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Diploma – Jewellery Design and Manufacture

The diploma programme incorporates Jewellery Practice that includes Jewellery Design, Drawing CAD and Manufacturing Techniques. Other key areas of study include Gemmology, Technology, Contextual Studies and Design Management. The BTech programme offers more advanced levels of competencies in Jewellery Practice and Jewellery Theory that prepares students for the Jewellery Industry. The Department promotes a dual focus on commercial and high-end fine Jewellery with an emphasis on conceptual design.

Career Opportunities

Career opportunities exist in the following:

  • Contemporary jewellery designer / maker
  • Commercial jewellery designer / manufacturer
  • Jewellery retail industry
  • Retail / wholesale buying
  • Gemmology / diamond industry
  • Jewellery workshop manager
  • CAD jewellery designer
  • Education / training
Admission Requirements
Diploma: Jewellery Design and Manufacture (D8JD1Q)
  • Senior certificate or equivalent qualification with a minimum APS or M-score
  • Attendance of an entrance assessment and submission of a portfolio once the application form has been processed
  • Completion of the National Benchmarking Test (NBT) for Academic and Quantitative Literacy (AQL)
Average Point Score (APS)
A minimum APS of 18 with Mathematics or 19 with Mathematical Literacy is required to apply for the programme. 

Min APS Languages Mathematics
Other requirements submission of 
a specified portfolio
18 With  Mathematics
Language of teaching and learning
Other recognised language

Maths Lit
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
Maths Lit:4

This scoring system is used if the applicant completed school prior to 2008 or A/O levels.
A minimum M-score of 8 is required to apply for the National Diploma programmes.
Symbols A B C D E
Points Higher Grade 5 4 3 2 1
Standard Grade 4 3 2 1 0


Applicants meeting the minimum entrance requirements (APS or M-score) for the NDip: Jewellery Design and Manufacture will be invited to an entrance assessment.

Selection Criteria
Selection is based on the results of the following assessment:

  • A multiple choice test from notes provided by the Department
  • A technical problem-solving test
  • Two and three-dimensional drawing, design and hand making ability
  • Submission of a portfolio of work
  • An interview with staff members

Portfolio Requirements
The portfolio must contain the following:
  • Basic jewellery designed and made by the applicant. However, craft work, artistic drawings, technical drawings and any other art form will be considered.
  • A letter of recommendation from a jewellery manufacturer who is a member of the Jewellery Council of South Africa, stating that the applicant understands the industry requirements and that he/she has observed a piece of jewellery being designed and manufactured.
NB: Submission of a portfolio must only take place once you have officially applied to the university and have been invited by the faculty to participate in the selection process  


BTech (Jewellery Design and Manufacture)

Admission requirements: A National Diploma: Jewellery Design and Manufacture, or an equivalent qualification at an equivalent standard as determined by a Status Committee and approved by the Faculty Board.

Duration of programme:

  • Minimum duration: 1 year formal instruction
  • 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
  • All modules are compulsory
  • Brief description of programme: A qualifying student will be competent in the production of creative jewellery. The student will present a cohesive body of work that is a synthesis of technology, problem solving and the application of research methodology
  • Contact details: Name: Ms Farieda Nazier Tel: 011 559 1130/ Email:


BA Hons (Design)

Admission requirements: An appropriate Bachelors Degree with a recommended minimum of 60% for all final year modules.

  • Duration of programme: 1 year full-time / 2 years part-time
  • Contact details: Name: Prof Deirdre Pretorius Tel: 011 559 1032 / Email:
  • Brief description of the programme: The Bachelor of Arts Honours in Design prepares students for research based postgraduate study and entry into a design career by enabling students to produce creative solutions to complex problems within a specialist area of design and to conduct and report research under supervision.
  • Research dissertation specialisation modules:
    • Communication Design
    • Fashion Design
    • Multimedia Design
    • Jewellery Design