Courses

Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design

MEM60211

Our Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design is a two year, full-time dynamic course that provides a pathway from the Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design and is delivered over three days a week. The course focuses on further developing key hand-working skills learnt in the Diploma and provides tuition in advanced jewellery-making techniques, and introduces high-level technical jewellery-making skills to promote individual attainment. The course culminates in a graduate exhibition where students showcase their talent and jewellery designs to industry specialists, peers, family and friends.

Learn in our professional jewellery school

If you desire to pursue or enhance an emerging career in jewellery, this course is for you. Focusing predominantly on your hand-working skill base, you will learn technological aspects of making jewellery and gain industry knowledge, experience and networks.

Study areas include design, drawing and rendering, development of a series of jewellery works, small business set-up, research and CAD (computer-aided design).

You will learn the following techniques;

  • Traditional techniques of filigree, granulation, inlay, keum-boo, repousse and chasing
  • Advanced jewellery techniques including a selection of the following: advanced soldering, fusing, complex hinges and specialised catches for lockets, containers or small vessels, stone setting (claw, bezel, gypsy, grain, pave, tension), rapid prototyping, enamelling (cloisonné, champlevé, basse taille) and articulated components.

The course also includes a range of study areas to ensure the student experience is rigorous, engaging and industry focused. These include:

  • Design development
  • Production jewellery
  • Small business set-up
  • Exhibition planning and design

The Jewellery workshops are fitted with up-to-date equipment, featuring an abundance of natural light, presenting an attractive, comfortable learning environment to enhance the student experience.

Industry connections and resources

You will learn from teachers who are recognised experts in the field. The course culminates in a two-week public exhibition that provides the opportunity to showcase your work and launch your career in jewellery and object design. Each year, many industry representatives from galleries, retailers and suppliers attend the exhibition. This is an opportunity for graduates to develop networks and connections in the industry.

Industry based projects are included with real life outcomes for students.

Melbourne Polytechnic Jewellery Department are affiliates of:

We also have connections with contemporary jewellery galleries in Melbourne, such as:

Employment Outcomes

The Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design is designed to prepare you to establish your own designer/maker studio, creating bespoke, one off commissions for clients as well as production jewellery and objects for sale in retail/online outlets. Graduates from the Advanced Diploma have gone on to work as technical assistants in the area of bionic technologies and as jewellery studio technicians in the creative education sector.

Assessment

You will be assessed through your course work and folio presentation. Various forms of assessment are used including practical exercises, written exercises and studio journals. To qualify for assessment students must ensure all course fees and levies are paid in full.

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See a perfect example of students incredible work in the image attached. Credit photo: Mehrnoosh Ganji.

Local Students

Code

MEM60211

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368224
Prahran 6900868224

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 2 years


Class Schedule: *

Mon, Tues Wed AM and PM or
Wed, Thurs, Fri AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$15750
Ineligible:$20500

The student tuition fees as published are correct at time of publication and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. All enrolments excluding RPL/RCC and Higher Education incur an annual Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250

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Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment are used, including practical exercises, written exercises, studio journals or combinations of the three.

Materials

You will need to purchase your own jewellery tool kit. We will provide some basic materials but precious metals are not supplied.

Entrance Requirements

Completion of MEM50311 Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design or demonstrated equivalent skills and knowledge. Book an interview for Diploma here.

Pathways to further study

You may wish to extend your qualifications by undertaking further study in the areas of gemmology, diamond technology and jewellery valuation. You may also choose to articulate into further study of fine arts at other tertiary institutions including RMIT and Monash.

Career Pathways

The Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design is designed to prepare you to establish your own designer/maker studio, creating bespoke, one off commissions for clients as well as production jewellery and objects for sale in retail/online outlets. Graduates from the Advanced Diploma have gone on to work as technical assistants in the area of bionic technologies and as jewellery studio technicians in the creative education sector.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

International Students

Code

MEM60211

CRICOS Code

080541G

Campuses

FAIRFIELD

Duration

Full-time: 2 years


Class Schedule: *

Mon, Tues Wed AM and PM or
Wed, Thurs, Fri AM and PM

*Classes run across these days and times. Detailed timetable information is available from an Education and Course Advisor

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

  • Tuition fees per semester: $6625
  • Tuition fees per year: $13250
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Entrance Requirements

Academic: Australian Year 12 equivalency
English: Academic IELTS 5.5 with no individual band below 5.0, Pearson PTE Academic 42 overall with no individual communicative skill below 36, or Melbourne Polytechnic recognised equivalency.
Other:Folio presentation – digital or in person via appointment.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment are used, including practical exercises, written exercises, studio journals or combinations of the three.

Pathways to further study

You may wish to extend your qualifications by undertaking further study in the areas of gemmology, diamond technology and jewellery valuation. You may also choose to articulate into further study of fine arts at other tertiary institutions including RMIT and Monash.

Career Pathways

The Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design is designed to prepare you to establish your own designer/maker studio, creating bespoke, one off commissions for clients as well as production jewellery and objects for sale in retail/online outlets. Graduates from the Advanced Diploma have gone on to work as technical assistants in the area of bionic technologies and as jewellery studio technicians in the creative education sector.

Enrolment Intake

  • February
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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.

Code Subjects Hours
BSBDES402 Interpret and respond to a design brief 20
BSBDES502 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief 65
BSBDES602 Research global design trends 30
BSBSMB404 Undertake small business planning 50
BSBSMB406 MANAGE SMALL BUSINESS FINANCES 60
CUAPPR501 Realise a body of creative work 80
CUAPPR503 Present a body of own creative work 60
CUAPPR601 Originate a body of independent creative work 75
CUAPPR604 Publicly 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
MEM19036A USE SPECIAL TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE JEWELLERY AND OBJECTS 80
MEM19037A PLAN AND IMPLEMENT CHENIER FABRICATION PROCESS 20
MEM19038A Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production 60
MEM19039A PLAN, CONDUCT AND SUPERVISE A JEWELLERY AND OBJECT EXHIBITION 60
MEM19040A CREATE AND MANUFACTURE JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGN PROTOTYPES FOR THE MASS MARKET 60
MEM19041A EXPERIMENT WITH JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGNS 60
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices 30