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Central Saint Martins

Summer Study Abroad - Visual Merchandising

Visual Merchandising focuses on the creative side of window design. Analysing window design by some of the most ground breaking brands in the world…more information below.

Taught by: Anna Burns

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.

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.

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.

Entry requirements

This course is open to students who already have some technical abilities within the area of spatial design but want to explore the more creative aspects of this subject.


Course dates

Date: 8 June 2020 - 26 June 2020

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Duration: 3 Weeks

Cost: £1995

Location: Elthorne Rd Main Campus - N19

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