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Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design

VTAC Code: MEM60222 VTAC Number: Fairfield 6900368224, Prahran 6900868224



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Design your future in jewellery

Pursue your passion and emerging career in jewellery with Melbourne Polytechnic’s Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60222. 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 MEM60222 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 the Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60222 take me?

The Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design MEM60222 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 Manufacturer
  • Jewellery Technical Assistant
  • Watch case assembly technician
  • Jewellery Production Assistant
  • Artisan Jeweller
  • Jewellery Designer
  • Jewellery Studio Technician
  • Jewellery Repairer

Study Pathways

You may wish to extend your qualifications by undertaking further study in the areas of gemmology, diamond technology and jewellery valuation. You may also choose to articulate into further study of jewellery, object design and fine arts at other tertiary institutions including RMIT and Monash University or apply for the two-year Associate training program at JamFactory - Adelaide.

Jewellery Courses at Melbourne Polytechnic

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture MEM30619 runs at our Jewellery Centre - learn techniques, knowledge and expertise from our dedicated teachers.
Certificate II in Engineering - Jewellery MEM20105
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Prahran, Fairfield
Visual Art - Part Time, Pre Apprentice - Prahran, Fairfield
Acquire the strong foundation you need in jewellery making. Turn your designs on paper into pieces of art.

Course Details

How you will study

Each course has a dedicated learning method that is designed to let you thrive in your studies.

On-campus / Virtual classroom

A blend of both face-to-face and virtual learning with scheduled classes taking place on-campus and in virtual classrooms. Visit the How You'll Study page for more information.

Class Schedule

Fairfield campus:


  • Mon, Tue and Wed 9.30am - 4.30pm, OR
  • Mon, Thurs and Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm

Prahran campus:

  • Mon, Tue and 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
BSBESB407 Manage finances for new business ventures Elective 60
CUAACD537 Refine 3-D design ideas and processes Elective 70
CUADES412 Interpret and respond to a design brief Elective 30
CUADES512 Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief Core 65
CUADES612 Research global design trends Elective 30
CUAPPR511 Realise a body of creative work Core 80
CUAPPR513 Present a body of own creative work Elective 60
CUAPPR611 Originate a body of independent creative work Elective 75
CUAPPR614 Publicly present a body of own creative work Elective 60
CUARES503 Analyse cultural history and theory Core 70
MEM05006 Perform brazing and/or silver soldering Elective 20
MEM08010 Manually finish/polish materials Elective 60
MEM11011 Undertake manual handling Elective 20
MEM12023 Perform engineering measurements Elective 30
MEM13003 Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials Elective 20
MEM13015 Work safely and effectively in manufacturing and engineering Core 40
MEM16006 Organise and communicate information Elective 20
MEM18001 Use hand tools Elective 20
MEM18002 Use power tools/hand held operations Elective 20
MEM18003 Use tools for precision work Elective 40
MEM19012 Produce jewellery wax model Elective 40
MEM19023 Apply drawing and rendering techniques to jewellery or object design Core 40
MEM19024 Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create and display 3D jewellery or object models Elective 40
MEM19026 Investigate quality and application of jewellery materials Core 20
MEM19029 Produce a professional jewellery design or 3D object portfolio Elective 60
MEM19031 Produce renderings and technical drawings for jewellery or object design construction Elective 40
MEM19032 Design and implement mechanisms in jewellery items Elective 60
MEM19033 Create silversmithing objects Elective 60
MEM19034 Apply chain manufacture process Elective 40
MEM19036 Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery or objects Elective 80
MEM19037 Plan and implement chenier fabrication process Elective 20
MEM19038 Apply traditional techniques to jewellery or 3D object production Elective 60
MEM19039 Plan, conduct and supervise a jewellery or object exhibition or program Elective 60
MEM19040 Create and manufacture jewellery or object design prototypes for the mass market Core 60
MEM19041 Experiment with jewellery or object designs Core 60
MSMENV272 Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices Core 30

Fees & Costs

Tuition Fees
Government subsidised fee Non-subsidised fee
Tuition fee $20850 $25200
Maximum annual amenities $250 $250
Total payable $21100 $25450
Per year $18600
Per semester $9300

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 1st of November. 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.


  • All applicants selected by interview/folio presentation conducted via Zoom.
  • Interviews will resume in September for courses starting in 2024.

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 enrol online or come to campus to complete your enrolment in person.

Diploma students 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

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