Course Title: Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2007

Course Code: MKTG5704C

Course Title: Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5177 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact : Jo Beckerleg

Course Contact Phone: 9925 4211

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Nominal Hours: 45

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Pre-requisites and Co-requisites


Course Description

This unit encompasses the application of skills and knowledge to design and build multi-purpose props and merchandisers suitable for retail windows, in store and exhibition spaces

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

WRRVM8A Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers


Design and construct 3-dimensional props and merchandisers

Performance Criteria:

Stretched canvas backdrops with applied image/s or collage are produced to client specifications or for use in specific window displays.

Three-dimensional props are produced to reflect specified cultural themes used in displays. 

Full size fashion merchandisers are constructed to client specifications for use in display windows. 

Point of sale units and ticket holders are designed and constructed to suit given products.

Slat wall fittings are constructed to suit a corporate identity or sign.

Props are designed and constructed to suit any given window or exhibition theme.


Maintain and modify fashion mannequins

Performance Criteria:

Ex-storage mannequins are assessed to ascertain maintenance requirements.

Mannequins are recycled in whole or part using a variety of methods to create new mannequins.

Mannequins are updated to service window themes.

Mannequins are customised to suit lifestyle themes and images.

Learning Outcomes

1. Design and construct
3-dimensional props and merchandisers
2. Maintain and modify fashion mannequins

Details of Learning Activities

On your timetable this competency will be referred to as Studio 2.
This competency is delivered and assessed with OHTH 5087C and OHTH 5088C .
In this unit you will undertake further development, and to expand apon existing skills to enable you to design and manufacture props for the retail,exhibition,event and advertising industries.
These 2D and 3D props will be finished to a professional standard suitable for industry/commercial applications.
Ongoing observation of appropriate occupational and safety procedures, relevant to materials machinery and the working environment ,appropriate clothing and footwear.
Exclusion from production area will apply if appropriate footwear ,and acceptable clothing is not adhered to.
Activities could include.
The manufacture of timber frames and screens.
The use of the vacuum forming process.
Appropriate materials selection in response to a brief.
Produce a range of products which demonstrate the application of design processes to 3 dimensional work.

Teaching Schedule


 1 Introduction to, & explanation of individual job briefs.
O.H.S. issues. Breif 1.
Preparation and rejuvenation of existing frames and recovering frames with canvas.
Preparation of 2D and 3D surfaces for painting faux finishes.
 2 Preparation of 2 small canvases for painting faux finishes. 1.1.
 3 Preparation background treatments, begin faux finishes and Trompe” 1.1.
 4 Trompe” and faux finishes should be completed today. 1.1.
 5 Preparation of large canvas for fashion illustration,50’s style. 1.1.
 6 Produce the frame base and stretch canvas, prime canvas. 1.1.
 7 Apply background finishes and begin illustration. 1.1.
 8 Ongoing production of fashion illustration. 1.1.
 9 All 3 canvases must be completed today. 1.1.
 10 Brief 2. Students will select an Artist or Designer and use that designers/artists style to produce a design for a 3 panel screen.
Students will be given specific dimensions and various locations in which the screen may be used.
The screen will be used with Homewares.
1.2. 1.3. 1.6.
 11 Ongoing production and manufacture, various techniques will be discussed and demonstrated, vacuum forming , etc. 1.2. 1.3. 1.6.
 12 Various materials and their application will vary, dependant on the design influence., screen should be finished today. 1.2.
 13 Brief 3..Working from previously produced designs from , Design for Merchandise ,students will produce point of sale and merchandisers to a given scale. 1.4 15
 14 Working to scale, material usage, adhesives ,construction methods. 1.4 1.5.
 15 .ongoing production,apply finishes. 1.4 1.5.
 16 Ongoing production. 1.4 1.5.
 17 All work must be complete today. 


 1 O.H.S. units OHTH 5087 and OHTH 5088 are included in this course . Students will engage in the necessary activities to realize the installation of Open Day, and the ongoing preparation for interior windows , and showcases . Students will have been briefed in V.M.P.for all studio requirements. All props and studio activities are in direct support of V.M.P.2.
Themes. Open Day, Sale windows ,Black and White.
 1.1. 1.2. 1.3. 1.4. 1.5. 1.6.
2.1. 2.2. 2.3. [ongoing ]. 3.1. 3.2. 3.3. 3.4. 4. 4.1. 5. 5.1. 5.2. 6. 6.1. 6.2. [ongoing]
 2 Ongoing preparation for Open Day ,Sale and Black and White. 1. 1.1.2. 2.1.
 3 Ongoing preparation for Open Day, begin production for Hardware windows. 1. 1.1. 1.2. 2.1
 4 Continued preparation for Open Day, hardware, and Food windows. 1.1. 1.2. 2.1.
 5 Open Day is installed this week ,ongoing food and hardware prep,
RMIT University OPEN DAY 12TH August.
 1.1. 1.2. 2.1.
 6 Vicious Threads window preparation, for both on campus and Myer basement installations, 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 7 Vicious Threads ongoing production, all teams. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 8 Complete preparation for Vicious Threads today. 2.1. 2.2. .2.3. .2.4.
 9 Ongoing preparation for sale, hardware ,toys and games 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 10 Continued preparation for sale, hardware, toys, games. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 11 Complete prep, for sale, toys, and games ongoing prep for hardware. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4
 12 Begin Christmas preparation, and School of Design end of year window. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 13 Continued preparation for S.O.D. Window and Christmas. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 14 Ongoing preparation for S.O.D. and Christmas. 2.1. 2.2. 2.3. 2.4.
 15 Ongoing preparation for S.O.D. and Christmas. .2.1. 2.2. 2.32.4
 16 Final prep, and installation this week. 2,1 2,2 2,3 2,4.

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Overview of Assessment

• Developing project brief
• Workplace simulations
• Portfolio presentations
• Studio based workshops
• Application of technical skills

Assessment Tasks

Part A had an overview – this needs to be in more detail
To produce a range of props to suit various locations in a retail/exhibition and or event situation.
Breif 1 To paint/illustrate 2 decorative canvases.
Trompe, architectural, and faux finishes.
To paint /illustrate a 50,s Fashion illustration.
Breif 2 To select an Artist ,designer and to use that influence to design and manufacture a 3 panel screen ,to be used in conjunction with homewares in a designated window.
Breif 3 To design and manufacture high quality..props and merchandisers based on designs produced in Design for Merchandise.

Assessment Matrix


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