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 prepare a zip-file with the following: 

  1. your complete CV 
    mention also your highschool education 
    Filename: CV.pdf
  2. a portfolio 
    see "How-To prepare your portfolio" - non-compliant portfolios will be rejected!
    Filename: portfolio.pdf
  3. a project proposal for your master study in Idar-Oberstein
    The project proposal is an important part of your application and has to be presented on a maximum of three DIN-A4 papers (less is more), describing what you would like to achieve during your MFA course.  The possible content, procedure and outcome of this project are to be presented here under the follwing aspects:
    --> 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.
    --> Please do NOT tell us here WHY you would like to do this but 
    --> please explain us about the development of abilities, why these are important to you and where your „dreams for your future“ will take you…!
    --> please do not focus on the result of the master programme in the sense of a body/series of works. 
    Filename: proposal.pdf
  4. letter of motivation 
    on your future studies at the Gemstones and Jewellery Campus
    Filename: motivation.pdf
  5. a copy/scan/photo of your ID or passport
    Filename: ID.pdf or ID.JPG
  6. a certified copy of your Bachelor Degree
    if not in English or German, supply us with a certified translation.
    Filename: BAdegree.pdf
  7. 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, supply us with a certified translation.
    Filename: HEEQcertficate.pdf

  8. for applicants with foreign certificates
    a copy/scan/photo/screenshot of the proof of payment of 50 € for the examination of foreign certificates.
    If your certificates are not acquired in Germany, you will be charged a fee of 50 € for the examination of foreign certificates. Please transfer this amount plus any transaction fees* to:
          Recipient: Landeshochschulkasse Mainz
          IBAN: DE 25 5500 0000 0055001511
          BIC: MARKDEF 1550
          Bank: Deutsche Bundesbank Branch Mainz
          Reason of payment: 6671-0966-BIR 11113/04, first name and surname, date of birth, I-O
          (so for instance: 6671-0966-BIR 11113/04, Neil Armstrong, 5 Aug. 1930, 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.
    Filename: payment.pdf or payment.jpg

  9. the filled-out Declaration of Authorship. Please note: the use of any AI-generated material in your application will lead to rejection!

After preparing the documents listed above, do not forget to COMPRESS your files (e.g.
After compressing your PDF-files, please pack all your documents into 1 ZIP-file. Now you can

Register for the entrance examination
(please do NOT send any documents by email!)
Applications to the aptitude test that do not comply with the above mentioned will not be taken into consideration.

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 (possibly via video conference) where we will assess the portfolio and project proposal as well as check your ability to communicate in English (since we do not request any TOEFL-test or other certificates),

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)


If - after checking our FAQ - you have questions, please do not hesistate to ask, but ONLY use studyservice-io(at) (please do NOT send your questions directly to anyone of the team - thank you).

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)

find the course dates of the upcoming semesters here.

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