Jewellery Design and Manufacture At University of Johannesburg‎ (UJ)

Jewellery Design is the art of fashioning and designing new pieces of jewellery

Jewellery Design and Manufacture (D8JD1Q)

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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.

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       

·         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

Average Point Score (APS)
A minimum APS of 18 with Mathematics or 19 with Mathematical Literacy is required to apply for the programme. 

Min APSLanguagesMathematicsOther requirements
Language of teaching and learningOther recognised language

Maths Lit
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
(50 – 59%)
Maths Lit:4
​submission of 
a specified portfolio

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, craftwork, artistic drawings, technical drawings and any other art form will be considered.
  • A minimum of 5 A4 hand drawings of objects in and around your residence, for example: a kettle, remote control, pot plant etc.
  • During your interview, you will be required to answer basic jewellery manufacturing questions. To prepare for this, you will need to familiarise yourself with the following recommended online video. 


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

Secretary Name: Andrea Joubert

Telephone Number: 011 559 1125