FAQ Master of Fine Arts

(for the FAQ on the Bachelor course please switch to German language)


Should I apply via "Uni-Assist"?

No, do not apply via Uni-Assist - they do not handle applications for our Gemstones and Jewellery courses.
Please send all documents directly to our study service in Idar-Oberstein as described here in Step 1.

Is it necessary to hold a bachelor degree?

Yes and no !!!

For the regular Master degree course: YES - and it also needs to be recognised in Germany.
For the Master in further education: NO - you don't need a Bachelor degree.
This Master course has exactly the same structure as the regular Master course - however, there are 2 differences:

  • the prerequisites are different, see here
  • Master in further education students need to pay a tuition fee of 21€/credit


Is it necessary to have a bachelor degree in arts?

No. Basically, any bachelor degree will do - as long as your degree is recognised in Germany.
A first check on this is possible on the website https://anabin.kmk.org > institutionen > suchen (German only)
(Of course you also have to pass the entrance examination as described on our website.)

What should my project proposal say?

The project proposal should describe what you are interested in, what your dream is.

Please do not write what you want to do (as in "produce"), but what you want to achieve according to your professional and personal development, which skills you want enhance and what, in the end, your work should initiate with the audience. The project proposal is about in which direction you want to research and work on - not described as a list of results but as "the red guiding line" along which you would like to research during the whole MFA-study.

What do I write in the motivation letter?

The motivation letter is supposed to render some explanation why you want to study with us. 

But, please, do not tell us "this is the best university" or something like that.
Please concentrate on questions/issues like:
- Why and how do you think you and our university fit together?
- What are your expectations on this programme?
- What will the university/the other students gain if you study here?

How do I certify my authorship on my portfolio?

It is sufficient to include a signed declaration, that you are the author and executor of the works you present.
If you have had things produced by other people/companies, please state so.
"I herewith state and confirm, that all works in my portfolio are designed and made by me or by the external sources mentioned.
Signature, date.

Do I need certified translations of my documents in German or in English?

We accept documents in both languages.
If your documents are neither in English nor in German they need to come with an official translation.

What should/can be part of my portfolio?

Please make a portfolio that shows your artistic identity. You do not need to send everything but a representative batch of projects would be good.

About the form of the portfolio

There is no fixed rule and no correct/incorrect. However for us it is easiest to receive a portfolio, that offers as much information on first sight as possible. More important though, is that the portfolio reflects your artistic personality. So, you choose whatever layout of the portfolio suits you best.

I would like to see the school a bit more before applying. Is this possible?

Here is a virtual tour / some videos

It is certainly possible to visit our university.
Get in contact with us for finding the best possible date for a visit.

Can also foreign students apply for the MFA in further education?

Sure - this programme allows German and international professionals without a first degree to enter our master course.

The study is exactly the same as the regular master course - it is in fact a different entrance door.
The only 2 differences are:

  • there is an extended entrance examination. Additional to application requirements for the regular master course you will need to have:
    • a certified vocational training in a relevant craft
    • at least 3 years of relevant professional experience.
  • there are tuition fees of 21 €/credit (that adds up to 2,520.00 € for the complete master study)

Aptitude test


How are the study fees in Idar-Oberstein?

In our federal state Rhineland-Palatinate, each first degree course is free of charge.
For a second Bachelor or Master Study you will be charged 650 €/Sem.

Is there any scholarship or financial aid?

Because we do not have any study fees (with the exception of some minor administrative fees) the possibilities for grants etc. are not very huge and not offered by our school. Please check the internet for this!

What would be the tuition fee for international students?

As long as you are studying this master as your first master (your highest degree should be bachelor) there will be no tuition fee (if it would be your second master degree, study fees would be 650,- €/sem).

Which supplies do I need to finance?
Your personal jewellery and gemstone tools  
The materials you want to work with as needed
Books appr. 150 €/Sem.
Excursions appr. 200 €/Sem.
Laptop 500 - 3000 €
Camera optional


Can I know more about the projects within the two-year course? Is it all self-directed study or it can give students opportunity to communicate with outside public? Like students can cooperate with designers/artists/brand/programme/gallery, etc.

The projects are based upon your own master proposal. Your proposal IS the programme of study. There will be additional classes in theory (history of jewellery, humanities, etc.) and context (photography, laws, art management, etc). If you want to cooperate with companies, you can make this part of your project proposal.

I was wondering if to go to your school's jewellery Master of Fine Arts, I can directly read a master's degree? Still need to read undergraduate course?

Yes, you can start our MFA after your BA. Usually there is no need to do undergraduate courses. This depends on your portfolio and your workshop experience.

I have limited background in jewellery design (one month experience of intensive jewellery making course), can I still apply for your master programme?

Yes sure. The passing of the artistic entrance examination is not depending on practical experience only since we offer a fine arts programme.
If necessary, we will allow you to first gain studio experience in our workshops for 1 or 2 semesters before entering the MFA-programme.

As I have already a master's degree, does it shorten my master studies in this programme?

Possibly. This is to be judged individually during the entrance examination.
If you have specific questions on this, please get in touch with our studyservice-io

What is the time-schedule like?

The standard schedule is full time over two years. To achieve your graduation in 2 years you will have a workload of 900 hours per semester and earn 30 credits per semester.
This is the ideal situation. If you for instance need to work or take care of your family next to your study, you may decide to achieve less than 30 credits per semester. This of course will lead to a longer duration of your study.

What do students normally do in their summers off?

In fact there is no "summers off“.

The study schedule is based upon 30 credits per semester. Each credit expects 30 working hours = 900 hrs/semester = 1800 hrs/year. In a week there are supposed to be 40 working hours. That comes down to 45 study weeks/year which adds up to a holiday period of 7 weeks/year (2 weeks xmas, 1 weeks easter —> approx. 4 weeks in summer…)

That is, if you want to complete the study within the regular 4 semester.

Do you offer workshops, short time classes or other courses apart from the regular study?
Also, I saw that there is a workshop in jewellery and gemstones in August. How could I register? Is it in English?

This is our summer academy. You will find all information here:
Please note: summer academy courses are not credit relevant for the degree study.


Until when do I have to apply?

The deadline for the summer semester is 1st November and for the winter semester it is 1st May.

I see that there are two application intake periods. What is the schedule for each intake?

In fact you can apply at anytime. 

  • if your application arrives (complete) before 1st of May, then - if accepted - you can start in October (winter semester)
  • if your application arrives (complete) before 1st of November, then - if accepted - you can start in April (summer semester).

If you are accepted, you will get a certificate of acceptance with which you can matriculate also in a later semester.

While applying for the summer semester, the visa request might take about 3 months. I should present the university admission letter to embassy of Germany in early December. Is it possible to issue the university admission letter before December?

The certificate of the entrance examination has a validity of two years. So, if you take part in the entrance examination next spring (deadline of application 1th of may), you will have the result around end of June. Then you have enough time to apply for a visa for starting your studies in March.

Job prospects

Which possibilities do I have with a MFA grade?

You can work as a free artist, a teacher, a gallerist, an employee, or something else.


Which language level is required?

In an interview, the aptitude test committee will check whether your English proficiency is sufficient. You will not need to provide any further language certificates.

Do I need additional knowledge of German?

If you want to live in Germany for 2 years, it is very helpful to learn some German.
If you want to stay in Germany after your study, it is almost impossible without a good proficiency in German.

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