National code: CUA51120

Diploma of Visual Arts (Jewellery)

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Overview About this course

Cultivate your jewellery skills and knowledge by exploring materials and experimenting with techniques to work in the art industry. Combine your technical, creative and conceptual skills to plan and realise artwork that interacts with the body.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Shape metal with fabrication techniques

  • Model materials with specific techniques

  • Research technological innovations and cultural history

  • Apply digital and marketing skills

  • Use photography skills

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • Design and practical skills to realise a body of creative work

  • Artworks to build upon your creative portfolio

  • Strong pathways to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities

  • Skills and knowledge to develop your own creative practice

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the Certificate II in Engineering (Jewellery) or an equivalent qualification as evidenced by a copy of your transcript

  • A portfolio of your creative work that supports your technical jewellery making skills. Your portfolio should include at least 6 images of your original jewellery. These can be photographs, drawings, CAD images, or a combination of these and can be from formal study or your work experience. Please combine these images into a single PDF.

  • Take part in a pre-admission interview

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Proficient language, literacy and numeracy skills to a year 12 level

  • Competent skills in 2D and 3D forms

  • An unwavering interest in visual arts and the creative industry

TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like:

Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals

Visual Arts and Crafts Professionals create visual two- and three-dimensional concepts and forms through painting, drawing, carving, sculpting, modelling, printmaking, video, multimedia, found objects, ephemera, soundscapes and other media to communicate concepts and ideas.

  • Full-time share Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).


  • Employment size Employment size is the number of workers who do this as their main job.

    2,700 workers

  • Average age This is the average age of all workers in this job.

    49 years

  • Weekly pay Median earnings are shown for full-time, non-managerial employees paid at the adult rate, before tax or any amounts that are salary sacrificed. These figures are a guide to earnings only and should not be used to determine a wage rate.


  • Average full-time The average full-time hours that people in this role work each week.

    46 hours

  • Skill level rating Skill level ratings are based on the range and complexity of job roles. In general, the higher the skill level, the more formal education and training, previous experience or on-the-job training needed to be good at the job.

    High to very high

  • Gender share

    55% female

  • Future growth The Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business estimates the likely change in number of workers in this role, or industry, over the next 5 years. Future growth is the likely percentage change compared to all other job roles.


Other jobs include: freelance jewellery designer, exhibiting jewellery artist, small business owner, bench worker, jewellery retail worker, gallery assistant and community arts professional.

Study pathways

Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:

Previous study 2 Courses

Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.

Further study 1 Course

Advance your skills to take your career to the next level

Related study 1 Course

Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.

Your experience counts

At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.

Units Units taught in this course

Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Diploma of Visual Arts (Jewellery) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 units of competency, including 6 core and 9 speciality units.

Please note, not all specialty units are offered at every TAFE NSW location. It is highly recommended that you check with your preferred campus for information about the specialty units offered at that location.

Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.

  • Refine drawing and other visual representation tools CUAACD531

  • Realise a body of creative work CUAPPR511

  • Develop sustainability of own professional practice CUAPPR512

  • Present a body of own creative work CUAPPR513

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

  • LinkedIn Learning – an online resource which offers innovative courses and tutorials to improve your personal and professional skills

  • Student associations – get social with our student community

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