Courses

Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design

MEM50311

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.

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.

This one year course provides the necessary pathway to complete the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design (MEM60211).

Learning from the most highly qualified jewellery teaching professionals, you will 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 and brooch fittings
  • Ring manufacture and basic stone setting

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

  • Design and Research
  • Drawing and rendering
  • CAD (Computer Aided Design) for jewellery
  • Exhibition – Present a body of creative work
  • Small business studies

Industry connections and resources

We are affiliates of:

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

Employment outcomes

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 also find employment in the manufacturing or retail jewellery sector assisting with simple repairs, sales and client consultation.

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.

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.

Local Students

Code

MEM50311

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368224
Prahran 6900868224

Campuses

Fairfield, Prahran

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Day time classes
Fairfield: Mon Tue Wed AM and PM
or Mon Thurs Fri AM and PM
Prahran: Mon Tue Wed AM and PM

Part-time: 3 years
Evening classes at Fairfield: Tues Thurs PM

Modes of Delivery

Classroom

Fees

Eligible:$10950
Ineligible:$17500

Enquire now to find out if you are eligible for government funding and other forms of help paying for fees. 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

Find out more on fees and charges

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment may be used, including practical exercises, written exercises, studio journal or combinations of the three.

Materials

You 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.

Entrance Requirements

  • entrance to this course is by successful folio and interview
  • interviews can be booked online

Pathways to further study

On 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 Pathways

On graduation from this course you will be eligible for employment in the design and development of jewellery and precious metals production.

Enrolment Intake

  • February

Units Of Study

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
BSBSMB404 UNDERTAKE SMALL BUSINESS PLANNING 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

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.