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Bachelor of Fine Arts

Degree Type



Art Department

Whether you want to start your own business or become a metalsmith, the Jewelry emphasis will broaden your understanding of the historical and contemporary context of the craft through research and experimentation.

Program Overview

Develop your own unique style in state-of-the-art facilities.

The Jewelry emphasis will provide you with a strong foundation in traditional and contemporary jewelry and metals techniques. The curriculum is designed to teach you a variety of processes for working with metal and non-metal materials and explore contemporary and historical artwork. Throughout intensive coursework, you’ll be challenged to develop your own personal style, while building a repertoire of preferred techniques. In fact, your exploration of metal sculpture and studio jewelry-making might even become a springboard for the development of your own unique brand or business. You can take advantage of the unique opportunity to practice your craft in Western Colorado University’s outstanding metalsmith facilities with several torches, buffing wheels and the assistance of a shop technician.

Spaces to create

Western offers outstanding facilities with several torches, buffing wheels and the assistance of a shop technician. The department also features extensive sculpture process equipment.

Program Requirements

At Western, course rotations are crafted to encompass a variety of subject fields for a comprehensive education and versatile degree. For required courses and degree plans, visit the official University Catalog. Below is a general overview of courses at Western Colorado University related to this area of study.

Program Requirements

A minimum of 66 credits is required, including the 39-credit BFA Foundation Courses, six credits of Art electives

BFA Foundation Courses
ART 000Exhibition and Convocation Attendance (six semesters with “S” grade required)0
ART 119Foundation Drawing I3
ART 120Foundation Drawing II3
ART 171Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional3
ART 172Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional3
ART 173Foundation Design: Digital Art and Design3
ART 222Art History I3
ART 223Art History II3
ART 319Intermediate Drawing3
Art History (300 level)3
ART 400Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition3
ART 491Seminar in Art3
ART 419Advanced Drawing3
Art History (400 level)3
Total Credits39

And the following 21 credits:

ART 203Introduction to Ceramics3
ART 230Introduction to Sculpture3
ART 235Introduction to Jewelry3
ART 335Intermediate Jewelry3
ART 435Advanced Jewelry I3
ART 436Advanced Jewelry II3
ART 437Advanced Jewelry III3
Total Credits21
Plan of Study Grid
Year One
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 119 Foundation Drawing I 3
ART 171 Foundation Design: Two-Dimensional 3
ENG 102 Academic Writing (GT-CO1) 3
Gen Ed General Education 3
HWTR 100 First Year Seminar 1
MATH 105 Mathematics for the Liberal Arts (GT-MA1) 3
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 120 Foundation Drawing II 3
ART 172 Foundation Design: Three-Dimensional 3
COM 202 Academic Writing and Inquiry (GT-CO2) 3
Gen Ed General Education 6
Year Two
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 203
or ART 230
Introduction to Ceramics
or Introduction to Sculpture
ART 222 Art History I 3
ART 235 Introduction to Jewelry 3
ART Intro ART Elective 3
Gen Ed General Education 3
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 223 Art History II 3
ART 370 Intermediate Graphic Design 3
ART Intermediate ART Elective 3
Gen Ed General Education 6
Year Three
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 230
or ART 203
Introduction to Sculpture
or Introduction to Ceramics
ART 335 Intermediate Jewelry 3
ART Intro/Advanced ART Elective 3
Gen Ed General Education 6
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 319 Intermediate Drawing 3
ART 435 Advanced Jewelry I 3
ART 300-400 Art History course 3
ART Intermediate/Advanced ART Elective 3
Gen Ed General Education 3
Year Four
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 400 Artist's Portfolio/Senior Exhibition 3
ART 436 Advanced Jewelry II 3
ART 491 Seminar in Art 3
ART Intro/Advanced ART Elective 6
ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance 0
ART 419 Advanced Drawing 3
ART 437 Advanced Jewelry III 3
ART 300-400 level Art History course 3
ART Intermediate/Advanced ART Elective 6
 Total Credits121

Courses listed in the Fall are only offered in Fall. Courses listed in the Spring are only offered in the Spring. With the exception of ART 286 Introduction to Watercolor, and ART 271 Typography and their Intermediate counterparts, Intro classes are exclusively offered in the Fall and Intermediate courses are offered exclusively in the Spring. Advanced offerings are available for all disciplines every semester.

ART 000 Exhibition and Convocation Attendance and ART 319 Intermediate Drawing are offered in both the Fall and the Spring.


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  • Full-time Western Senior majoring in Art
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Student must exhibit service to the Art program by involvement with the ART League or other co-curricular art activities
  • Preference will be given to a BFA Senior Veterans of the United States Armed Forces


This scholarship is provided by Dr. Al Caniff.

Amount: $1000

Selected by: Art Faculty in consultation with the Financial Aid Office.


Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202


  • Full-time, formally admitted Art majors with an 3-D Design emphasis (i.e. sculpture, ceramics, jewelry), who demonstrates a dedication to excellence
  • Students must have and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or greater


To provide scholarship assistance for Art students in the 3-D emphases, celebrating the memory of James (Mac) Irwin.

Amount of award determined by available funds.


Contact the Art Department at 970.943.3093 | Quigley Hall 202


  • Must be a full-time student
  • Must be pursuing a major or minor in art, music or the performing arts.
  • Must have financial need


This scholarship is provided by Carol Buswell in honor of her husband Lloyd Buswell, nicknamed “Buzz”who earned his BA in Industrial Arts and Education from 1974 -1978.

  Award depends on funds available


Please complete and submit Western’s Common Scholarship Application

Alumni Association Future Alumni Scholarship

The Alumni Association Scholarship is a one-time scholarship of $1,000 and is applicable for the student’s junior or senior year at Western.

Any child or grandchild of an alumni is eligible to receive the Future Alumni Scholarship.

  • This is a one-time non-renewable scholarship of $1,000.
  • Only one Future Alumni Scholarship will be awarded per academic year.
  • GPA must be 3.2 or above (college).

Due date has been extended to April 1 for 2022. An Alumni selection committee, appointed by the Alumni Advisory Council, will review applicants and select awardee by June 1.


Alumni Legacy Scholarship

The Alumni Legacy Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western (incoming freshman or new transfer students are eligible).

Do you have a son or daughter looking at college? Have they considered attending Western? As an alumni, your son, daughter and/or grandchildren are eligible for certain benefits distributed through this scholarship, as follows:

  • This is a one-time scholarship of $1,000.
  • Nominee must be an incoming first-year student or new transfer.
  • The cost of orientation is reduced by half (a $45 value).
  • The admission application fee is waived (a $30 value).
  • GPA must be 2.5 or above (high school or college of transfer).

The applicant must fill out the application form found below. Application forms are accepted year-round. If the applicant meets the GPA guidelines, the scholarship will be awarded.


Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship

The Mountaineer Alumni Recommendation Scholarship is a one-time non-renewable scholarship and is only applicable for the student’s first year at Western. This scholarship is not available to midyear transfers or students beginning in the spring semester.

Are you an alumni or employee of Western and know a prospective (or incoming) student who would be a great fit at Western? A recommendation from alumni and employees can support any new student and provide them a $500 scholarship their first year. (Western employees may not recommend a spouse or dependent receiving tuition benefits).

  • Any Western alumni/employee may nominate only one student per academic year to receive the $500 scholarship (distributed $250 per semester).
  • The scholarship is good for the first year only and is non-renewable.
  • The recommended student must be a full-time undergraduate student, attending Western for the first time.

The applicant must fill out the application form found here. The nominating alumni/employee must fill out the application form and submit the required documents by June 1. The recommended student must meet university admissions acceptance standards and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Presidential Promise is guaranteed to students who have received a scholarship through the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) and/or GearUp—and are eligible for a Pell Grant.

For students who meet these criteria, Western will cover the cost of tuition and fees through the combination of federal, state and institutional aid. For more information on the Presidential Promise, visit our scholarships page.


The Western Presidential Honors Scholarships, established by the Jack and Marilyn MacAllister Foundation shall be an elite class of scholarships awarded to Western’s highest achieving and most deserving students, celebrating the ideals of academic excellence and service to the campus and community. Recipients of the Scholarships will be members of the Western Colorado University Honors Program.

There are eight Presidential Honors Scholarships of $2500 each. Each year two new Presidential Honors Scholarships will be awarded to two incoming first-year students.

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) or Central Plains (CP) tuition represents a substantial savings relative to normal, out-of-state tuition. Students eligible for the WUE or CP program will be charged 150% of Western’s total in-state tuition. For 2018-19, total in-state tuition was $8,934. WUE/CP tuition was $13,401. The WUE/CP discount is valued at $4,695.

For more information about the WUE and CP geography-based programs, visit Western’s Tuition Discount Programs Page.

Immediately upon acceptance at Western, every student is considered for a merit scholarship worth between $2,500-$4,500 per year for in-state students and $8,000-$10,000 for out-of-state students. The amount is based on the student’s GPA and ACT/SAT scores. Visit our Net Price Calculator at western.edu/cost to determine whether you qualify for a merit scholarship.

For more information about merit scholarships at Western, visit our scholarships page.

Get Involved

Expand your community and your network.

There are so many ways that you can maximize your educational experience at Western. Take advantage of these opportunities to advance your career.

  • Gallery Exhibits: Students have opportunities to display their work in numerous shows, exhibits, convocations and galas—on campus and in the community.
  • Pathfinder Magazine: An annual publication for student creative work.
  • Student Art League: A branch of the Council for Creative expression, the Student Art League is dedicated to providing visual arts, experiences, professional development, educational opportunities and outreach for Art students.

Student art sale

Art students have numerous opportunities throughout the year to display and sell their work—both on campus and in the community.

Department Information

Art Department

Department Chairperson

S. Chase Hutchison, MFA

Art Department Chair, Associate Professor of Art

Administrative Assistant

Anna Flynn

Administrative Assistant

Contact Information



Campus Location

Western Colorado University
Quigley Hall 202
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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