Suspended for September 2021 entry

This programme has been temporarily suspended for September 2021 entry. You will not be able to apply for this programme at this time.

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.


We are committed to offering a high-quality experience to all our students. We are working to minimise the impact of Covid-19, but we have reluctantly decided that we will be unable to offer this programme for entry in 2021.


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.


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).




    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.


    Jennifer Gray

    Lecturer, School of Design

    Programme Director of Jewellery and Silversmithing


    Tel: +44 (0) 131 651 5805

    Facilities and resources

    Students at the University of Edinburgh have access to a range of library resources across the campus and online.

    Edinburgh College of Art has well-equipped glass workshops for the blowing, cutting and casting of glass objects. The space includes hot and cold glass workshops and a plaster room.

    The jewellery and silversmithing workshops at Edinburgh College of Art are equipped to support students through all of the stages of their small- to medium-sized jewellery and silversmithing projects.

    Scholarships and bursaries

    Andrew Grant Postgraduate Scholarships

    • Deadline: 1 March 2021
    • Value: £10,000
    • Eligibility: Scholarships available for one academic year of postgraduate Masters study at Edinburgh College of Art.


    Edinburgh College of Art Postgraduate Admissions

    Tel: +44 (0)131 650 4086