Over the weekend I travelled up to Sydney for a couple of projects and appointments. One particular meeting included a visit to the TAFE NSW Ultimo campus to chat with Kerry and the Visual Merchandising team.
For me, it was an opportunity to learn more about one of the many courses (over 1,200 in fact) that are on offer at TAFE NSW, as well as see the campus facilities and chat with one of the faculty teams.
The TAFE NSW Ultimo campus was beautiful, and nestled just behind George Street near Broadway – which was super convenient to get to. It was one of those campuses that you would’t hesitate to spend time at, even when it’s your day off studying; purely because of how aesthetically pleasing it is!
The Diploma Visual Merchandising, which is delivered both face to face and fully online, runs full time over 1 year with students attending the college 4 days a week.
The course is very hands on with most assessments run as practical tasks for the students to demonstrate their skills.
As part of the course, students learn how to install retail in-store displays and window displays. They learn the principles of merchandising across a wide range of product categories and how to design retail store interiors and store plans using computer generated software and work with lighting to enhance retail interiors.
There are design skills that are taught including crafting 3 dimensional props, illustration and computer generated visuals, and they study photography and styling for the fashion and homewares industries too which sounds incredibly fun! This course is very varied and provides the students with real life skills preparing them to work in the retail and styling industries.
Designed to replicate the work that is produced in industry, the students and their tutors work closely with the retail industry to embed work placement into the students program.
Work placement is aligned to some incredible retailers including Myer, Seed Heritage, Country Road, IKEA and H&M. Through this exposure in the industry environment, students are recognised for their talent which leads to work opportunities at the completion of their course. A high percentage of students gain employment in the retail industry at the completion of their course or soon after completing their studies, and recent graduates have gained employment with Myer, David Jones, H&M, Seed Heritage, Sportsgirl, Glassons, Freedom and French Connection.
In addition to their studies students are given the opportunity to take part in international study tours to experience the visual merchandising industries in Europe and the United States. In the U.S. they work at events with New York based visual merchandising students, attend presentations by visual merchandising specialists and experience the seasonal displays and in-store merchandising across a wide range of department and specialty retail stores. Students also take part in international retail design competitions which are embedded into their course and are provided with many opportunities to work with retailers and clients to design and install displays.
The TAFE NSW Visual Merchandising faculty have a team of dedicated enthusiastic creative staff who retain their industry currency through continued involvement in the industry both here in Australia and internationally and they regularly arrange for presentations to the students by industry specialists sourced both within Australia and internationally.
Learn more about the Diploma Visual Merchandising in my interview with Kerry from the TAFE NSW team below:
The more I spoke to Kerry and the Visual Merchandising faculty at TAFE NSW, the more I learn’t about how amazing, hands on and practical the course really is. The faculty team are extremely dedicated to this course, and are passionate about Visual Merchandising. It definitely sounds like a course that I know many of my friends, fellow fashionista’s and creatives would be interested in!
TAFE NSW offers affordable courses, that range from certificates to degrees, and offer flexible arrangements, so that you can study when and where it suits you whether it be online or at one of their 130 NSW campuses.
TAFE NSW offers nationally-recognised courses for every stage of your career. They’re passionate about applying a hands-on approach to training, and helping each of their students reach their career ambitions.
You can check out the full range of Semester 2 courses at TAFE NSW here.