Qualification details

MEM60211 - Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design (Release 4)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
4 (this release)Current 15/Sep/2013
(View details for release 3) Replaced20/Dec/2012
(View details for release 2) Replaced25/Jun/2012
(View details for release 1) Replaced27/Sep/2011

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Units of competency

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BSBCMM401A - Make a presentationMake a presentation N/A
BSBCRT401A - Articulate, present and debate ideasArticulate, present and debate ideas N/A
BSBCRT402A - Collaborate in a creative processCollaborate in a creative process N/A
BSBCRT501A - Originate and develop conceptsOriginate and develop concepts N/A
BSBCRT601A - Research and apply concepts and theories of creativityResearch and apply concepts and theories of creativity N/A
BSBDES402A - Interpret and respond to a design briefInterpret and respond to a design brief N/A
BSBDES502A - Establish, negotiate and refine a design briefEstablish, negotiate and refine a design brief N/A
BSBDES601A - Manage design realisationManage design realisation N/A
BSBDES602A - Research global design trendsResearch global design trends N/A
BSBDES701A - Research and apply design theoryResearch and apply design theory N/A
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 399411 Jeweller 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4983-11 Jeweller 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 411 Advanced Diploma 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Product Design,Jewellery 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Senior Jewellery Designer 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 399411 Jeweller 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 4983-11 Jeweller 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 1003 Visual Arts And Crafts 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 411 Advanced Diploma 27/Sep/2011 
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Modification History

Release 4 - Imported elective units replaced by current versions.

Release 3 - Elective unit MEM22006A replaced by MEM22015A in Group D.

Release 2 - Elective unit MEM30001A replaced by MEM30031A

Release 1 - New qualification


This qualification describes the skills and knowledge required to develop jewellery and object design solutions that require a wide range of specialised technical and creative skills. Design solutions reflect consideration of aesthetics, function, production techniques, material characteristics, and marketability of jewellery and objects.

Job roles/employment outcomes 

This qualification targets independent professional designers or designers/practitioners in jewellery and objects. Designs may meet a specific client brief and reflect original design concepts. This person is likely to be an owner/operator or employed in a production workshop or small business operation and working directly with clients to produce items.


This qualification is typically used to develop skills and knowledge in jewellery and object design enterprises. Skills gained from this qualification may be applied to specialist jewellery and object design briefs, including heritage jewellery, theatre and film commissions, exhibitions and churchware, as well as one-off individual client briefs.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification  

This qualification may be accessed by direct entry. Credit will be granted towards this qualification to those who have completed MEM50311 Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design, 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 appropriate higher education or Vocational Graduate qualifications.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

There is no direct link between this qualification and licensing, legislative and/or regulatory requirements. However, all work must comply with occupational health and safety (OHS) and environmental regulations and legislation that apply to the workplace.

Entry Requirements

Not applicable.

Employability Skills Summary

Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and object design  

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the jewellery and object design industry for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements that reflect skill requirements for this level.

Employability Skill 

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include: 


  • Use research and communication techniques and technology to gather and interpret data and information related to the development designs
  • Develop design specifications in consultation with client
  • Make calculations to determine production specifications
  • Communicate with clients and design or production team
  • Complete design documentation in a range of formats including drawings, specifications and plans
  • Produce detailed specifications and production documents to guide production
  • Negotiate designs with clients
  • Present design ideas
  • Interact with and negotiate with industry representatives


  • Demonstrate and encourage others in working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion
  • Provide and obtain feedback on processes, outcomes and specifications to support and improve team outcomes
  • Exchange information with clients and design team
  • Provide support to production team and oversee outcomes
  • Work with others throughout the design and production process
  • Provide leadership and direction to others
  • Participate in sustainability improvement

Problem solving

  • Analyse suitability of materials for design concept
  • Analyse and apply design influences to determine trends and opportunities
  • Evaluate information to guide design development and processes
  • Make modifications to designs or techniques based on client requirements, production or resource issues
  • Identify and address design and production problems
  • Determine and test specifications to meet objectives
  • Assess commercial viability of designs

Initiative and enterprise

  • Test procedures and design concepts to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives
  • Provide leadership in design and production processes
  • Identify non-conformances to standards and initiate appropriate action
  • Identify and implement effective ways to achieve design and production outcomes
  • Initiate and implement continuous improvement practices
  • Develop new designs for a target market
  • Identify design opportunities
  • Sell ideas to clients and other stakeholders
  • Determine promotional opportunities for work
  • Explore creative possibilities for designs
  • Evaluate sustainability of operations

Planning and organising

  • Evaluate quality outcomes
  • Determine production requirements and plans for designs
  • Develop design and production plans
  • Plan processes to achieve desired outcomes within agreed timeframes
  • Ensure workplace and equipment are set up so that work requirements are met
  • Manage design and production processes
  • Produce and test design prototypes
  • Develop and implement contingency plans when responding to incidents and problems
  • Identify and monitor resource use in own work


  • Monitor own work against workplace, industry and quality standards
  • Adjust processes or techniques as required according to variations in requirements
  • Implement and apply OHS practices in the workplace
  • Seek feedback on own work to assess areas for improvement
  • Test quality and viability of work
  • Conduct work in a manner which minimises waste
  • Maintain currency of knowledge of trends, techniques and influences


  • Assess own skill requirements and seek further development if required
  • Develop or adjust processes based on new information
  • Maintain current knowledge and skills in trends, techniques and influences
  • Seek feedback from target market on designs and products
  • Use design tools to explore and test design concepts
  • Experiment with materials, design concepts and production techniques


  • Use information and communication technology to acquire, manage and share information
  • Use computer aided design (CAD) technology in the development of designs
  • Use machinery and equipment in the production of prototypes

Packaging Rules

The minimum requirements for achievement of the MEM60211 Advanced Diploma of Jewellery and Object Design are:

  • completion of all nine (9)  core units of competency
  • completion of twenty seven (27)  elective units of competency, to bring the total number of units to thirty six (36) .

Units with prerequisites are marked with an asterisk. Note that when selecting elective units any prerequisite units must also be completed (refer to units for details).

Elective units of competency must be selected as follows:

  • at least five (5)  units of competency from Group A
  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group B
  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group C
  • at least three (3)  units of competency from Group D.

The thirteen (13)  remaining elective units can be selected as follows, to bring the total number of elective units to twenty seven (27) :

  • Group A, B, C or D electives not previously selected
  • a maximum of five (5)  units from Group E
  • up to six (6)  appropriate elective units may be chosen from other endorsed Training Packages and accredited courses where those units are available in an Advanced Diploma, Diploma (maximum 4 units) or Certificate IV (maximum 4 units) qualification.

Appropriate units are those that would be suitable for occupational outcomes in a jewellery and object design environment.

Note that the elective units listed below include all of the units that are approved for selection from the MEM05 Training Package for use in this qualification. This meets the NSSC requirement that one sixth of the total units must be able to be selected from other qualifications in the same Training Package.


  • Complete all nine (9)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Apply principles of occupational health and safety in the work environment


Apply drawing and rendering techniques to jewellery or object design


Investigate quality and application of jewellery materials


Create and manufacture jewellery or object design prototypes for the mass market


Experiment with jewellery or object designs


Establish, negotiate and refine a design brief


Realise a body of creative work


Analyse cultural history and theory


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Group A: Specialist Advanced Diploma jewellery and object design units 

  • Select a minimum of five (5)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production


Plan, conduct and supervise a jewellery and object exhibition


Oversee jewellery or object design production


Research and apply concepts and theories of creativity


Manage design realisation


Research global design trends


Research and apply design theory


Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools


Originate a body of independent creative work


Collaborate in professional creative projects


Engage in the business of creative practice


Publicly present a body of own creative work


Extend cultural research expertise

Group B: Specialist jewellery and object creative and design units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code 

Unit title 



Use CAD to create and display 3D jewellery and object models


Create and present designs for jewellery and other 3D objects


Produce life drawings for presenting jewellery and object designs



Select materials and new technologies for jewellery and 3D object design applications


Produce a professional jewellery design and 3D object portfolio


Research and design sustainable objects


Produce renderings and technical drawings for jewellery and object design construction

Group C: Design process and drawing units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code 

Unit title 



Interpret technical drawing


Operate computer-aided design (CAD) system to produce basic drawing elements


Originate and develop concepts


Interpret and respond to a design brief


Research and apply light and colour


Refine 2-D design ideas and processes


Refine 3-D design ideas and processes


Investigate drawing materials and processes


Refine drawing techniques


Present a body of own creative work


Produce ideation drawings

Group D: Jewellery and object production units 

  • Select a minimum of three (3)  units of competency from this list:

Unit code  

Unit title 



Perform brazing and/or silver soldering


Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing


Manually finish/polish materials



Perform engineering measurements


Perform computations


Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials


Work safely with molten metals/glass


Use hand tools


Use power tools/hand held operations


Use tools for precision work



Perform jewellery metal casting



Produce jewellery wax model



Produce jewellery metal masters



Design and implement mechanisms in jewellery items


Create silversmithing objects


Apply chain manufacture process


Plan and apply casting techniques for jewellery and object designs


Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects


Plan and implement chenier fabrication process


Source and estimate engineering materials requirements


Make scale models


Research and apply techniques for the design of wearable objects


Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery

Group E: General Electives 

  • A maximum of five (5)  units may be selected from the following list:

Unit code  

Unit title 


Digital context and imaging 


Interact with computing technology


Render images using computer graphics software



Work with photomedia in creative practice


Experiment with techniques to enhance digital images


Refine digital art techniques


Prepare files for publication


Capture photographic images


Apply photo imaging lighting techniques



Organise and communicate information


Make a presentation


Articulate, present and debate ideas


Collaborate in a creative process


Develop and discuss ideas for own creative work

Professional practice and management/industry context 


Use and respect copyright


Manage intellectual property to protect and grow business


Undertake project work


Market the small business


Monitor and manage small business operations


Manage small business finances


Develop and apply creative arts industry knowledge


Conduct research


Select and organise finished work for storage


Prepare for sustainable professional practice


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Sell products and services

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