Jewellery and Metals

Jewellery and Metals majors explore traditional and contemporary techniques, materials, and concerns as they develop their own studio practice. A dedicated program technician supports students and faculty in this well-equipped program.

Program Description

In second year, students learn small-scale metals skills and and hone their design, drawing and abilities. Metalsmithing is introduced, large-scale soldering, raising, chasing, and vessels.

Third year students concentrate on building skills using samples and work that develops proficiency in gemstone setting, casting, chasing, tool making, molding, anodizing, and multiple techniques for one-of-a-kind and production work. The practical issues of working as a professional in the field are discussed. This strong technical background fosters strong independent artistic directions.

In the final year, research is emphasized. Students develop individual studio practices which can be wide ranging. They present a major paper or undertake real-world project such as a business plans, websites, or books. Project management, teamwork, and volunteer engagement are emphasized. Transferable skills are discussed, problem solving and creative thinking fostered. Students exhibit their work throughout their studies, and participate in the creative community.


AUArts’s Jewellery + Metals faculty are internationally renowned, practicing artists who provide students with conceptual, creative, critical, and technical support, and a stimulating variety of perspectives and approaches. Visiting artists, both national and international, further enrich the program.

Permanent Faculty & Limited Term Appointments (LTA)

Lyndsay Rice

Sessional instructors

Joan Irvin

Educational Art Technician

Brett Hollingsworth