Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Diploma of Visual Merchandising - SIR50217

VOCATIONAL

Flourish in the global and fast-paced world of visual merchandising. 

Student type:
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

Not applicable

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

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Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City
Mode of study:
On campus
Entry score:

IELTS 5.5

Duration:
Full-time 1 year
Fees:

AU$24,750 (2022 annual)

Next intake:
February, July
Location:
Melbourne City

Overview

RMIT's Diploma of Visual Merchandising is recognised by industry as a design leader with a reputation for preparing individuals for work in a range of sectors.

Visual Merchandising alumni Julian Orlando

RMIT Diploma of Visual Merchandising graduate, Julian Orlando shares his insights and experience working for Cotton On Group as a Store Experience Assistant.

As a visual merchandiser or display designer in retail, events, exhibition or styling, you will maintain an organisation's image, service and merchandise to its customers and use your design talents to create stimulating and engaging spatial displays that promote 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.

The major emphasis of this qualification is the design and production of commercial displays and the development of a folio of work that prepares you for a highly successful career as a creative individual.

You will design, develop and create displays using advanced construction and presentation techniques that use colour, lighting, space, photography, digital technologies, sensory inputs and interactive installations.

You'll learn in commercial retail, exhibition and event environments in world-class facilities. For example, in purpose-built studios, major street frontage windows and new media and digital display technologies.

This diploma 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 course the largest, most exciting and effective visual merchandising qualification of its kind in Australia.

Window of opportunity - Visual merchandising

RMIT Visual Merchandising students worked with Country Road to put together a stunning display in their Carlton store. 

This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding.

Details

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 diploma 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 your study, 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:

  • 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.

This diploma has ongoing relationships with many leading retailers, events, exhibitions and photo styling and display companies including:

  • Cotton On
  • Chanel
  • Country Road
  • David Jones
  • JAK Creative
  • Gloss Creative
  • Mecca Brands
  • Olivia Sparkes Stylist
  • Bonnie Kay The Stylist
  • Stage One Productions
  • Supré
  • TD Creative

These relationships offer you the opportunity to hear from guest speakers or work directly with industry.

RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.

Study tours interstate and overseas are sometimes included in the diploma delivery.

RMIT’s Global Mobility supports students to undertake an exchange or short-term mobility activity with over 165 partner universities worldwide.

The knowledge and skills you will acquire throughout this diploma and how they can be applied in your career are described in the learning outcomes.

This diploma focuses on engaging studio experiences that challenge you to develop innovative responses through both real and simulated projects.

You will be introduced to visual merchandising practice and develop a set of fundamental skills and knowledge covering:

  • display and presentation
  • design and digital publishing skills
  • illustration drawing techniques
  • colour theory
  • visual merchandising theory and history
  • 3D design and construction
  • communication and workplace skills
  • 2D design and concept development.

You will also further develop and refine your practice through project-based design studios and other courses including:

  • shop window design
  • in store design, presentation and display
  • photo styling
  • event and exhibition design
  • lighting design for retail and large spaces
  • branding and visual communication
  • construction materials and techniques
  • digital imaging and portfolio design.

This course has ongoing relationships with a number of leading retailers including Country Road, kikki.K, Sportsgirl Cotton On, Zoos Victoria and many more.

You will develop sophisticated display and presentation skills for retail, exhibition, events and photo styling. You will also receive digital training in CAD, digital imaging and multimedia.

Full-time students are expected to attend approximately 20 hours of classes per week. There are often concentrated periods of out-of-class work when assessments are due.

Course structure

Choose a plan below to find out more about the subjects you will study and the course structure.

Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Program code: C5381
National curriculum code: SIR50217

Title
Location
Duration
Plan code
CRICOS
Diploma of Visual Merchandising
City Campus
1 year full time
C5381
096934D
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full time
Plan code
C5381
CRICOS
096934D
Diploma of Visual Merchandising
City Campus
1 year full time
C5381
096934D
Location
City Campus
Duration
1 year full time
Plan code
C5381
CRICOS
096934D

VTAC Code

If you are eligible to apply via VTAC, copy and paste the below code into VTAC search.

  • Plan C5381 - 3200372164

Please ensure that you have checked the admissions requirements and apply page before applying.

Note: International student visa holders can only study full-time.

Career

This diploma 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, exhibition, events and 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.

RMIT graduates have gone on to work as visual merchandisers for organisations such as David Jones, Gloss Creative, Country Road, Witchery, Myer, Kikki K, Mecca Brands and Harrolds.

Admissions

There are no minimum academic requirements. 

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Semester 2, 2022

You must complete and submit the Diploma of Visual Merchandising selection task.

Entry into this program is competitive, and applications are assessed in the order that they are received until this date, if places are still available. For your best chance at admission into this program, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

Please click the apply button to submit your direct application. The link to submit your selection task will appear on the applicant dashboard after you have submitted your application.

Selection task dates

Applicant type Register and submit the selection task
All applicants 6 July 2022

The selection task requires:

Applicant statement

A statement outlining why you want to study Visual Merchandising at RMIT.

Folio

A folio of 6 to 10 images of your work that demonstrate your interests in visual communication, display or creative thinking.

Your folio should reflect skills in:

  • design
  • drawing
  • creative use of colour
  • communication and 3D/spatial thinking
  • problem-solving

The folio should also include a computer-generated project displaying skills of digital competency.

Examples of work to consider including in your folio are: illustrations, technical drawings, paintings, graphic designs, photographs, models, sculpture, video, scripting, short stories, and/or 2D and 3D animation. A variety of work that shows your potential 2D and 3D skills is preferred.

The projects do not need to have a Visual Merchandising focus but display visual creativity.

You must include a short statement for each piece of work describing the project and the outcome (maximum 40 words).

Submissions instructions

Upload your folio as:

  • A single PDF (maximum size 10MB). Include the page number, and your full name and Application Number on each page.

OR

  • Provide a URL to your folio (please provide the password if applicable). All images must be contained and visible on one webpage.

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

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.

Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry. Your application will still need to be assessed and accepted.

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Minimum Score Required

Don’t meet the requirements?

There are no prerequisite subjects required for entry into this qualification.

Pre-selection kit: You are required to submit a completed pre-selection kit (PDF 144kb) along with your application. 

To study this program you will need to complete one of the following English proficiency tests:

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 5.5 (with no individual band below 5.0)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test - IBT): minimum overall score of 50 (with minimum of 5 in Reading, 5 in Listening, 14 in Speaking and 15 in Writing)
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE (A)): minimum score of 42 (with no communication band less than 36)
  • C1 Advanced: minimum of 162 with no less than 154 in any component.

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.

Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Upper Intermediate Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.

Pathways

Understanding pathways

Undertaking a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or associate degree can help you meet the entry requirements for your preferred degree. These qualifications often provide credit, reducing the duration of your bachelor degree.

The Certificate IV in Design offers a pathway into the Diploma of Visual Merchandising.

Graduates of this course will be eligible for exemptions from the Associate Degree in Fashion and Textile Merchandising subject to meeting the entry requirements.

Credit, recognition of prior learning, professional experience and accreditation from a professional body can reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant experience.

Credit and exemptions will be assessed consistent with the principles of the RMIT Credit Policy.

You are guaranteed entry into the Diploma of Visual Merchandising when you successfully complete the Certificate IV in Design.

Alternatively, you can gain entry from RMIT Foundation Studies or a range of vocational study programs.

Credit may reduce the duration of your study by acknowledging your earlier, relevant study experience.

When you are submitting an application, please indicate that you want to be considered for credit and provide detailed course syllabus (also known as course outline), outlining volume of learning, course content and weekly topics, learning objectives/outcomes, assessment types and their weightings, and reference to the learning resources such as prescribed textbooks and recommended readings.

You are guaranteed entry to the following programs when you successfully complete the Diploma of Visual Merchandising:

Alternatively, you may be eligible for entry into other RMIT vocational study or undergraduate programs.

Fees

2022 fees

The tuition fees you will pay for this program will depend on whether you are offered a Victorian Government subsidised place or a full-fee place. To find out if you are eligible for a government subsidised place, follow the steps at How to check if you are eligible.

  • 2022 government subsidised place: AU$8,500 per annum
  • 2022 full-fee place: AU$14,000* per annum

*Fees shown are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at the time of enrolment.

Fee finder

Use our fee finder to get an estimate of your fees for this program.

Additional expenses

  • Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$315 maximum fee for 2022.
  • Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.

Annual fee adjustment

The student tuition fees as displayed by the fee finder are indicative only and subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.

Eligibility Exemption criteria

**The Victorian Government is currently waiving three (3) eligibility criteria around prior qualifications. This means that more people who want to study a vocational education program at RMIT, and who have studied previously, will be able to access a government subsidised place in a program. Find out how to check your eligibility

Defer your payment

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

Payments and refunds

For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.

In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student.

The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2022 is $315.

For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.

You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.

VET Student Loans

The Australian Government provides financial assistance via the VET Student Loans scheme, which allows eligible students in eligible programs to defer payment of their tuition fees, up to the maximum loan amount for their program.

How does a VET Student Loan work?

If your VET Student Loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT your tuition fees on your behalf, up to the maximum loan amount for your program.

Your VET Student Loan becomes part of your VETSL debt. You will start repaying your accumulated VETSL debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is adjusted each year (this also applies if you are still studying).

The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.

For more information see VET Student Loans or Study Assist.

VET Student Loan cap

If your program is eligible for the VET Student Loan scheme and has a loan cap that doesn’t cover the total amount of the tuition fees for your program, then you’ll need to pay RMIT the difference by the due date once you exceed the cap.

It’s easy for you to keep track of your VET Student Loan debt, and you can choose to make upfront payments at any time before the census date. 

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

The total indicative tuition fee for 2022 commencement is AU$24,750.

In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:

You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.

Find out more details about how fees are calculated and the expected annual increase.

Applying for refunds

Find information on how to apply for a refund as a continuing international student.

RMIT awards more than 2000 scholarships every year to recognise academic achievement and assist students from a variety of backgrounds.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Looking for answers or more general information?

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.