Diploma of Visual Merchandising

RMIT University

Program Description

Diploma of Visual Merchandising

RMIT University

Diploma of Visual Merchandising

This program is where creativity meets commerce. The strong industry focus nurtures and directs your creativity to meet the evolving presentation requirements of retail, exhibition, event and photo styling industries.

You’ll develop the knowledge and skills you’ll need to flourish in the global and fast-paced world of visual merchandising.

You will design, develop and create displays using advanced construction and presentation techniques that incorporate:

  • colour
  • lighting
  • space
  • photography
  • sensory inputs such as smell, touch and sound
  • digital technologies
  • interactive installations.

This program has a hands-on, design-based curriculum that is monitored and delivered by experienced and practising professionals.

Practical workshops and outstanding industry connections help make this program the largest, most exciting and effective visual merchandising program of its kind in Australia.

Learning and teaching

RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English.

You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.

The learning and teaching approach of this program emulates how you would work in commercial retail, exhibition and event design.

You will learn from industry-experienced teaching staff through lectures, workshops, practical studio time, onsite installation, class and industry presentations, briefs and group discussions.

You will interact with key people from leading companies on real projects during the program.

You’ll study on industry-standard design software and work in professional studio environments and a simulated workshop. This program offers full-scale retail windows and display showcases for students to train in and has its own fully operational production workshops and manufacturing areas.

Past students have collaborated with many leading companies including:

  • Sportsgirl
  • Swedish design brand kikki.K
  • Country Road
  • Cotton On and Catherine Manuell
  • Look Stop Shop: State of Design Festival.

You be will assessed throughout each semester via practical assignments, group projects and visual and verbal presentations.

Program entry requirements

You must have successfully completed an Australian Year 12 or an equivalent senior secondary school qualification with a minimum average of 50%.

Equivalent qualifications may also include completion of the RMIT Foundation Studies program or a recognised post secondary Diploma in the relevant discipline with the required grades.



Selection tasks

You must submit a folio. The folio must demonstrate your creativity and contain 6-8 examples of your personal work in art, design or media relevant to this program. The folio should demonstrate your interests and creative thinking as well as your conceptual, design, problem solving and technical skills. You should include evidence of how ideas were developed as well as finished works. Examples of work to include in your folio are drawings, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, digital images, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D Flash animation. We recommend you explain each work to help the selection committee understand the purpose and background of that work. Folios should be submitted electronically via email in PDF or JPEG format. Each electronic file should be no larger than 10MB.

English language requirements:

To study this program you will need to complete the Academic IELTS with an overall band of 5.5 and no individual band below 5.0.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
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Jan. 2018
Full time
Start date Jan. 2018
Australia Melbourne, Victoria
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