Reasons to choose the programme

You will study in an exciting, studio-based environment in a small and friendly department with a big international reputation.
We combine material and technical innovation with traditional craft techniques and concepts, enabling you to create boundary-challenging work in a broad variety of materials.
Unique to other craft and design courses in J&S, all four years of the programme incorporate life drawing, painting and printing elements.
Our programme is a stepping stone to events such as New Designers, London, and other international showcases.
You will graduate with the skills to establish your own business, work as an artist in residence, practice within industry or go on to further study.


Jewellery and Silversmithing (J&S) is an exciting, practical, studio-based programme that teaches you to design and make thoughtful, well-made and considered work. The J&S department is small and friendly with a big international reputation as one of the UK's leading courses in the field.

Our philosophy is to combine material and technical innovation with traditional craft techniques and concepts long associated with this historic discipline. Our objective is to enable you 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 will teach you to work with, and explore the use of, a broad variety of materials, including precious metal, plastic, textile, enamel and stone. We have a reputation for maintaining a high standard of hand skills and original design work, with a commitment to helping you to develop a clear and original creative voice through your drawing and making. Unique to other craft and design courses in this area, all four years of the programme incorporate life drawing, painting and printing elements.


Throughout their time with us, Jewellery and Silversmithing students are encouraged to showcase their talents through awards and bursary schemes, with excellent results. For example, we have had multiple successes in the Goldsmiths’ Craftsmanship & Design Awards, Contemporary British Silversmiths Awards, Kirk Inches Jewellery Prize and Goldsmiths’ Company’s Precious Metal Bursaries and Silver Grants.

International exhibitions, events and award schemes - such as New Designers, where we have won four major awards in the last five years - help our graduating students quickly establish themselves as emerging designer/makers. 


    Many of our graduates go on to establish their own studio business straight away, while others spend a year as an artist in residence on one of the many professional business development schemes available, are recruited into design companies, or pursue further study, including on our MFA programme.

    How to apply and entrance requirements

    If you'd like to study on an undergraduate programme at Edinburgh College of Art, you must apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. 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 fees
    • find out where to go for further advice and guidance

    Take me to the University of Edinburgh website on how to apply for undergraduate

    If you’re applying to study on one of our Art or Design degree programmes, you’ll also be required to submit a mini portfolio. Our application guide explains what you need to submit and by when.

    Art & Design: How to Apply application guide (PDF)

    If you have any questions about the application process, our Undergraduate Admissions Office will be happy to help you.

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    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

    The Hamilton & Inches Scholarship Programme

    • Value: £1,500 per annum
    • Deadline: Deadline pending
    • Eligibility: Awarded to 4th year students on the Jewellery & Silversmithing – BA (Hons) programme.




    College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Undergraduate Admissions Office

    Tel: +44 (0)131 650 3565