and Globalization
    OR
    SSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800
    OR
    SSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back

  • Semester 3

    Complete these courses.

    JWLR-205 Jewelry I

    FAU-231 Seminar:Ideation and Conceptualization Jewelers

    Complete 6 credits from Painting or Printmaking or Drawing or Sculpture courses.
  • Semester 3 Core

    Complete one of the following Thinking Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    SS-201T Sustainable Core
    OR
    SS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and Protest
    OR
    SSWI-210T General Psycholgy
    OR
    SSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and Settlers
    OR
    SSWI-233T Violence As Politics
    OR
    SSWI-235T Education and Society
    OR
    SSWI-237T Death & Dying
    OR
    SSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary City
    OR
    SSWI-250T The Ethics of Research
    OR
    SSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The Humanities
    OR
    SSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of Gender
    OR
    SSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and Consumption
    OR
    SSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and Representation
    OR
    SSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, Identity
    OR
    SSWI-228TP Introduction ot Theory and Critique
    OR
    SSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History

  • Semester 4

    Complete these courses.

    JWLR-206 Jewelry II

    JWLR-221 Perspectives in Jewelry Cad/Cam Tech

    TECH-223 Lost Wax Casting for Jewelry
    OR
    TECH-225 Jewelry Beyond Metal

    HA-551 Issues in Art History

    HMS-201A Literary and Critical Studies II

  • Semester 4 Core

    Complete one of the following Math Science Core Electives. Complete two Writing Intensive courses (SSWI, MSWI) out of your Social Science Global Elective, Social Science Thinking Elective, and Math/Science Core Elective.

    MSCI-220C Science of Light
    OR
    MSCI-222C Intro. to Electronics
    OR
    MSCI-223C Astronomy
    OR
    MSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our Universe
    OR
    MSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's Materials
    OR
    MSCI-250C Geology
    OR
    MSCI-251C Planet Earth
    OR
    MSCI-252C Natural Catastrophes
    OR
    MSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & Creators
    OR
    MSWI-210C Science & Society
    OR
    MSWI-224C The Physics of Music
    OR
    MSWI-230C Chemistry of Pigments
    OR
    MSWI-260C Evolution
    OR
    MSWI-270C Ecology, Environment & Anthropocene

  • Semester 5

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.

    JWLR-305 Jewelry III

    JWLR-311 2D Digital+design for Jewelers

    TECH-323 Metalsmithing for Table Top
    OR
    TECH-325 Color on Metal


  • Semester 6

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.

    JWLR-306 Jewelry IV

    JWLR-329 Jewelry Bench Skills Mechanics

    FAU-331 Seminar: Theory and Criticism of Contemporary Jewelry

    Complete a History or Art or Design Elective
  • Semester 7

    Complete these courses plus 3 Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) Level Elective credits and 3 All Institute Elective credits.

    JWLR-405 Jewelry V

    JWLR-411 Jewelry Concepts and Collections

    FAU-441 Fine Arts Seminar III

  • Semester 8

    Complete these courses plus 6 credits of Liberal Arts Post-Core (300/400) Level Electives.

    JWLR-406 Jewelry VI

    JWLR-431 Jewelry:Professional Practices