11/12/2018 Fashion Retail Academy 2019-02-21T00:00:00+00:00 Fitzrovia, London W1T 1QL

Level 4 Visual Merchandising

  • Sector: courses, creative digital media, retail
  • Location: Fitzrovia, London
  • Level: 4
Level 4 Visual Merchandising

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About the Provider

If you are looking for an apprenticeship but haven’t found one suitable, our courses offer an ideal alternative.  You will study two days a week enabling you to work part-time alongside, gaining valuable retail experience at the same time.  During our October progression week, our retail partners come in to look for temporary and permanent staff, helping you to find the perfect part-time job.

When you join The Fashion Retail Academy (Ofsted outstanding) you will get much more than just a fashion qualification – you will gain a unique, industry led college experience in the heart of central London. Founded by retail giants, we are dedicated to offering you a range of exclusive Fashion courses with unparalleled industry involvement to ensure you gain the skills and contacts needed to successfully progress into employment.

Our courses are 1-2 years in length and are aimed at mixing classroom learning with vocational experience, so you are job ready on completion.  Most of our level 3 and all of our level 4 courses come with a guaranteed three week fashion work placement

Level 4 Visual Merchandising

This Visual Merchandising course is an excellent alternative to an apprenticeship, training you two full days per week enabling enough time to work part-time whilst you study. This one-year course is exclusive to the FRA, and is designed to equip you with all of the theory and practical skills you’ll need to land a job in Visual and succeed.

A Visual Merchandiser is responsible for how merchandise is displayed and promoted; whether that’s through store layouts or window displays, with the ultimate aim of maximising sales. While doing so, a VM has to keep in mind a brand’s values, and align all collateral – including graphics and branding to represent this. Have you ever noticed how different a shop floor looks at Christmas time? Visual Merchandisers definitely do – you may need to create a new environment for a store based on seasonal or sale requirements. As you can see, the role of the VM is highly creative, varied and dynamic.

During your L4 Visual Merchandising course, you’ll learn all about historic and cultural influences on fashion, as well as gaining a background in window design principles, including the use of lighting, colour, props and products. You’ll discover how branding can support a design concept in regards to typography, layout and image manipulation. Other essential factors include how the store environment itself contributes to the image of a retail brand in terms of architecture, product adjacencies and fixture placement.

Once armed with our L4 Visual Merchandising qualification, we’ll also help you to understand your career progression. Upon graduation, opportunities available to you will include a role as a Visual Merchandising Assistant, with the view of working your way up to becoming a Visual Merchandiser. We’ll help you to create the perfect portfolio and CV, putting you head and shoulders above the competition.

Entry criteria

1 A-level (or the equivalent Level 3 qualification) and 5 GCSEs grade C/4 or above, including Maths and English.

Course duration: One year full time, two days per week

Start date: September

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