This in-depth one year course (delivered over two days per week) is for students who want to study a specialist area of fashion retail to gain a career in Visual Merchandising, or build on existing experience. In department stores and fashion multiples, the Visual Merchandiser ensures windows and interior displays promote the company's brand values. They are responsible for understanding floor layouts and fixture requirements, managing in-store graphics, signage and designing and commissioning displays and windows.
|Diploma in for Visual Display & Branding for Fashion Retail
|University of the Arts London
|Course start date
|2nd September 2024
Entry Criteria: 1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English. If you have any non-UK qualifications, please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, as well as, the IELTS test for English language (our entry requirement is 5.5 overall and in all sections) if you have not studied in the UK or English speaking country.
The life of a Visual Merchandiser is exciting and ever-changing, and the Level 4 Visual Merchandising Diploma course aims to prepare you for that. In short, every day is different! However, to give you an idea, you might begin your morning by donning your overalls, creating props and dressing mannequins. To get inspired, you might then visit some of London’s brightest and most beautiful window displays, like Selfridges. Next, it’s time for a masterclass with an industry leader, before you work on a self-directed project.
The course also includes an industry project which will be set by employers in the sector. Past industry projects have included the incredible opportunity to design the windows for the flagship Topshop store in London’s bustling Oxford Circus, considering things like colour schemes, props and mannequins. Who knows what yours might entail?
Over 60% of graduating students are employed in VM roles as either a Creative Assistant, part of the in-store VM team, Mannequin Dressing Specialist, Prop Maker or Graphic Designer. Other students may choose to continue their studies at university.