Creative Visual Merchandising for Graduates and Professionals

University of the Arts London

Program Description

Creative Visual Merchandising for Graduates and Professionals

University of the Arts London

Creative Visual Merchandising for Graduates and Professionals is an intensive course designed for visual merchandisers, art directors, set designers, stylists, creative graduates, as well as practicing visual merchandisers, who want to expand their experience, cultivate their practical skills and further develop a creative approach to creative display.

Content and Structure

In response to an industry demand, this course provides a creative and relevant approach to exploring visual merchandising, creative display, set design and styling for still life. This course is designed to enrich your creativity and provide a supportive learning environment for personal and professional development

Retail environments are becoming curated, emporiums and theatrical stages for sending out messages to the audience and engaging customers in the entertainment of brands and products. Showcasing fashion products in new and innovative ways enhances a brand’s identity, story and reach. The appropriate communication and promotion of clothing and accessories in both physical and digital environments is key to a brand’s message and can successfully define and propel the DNA of a brand forward.

Creative visual display has become far more than simply developing the visual concept of a window display or a brand's retail and on-line store. Visual merchandisers, art directors and stylists oversee and art direct photo shoots and create imagery to be shared with the potential consumers. Responsible for the overall visual strategy, visual merchandisers are heavily involved in the brands creative process and contribute towards defining the style language of the brand, their target market and message, influencing all departments within the product creation and distribution chain.

Throughout the course emphasis is placed on exploratory and versatile approaches to this subject through practical work carried out both as a group and independently. You will build your knowledge by being encouraged to unlock the potential of your existing Visual Merchandising skills. You will discover the creativity of your own discipline by developing new practical, analytical and interpretative skills.

Successful and creative merchandising is all about balancing the creative with the practical. Projects will cover different aspects of visual merchandising – exploring research, design development, communication and presentation.

Course Location

King's Cross

This school offers programs in:
  • English


10 Weeks: 9 weeks of tuition and a reading week during week 6


The aim of the course is to enhance your employment prospects, whether you wish to follow a career as a visual merchandiser in industry or to enhance your understanding and effectiveness within the wider field of fashion communication.

Prospective employers can contact us to enquire about the course and the graduates.

Cost & Fees

Home/EU Fee

£6,995. Please note that these fees are given as guidance only and are subject to review.

International Fee

£6,995. Please note that these fees are given as guidance only and are subject to review.

Entry Requirements

The course is aimed at graduates and professionals with previous experience in visual merchandising or related creative industries including but not limited to fashion, fashion communication, performance design and practice, fine art and communication design. Application is by portfolio in which you need to demonstrate your ability to:

  • Research appropriately
  • Communicate ideas visually
  • Demonstrate an understanding of 3-dimensional space and shape
  • Develop ideas is showcasing fashion products

English language requirements

All classes are conducted in English, so you will be required to have a fluent understanding of the language. If English is not your first language you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability. We strongly advise international applicants to take an IELTS test as soon as they consider studying in the UK. Minimum scores for entry on to a postgraduate level course are as follows:

  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 7.0
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): hand written test: 568 - 587, computer based test: 226 - 240, internet based test: 88 - 95.

Entry requirements

Honours degree; evidence of experiential learning equivalent to a degree; or 3 years relevant professional experience.

Last updated March 3, 2016
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Start date
July 2017
10 weeks
Full time
6,995 GBP
Start date July 2017
United Kingdom London, England
Application deadline Request Info
End date Request Info
Duration 10 weeks
Price 6,995 GBP
International Fee: £6,995; Home/EU Fee: £6,995