Study Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at University of Johannesburg (UJ)

Do you want to Study Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture at University of Johannesburg (UJ)? Find below details such as Admission Requirements for the Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture, Career Opportunities and many more.

Jewellery Design and Manufacture (D8JD1Q)

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) is situated in the metropolis of Johannesburg and is one of the dynamic Jewellery hubs of South Africa. The state of the art facilities combined with the expertise of the lecturing staff makes the UJ Department of Jewellery Design a premier setting to study towards a career in the Jewellery industry. The department’s aim is to cultivate broad based skills associated with Jewellery entrepreneurship. Students are encouraged to develop a range of competencies which enables them to achieve their full creative potential.

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 ​ ​




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.

Contact Details

Department of Jewellery Design and Manufacture

Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture [FADA]

University of Johannesburg

Aukland Park Bunting Road Campus


FADA Information Centre

011 559 1125/ 1098 | or