Visual Merchandising & Promotional Design - BA (Hons) Top up

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Course Details

This one year course will allow you to further develop your skills and knowledge in this fast growing niche in the design industry. It will give you the opportunity to study and apply advanced skills in visual merchandising and promotional design, whilst specialising in an area of retail design that could include fashion promotion and styling, retail interior design, retail promotional graphics, retail events and planning.

The course is designed to allow you to be more independent in your study whilst exploring a more focused area in which to gain employment or further study at MA level.

You will explore your creative thinking to develop innovative design solutions, and will enjoy working on specialist industry briefs, which will allow you to work with clients and enhance your employability.

The course also includes the designing and installation of a final project displayed through a public exhibition, as well as compiling a practical and innovative industry design portfolio. An integral part of this course lies in gaining experience of real working life within the design industry. You will be given the opportunity to gain work experience via ‘live’ briefs, realistic project briefs, international competition briefs and industry talks as well as work experience opportunities within the Industry Context module. Undergraduates are encouraged to take a global approach to design and have high expectations on graduation.

You will study a range of core modules, including:

  • Honours Project
  • Contextual Studies – Design Futures
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Exhibition Design
  • Industry Context
For full entry criteria, please see the Programme Specification.
One year, full time or two years, part time.
All students who successfully complete this degree may have the opportunity to progress onto a Master’s level qualification at the University of Central Lancashire or another higher education provider, or may wish to complete a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the Hugh Baird University Centre. Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment.

On successful completion of this qualification, potential career paths may include:

  • Visual Merchandising
  • Fashion Styling
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Graphic Design
  • Retail Interior Design
  • Retail Management
  • Retail Buying
  • Exhibition Design
  • Display Design
  • Product Stylist

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We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 years or above). Even if you don't have the entry requirements, you may have gained knowledge and skills from relevant work or life experience, so we would consider your application on an individual basis.

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We want to make your university education as flexible and affordable as possible. We offer a number of financial support options to help you go further by staying local. You don’t need to pay for your tuition fees up front - Tuition Fee Loans cover university or college tuition fees and are paid direct to the university or college, by Student Finance England.

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The course been really beneficial to me. I now have more motivation and drive to move forward.

Helen Middleton

The one-to-one sessions are amazing. They have helped me move forward with my brand development and helped me to develop it further.

Lewis Sweeney

Throughout my journey as a Visual Merchandising student, I have gained a wide range of knowledge and skills that I will surely rely on throughout my entire career.

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