Metalsmithing and jewelry

A female student carefully paints a large, curved sculpture.

Undergraduate degrees: BA, BS, or BFA
Undergraduate minor

Explore Your Creativity, Prepare for Your Future

The UO’s Department of Art will prepare you for a career in the fields of the visual arts, digital arts, and design. You’ll choose from courses in ceramics, digital arts, drawing, fibers, metalsmithing and jewelry, multi disciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

You’ll start your art studies with courses in basic design and drawing as part of the foundations program. You’ll work with a wide range of media and processes as you explore the grammar and vocabulary of visual language in two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and time-based projects.

The department values the contribution of both art majors and students choosing art course work as part of their broad liberal arts education. If you choose a major other than art, you’re still encouraged to explore the studio experience as part of your liberal arts education. Through the making of art, the department will help you to think critically, communicate clearly, and work creatively. As actively practicing artists, the faculty members offer you an introduction to the challenges, questions, and rewards of artistic practice.

You can choose to major in art or digital arts and must apply to the specific program for admission. The major in digital arts encompasses the development of graphics, sounds, interactivities, and applications such as web art, games, animation, video, performance, and installations.

To be admitted as an art or digital arts major, you must complete a university application and then apply to the department. For digital arts, the department deadline is February 1. For art majors, the department deadlines are February 1 for fall term, October 1 for winter term, and January 2 for spring term.

Points of Interest 

  • Through the Visiting Artist Program, you'll gain insight into contemporary art and professional practice from guest artists who lecture and visit classes each term.
  • Immerse yourself in the art department's study abroad opportunities. Through the Art in China program, you can travel to Shanghai, Jinan, and Beijing. Through the Art in the City experience, you might also explore Siena, Italy, or New York.
  • Explore the intangible culture and folk art of Shandong Province, China, through a new interactive website, ChinaVine, coauthored by arts and administration students and faculty member Doug Blandy.
  • In art history, you'll have hands-on opportunities to work with art and cultural objects at the two campus museums, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

Art Galleries and Exhibit Opportunities

  • The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art is located on the UO campus and provides a unique opportunity for you to study and work with art objects as part of your coursework. You'll discover galleries featuring American, European, Byzantine, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese art. Changing exhibits provide a robust program of contemporary international and Northwest art
  • The LaVerne Krause Gallery, located in Lawrence Hall, is first-rate exhibition space with changing exhibitions of student work
  • Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts (DIVA) enlivens downtown with art events and exhibits
  • The First Friday Artwalk in downtown Eugene is a monthly tour of galleries, sponsored by the Lane Arts Council

Metalsmithing and jewelry is a major within the Department of Art
College of Design

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