Visual Merchandising students develop a portfolio of work and employability skills for progression directly to employment from Level 3 or progression directly to Higher Education here at HRC, studying for a foundation degree in Visual Merchandising or a related degree at another University.
In the UK alone the retail sector provides jobs for more than 1.5 million people. Our employers are high-profile retailers, both online and in the most successful shopping environments such as John Lewis at Stratford Westfield and Selfridges, Oxford Street.
Student pass rates for 2017-18 were 100%. Four students achieved a Distinction grade, equivalent to three A*.
- Visual Merchandising
- Fashion branding and promotion
- Events Design
- Stage and Film Set Design
- Interior Design
What can I do next?
After successfully completing a UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma in Visual Merchandising you can progress directly to specialist employment in Visual Merchandising at one of our many linked stores. You will have gained a qualification that offers progression to university through any of the related pathways, listed above. We have a direct progression route to the Creative Enterprise Foundation Degree in Visual Merchandising, here at HRC.
What will I be doing?
- 3D Display design concepts, prop-making, technical drawing, scale model making
- Merchandise handling: interior, fashion or food lighting techniques and display theory
- Enhance personal presentation skills developed through group and individual work
- Historical research, current contextual and visual studies
- Develop appropriate skills or take qualifications in English Maths and software applications
- Produce an exhibition staged in purpose-built studios, gallery space and glazed displays
- Trips and visits to London museums, galleries and major retailers
- Work experience opportunities with major retailers: Selfridges, Harrods, John Lewis, IKEA, Marks & Spencer, All Saints
- Live industry briefs and competitions
How will I be assessed?
You will complete coursework assignments for the UAL Diploma with nine units in year 1 and four in year 2 to attain the Extended Diploma in Visual Merchandising.
- 200 GCSE entry points including English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure) or
- A Level 2 Diploma at Merit level and English at Grade C (Level 4 of the new 16/17 GCSE grading structure)
- You will need to provide examples of art and design work at interview
We also welcome applications from students with relevant experience or qualifications.
What do I need to bring?
You will be required to purchase a course kit at approximately £60, a kit list will be provided, this will give you everything you need for the first term at college but you should expect to replace paints, sketchbooks and some materials as you progress on the course. £50 is payable on enrolment as a contribution towards the cost of study trips and additional specialist materials.
"When I got to placement I was surprised that they had the same workshop and studio set up as we have here, so I could immediately be useful and put my training into practice"
"Me and my friend both got a display job before we finished the course, shame they are in different places!'
"I finished the course 9 years ago, but I come back every year to set a live brief with the students and I enjoy seeing the outcome. The course has a real advantage having tutors and technicians that know display and have industry experience."