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Two models. Nina Galbe-Delord, styled by Adele Cany.

Visual Merchandising Trends Short Course

Course description

You will explore the subject and learn how traditional and modern design concepts are created for specific brands through architecture, history and culture. You will consider how mannequins, props and photographic elements are used, supported by typeface as a tool to attract customers in different locations in London.

Who should take this course?

This course is aimed at new and current students, professionals who would like to expand their current skills and knowledge in fashion display design and visual merchandising. The learner will be able to create a fashion visual merchandising prototype concept which can be expanded on and developed further for a professional portfolio. The fundamental skills will enable the learner to progress in the subject and develop a career in visual merchandising.


This course is set at an introductory level and explores the subject of fashion visual merchandising design and interpretation, product handling considering trends and brand identity.

Entry requirements: None

The course will take you on a journey and process of thinking to enable you to complete a modern media small visual merchandising project that incorporates elements that make a brand design concept distinctive through location.

By the end of the course you should expand your research skills and complete a group assignment and create your own individual concept. This should enhance your creative thinking skills and take you through the design process and enable to present your ideas using modern media.

Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered

  • Developing ideas and imagination using creative thinking processes
  • Applying practical design skills to create a fashion concept
  • Engaging in analytical and critical discussion
  • Developing effective in field research skills for inspiration
  • Create a prototype visual merchandising fashion brand concept
  • Design a presentation for a potential brand client and location
  • Explore mood and theatre in design

The course will be taught in the classroom and will include some discussions, practical design creative work and notebook research. External visits will take place for inspiration and ideas development and this will be carried out as a group and independently.


Please bring to the first session:

  • A digital camera
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
  • Notebooks
  • Sketchbooks
  • Thin line pens
  • Although not mandatory, you may find it useful to have your own laptop

Meet the Tutor:

This introductory course will introduce the principles of fashion visual merchandising and product handling with a focus on brand identity and influences of heritage, streets and trends.

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