In recent years the field of metalworking and jewelry design has expanded to significant new directions in materials, body adornment, and small sculptural objects. Unconventional shapes, bold lines, bright colors and everyday materials are being used in ways that defy tradition. It is not that the traditional use of materials has been rejected, but rather the whole field of metals and jewelry has been expanded to envelope the past, present, and the future. The contemporary artist in metal must keep abreast of the advances made in industry, technology, and the fine arts, as well as maintain knowledge of the traditional skills and techniques. Students at OSU study 3D Design prior to proceeding into this area, where they may continue their education to the advanced level.