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:
- Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia
- Craft Victoria
- The Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA)
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 also find employment in the manufacturing or retail jewellery sector assisting with simple repairs, sales and client consultation.
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.
VTAC CodeFairfield 6900368224Prahran 6900868224
Day time classes
Fairfield: Mon Tue Wed AM and PM
or Mon Thurs Fri AM and PM
Prahran: Mon Tue Wed AM and PM
Evening classes at Fairfield: Tues Thurs PM
Modes of Delivery
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
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.
- 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 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|
|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|
Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.