What will I learn?

On our programme, we seek to understand the world through materials.

Jewellery and metal both play a significant role in all cultures. The growing importance and interdisciplinary character of our distinctive discipline within the arts gives jewellery and metal a special vibrancy and relevance. The work that emerges from our programme reflects an expanded practice that views objects as an embodiment of thought.

We seek to question what materials mean to us, how we engage with them and use them to define our daily interactions with the world.

As a programme and philosophy we are responsive to rapidly changing social and cultural landscapes, and we draw on history and technology in nurturing intellectual and creative skills. The rich and extensive bodies of knowledge associated with object-making and jewellery underpin an approach that is outward-looking, open to the wider and diverse discourses surrounding materialism, semiotics, narratives and commodity objects, all of which connect us and the object to contemporary life.

Which department am I in?

Royal College of Art

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
£29,000.00 (US$ 39,655) per year
This is a fixed fee
Start date

Expected September 2022


Royal College of Art

Kensington Gore,

Kensington and Chelsea,


SW7 2EU, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must normally have obtained a good relevant undergraduate degree or an equivalent qualification. The College recognises as an equivalent qualification any degree, diploma, certificate or other evidence of formal qualification awarded by a university or other higher education establishment where the award is made following the successful completion of a course of at least three years’ study, the programme of study being open, as a general rule, only to persons holding a certificate awarded on the successful completion of a full course of upper secondary education. Other qualifications may be approved, providing that the Academic Board for Concessions and Discipline (ABCD) is satisfied that the applicant has the ability to pursue the programme of study successfully. Applicants should normally be aged over 21 years by 1 September of the proposed year of admission.

For international students

Candidates are selected entirely on merit and applications are welcomed from all over the world. The selection process considers creativity, imagination and innovation as demonstrated in your portfolio, as well as your potential to benefit from the programme and to achieve high MA standards overall. We seek to recruit students who are talented, enthusiastic, energetic, professionally minded, with an open and critical approach to design and making. You must possess a good undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in metalwork, jewellery or a related subject, such as textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Your application should be supported by good, preferably academic, references and you should possess a range of practical skills. Equivalent professional experience or apprenticeships are also taken into account. If you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country you will need the equivalent of an IELTS Academic score of 6.5 with a 6.0 in the Test of Written English (TWE). Students achieving a grade of at least 6.0, with a grade of 5.5 in the Test of Written English, may be eligible to take the College’s English for Academic Purposes course to enable them to reach the required standard. TOEFL - 92

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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