As a medium of artistic expression as well as a branch of design, craft is especially emphasized in modern society, because it can bridge the human spirit with the material environment. The Metalwork and jewelry department has been offering distinctive, professional education for the field of contemporary metalwork for more than 30 years. The undergraduate curriculum includes jewelry, holloware, metal sculpture, metal product design, and the history of metals and contemporary issues, all of which provide a framework for developing a high degree of professional competence and pursuing individual creative goals. With high quality of facility, internationally recognized faculty members, a variety of lectures, and the exchange student program, the metalwork and jewelry at kookmin university provides one of the highest quality education in the world.

Following the establishment of Kookmin University in 1946, the College of Design was created through the merging of various departments of applied and decorative arts.

Faculty Members


Jeon, Yong IL

Seoul National Univ., B.F.A.
Miami University U.S.A., M.F.A.


Gum, Nuri

Hongik Univ., B.F.A.
Hongik Univ., M.F.A.
Research Student Ensaama de Paris, France


Chung, Yong jin

Kookmin Univ., B.F.A
University of Wisconsine_medison, U.S.A., M.F.A.


Lee, Dong Chun

Kookmin Univ., B.F.A
Diploma, Fachhochschule Fuer Gestaltung
Pforzheim, Diploma


Kang, Yeon Mi

Seoul National Univ., B.F.A.
Seoul National Univ., M.F.A.
University of Illinois, U.S.A., M.F.A.


Hyun, Ji Yeon

Seoul National Univ., B.F.A.
Seoul National Univ., M.F.A.
Univ. of Central England, Birmingham, UK., M.F.A.


Kim, Seung Hee- Professor Emeritus

College of Fine Art, Seoul National Univ., B.F.A.
Cranbrroke Acaden of Art, Michigan, U.S.A., B.F.A.
Indiana University, U.S.A., M.F.A.

International Exchange

The Metalwork and Jewelry course at Kookmin University has conducted an exchange program for professors since 1982.
It continues to have the most active exchange program in art education in universities in Korea.


Exchange Universities

Pforzheim University, Germany
Nova Scotia College of Art and Des ign, Canada
Kansas University, U.S.A.
University of Wisconsin, U.S.A.
Sheffield Hallam University, England
Edinburgh University, England
Silpakorn University, Thailand
Hiko Mizuno, Japan
Haute école des arts du Rhin(HEAR), France
Istituto Europeo di Design(IED), Italy


During 1998~ 2015 period, Metalwork & Jewelry program exchanged 190 students ( in 71, out 119) with universities world wide


1. Metal Craft I, II

Developing workshop skills and the ability to work creatively with metals and other media. This subject is a studio-based discipline linked to the traditions


2. Jewelry Making I, II

Students learn some basic jewelry making skills such as how to carve a wax model and fabricate metal jewelry.


3. Form and Structure I, II

An investigation into the spatial and formal relationships of 3D objects.Students will develop their understanding through modeling with different materials.


4. Forming Discipline through digital media

The study to operate computer software that is practicable for 3D computer modeling, simple animation, and simulation to express a metal object before making a real piece as a model.


5. Art and craft I, II

Students learn how to design and craft intricate objects using their understanding of form, materials and technology. This project allows the student to produce a functional object and demonstrate their construction skills.


6 . Art Jewelry I, II

Students learn the basic concept of jewelry making skills to establish a personal vocabulary in their jewelry work.


7. Jewelry Design (natural stone carving)

This course brings together creativity and function through the production of finished pieces of jewelry.


8. Digital Technology and Production

Students learn some of the leading technologies in digitalized and automated processrather than traditional techniques and its production process. This course provides an importance of software programs and digitalized hardware devices for mass production in craft. (opens only in spring semester, basic skill of photoshop, illustrator, rhino, CAD required)

The graduate program in Metalwork and Jewelry encourages and supports studentswith their development in aesthetic and conceptual development, technical experimentation and personal expression. Through conversation and mutual exchange within the department, students are enabled to refine and extend their individual artistic directions in their consideration with career goals. The metal studio functions as an ideal space for nurturing new possibilities of making and ways of expanding the boundaries of the field.


1. Metalwork and Jewelr y 2 or 3 (student is expected to enroll both classes)

Individually directed project. This class focuses on individual development of conceptual and aesthetic interests. Students are expected to research on topics, specific materials and techniques. The study also includes discussion and critique based upon individually directed project.


2. Study for Digital Technology (basic class for Rhino and CAD program)

General understanding of computer softwares. CAD/CAM operation is the center of this study. Students will acquire skills to explore the possibilities in reproduction of work. This study also includes practical information on computer softwares applicable for individual data management.


3. Research on Technique and Material 1,2

Through the experimentation with various materials and applied techniques historically used in the metal field, this class focuses on developing a through understanding of materials, methods, processes,and their applications in contemporary work. Students will learn a diverse range of methods to achieve meaning in their metalwork.


4. Thesis Study

Individually directed research on thesis project. Research will be the basis for thesis work.
Requirements include the submission of a body of creative work and a written report as well as the presentation of a final product.

Main Event

1. BFA Show

Graduate Exhibition by seniors, annually held in a gallery downtown Seoul. Every year faculty members choose the Excellence Award for the best work from the show and give the medal during the opening ceremony.

2. Junior Show

Junior students present their assignment projects from various classes. Opens at Cho-hyung gallery in college building at the end of semester.

3. Annual Forum

Held at the beginning of spring semester. Students discuss about specific subjects, current issues related to metal work through presentations by students, and special lectures by guest speakers. This forum also offers a chance for students to get acquainted with each other by providing several social events.

4. Jewelry Street

Jewelry sale activity which is one of the most popular events at Kookmin University Festival in spring. Students develop bodies of jewelry and have opportunities to sell on campus.

5. Jewelry Show

An event to present experimental art jewelry in every 3 years. Students engage in all the part of preparation of the show- directing, producing, stage design, costume, modeling, as well as making of innovative art jewelry.

6. Alchemists

“Alchemists” is the name for the show arranged by graduate students annually held in a gallery in Seoul. The Graduate program in Metalwork and Jewelry at Kookmin University is the largest in Korea. Graduate students present diverse approaches of their work in this exhibition.

7. MFA Show

Thesis show. Graduate students present the final results of individually directed research works for thesis projects.



Dept. Metalwork & Jewelry, College of Design, Kookmin Univ. 861-1 Jeongneung-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul 136-702 Korea


+82 2 910 4631


+82 2 911 1838