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Metals & Jewelry Design Careers

Make a living AND make a difference.

In the Allesee Metals and Jewelry Design program, you’ll converge the historical context of jewelry making and metal work with focused technical training in a variety of traditional and contemporary materials and processes, emerging prepared for a wide variety of careers in the commercial and fine art jewelry fields.

By stressing the technical and formal elements of design rather than the narrative or conceptual elements, and by facilitating internship opportunities through industry connections, the program enables you to enter the field immediately after graduation.

Possible Careers

  • Fine and Costume Jewelry Designer
  • Custom Goldsmith
  • Independent Production Design/Entrepreneur
  • Jewelry Design Educator
  • Jewelry Manufacturer
  • CAD Surfacer for Jewelry Design
  • Technical Designer (3D Printing and Jewelry Making)

Where KCAD Metals and Jewelry Design alumni work


Where KCAD Metals and Jewelry Design alumni have attended graduate school

  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, IL) – MFA Metals

Average Yearly Income

  • Jewelry Designer - $50,231 national*
  • Jeweler/Precious Stone and Metal Worker - $42,380 national**, $34,620 Michigan***

*Source: payscale.com

**Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

***Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics May 2015 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates - Michigan

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