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Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design

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.

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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:

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

Assessment

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.

Contact

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.

Local Students

Code

MEM50311

VTAC Code

Fairfield 6900368224, Prahran 6900868224

Campuses

FAIRFIELD, PRAHRAN

Department

Visual Arts
03 9269 8400

Duration

Full-time: 12 months
Prahran

Part-time: 3 years
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 Delivery

Studio Based, Classroom

Fees for 2017

Eligible:$9750
Ineligible:$16100

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

Find out more on fees and charges

View 2016 Fees

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.
A materials fee applies to all students and is set each year and advertised accordingly.

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 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
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

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Students may be eligible for Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.