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Summer Study Abroad - Visual Merchandising

Creative 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

Creative Visual Merchandising focuses on the creative side of window design. Analysing window design by some of the most ground breaking brands in the world, from here the course goes on to look at how to tell creative stories while still being able to sell a product within the classic confines of the vitrine.

Specialists in all fields of this area of design will be invited to lecture or set short projects on the creative, scientific and legal aspects of this subject. The course will also include visits to galleries, exhibitions, model making shops and museums.

A combination of short one day and longer group projects will be set throughout the course providing a structure towards good design practice. This will also involve deep research, development of creative ideas and 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 likeminded 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, 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 will launch during LDF 2018 and adds ceramics to her collection.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

To be confirmed closer to the start of the course

Course Handbook coming soon

Entry requirements

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


Course Dates

Date: 10/06/2019- 28/06/2019

Day: Monday - Friday

Time: 10.00 - 16.00

Duration: 3 Weeks

Cost: £1950

Status: Available

Location: Elthorne Rd Main Campus - N19

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