L4 Visual Merchandising
• Develop the skills required to become a successful Visual Merchandiser
• Includes unrivalled three week work placement to gain experience with a major fashion brand
• One year qualification exclusive to the FRA
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.
Want to experience a day in the life of one of our Visual Merchandising students? Read more here.
The course introduces students' to the significance of visual merchandising in the fashion retail industry. You will explore how Visual Merchandising and retail branding are a key part of the marketing mix for major fashion brands.
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 three 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.
Students have had the opportunity to design the windows for Topshops flagship store at Oxford Circus. They were briefed by the Creative Manger and given examples of the products that would be on display.
Working in pairs they were then tasked with designing the window scheme, they had to consider props, colour scheme and mannequin styling. Once the concept was developed and created, the students had the opportunity to install the window over night with the VM team.
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.
Awarding Body: University Arts London
Age Requirement: 18+
Start date: September 2017 *Enrolment will commence from the 17th of August.
Term dates: Autumn Term, 5th September - 16th December 2016. Spring Term, 3rd January - 7th April 2017. Summer Term, 24th April - 9th June 2017.
Half Term Dates 2016/17: 30th May - 5th June, 24th - 30th October, 21st - 28th December, 13th - 19th February, 27th March - 12th April
Course duration: One year full time, two 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 awareness of fashion trends and an interest in store and window design
Fees: If you are 16-18 as of 31st August in the academic year of which your course starts and are a UK resident you will be eligible for full fee remission and do not have to pay any tuition 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.
Disclaimer on fees: Tuition fees are subject to change - the fees due are effective at enrolment.