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METL 504 A History of Jewelry

METL 504.  A History of Jewelry.  3 Credits.   H   

This course explores the history from Sumeria to the 21st century of the use of metals and gemstones in the creation of decorative art for personal adornment. Students explore the evolution of the role of jewelry in ancient culture and modern society and survey individuals whose ideas and work influenced generations of goldsmiths and jewelers around the globe. The class studies primitive tools and modern manufacturing techniques, the history of gemstone cutting and setting and the origin and development of gemstones as symbols. Prerequisite: ART 132.

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art

The Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art is a four-year, 120 credit hour degree program. The first year is spent in foundations courses where students focus on the development of their creative and technical skills. After the foundation year, students can select to concentrate in several degree emphasis areas.