Pursue or enhance your career as a jeweller in Melbourne Polytechnic’s Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design. You will study at the college’s Jewellery Centre, a professional jewellery school where leading teachers who are recognised experts in their field pass on their skills, knowledge and expertise.
Craft your career as a jewellery and object designer
Melbourne Polytechnic is fortunate in having one of the only courses in Victoria that focuses on technical jewellery design and construction while developing jewellery hand skills.
Offered at both our Fairfield and Prahran campuses, the Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design offers flexible learning options to suit individual requirements.
This course focuses on developing key hand-working skills and provides students with the skills to design and craft jewellery items and 3D objects with an emphasis on the current trends in jewellery design and approaches to manufacture. Materials used include fine silver, sterling silver, copper, brass, found objects and semi-precious stones.
You will learn the following techniques:
- filing, soldering, sawing, drilling, forging, rolling, doming and wirework
- material studies of precious and non-precious metals, gemstones, and alternate materials
- wax work and lost wax casting
- surface embellishment including texturing, oxidising, etching, electroplating and enamelling
- silversmithing – raising and fabrication
- jewellery mechanisms including earring hooks, stud posts, clasps and catches, cufflinks, brooch fittings etc
- ring manufacture and basic stone setting
At Melbourne Polytechnic our jewellery workshops are fitted with up-to-date equipment, featuring an abundance of natural light, presenting an industrious, comfortable learning environment to enhance the student experience.
We are affiliated with:
- Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia
- Craft Victoria
- Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA)
- Northcity4 Inc.
We also have connections with contemporary jewellery galleries in Melbourne such as e.g.etal, Studio Ingot, Pieces of Eight, Black Finch, Small Space Gallery, in.cube8r and Metal Couture.
In preparation for work as a jeweller/designer, you will study a range of areas that ensure your experience is engaging and industry focused. These include:
- design and research
- drawing and rendering
- CAD (Computer Aided Design) for jewellery
- exhibition – presentation of a body of creative work
The Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design prepares graduates for employment in the design and development of jewellery and precious metal items and objects. Graduates are encouraged to pursue their own studio practice producing both limited edition production ranges and client based commissions. Graduates may go on to find employment in the manufacturing or retail jewellery sector assisting with simple repairs, sales and customer/client consultation.
Assessment is finalised at the end of each unit from results progressively gained from practical work (assignments), class exercises, written reports, studio journals and theory tests where appropriate.
VTAC CodeFairfield 6900368224, Prahran 6900868224
Evening classes at Fairfield campus.
Class Schedule: *
Mon - AM and PM
Tue - AM and PM
Wed - AM and PM
Thu - AM and PM
Fri - AM and PM
*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Career Advisor
Modes of DeliveryStudio Based, Classroom
FeesFind out more on fees and charges
Entrance RequirementsEntrance is by successful folio and interview. Interviews can be booked online through the blue 'Make a Booking' button.
Assessment MethodsVarious forms of assessment may be used, including practical exercises, written exercises, studio journal or combinations of the three.
MaterialsYou will be required to purchase your own jewellery kit. The minimum requirements will be discussed at your induction.
We will provide some basic materials but precious metal is not supplied by Melbourne Polytechnic.
A materials fee applies to all students and is set each year and advertised accordingly.
Pathways to further studyOn completion of this course you may extend your qualifications by undertaking the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design offered at Fairfield or further study in the areas of gemmology, diamond technology and jewellery valuation.
Career PathwaysOn graduation from this course you will be eligible for employment in the design and development of jewellery and precious metals production.
Units Of Study
The Units of Study listed below have been approved for VET FEE-HELP. You may be required to undertake additional Units of Study in order to obtain the qualification. You will need to determine your particular combination of Units of Study with the department.
The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact the department for the latest student contact hours information.
|BSBDES402||Interpret and respond to a design brief||20|
|CUAPHI302||Capture photographic images||50|
|CUAPPR501||Realise a body of creative work||80|
|CUAPPR503||Present a body of own creative work||60|
|CUARES503||Analyse cultural history and theory||70|
|MEM05006C||PERFORM BRAZING AND/OR SILVER SOLDERING||20|
|MEM08010B||MANUALLY FINISH/POLISH MATERIALS||60|
|MEM09002B||INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING||40|
|MEM12023A||PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS||30|
|MEM13003B||WORK SAFELY WITH INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS||20|
|MEM13004B||WORK SAFELY WITH MOLTEN METALS/GLASS||20|
|MEM13014A||APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT||10|
|MEM18001C||USE HAND TOOLS||20|
|MEM18002B||USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS||20|
|MEM18003C||USE TOOLS FOR PRECISION WORK||40|
|MEM19012B||PRODUCE JEWELLERY WAX MODEL||40|
|MEM19023A||APPLY DRAWING AND RENDERING TECHNIQUES TO JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGN||40|
|MEM19024A||USE CAD TO CREATE AND DISPLAY 3D JEWELLERY AND OBJECT MODELS||40|
|MEM19026A||INVESTIGATE QUALITY AND APPLICATION OF JEWELLERY MATERIALS||20|
|MEM19029A||PRODUCE A PROFESSIONAL JEWELLERY DESIGN AND 3D OBJECT PORTFOLIO||60|
|MEM19031A||PRODUCE RENDERINGS AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS FOR JEWELLERY AND OBJECT DESIGN CONSTRUCTION||40|
|MEM19032A||DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT MECHANISMS IN JEWELLERY ITEMS||60|
|MEM19033A||CREATIVE SILVERSMITHING OBJECTS||60|
|MEM19034A||APPLY CHAIN MANUFACTURE PROCESS||40|
|MEM19037A||PLAN AND IMPLEMENT CHENIER FABRICATION PROCESS||20|
|MSMENV272||Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices||30|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.