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If you are interested in entering the busy world of fashion retail and developing your creative skills to an advanced standard, this one-year programme is for you.
You will build your management skills as well as your creative style to help you succeed in this exciting and fast-moving environment. You will gain an overview of the fashion retail sector, the opportunities it offers and the potential for career progression.
You will lead the implementation of a pop-up shop and undertake lots of practical activities, including personal shopping and style advice and window installations. The programme also includes visits to the head offices of national retailers and related organisations, and a team building day - as team work is crucial within the fashion retail industry.
During the final term you will create your own project which will play a key role in your overall grade. You will also undertake a work placement in a fashion retail outlet.
Assessment will be carried out using a variety of methods. You are expected to produce a portfolio of evidence. Assessment will include presentations, practical activities, installations, discussions and assignments.
When you enrol, you will be given a fashion retail kit list from which you will need to buy items ready for your first lesson. There will also be a nominal charge for trips and visits.
You can progress to the Higher ABC Level 4 Diploma in Visual Merchandising or to a university degree in a retail related subject.
This course is invaluable if you want to work in a fashion retail management role or maybe branch out into areas such as buying, merchandising, marketing, PR and styling.
Fashion enthusiast Richard Auzins has used his Diploma in Visual Merchandising as a springboard to working with Marks & Spencer
Richard has started out as a warehouse operative at the company’s distribution centre in Castle Donington, with a view to progressing his merchandising career within M&S. He especially enjoys dealing with the online sales side of the operation.
Richard had originally considered university but then discovered the specialist advanced course in Visual Merchandising at Derby College. Keen on keeping up with latest fashion trends, the course enabled him to translate his passion for fashion into a career.
Although I’m working in logistics, I’m still involved with fashion and homewares every day. The Derby College course helped me get the job and having a qualification in retail merchandising has made me more confident in sharing my ideas at work.
I’d like to move into visual merchandising one day but at the moment I enjoy what I do and M&S is a great business to work for.