Apply for the Master in Gemstones and Jewellery

Admission to the master's programme in Gemstones and Jewellery is granted if you have successfully mastered the following 3 steps:


Step 1: Aptitude test and eligibility check

The first step of your application is to submit a zip-file with the following PDF documents: 

  1. a completed application form for the aptitude test
  2. your complete CV (also elementary and highschool education)
  3. a portfolio (see the How-To),
  4. a project proposal. The project proposal is an important part of your application and has to be presented on a minimum of two and a maximum of five DIN-A4 papers, describing the project you would like to realize during your MFA course. The content and procedure of this project are to be presented in your project proposal  (The project proposal should mainly be on what you would like to do and be: your goals, aims and in which directions your professional wishes might take you - also beyond the MFA in IO. Explain us about the development of abilities, why these are important to you and where your „dreams“ will take you…! So - please do not focus on the result of the master programme in the sense of a body/series of works.)
  5. letter of motivation on your choice of Idar-Oberstein for your future studies
  6. copy of your ID or passport
  7. a certified copy of your Bachelor Degree (if not in English or German, than with a certified translation) OR:
  8. alternatively to nr. 7.- for applicants of the master in further education: a certified copy of the certificate of your vocational training (if not in English or German, than with a certified translation)
  9. a certified copy of your Certificate of higher education entrance qualification. Make copies of all pages of the certificate (if not in English or German, than with a certified translation).

  10. for applicants with foreign certificates: a copy/screenshot of the proof of payment of 50 € for the examination of foreign certificates

If you have acquired your certificates abroad, you will be charged a fee of 50 € for the examination of those certificates.
Please transfer this amount plus any transaction fees* to:
Recipient: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz
IBAN: DE 25 5500 0000 0055001511
Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank Branch Mainz
Reason of payment: 6671-0966-BIR 11113/04, first name, surname, date of birth, I-O
* Please note that your bank may charge transaction fees. Make sure that the university actually receives 50 €. Please ask your bank for such fees. 

Send all these documents as separate PDFs packed in 1 ZIP-file ( per upload/download (for instance per or  to: studienservice-io(at)
Your application will be checked on elegibility and on its artistic and professional quality.

If your documents prove to be inadequate, you will receive a negative reply.
If your documents prove to be qualified, you will be invited to the next step:

Step 2: Interview

You will be invited for an interview (which could be in some cases via video conference) where we will assess the portfolio and project proposal as well as your ability to communicate in English (we do not request any TOEFL-test or other certificates - we check it ourselves)

If your interview proves to be inadequate, you will receive a negative reply.
If your interview proves to be qualified, you will receive a certificate for the aptitude test.
Now you can proceed to: 

Step 3: Matriculation

You have passed the above steps 1 and 2 of the entrance examination?
and received your "Certificate on passing the Qualification test for the MFA-program Gemstones and Jewellery"? 

The 3rd step of the application process is the online registration and matriculation.

First download the CHECKLISTof all documents you need to prepare
and after that visit our online application platform for the MFA in register as a student!

If you need any help in the registration process, send an email to studyservice-io(at)

Application deadlines

Our MFA-course starts 2 x per year: 
in March and September.
The application deadlines are:

  • 1st of November for the next summer semester (start of study in March)
  • 1st of May for the next winter semester (start of study in September)
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