WPCS 2.1.2
Tuition Fees:$2,615 /year
Applications Begin:April 2021
Final Award:Diploma in Jewellery Design and Manufacture
Start Date:February 2022
Academic Unit:Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture
Campus:Bunting Road Campus
Application Deadline: 30 September 2021
Programme Overview

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.


First Year

Design Management 1

Jewellery Drawing 1

Jewellery Design 1

Jewellery Technology 1

Jewellery Techniques 1

Contextual Studies 1

Second Year

Design Management 2

Gemmology 2

Jewellery Practice 2

Contextual Studies 2

Third Year

Design Management 3

Gemmology 3

Jewellery Practice 3

Contextual Studies 3

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

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.

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


Application Process
Application Fees for South African Students: $12
Application Fees for SADC and African Students: $12


Please note the following:

— No application fee will be charged for online applications.

— If you have previously applied and have a UJ student number, please call the UJ Call Centre (011 559 4555) to ensure that your cell number and email address are captured on our student database. This will ensure you receive a PIN number to complete the online application process.

An applicant must go to and select online web application.


Paper application forms are available on request at a fee of R200. Please note, there is no payment required for online applications.

NB: If you receive a conditional acceptance letter, your matric results will determine final admission into the programme you have applied for. Only then will you be allowed to register.

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 minimum of 5 A4 hand drawings of objects in and around your residence, for example: a kettle, remote control, pot plant etc.
  • 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.

Career Opportunities

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

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Tuition Fees for South African Students: $2,615
Tuition Fees for SADC and African Students: $2,799

*The normal Tuition Fees for South African Students is R43,372

35% of the tuition fees need to be paid by April, and 100% by July.

All students must pay at least R3,870 before they begin their studies while students residing on campus will need to pay at least R6,470 before the begin.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member countries and other African Countries pay a non-refundable ICT levy, a registration fee, and a non-refundable international levy of R2,000.

*In addition to normal tuition fees, students from the rest of the world (outside Africa) pay a non-refundable ICT levy, a registration fee, plus a non-refundable international levy of R17,000

International Levy Amount:
-SADC & Africa – R2,000
-Rest of the World – R17,000

ICT Levy – R430
Registration Fee – R610

The SADC member countries are Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

For International Students:
International Student Tuition Fees = Normal Tuition Fee (R43,372) + International Levy (R2,000) + ICT Levy (R430) +Registration Fee (R610) = R46,412
-an upfront payment of 30% of tuition fees should be paid at registration.
-then 35% of the tuition fees should be paid by next 30 April.
-and the final 35% of the tuition fees should be paid by 31 July.
The University will offer a 5% discount should all fees be paid at registration.
Fees generally increase between 5 and 15 percent per year. Please contact the University in December to obtain the approved fees for the 2021 academic year.

Relevant Contact

Miss Farieda Nazier
Head of Department
Miss Joseph Taryn
Departmental Secretary