Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design - MEM50311

Melbourne Polytechnic

Type of institution: TAFE Institute
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00724G

This qualification is part of the Metal and Engineering Training Package. It describes the skills and knowledge required to apply design processes and technical production skills to the design and manufacture of custom-made jewellery and objects.


  • 26 units: 6 core
  • 20 elective


  • Perform computations
  • Prepare files for publication
  • Work safely with molten metals/glass
  • Refine drawing techniques
  • Market the small business
  • Select materials and new technologies for jewellery and 3D object design applications
  • Manually finish/polish materials
  • Investigate drawing materials and processes
  • Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects
  • Source and estimate materials
  • Plan and implement chenier fabrication process
  • Use computer aided drafting systems to produce basic engineering drawings
  • Create silversmithing objects
  • Use tools for precision work
  • Select and organise finished work for storage
  • Plan and apply casting techniques for jewellery and object designs
  • Apply drawing and rendering techniques to jewellery or object design
  • Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Use power tools/hand held operations
  • Refine digital art techniques
  • Use hand tools
  • Apply chain manufacture process
  • Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work
  • Perform jewellery metal casting
  • Articulate, present and debate ideas
  • Produce a professional jewellery design and 3D object portfolio
  • Refine 3-D design ideas and processes
  • Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
  • Conduct research
  • Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
  • Produce renderings and technical drawings for jewellery and object design construction
  • Interact with computing technology
  • Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images
  • Produce jewellery metal masters
  • Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects
  • Manage small business finances
  • Interpret and respond to a design brief
  • Capture photographic images
  • Collaborate in a creative process
  • Manage projects
  • Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials
  • Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment
  • Produce life drawings for presenting jewellery and object designs
  • Work with photomedia in creative practice
  • Design and implement mechanisms in jewellery items
  • Present a body of own creative work
  • Perform brazing and or silver soldering
  • Analyse cultural history and theory
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Monitor and manage small business operations
  • Use CAD to create and display 3D jewellery and object models
  • Interpret technical drawing
  • Produce jewellery wax model
  • Apply photo imaging lighting techniques
  • Sell products and services
  • Prepare for sustainable professional practice
  • Create and present designs for jewellery and other 3D objects
  • Research and apply light and colour
  • Make a presentation
  • Make scale models
  • Realise a body of creative work
  • Research and design sustainable objects
  • Perform engineering measurements
  • Produce ideation drawings
  • Originate and develop concepts
  • Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge
  • Refine 2-D design ideas and processes
  • Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business
  • Render images using computer graphics software
  • Investigate quality and application of jewellery materials

Study pathways

Pathways into the qualification This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit will be granted towards this qualification to those who have completed MEM30605 Certificate III in Jewellery Manufacture, MEM40311 Certificate IV in Advanced Jewellery Manufacture (under development) or who can demonstrate equivalent vocational experience. Pathways from the qualification Further training pathways from this qualification include MEM60211 Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Fairfield Domestic: $18,200
No information available No
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 10 months
  • Part-time : 3 years
Prahran Domestic: $18,200
No information available No
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
  • Full-time : 10 months
  • Part-time : 3 years

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