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Jewellery Master of Fine Art

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MFA Jewellery - 21 Months (Full-time)

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Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)131 650 4086
Stephen Bottomley (Programme Director)
Phone: +44 (0)131 651 5805
Address: Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions
College of Humanities and Social Science Postgraduate Office, The University of Edinburgh
David Hume Tower, George Square
Central Campus

This highly practical programme will see you exploring and developing your creativity through a variety of approaches, from the traditional practices of the gold and silversmiths’ trade to the contemporary influences of art, craft, design, technology and science.

You’ll have the opportunity to create and present a significant body of work and will graduate with the confidence to establish yourself in our field as an independent maker or designer.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent. Any appropriate professional experience will also be considered.

International qualifications

Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your spoken and written English:

  • IELTS: total 6.5 (at least 6.0 in each module)
  • TOEFL-iBT: total 92 (at least 20 in each module)
  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections)
  • CAE and CPE: total 176 (at least 169 in each module)

If you completed a CAE or CPE before January 2015 please contact the Admissions Office for the accepted grades.

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How to apply

You must submit a reference with your application.

We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application. If you are also applying for funding or will require a visa then we strongly recommend you apply as early as possible. We may consider late applications if we have places available, but you should contact the relevant Admissions Office for advice first.

In addition to the supporting documents requested on the online application form, you should also submit a portfolio that contains:

  • sketchbook work demonstrating personal ideas, design research and observed drawing
  • photographs of three dimensional models, ideas prototypes and test pieces in a range of materials
  • well-photographed examples of completed personal studio work, clearly captioned with titles, dates, dimensions in millimetres, and materials the work was made from (if the work was made from your design by another person or company, this should be clearly stated)
  • evidence of a critical and reflective awareness of contemporary work in jewellery and silversmithing and wider disciplines.

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Programme description

Graduates have gone on to work for employers like the Edinburgh Assay Office, Gucci, and the Royal College of Art or become the next generation of academics and teachers.

You’ll work in a vibrant, well-equipped environment, with individual bench space and access to machine workshops and a drawing studio. You’ll also have access to the full range of facilities across the University and have the opportunity to explore your art in an interdisciplinary environment.

Programme structure

The MFA is assessed by the production of a body of practical and written work on an agreed, self-initiated topic. Both years are project-led.

Your study will combine practical studio work with theoretical and written studies, including professional practice elements to prepare you for employment in the industry, and a lecture/seminar series that will examine the wider context of your studies.

Career opportunities

We offer a programme that focuses on creating industry-ready professionals, and many of our students have been employed by well-known companies.

Our involvement and successful track record in competitions such as the ‘Spirit of Stone’, Finland, and being showcased as a school at the Comminelli Foundation exhiobitions in Italy, as well as success in the Jerwood Makers Open competition. Our connections both in the UK and abroad will provide you with valuable networks to help you establish your career.

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