Studying jewellery in Melbourne

27 11 2013


THE UPDATED POST IS : Studying jewellery in Melbourne (update) [12May15]

Original post is below:


Update: please go to this NEW updated and revised post about jewellery classes in Melbourne, as information in this post may now be outdated


There have been some changes to the jewellery-education landscape this year, and it’s time to update previous posts about where to learn.


With respect to formal degree study, the schools in Melbourne are:


Now, short courses for jewellery and silversmithing:

  • NMIT : there are seven short courses currently on their website; Silversmithing and Enamelling are offered as a short courses, which is truly fabulous!; I did the Leisure Jewellery course (basically studio access) a few years ago and I thought the facilities were very good for jewellery; while I was there I witnessed the Intro course and thought it was well-structured (there is also an Intermediate course); I (still) intend to undertake the Gem Setting and the new CAD courses over the next year or two
  • Northcity4 : I’m an unashamedly huge supporter of NC4!; there are Beginners and Intermediate courses; Lost Wax Casting is offered too, as is Tutored Access (love this idea); there are also regular Workshops and Seminars to take part in
  • CAE : there are so many courses offered under ‘jewellery’ and ‘silversmithing’ at CAE; the courses range from bone carving to pearl stringing, casting and pendant in an evening ; CAE is connected to the now-defunct jewellery courses at Box Hill Tafe, so I wonder if their offering may change with the removal of jewellery courses at Box Hill? my experience at CAE wasn’t fabulous, but it was some years ago now and I wouldn’t be surprised if the facilities have since improved
  • RMIT : regularly holds a master class in Jan/Feb each year, though these are usually only for experience artisans
  • [update: 2nd Dec] Monash : just spotted there are short courses here too!


There are also many jewellers who regularly open their studio doors and generously share their knowledge and passion.

… I’m sure there are many more, so I’ll add to this listing as I uncover them.


I’d really like to create a listing of the best short courses in Melbourne for jewellery making – can you recommend where you’ve been or heard is good?


Update (31st Jan 2014): via comment: The Gordon Institute in Geelong also offers jewellery making classes.

Update (24th March 2014): note that Redox Jewellery Studio has moved and has been renamed as Annie Broadway Studio, and they still offer classes

Update (14th Jan 2015): in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne Jane Ruljancich regularly runs workshop classes of varying levels, and has a specialist class for couples to make their own wedding bands (no prior experience necessary)




3 responses

20 12 2013
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31 01 2014

Hi There,
Just wanted to let you know that The Gordon Institute in Geelong also runs short courses in jewellery making. They do 3 courses. Introduction, Intermediate, and Advanced. I have posted the link below for you and its on page 11 (page 13 of the pdf).

Click to access Short%20Course%20Guide%20Jan-Jun%202014.pdf

Just thought some people might be interested in this one and its literally across the road from Geelong Railway station.
Regards Tamara

24 09 2014
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