No online program in metalsmithing is really going to be worth the
time and money you will spend IMHO. The degree is important only to
you - unless you want to get an MFA and teach at the college level,
having a degree at all won’t matter for finding a job Your skill
level is what will matter!
So I would suggest you pause and think about WHY you want "a"
degree, and THEN figure out WHICH degree you really want. Sounds
like you have the jewelry-making skills already, so a degree in that
might actually be a bit of a waste of your time and money.
You might enrich yourself more with a degree in Art History with a
focus on Fine Craft (which would then give you the historical
background on what has been done in metals and jewelry over the
history of man). Business-wise, a degree in some sort of
business-related field, or in marketing, might actually be of more
benefit. If you wanted to teach your skills at the high school
level, then a degree in Education aimed at the secondary school
level would be helpful.
Just seems like trying to get a degree in metals/jewelry won’t
actually advance your knowledge level that much. and other options
Best wishes whatever you decide to do! I think we should never stop
Oh - and I do have the MFA (studio art’s equivalent of the PhD); I
do teach at the college level; and that is the ONLY time having that
degree has ever mattered at all lol! If I had it to do again I’m not
at all sure I would take that path. I certainly would have learned
more skills at Revere or New Approach, or the one in Texas that
David Phelps mentioned. BUT I would NOT have gotten the art history
background that I got with my BA which is what I have really found
more helpful in informing my work. So personally, my thought is you
might get a lot more out of the right art history degree at a
program that would let you aim it at your personal interests. for
what that is worth
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