Design, shine, mould and handcraft your career as a top jeweller. Learn your craft in our professional jewellery school as you achieve your Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design. Become qualified to work as a jeweller or object designer in Melbourne’s thriving art, design and craft industries – start today.
Craft your skills into a memorable career
We have one of the only courses in Victoria that focuses on technical jewellery design and construction while developing jewellery hand skills. You will also learn with the most professional and highly qualified teaching professionals who want the best outcomes for you.
Offered at our Fairfield and Prahran campuses, the Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design offers flexible learning options to suit individual requirements.
Gain the skills you need to design and craft jewellery items and 3D objects with an emphasis on current trends. 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
You’ll find our jewellery workshops fitted with up-to-date equipment, featuring an abundance of natural light. Study areas include design and research, drawing and rendering, photography, CAD (computer aided design) and exhibition practices.
Industry connections and resources
We are affiliated with:
- Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia
- Craft Victoria
- The Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA)
- Northcity4 Inc.
We also have connections with contemporary jewellery galleries in Melbourne, such as:
The Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design prepares you for employment in the design and development of jewellery and precious metal items and objects. Our graduates are encouraged to pursue their own studio practice producing both limited edition production ranges and client-based commissions. You may find employment in the manufacturing or retail jewellery sector assisting with simple repairs, sales and client consultation.
Assessment consists of practical work (assignments), class exercises, written reports, studio journals and theory tests where appropriate.
Recognition of Prior Learning
You can seek RPL where your work or qualifications of an advanced and related nature have been undertaken. Academic Credit is granted on a case-by-case basis, according to our Academic Credit policy and associated procedures. Applications for Academic Credit will be assessed by relevant Melbourne Polytechnic academics and where appropriate, industry experts.
For any additional information on our Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, please contact an Education and Careers Advisor (ECA), on 03 9269 8400, or send an email.
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
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 Amenities fee with a maximum cap of $250
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.
- entrance to this course is by successful folio and interview
- interviews can be booked online
Pathways to further studyOn completion of this course you may extend your qualifications by going on to our MEM60211 Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, or consider 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.