MA Entrance Requirements

Jewellery & Metal

Jewellery & Metal (J&M) seeks to recruit students who are talented, enthusiastic, energetic, professionally minded, with an open and critical approach to design and making. Applicants must possess a good undergraduate degree (or non-UK equivalent qualification) in metalwork, jewellery or a related subject; for example, textiles, sculpture, architecture and industrial design. Applications should be supported by good academic references and applicants should possess a range of practical skills. Equivalent professional experience or apprenticeships are also taken into account.

Applications may be considered from candidates without formal training and/or qualifications in other subjects, but must clearly demonstrate an understanding of the subject area and potential to bring expertise, perceptions, knowledge etc. from another discipline that would contribute to the J&M group dynamic.


The purpose of the portfolio is to give insight into the applicant's creative thinking process. It is important that the images clearly communicate an individual artistic vision but also provide a context in which to read them.

  • The portfolio should show the range of creative and technical abilities and communicate inspirations and ideas.
  • Applicants from a different artistic background must highlight how their experience and skills will help expand the field of Jewellery &Metal. It is also important to express what the Programme and subject offers that is particular and relevant for their artistic development.
  • Applicants should submit up to 10 digital images of finished work or work in progress. Each main image can be accompanied by up to six supporting images of relevant visual research or preparatory work, such as 3D models, drawings, sketchbook scans or contextual references that are relevant to their creative thinking.
  • Images must be in JPG or PNG format (2MB max, and 1024 x 768 pixels or greater are preferred) or videos in MOV, MP4 or M4V (80MB max) format.

Candidates who do not speak English as their first language are required to produce evidence that within the previous two years they have achieved at least 93 in the TOEFL internet test with an additional writing test score of TWE 24 or an IELTS exam score of 6.5 with 6 in writing.

If invited for an interview, candidates must provide:

  1. At least three pieces of refined/finished work.
  2. Images of any work completed since submission of the portfolio.
  3. A photograph of pieces of work in jewellery/metal made by somebody else that the candidate has seen and and is prepared to talk about.

Cross College Requirements

For full details of cross-College entrance requirements and portfolio requirements (if applicable), see MA Entrance Requirements.

Pre-sessional Language Courses

The College offers an eight-week EAP Pre-Sessional Course runs from July to September every year for applicants who have not quite reached the required IELTS level before they start their Programme. Entry level for the eight-week Pre-sessional Course is IELTS (Academic) 6.0 overall with minimum 5.5–6.0 in the writing or 6.5 overall with 5.5 in the writing, or equivalent recognised by the College.

Fees & Funding

Applicants to the RCA from England and the EU are likely to be eligible for the new Postgraduate Student Loan of up to £10,000 per course of study. 

See Tuition Fees for a breakdown of costs for Home and Overseas students on each of our degrees.

Students should estimate the cost of living in London at £12,000–£15,000 per year. 

For further information on funding visit Financial Help, or email

If you are from the USA you should note that the Royal College of Art is designated as an eligible institution for American students to apply for a Guaranteed Student Loan under the new Direct Loan Program. The RCA's School Code is 00942300.

Applications 2019/20

Due to a substantial increase in applications, we are no longer accepting applications to this Programme for a September 2019 start. New applications are welcome but will be considered for a September 2020 start. If places become available for a 2019 start, successful applicants will be contacted.

Visit Apply for details on how to make your application, or log in to our Online Applications site.

If you are considering applying to the College, you can prepare for your application by researching the academic programmes offered by each of the Schools, and accessing the Tuition Fees and Funding Support information available. The College provides a number of bursaries towards fees and the costs of living in London. They are available to home and EU students on a competitive basis. For further details, please see Financial Help.

"We seek to recruit students who are talented, enthusiastic, energetic and professionally minded, with an open and critical approach to design and making."