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Summer Study Abroad - Visual Merchandising
Central Saint Martins
Open to all levels

Study visual merchandising with one of the world's top fashion universities and understand the power of the window display, space and medium.

This course is ideal if you want to experience one of our renowned subjects for 3 weeks in London and:

you are 18+ and a student, or you want to apply to university


you work, or aspire to work in a creative industry


you have an interest in art and design


you want to study and live in London for 3 weeks.

Summer Study Abroad at Central Saint Martins

Why choose Visual Merchandising?

During this intensive three-week course you will:

  • learn about Visual Merchandising and the experience of studying at Central Saint Martins.
  • learn from tutors who are practicing artists, designers and communicators; benefit from access to specialist facilities at one of UAL’s six Colleges.
  • meet like-minded individuals from around the world!
  • get involved in UAL life through social events and activities.
  • receive a record of study at the end of the programme if you wish to request credit from your home institution.

Entry requirements

English requirements

You should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and make presentations. As a guideline we would expect you to have an English language level equivalent to IELTS score of 6.0 (list of language equivalencies). The Language Centre at University of the Arts London offers English courses for overseas students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Academic requirements

Students applying for this course are expected to be independent and highly motivated, preferably having completed one year at university (undergraduate-level study).

It may be particularly beneficial for students to already have some technical abilities within the area of spatial design and who want to explore the more creative aspects of this subject.

Course details

In Visual Merchandising we focus on the creative side of window design. We will start by analysing window design by some of the most ground breaking brands in the world. From this base we will go on to look at how to tell creative stories while still being able to sell product with in the classic confines of the vitrine. We will look at how this story telling feeds into in store displays. Specialists in all fields of this area of design will be invited to visit and to lecture or to set short projects on both the creative, scientific and legal aspects of this subject. Further visits to places of design interest such as galleries, exhibitions, model making shops and museums are also part of the course.

A combination of short one day and longer group projects will be set through the 3 weeks. The course will provide a structure towards good design practice that involves deep research, development of creative ideas, as well as practical creative play. The course will provide you with high quality two and three-dimensional presentations for your portfolio. You can expect an insightful, fun and intense studio experience working alongside like-minded students.

Tutor information

Anna Burns

Anna Burns is a spatial designer and art director who has been running her multi-disciplined Design Studio in Hackney for the past 15 years. She has created windows and installation work and pop up stores for brands such as Hermes, Coach, Christian Louboutin and Tiffany, amongst others. Her photographic set design includes collaborations with world renowned photographers including Michael Baumgarten, Miles Aldridge, Ellen Von Unwerth, Tom Craig and Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott. Working on both editorial and advertising projects she has frequented the pages of Love Magazine, British, Casa, Italian, Japanese and Chinese Vogues as well as creating sets for commercial brands such as Isabel Marant, Hermes, H&M, Balenciaga and Benetton.

Alongside her commercial work Anna has been creating large scale art installations and sculpture - she has published 2 books of installation work. 2015 saw the launch of Anna’s product line Anna Burns Object - her first two collections focussed on upholstery textiles inspired by 70’s Italian thrillers. Her third launched during LDF 2018 and adds ceramics to her collection.

Dates and fees

Course Dates

Date: Dates to be confirmed (TBC) for 2023

Cost: TBC

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 10am - 4pm

Duration: 3 Weeks

Location: TBC


Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Optional: iPad with installed “procreate app” and Apple pen
  • Optional: tablet or a laptop
  • Camera phone
  • Notebook and pen

Please note that for the final project you will need to supply your own materials for the window display model. With the guidance of your tutors you will have an opportunity to buy these from suppliers in London, you should budget at least £100 for this.

Summer Study Abroad Award

We offer a Summer Study Abroad Award for all of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses.

To be eligible, you must be 18 years or older, hold an offer to join one of our 3 week Summer Study Abroad courses, and be enrolled on an undergraduate degree programme outside the UK.

  • The award covers the tuition-fee only and depends on you successfully enrolling for the course. Our cancellation policy still applies.
  • Award winners will be asked to take part in promotional activities to promote Summer Study Abroad, including social media posts and takeovers, and blog writing.

Find out how to apply.

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