C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

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Plan: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Diploma of Visual Merchandising
Qualification national code: SIR50212
Nominal hours: 1120
Career: TAFE
Duration: 1.5 years full-time
Location: City
Owning school: Architecture & Urban Design (320T)
Owning school URL: www.rmit.edu.au/architecturedesign
CRICOS code: 080068F

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Purpose of the Program

The program has been designed for you to develop and extend knowledge and skills in the field of Visual Merchandising, specialising in display skills. You will monitor and evaluate current trends with a focus on new approaches. You will also interrogate key principles of display and design. The aim is that on completion of the program you will be a visual merchandising practitioner who can confidently work alone or with others in teams to support an increasingly diverse and global industry. Typical employment outcomes include employment in retail, exhibition and event design, photostyling. Good visual and verbal communication skills are necessary to ensure the visual merchandiser can promote and execute their ideas successfully.


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Articulation and pathways

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification, to apply for advanced standing in a higher level qualification. 
This program has no articulation agreements. 
Pathways refer to related programs for which you may be eligible once you have
graduated from your current program. This program has no formal pathway agreements, however students may choose to study further in related fields.

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Entrance requirements

Academic entrance requirements: Successful completion of an Australian Year 12 or equivalent senior secondary school studies, or RMIT Foundation Studies program, or a recognised post secondary diploma or certificate in a relevant discipline. Applicants with work experience in this field will also be considered.

VCE prerequisites: There are no prerequisites

International English language requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
  • An IELTS score of 5.0 (no band less than 4.5) will be accepted for the November Foundation Studies intake.
  • TOEFL (Paper based): 530 (TWE 3.5)
  • TOEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT): Overall score of 71 with minimum of 17 in any sections
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE(A)): 42 (no band less than 36)
  • RMIT English Worldwide (REW) – English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programs: Upper Intermediate certificate

Extra requirements
All applicants must present their folio to a selection panel. Where necessary, this may be conducted via email, phone or skype.

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External accreditation and industry links


There are currently no organisations that accredit programs in Visual Merchandising in Australia 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work
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The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you
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and newspapers.

You can find more information on Library resources and services at: http://www.rmit.edu.au/library

Online learning tools and content
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