University of the Arts London

Course Introduction

The visual merchandising course is developed in collaboration with our industry networks and allows students to create innovative visual merchandising solutions with a focus on creativity, innovation and new technologies.

**About London College of Fashion**

London College of Fashion, UAL, has been nurturing creative talent for over a century, offering courses in all things fashion. In design, we teach a combination of heritage and radical thinking. Craftsmanship and new technology. Engineering – and in'depth design research. We teach innovative ideas first – and then innovative practice to bring them to life. Through teaching, specialist research, and collaborative work, we empower our students to think differently, using fashion to examine the past, build a sustainable future, and improve the way we live.

Course Modules

Unit One: Visual Merchandising and the Brand Experience This unit provides you with an overview of current visual merchandising practice and the application of advanced skills to create three dimensional environments. This unit will also introduce you to the many different components of Fashion Visual Merchandising, which are ultimately applied as a strategic vision to the organisation. The unit examines visual merchandising practice to develop the brand experience, including the exploration and evaluation of the various touch points of the commercial environment, a critical understanding of the nature of Visual Merchandising and its role in the wider context, and the application of design research methods. Unit Two: Collaborative Project This unit aims to enable you to form and develop collaborative working relationships with partners within the course and with an external brand, design agency or supplier, where appropriate, in order to research, develop and a produce a solution for an identified Visual Merchandising issue. The pivotal part of this project is the opportunity to develop and apply creative practice based skills and to work with others who bring specialist knowledge and expertise. The unit enables you to develop strategies to manage organisational and communication challenges, and address the complexities of working with people you are unfamiliar with and with whom you need to synthesise as a group to produce a professional outcome within a short time frame. Unit Three: Futures and Innovations Project This final unit will enable you to consolidate your learning over the fifteen weeks in a project culminating in a future facing Fashion Visual Merchandising installation. The identification and evaluation of commercial and consumer trends through a series of inspirational lectures, which supports the development of your creative outcome. Lectures and studio workshops will also develop your understanding of project management, budgeting and negotiation as well as consider the sustainability of your proposal and issues concerning intellectual property. The project will require you to communicate your design ideas using computer aided design and other 3D methodologies or technological innovations. The work you produce for this project will be self'directed whilst being supported through lectures, small group and individual tutorials, and studio workshop sessions. The intention is that this will be an innovative and creative project which will reflect your own interests and support your career development. You will be expected to begin thinking about your project topic during the first few weeks of the course.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
Short Course
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £2,840 Home Fees
Short Course
Full Time
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert £5,975 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Portfolio of previous and current experience within a related design industry Evidence of prior learning at undergraduate level and a first degree (or equivalent) in a related Discipline IELTS Leve 6.5 or equivalent, if English is not the first language Exceptionally, applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered if the course team judges the applicant to have demonstrated additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by longevity of industry experience, related academic work or work experience, or a combination of these factors.