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.
Requirements for BFA Jewelry
- Semester 1
- Semester 2
- 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 1800ORSS-204G Global History Since 1800ORSS-209G Introduction to AnthropologyORSS-218G Salvation from Despair: Spiritual Awakenings in the Ancient WorldORSS-220G Islam from Muhammad to the Great KhansORSS-236G Comparative RevolutionsORSS-246G Lines in the sand:Borders, Nation-State And the Modern International SystemORSS-249G Secret Activities of the CIA And the Modern International SystemORSS-256GP Law, War and Empire in Modern World HistoryORSS-261G Sexual Politics in Transnational PerspectiveORSS-278G Caribbean Music and Festivals: Shapers Of National and Global IdentitiesORSSWI-222G Making/Faking NatureORSSWI-234G Century of GenocidesORSSWI-241G Cities and GlobalizationORSSWI-242G Culture, Identity, Power: 1300-1800ORSSWI-245G The Empire Strikes Back
- Semester 3
- 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 CoreORSS-247TP Revolution Now!:Students, Politics and ProtestORSSWI-210T General PsychologyORSSWI-224T Nomads and Settlers Nomads and SettlersORSSWI-233T Violence As PoliticsORSSWI-235T Education and SocietyORSSWI-237T Death & DyingORSSWI-240T Shaping the Contemporary CityORSSWI-250T The Ethics of ResearchORSSWI-255T Telling Tales: Narrative and Meaning in The HumanitiesORSSWI-262T Contemporary Theories of GenderORSSWI-276T Music,Creativity, and ConsumptionORSSWI-288T Animals:Ethics and RepresentationORSSWI-291T England Bloody England: Nation, Myth, IdentityORSSWI-228TP Introduction to Theory and CritiqueORSSWI-244TP Memphis to Ferguson: Rethinking Modern American History
- Semester 4
- 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 LightORMSCI-222C Intro. to ElectronicsORMSCI-223C AstronomyORMSCI-225C Starstruck: Meet Our UniverseORMSCI-232C Chemistry of Arist's MaterialsORMSCI-250C GeologyORMSCI-251C Planet EarthORMSCI-252C Natural CatastrophesORMSCI-283C Breeders, Propagators, & CreatorsORMSWI-210C Science & SocietyORMSWI-224C The Physics of Acoustic MusicORMSWI-230C Chemistry of PigmentsORMSWI-260C EvolutionORMSWI-263C The Biological Significance of Art and TechonologyORMSWI-270C Ecology Environment and Anthropocene
- Semester 5
- Semester 6
- Semester 7
- Semester 8
JEWELRY STUDIO TECHNICIAN
Aubrey Hillman firstname.lastname@example.org
Digital Technologies and Design
History, Theory, and Professional Practices
Ada Chen, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18
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Maya Weiss, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18
Reina Kim, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18
Reina Kim, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18
Sarah Saunders, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’17
Willie Kane, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18
Yutian Tao, Fine Arts, Jewelry BFA ’18