L4 Intensive Visual Merchandising
• 12 week programme to fast track your career in fashion retail
• Includes unrivalled two week work placement to gain invaluable experience with a major fashion brand
• Over 90% of former FRA students go on to full time employment or further studies
This brand new intensive course is aimed at students who want to start or progress a career in fashion retail in the shortest time possible, avoiding the cost of lengthy University courses, to enter job roles at graduate level.
This 12 week programme delivered over 5 days a week for L4 Visual Merchandising and Retail Branding for Fashion is intended for students who wish to graduate into employment within Visual Merchandising. The diploma offers a unique programme providing you with the opportunity to gain or build on previous experience to establish your future career aspirations.
A two week work placement with a major fashion brand will provide you with experience of real time challenges facing the industry today and current on the job experience, to secure your future in fashion so you are job ready.
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The course introduces students' to the significance of Visual Merchandising in the retail industry. You will explore how Visual Merchandising and Retail Branding is a key part of the marketing operation for major retailers. In department stores and fashion multiples the visual merchandiser ensures windows and interiors promote the stores brand identity. Visual Merchandisers are responsible for designing and commissioning windows and in-store display schemes, understanding floor layouts and fixture requirements as well as managing in-store signage and graphics.
You will be invited to attend a range of masterclasses from some of retails biggest names. Previous speakers have included ASOS; Chloe Miles – Fashion Blogger; Zalando; FRA Alumni Sorcha Kelly, Junior Merchandiser - Accessories at NET-A-PORTER; TK Maxx & New Look. During these sessions held in our state of the art lecture theatre, fashion retail experts advise and inform about a range of subjects affecting the industry with an interactive Q&A session at the end to enable students to have their say.
Your day may include putting on overalls and painting, making props, styling mannequins and then rushing off to see the latest window at Selfridges. You'll find yourself running from a master class with an industry leader like Sir Philip Green to print off an important design concept before the deadline.
You may be dressing mannequins around the Academy using a selection of merchandise or creating your own couture costume from lengths of fabric. No one day is the same at the FRA and you will continually be set new and different challenges.
This course includes a two week internship at a high street brand aimed at developing on the job skills to enable graduates to go straight into the workplace with unrivalled hands on experience.
Most graduating students go on to entry level job roles within the industry at a variety of retailers including Burberry, Selfridges, Next, M&S and John Lewis.
Awarding Body: University Arts London
Age Requirement: 19+
Start date: W/C 26th June
Term dates: TBC
Course duration: 12 weeks full time, five days per week
Entry Criteria: 1 A-Level or the equivalent grade C or above and 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English, or a BTEC National Diploma or NVQ level 3, or a one year one year foundation diploma in Art and Design plus 5 GCSE’s grade 4/5-9 including Maths and English or 5 GCSE's A*-C grade including Maths and English. Please provide us with a NARIC Statement of Comparability, if you have any non-UK qualifications. We will not be able to process your application without this information.
Applicant Guidance: Applicants should have an awareness of fashion trends and an interest in store and window designs and also possess numeracy, literacy and computer skills.
Fees: If you are 19 or over at the start of your course your fees are £4220 per annum. For a full list of course fees please visit our Fees page. Advanced Learning Loans will be available for anyone aged 19 or over. Click this link to find out more about course fees.