Of course, art is personal to its creator. But when it comes to art people put on their bodies, like tattoos, clothes, and jewelry, it becomes intensely personal to the wearer, too. Jewelry design reveals both the artist's and the wearer's notion of beauty. You'll learn technical, aesthetic, conceptual, critical, and professional skills as you explore the ancient art of metals and jewelry as 3D art.
In Kendall's Allesee Metals & Jewelry Design program, you'll create wearable and functional art, explore sculpture, 3D design, and illustration using copper, bronze, silver, gold, plastics, and stainless steel. Explore the history of metalworking as well as traditional and technology-based methods for producing your work. Learn how to research, design, make models, cast, and work in hollow ware. Use some of the best-equipped studios in the country with wax injection systems, laser welding, lathes, 3D printing systems, and more.
From a combination of perceptual psychology and ethnographic research,the student will explore the underlying elements of how we perceive, react and relate to the designed world. The student will consider the physiological and learned behaviors that shape our interactions with the built environment with an emphasis on experiential and emotional design.
Freehand drawing using basic perspective principles and quick sketch techniques.
Advanced freehand drawing and sketching with the addition of color media.
A problem-solving course covering the principles of composition and modular design systems. Uses predominately abstract shapes and black, white, and achromatic gray ranges.(Students who have earned credit for VISC 110, Design I, may not use credit earned in KCPA 110 to meet graduation requirements.)
To explore the elements, principles and aesthetic concepts integral to three-dimensional design and to consider relationships between concept, process, materials, tools and technical skills. (Students who have earned credit for ARTS 120, 3-D Design, may not use credit earned in KCSF 11 to meet graduation requirements.)
An introduction to product sketching and presentation techniques used in the industrial design profession.
The creation, manipulation, and employment of three-dimensional, digital models in the industrial design process.
Emphasizes gesture drawing, sighting the figure, basic compositional concerns, precise linear construction, and structural aspects of the figure. Anatomical focus is on the skeletal structure and its effect on surface form. Tonal construction introduced late in the semester.
Students will study the illustration of contemporary fashions, designs and accessories as well as research the work of current fashion illustrators. Course work will include practical techniques of fashion illustration along with experimentation with various media.
Students will be introduced to the materials and processes of metalsmithing through technical demonstrations, design exercises, and the creation of original works. Coursework includes research projects, technique samples, form generation studies, and finished objects in metal.
Students will learn to work with wax by addition or subtraction resulting in models which are cast using the lost wax method. Emphasis will be placed on the ability to carve and model to specified dimensions, as well as concentrating on the unique formal attributes and possibilities of casting. Students will also be introduced to rubber mold making and wax injection.
A topical course on the introduction of a niche technique, the advanced study of a traditional or modern technique, and/or the exploration of a design category or theme. This course allows the metals/jewelry design program to respond to student interest in a particular area, industry-driven demand, or other expressed need or capacity to offer a particular topic.
Metals/Jewelry Design I and II courses combine cultural, client, situational, technical and aesthetic research to arrive at original and effective jewelry design solutions. Students will be required to design one or more jewels each semester in response to a project brief that varies each semester. Design I reinforces basic design skills, introduces jewelry-specific design criteria, and allows students to effectively integrate process knowledge to generate convincing prototypes and production plans.
Introduces Metals/Jewelry Design majors with a hands-on survey of the jewelry industry through the work of the trade jeweler. A selection of bench techniques that build on basic skills will be introduced including repair, sizing, and precise fabrication. Concepts and processes introduced in other courses will be augmented to reflect professional production standards.
Metals/Jewelry Design I and II courses combine cultural, client, situational, technical and aesthetic research to arrive at original and effective jewelry design solutions. Students will be required to design one or more jewels each semester in response to a project brief that varies each term. Design II reinforces existing jewelry design skills, reinforces jewelry-specific design criteria, and requires students to effectively integrate process knowledge to generate convincing prototypes and production plans.
Students will approach stones and their settings from the point of view of appropriate design, durability, and quality of craftspersonship. Students may bezel, bead, flush, or prong set stones. Layout, preparation, layout technique and finishing will be covered.
Production multiples will introduce various small and large studio strategies to make identical metal objects. These may be modules within complicated complex works, or individual jewelry objects. Designs and models will be optimized for manufacturing. Mold making, wax injection, mass casting, mass finishing, die cutting, CNC machining, LASER cutting, photo etching, jig bending, and other methods may be covered.
Intermediate techniques and applications for the use of the computer as a creative studio for jewelry design and production. Jewelry scale and feature-specific modeling techniques will be introduced, including stone setting, casting appropriate form development, and closed manifold solid creation. Photorealistic rendering techniques will be introduced. Output technologies appropriate for jewelry will be introduced.
Seminar dealing with special interests in Metals/Jewelry Design.
Advanced techniques and applications for using the computer as an artistic tool, especially as they relate to jewelry design. Modeling skills will be augmented to allow for a more intuitive and comfortable approach to sophisticated design projects such as multiple stone settings, suites of related designs, and organic form generation. Output technology selection and use will be reinforced by researching practical and experimental uses for contemporary printing and machining systems.
Identifies the major professional/business issues that students will encounter as metalsmiths. Guest speakers will represent different facets of the field, identifying the particular demands of their specialty. Readings will inform students about the economic challenges of the independent artist, as well as those of the creative business proprietor. Students will choose a career path and research the route to reaching that goal; presenting their finding in a studio/employment/educational/business plan. Instruction will be given on lighting and photographing metals/jewelry objects, as well as strategies for disseminating and presenting portfolios to graduate schools, clients and the public.
Responding to their individual interests and vision, students will research and propose an original, unified body of work and perform the research, design, prototyping, and other planning necesary to carry it out. The project will relate to the experiences of an individual student, focusing their skills to design for a particular client, flesh out an original concept, refine an aesthetic, and/or investigate a technique.
Building on the research and development of Thesis I, students will execute an original, unified body of work. The thesis concept will be given a form through refined writing, as object using appropriate materials and technologies, and using professional crafts standards. Thesis projects will be displayed during Kendall’s Annual Student Exhibition, as well as being presented for defense, and documented in a published portfolio to be deposited in the Kendall library.
An overview of the Western Art tradition from prehistory through the Renaissance using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 110, Prehistoric through Middle Ages, may not use credit earned in KCAH 111 to meet graduation requirements.)
A survey of Western art from the Baroque to the present, this course will continue building upon the foundation of Western Art I; Prehistoric through the Renaissance, using a socio-cultural methodology in a chronological framework. (Students who have earned credit for ARTH 111, Renaissance through 20th Century, may not use credit earned in KCAH 112 to meet graduation requirements.)
A study of male and female fashion as an art form, related to the fine arts and reflective of the changing cultural and aesthetic values of Western history.
An inquiry into the academic expectations, resources, policies, and traditions of college life. Students are challenged to enhance their intellectual potential, understand their academic responsibilities, personal integrity, and appreciate diversity in a framework that develops the critical thinking, learning, and communication skills necessary to contribute successfully to the college's intellectual life. An experiential learning component engages students in the community at large.
Focuses on using writing both to develop critical thinking skills and to express ideas clearly and appropriately according to audience and purpose. Students will engage in a variety of writing modes and will spend a portion of the semester engaging in scholarly research and the documentation of source-based materials. (Students who have earned credit for ENG 150, English I, may not use credit earned in KCHU 120 to meet graduation requirements.)
Presents concepts and develops oral and rhetorical skills appropriate for formal presentations, with emphasis on prepared, extemporaneous, and impromptu speaking. (Students who have earned credit for COMM 121. Fundamentals of Public Speaking, may not use credit earned in KCHU 121 to meet graduation requirements.)
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Independent or commercial jewelry designer, model maker, bench jeweler, jewelry/metals buyer
Students in the Metals and Jewelry Design program have the use of some of the best-equipped studios in the country. The college has invested substantially in studio equipment in recent years to ensure our students a seamless transition to the professional world.
All three of our metals/jewelry studios are brightly lit and well-resourced for a variety of processes.