Jewellery and Metal

Royal College of Art

24 months
28400 GBP/year
9500 GBP/year
Tuition fee
Apply date
Start date


The work that emerges from our programme reflects Jewellery & Metal’s philosophy of an expanded creative practice that nurtures individual artistic development and professional positioning.


The work that emerges from our Programme reflects Jewellery & Metal’s philosophy of an expanded creative practice that nurtures individual artistic development and professional positioning. 

We encourage an open-minded approach in the interpretation of the subject. Our belief in objects as embodiments of thinking demands each student find their own angle and artistic/ professional voice. 

Traditional and contemporary materials and processes are deployed in the creation of works that address fundamental human needs and desires, and which contribute to the expanded field of object culture. 

Ultimately, we hope that the work of each student will in their own way make a small contribution to the way we live and express who we are – or who we want to be. 

The Programme offers: 

  • support from a dedicated and diverse academic and technical team 
  • exploration of the rich and diverse field of adornment and objects 
  • the opportunity to find your own angle on the subject 
  • the chance to think through materials and making, while learning to be resourceful 
  • both analogue and digital tools and facilities.

Programme Structure

The key emphasis of the Jewellery & Metal programme in the first year is on establishing a personal creative mindset. This happens through set projects and seminars.

During the first year there are set projects running alongside the Personal Projects that address and explore design methodologies, context, presentation skills, technical and digital inductions, introduction to emerging technologies, visits, seminars and group crits as well as visits and live projects.

During the second year students are expected to pursue their Personal Projects and produce work that will reflect the context of their anticipated professional practice.

The major part of the second year is devoted to the Personal Project. The student is responsible for progressing the work, according to a schedule of development that is subject to a timetable of deadlines for delivery and review throughout the second year. Completed work is presented in the RCA Show.    

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




240 alternative credits


On Campus

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.
  • Digital Portofolio
  • Interview (if invited)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    28400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 28400 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9500 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.


UK and EU students receive a subsidy from the British Government and pay a reduced fee. To qualify for the home or EU rate of tuition fees you will need to meet certain strict conditions related to your nationality, visa status and residency. 

To find out more about how fee status is assessed, visit the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA).

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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