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Sorry, this program is not available for international students intending to study on a student visa.
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RMIT is the largest provider of visual merchandising education in Australia, with strong industry connections and excellent student employment outcomes.
This program prepares individuals for a creative career as a visual merchandiser or display designer in industries such as retail, events, exhibition and styling.
The major emphasis of the program is the design and production of commercial display and the development of a folio of work that prepares you for employment and a highly successful career as a creative individual.
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:
- 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.
International student visa holders can only study full-time.
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 like the Zoos Victoria project.
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:
- 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.
This program has ongoing relationships with many leading retailers, events, exhibitions and photo styling and display companies including:
- Country Road
- Cotton On
- Gloss Creative
- Zoos Victoria
- AgIdeas design festival.
These relationships offer you the opportunity to work directly with industry.
This program also offers a unique mentor program, where you have the opportunity to be matched with an industry professional during your final semester of study.
Through the mentor program, you will develop a deeper understanding of how the industry operates and seek valuable advice from experienced professionals and businesses.
The mentor program works with a range of companies including Country Road, Cotton On, Sportsgirl and Gloss Creative and many more.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
This program prepares you for creative roles in the retail, styling, events and exhibition industries.
Upon graduation, you may find work in:
- visual merchandising
- retail design and display
- photo styling
- store design
- design consultancy.
You will have the opportunity to work with:
- national and international brands and retail stores
- event and exhibition companies
- photo styling and display production companies
- promotional support studios.
Depending on experience, you may also advance to middle management/management positions.
In your role as a visual merchandiser, you will present and maintain an organisation's image, service and merchandise to its customers. You will use your design talents to create stimulating and engaging spatial displays that promote and sell products and services. In your role you will,
- create displays, stands and panels for exhibitions, conferences and other events
- create window and in-store displays for retail shops and department stores
- source elements such as lighting, props and accessories
- work to a project brief and present concept designs to clients.
Study tours interstate and overseas are sometimes included in the program delivery.
RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.
Program and course information
Bring a brand to life with a unique and inspiring design aesthetic.
Design, develop and create visual concepts and strategies to promote retail, events, exhibition and styling.