Here’s a nickel’s worth,
While I concede that learning solid professional technical skills
are not taught in most BFA programs that does not make them any
less valuable as a vehicle to start a career in making jewelry.
Perhaps if these programs were five years instead of four, there
would be enough time to focus more on the practical side. The
focus of a BFA program is on creative thinking, and design. I was
fortunate to study with John Heller at Bridgewater State College
for two years, from John I acquired my work and technical ethic and
took with me to UMASS Dartmouth where I learned about design, and a
good many other things. Sure you can learn more technically
working for someone at the bench for six months, than all four
years at college, but how much are you going to learn about design?