Reasons to choose the programme

The success of our graduates.
The quality of the teaching and reputation and experience of our staff.
The international reputation of our department, alumni and links abroad.
The specialist facilities and dedicated studio spaces.
The stimulating creative environment of the University and UNESCO capital city of Edinburgh.

Former Programme Director Stephen Bottomley talks about the programme
Edinburgh College of Art

We want you to create the heirlooms of the future and sensory objects that enrich people's lives, successfully reflecting both 'thought' and 'practice'.

Outline

Jewellery & Silversmithing at ECA has an international reputation as one of the leading courses that produces some of the most exciting graduates every year.

Our MFA programmes help you build a body of work or collection built on your personal individual research proposal, along with support and guidance from the department's dedicated and highly experienced international staff.

Your proposal for study may build on an existing body of work or previous undergraduate practice.

You will be challenged to develop your work both creatively and conceptually though short projects and tutorial guidance. The final body of work you design and make for exhibition aims to be explorative, original and challenging.

The department’s philosophy balances material and technical innovation alongside the more traditional craft techniques and concepts of our historic discipline. Our objective is to design and create personal, individual pieces of work that push the boundaries of our subject. We want you to create the heirlooms of the future and sensory objects that enrich people’s lives, successfully reflecting both ‘thought’ and ‘practice’.

We teach you to work with and explore the use of a broad variety of materials, including precious metal, plastic, textile, enamel and stone. Maintaining high standard of hand skills and original design work is at the heart of our programme, with a commitment to help you to develop a clear and original creative voice through your drawing and making.  Uniquely to other craft and design course of its kind life drawing, painting and printing continues as a key part of all four years of the programme.

Awards

Of the four major awards we have won at New Designers in the last five years, two have gone to MFA students, including the Weston Beamor CAD Design prize for Jewellery (Alexandra Von Trapp, 2015) and the Goldsmiths’ Company Award for Jewellery (Karen Donovan, 2014). We have also had multiple successes in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards and student work purchased by major collections, including the National Museum of Scotland (Wanshu Li, 2016).

 

 

    Careers

    These international platforms help our graduating students quickly establish themselves as emerging designer/makers and many go on to establish their own studio business straight away. Others opt to spend a year as an artist in residence on one of the many professional business development schemes available, or are recruited into design companies on graduation.


    How to apply and entrance requirements

    If you'd like to study on a postgraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through EUCLID, our online application system. You can find out how to do this on the University of Edinburgh website, where you'll also be able to:

    • see detailed entrance requirements for each programme on the Degree Finder
    • get information on what to expect after you apply
    • find out about study modes, start dates and fees
    • find out if, and how, you need to submit a portfolio, showreel or research proposal
    • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

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    Staff


    Facilities and resources

    Over 50 purpose-built workspaces with gas torches, an enamel room, drawing studios and equipment for mould-making, patina application and other processes.


    Scholarships and bursaries

    Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

    • Value: £5,000-£15,000
    • Deadline:
    • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate study at Edinburgh College of Art.

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    June



    Contact

    Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

    Email: cahss.pgadmissions@ed.ac.uk
    Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086