Jewellery Designer

Jewellery Designers develop jewellery and object design solutions using 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.
Designs may meet a specific client brief or reflect original design concepts. The designer likely to be an owner/operator or employed in a production workshop or small business operation and working directly with clients to produce items.

Summary of Training

  • 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
  • Use CAD to create and display 3D jewellery and object models
  • Create and present designs for jewellery and other 3D objects
  • Select materials and new technologies for jewellery and 3D object design applications
  • Produce a professional jewellery design and 3D object portfolio
  • Produce renderings and technical drawings for jewellery and object design construction
  • Perform brazing and/or silver soldering
  • Perform basic incidental heat/quenching, tempering and annealing
  • Manually finish/polish materials
  • Apply traditional techniques to jewellery and 3D object production
  • Oversee jewellery or object design production
  • Extend professional expertise with drawing and other visual representation tools
  • Originate a body of independent creative work
  • Collaborate in professional creative projects
  • Plan and apply casting techniques for jewellery and object designs
  • Use specialised techniques to produce jewellery and objects
  • Source and estimate materials
  • Experiment with techniques to produce jewellery
  • Organise and communicate information
  • Use and respect copyright
  • Manage projects

Please note that this Job & Training Description provides an example of the selection of non-core units. Alternative combinations of units may be selected and in some cases prerequisite units may need to be completed. For advice contact Apprenticeship Network providers or an approved Registered Training Organisation.

Job Pathways

Manufacturing and Engineering

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Jewellery Making, Watch & Clock Repair & Service

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Industry Group
Manufacturing & Production

Work Type
Analytic & Investigative
Creative & Artistic
Manual & Realistic

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Commencements Change

The change in Australian Apprenticeships commencements in this overall industry in the past two years. Commencements in 20/21: 10289

Source: VOCSTATS, extracted on 29/3/2022. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Employment

Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry in employment (in any industry).

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Graduate Wage

Average wage of Australian Apprentice graduates from this overall industry employed full-time after training.

Source: NCVER National Student Outcomes Survey, 2020, unpublished. AATIS analysis.

Industry Growth

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Size

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Source: National Skills Commission, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Industry Wage

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022. AATIS analysis.

Availability Information

Jewellery Designer - MEM60211
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(Nominal Duration)

Part Time
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Commencement data source: National Apprentices and Trainees collection, VOCSTATS, extracted 29/3/2022, rounded estimates for October 2020 to September 2021. This data is for general information purposes only.

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