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Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design

VTAC Code: MEM60211 CRICOS: 080541G VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368224, Prahran 6900868224

Overview

Campus

Fairfield, Prahran

Campus

Fairfield, Prahran

Duration

2 years full time

Duration

2 years

Next Intake

March

Next Intake

March

Design your future in jewellery

Pursue your passion and emerging career in jewellery with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60211. This two year course introduces you to fundamental jewellery hand skills through to advanced jewellery making techniques that will allow you to design and create beautiful jewellery and objects of value and sentiment. Become qualified to work as a jeweller or object designer in Melbourne’s thriving art, design and craft industries.

Develop hands-on and practical skills

When you study Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma, you will learn from industry-based jewellery professionals. Gain skills in designing and crafting jewellery and 3D objects with an emphasis on current trends as well as traditional design. You will study jewellery-making techniques and materials, practise wax carving and casting, perform ring manufacturing and develop skills in surface embellishment, chain making, stone setting and silversmithing.

Study areas include design and research, drawing and rendering, gemmology, CAD (Computer Aided Design) for jewellery and small business studies to prepare you for industry. Melbourne Polytechnic has one of the only courses in Victoria that focuses on technical jewellery design and construction.

Our industry partners include, Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia, Craft Victoria, The Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA) and JamFactory - Adelaide. We also have connections with contemporary jewellery galleries in Melbourne, such as e.g.etal, Studio Ingot, Pieces of Eight, Black Finch, Small Space Gallery, in.cub8r, Bini Gallery and Metal Couture.

Learn from gems of the industry

Working within modern, light-filled, industry-standard workshops, Melbourne Polytechnic’s jewellery teachers have advanced knowledge in both traditional and contemporary design and techniques. In order to prepare you for the job marketplace, this course will also introduce and instruct you in the fields of design development, production jewellery, small business set-up and exhibition planning and design.

In second year the course culminates in an online fundraising auction and a graduate exhibition giving students the opportunity to showcase their work to family, friends, and industry specialists. Melbourne Polytechnic has an excellent reputation for jewellery and object design, with students winning a number of industry-recognised and prestigious awards including the JAA Australasian Jewellery Awards, WorldSkills competition, Nationwide Jewellers’ Apprentice of the Year, Design Institute of Australia’s Graduate of the Year and even the Lord Coconut Melbourne Cufflink Prize.

Set your career in stone

An Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60211 will set you apart within a creative and competitive industry. Experienced teaching staff and the industry-dedicated projects this course has to offer will ensure you are equipped to pursue your own studio practice producing both limited edition production ranges and client-based commissions.

Career Pathways

Where will this take me

The Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60211 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.

Melbourne Polytechnic jewellery graduates from the Advanced Diploma have gone on to secure jobs across all areas of the ever-evolving industry to work as jewellery manufacturers, jewellery gallery assistants, technical assistants in the area of bionic technologies and watch case assembly, jewellery studio technicians and jewellery production assistants.

  • Jewellery Designer
  • Jewellery Manufacturer
  • Jewellery Technical Assistant
  • Watch case assembly technician
  • Jewellery Production Assistant
  • Jewellery Studio Technician
  • Jewellery Repairer
  • Artisan Jeweller

Jewellery Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

Introductory Jewellery
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Do you have a sparkling desire to handcraft your own jewellery? Our teachers will expertly guide you to develop the basic skills that will get you started on your jewellery-making journey. Learn the techniques of making simple jewellery; filing, fabrication and soldering skills.
Certificate II in Engineering - Jewellery MEM20105
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield, Prahran
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Fairfield, Prahran
Acquire the strong foundation you need in jewellery making. Turn your designs on paper into pieces of art. Whether you have the ambition of becoming an artisan jeweller, working in the industry, or one day owning your own business - this is a great introductory course to get you started.
Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture - Non-apprenticeship MEM30619
Visual Art - Full Time - Fairfield
Visual Art - Full Time - Fairfield
Turn your passion for creating beautiful jewellery into a rewarding career.
Gem Setting
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
The Gem setting short course assists participants through a structured program of various gem-setting techniques and increase the participant’s technical knowledge and hand-skills base by completing various gem-setting tasks.
Wax Working for Jewellery
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Are you wanting to bring your Wax Working Jewellery ideas to life? Our Wax Working for Jewellery short course will teach participants a range of wax working skills whilst using wax carving, forming, shaping and joining techniques whilst also learning about the Lost Wax Casting process. This course is suitable for beginners and participants that have some knowledge.
Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture - Apprenticeship MEM30619
Visual Art - Apprentice, Part Time - Fairfield
Visual Art - Apprentice, Part Time - Fairfield
Turn your passion for creating beautiful jewellery into a rewarding career. Our nationally accredited MEM30619 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture runs at our Jewellery Centre - learn techniques, knowledge and expertise from our dedicated teachers.
Intermediate Jewellery
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Visual Art - Short Course - Fairfield
Our Intermediate Jewellery course provides the inspirational progressive step for participants who have completed the Introductory Jewellery course or who have basic jewellery skills.

Course Details

Delivery methods

  • Blended learning
  • Research and online activities
  • Workshop
  • Classroom

Class Schedule

3 days per week at Fairfield: Mon Tue Wed 9.30am – 4.30pm
3 days per week at Prahran: Mon Tue Wed 9.30am – 4.30pm

Note: The second year of this course is held at the Fairfield campus only.

Assessment Methods

Various forms of assessment are used, including practical exercises, written exercises and knowledge questions in the form of online quizzes, studio journals, and folios of work.

Units of Study

The hours displayed are nominal, actual classroom hours delivered may differ. Please contact us for the latest student contact hours information.

Code Subject Elective Hours
BSBDES402A INTERPRET AND RESPOND TO A DESIGN BRIEF Elective 20
BSBDES502A ESTABLISH, NEGOTIATE AND REFINE A DESIGN BRIEF Core 65
BSBDES602A RESEARCH GLOBAL DESIGN TRENDS Elective 30
BSBSMB404A UNDERTAKE SMALL BUSINESS PLANNING Elective 50
BSBSMB406A MANAGE SMALL BUSINESS FINANCES Elective 60
CUVPRP501A REALISE A BODY OF CREATIVE WORK Core 80
CUVPRP503A PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK Elective 60
CUVPRP601A ORIGINATE A BODY OF INDEPENDENT CREATIVE WORK Elective 75
CUVPRP604A PUBLICLY PRESENT A BODY OF OWN CREATIVE WORK Elective 60
CUVRES502A ANALYSE CULTURAL HISTORY AND THEORY Core 70
MEM05006C PERFORM BRAZING AND/OR SILVER SOLDERING Elective 20
MEM08010B MANUALLY FINISH/POLISH MATERIALS Elective 60
MEM09002B INTERPRET TECHNICAL DRAWING Elective 40
MEM12023A PERFORM ENGINEERING MEASUREMENTS Elective 30
MEM13003B WORK SAFELY WITH INDUSTRIAL CHEMICALS AND MATERIALS Elective 20
MEM13004B WORK SAFELY WITH MOLTEN METAL/GLASS Elective 20
MEM13014A APPLY PRINCIPLES OF OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE WORK ENVIRONMENT Core 10
MEM18001C USE HAND TOOLS Elective 20
MEM18002B USE POWER TOOLS/HAND HELD OPERATIONS Elective 20
MEM18003C USE TOOLS FOR PRECISION WORK Elective 40
MEM19012B PRODUCE JEWELLERY WAX MODEL Elective 40
MEM19023A APPLY DRAWING AND RENDERING TECHNIQUES TO JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGN Core 40
MEM19024A USE CAD TO CREATE AND DISPLAY 3D JEWELLERY AND OBJECT MODELS Elective 40
MEM19026A INVESTIGATE QUALITY AND APPLICATION OF JEWELLERY MATERIALS Core 20
MEM19029A PRODUCE A PROFESSIONAL JEWELLERY DESIGN AND 3D OBJECT PORTFOLIO Elective 60
MEM19031A PRODUCE RENDERINGS AND TECHNICAL DRAWINGS FOR JEWELLERY AND OBJECT DESIGN CONSTRUCTION Elective 40
MEM19032A DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT MECHANISMS IN JEWELLERY ITEMS Elective 60
MEM19033A CREATIVE SILVERSMITHING OBJECTS Elective 60
MEM19034A APPLY CHAIN MANUFACTURE PROCESS Elective 40
MEM19036A USE SPECIAL TECHNIQUES TO PRODUCE JEWELLERY AND OBJECTS Elective 80
MEM19037A PLAN AND IMPLEMENT CHENIER FABRICATION PROCESS Elective 20
MEM19038A APPLY TRADITIONAL TECHNIQUES TO JEWELLERY AND 3D OBJECT PRODUCTION Elective 60
MEM19039A PLAN, CONDUCT AND SUPERVISE A JEWELLERY AND OBJECT EXHIBITION Elective 60
MEM19040A CREATE AND MANUFACTURE JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGN PROTOTYPES FOR THE MASS MARKET Core 60
MEM19041A EXPERIMENT WITH JEWELLERY OR OBJECT DESIGNS Core 60
MSAENV272B PARTICIPATE IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE WORK PRACTICES Core 30

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $20050 $24250
Materials fee $0 $0
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $20300 $24500
Per year $15852
Per semester $7926

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment.

Displayed course fees are indicative only. There are many variables that impact the total amount of your full course costs including qualification for government subsidies, concessions or recognition of prior learning. Tuition fees do not include the cost of student amenities or material costs.

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding. Contact us to find out if you’re eligible for a Government subsidy.

Melbourne Polytechnic offers a range of payment options to help you pay your tuition fees, so you can get on with your studies.

Fees displayed are effective for new applications received on or after 1 November 2021. Tuition fees do not include textbooks, course materials or overseas student health insurance and visa fees.

After initial deposit, international students are able to pay tuition fees in installments, four times per year.

For more detailed information please read the International Student Fees.

Fees explained

The fees for those ineligible for a government-funded enrolment. 

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The cost of tuition for those eligible for government funding.

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Additional expenses

The Student Services and Amenities Fee is charged at forty cents (40 cents) per student contact hour and is capped over a twelve (12) month period, effective from the enrolment date, to:

  • $250 for full fee-paying students; and
  • $175 for concession-paying students studying Certificate I, II, III, or IV.

Amenities fees are used to improve non-academic services including libraries, counselling services, student support, and recreational activities.

Tool kit lists, resource books and timetables will be provided at class enrolment or course induction by the teaching department.

You are required to purchase your own jewellery tool kit. The minimum requirements will be discussed at your induction. The initial cost for Start-up Tool Kit #1 is approximately $1,100.00. Additional Tool Kit #2 costs approximately $900.00. We will provide some basic materials and base metal for projects but precious metal is not supplied by Melbourne Polytechnic.

Requirements

  • All applicants selected by interview/folio presentation conducted via Zoom.
  • Interviews will resume in September for courses starting in 2022.

Book your interview here.

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.

Next Steps

We're really excited for you to join the Melbourne Polytechnic community and we look forward to supporting you on your education journey.

The first step to enrolling is completing the application short form from the Apply Now page.

You'll then receive a link to complete a few more personal details.

You will be asked to attend an interview to ensure that this is the right course for you.

It is a mandatory government requirement for all prospective students to complete an online literacy and numeracy assessment.

Once you are ready to enrol, you will be invited to attend our Skills and Job Centre, or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

For Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas, you may be eligible for a VET Student Loan. Read more about them here.

If you need assistance with your application and the next steps, you can contact one of our Education and Course Advisors on 1300 635 276 or follow a step-by-step guide to enrolling for vocational education local students.

When we receive your application, the International Office will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your application and provide you additional instructions.

If you'd like to speak to one of our International Office staff directly, call 1300 635 276

Recognising Organisations

Nationally Recognised Training

Nationally Recognised Training This course is government accredited and has national recognition.

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