Course Title: Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2010

Course Code: MKTG5873C

Course Title: Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers

School: 320T Design (TAFE)

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5235 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact : Tim McCarthy

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Norman R Ireland              Phone 99254695           email

Nominal Hours: 45

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

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


This unit is delivered and assessed in combination with Maintain store safety OHTH5485C

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

SIRRMER010A Design, construct and maintain props and merchandisers


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

Performance Criteria:


Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge required to demonstrate your competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

    1.      Students will prepare and rejuvinate existing frames and canvases in preparation for  fashion illustrations., andTrompe L "Oile

the preparation may include applying new canvases to the existing frames, and or sand back and prime the existing canvases.

2.        Students will manufacture a set of 3 panel screens suitable for use as a window backdrop supportive of a designer installation, ie/ Jean Paul Gaultier.

            the screens will be different sizes dependent on which window or showcase has been allocated to individuals.

3.       Students will manufacture 3D merchandisers, working from drawings produced in Design for Merchandis.

Teaching Schedule


  Introduction to the semesters work and e xplaination of the individual job briefs. In this course  props and support elements are also manufactured for both interior and front windows. Students will be briefed in VMP2 in regards to the window installations. Also ensure that the crazie dolls are completed today as they are to be used in the interior windows.

Preparation and rejuvenation of canvases for both 50"s illustrations andTrompe L "Oile   COMPLETION DATES OF INDIVIDUAL TASKS MAY VARY.

2 Continue preparation of canvases and begin Illustrations,also demonstrate how to achieve realistic Faux finishes 
3 continue illustration and faux finishes 
4 continue as above 
5 continue as above 
6 illustrations should be completed today. 
7 Discuss the 3 panel screen brief which will be used in the interior windows/showcases, Students may be working in small teams  and will be briefed in VMP2 for this task.  The dimensions of the screens may vary dependent on the allocated space. 
8 Students should be able to begin the manufacture/ construction of a scale model  that has been designed in Design for Merchandise. 
9 construction methods and appropriate materials 
10 continue as above 
11 continue as above 
12 ongoing manufacture of the 3 panel screen 
13 continue as above 
14 continue as above 
15 all assignments should be completed today 
16ensure that all work is completed and submitted for assessment. 

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is on-going throughout the course. Assessment will incorporate a range of methods to assess performance and the application of knowledge and skills and will include:
- Practical tasks, a major project and a short test
- direct observation including exploration of and experimentation with techniques
- written and/or oral questioning and discussion to assess knowledge and understanding
- completion of an art journal and/or portfolio including personal reflection and feedback
- direct questioning combined with review of portfolios of evidence

- submission of working drawing and finished design sketches

Please note: All Assessment tasks need to be completed before competency is achieved. A number of tasks will be formative to show your progress and development of skills and knowledge throughout the semester. The final task will be summative to provide a level of performance in addition to your competency.

The RMIT assessment charter summarises your responsibilities as a student as well as those of your teachers.

Assessment Tasks

1/1950"s fashion Illustration.   a/the  canvas has been streched taught, wrinkle free.   b/ the surface has been primed correctly.  c/ the image has been drawn and illustrated capturing the 50"s style.

2/ Trompe L "Oile.  a/ canvas application. b/ surface primed correctly. c/ appropriate colour selection for faux finishes .  d/ paint application, has been applied to achieve the desired effect, ie/  marble , granite, sandstone .

3/ 3 Panel Screen.  a/ frames hav e been cut and built using the appropriate demonstrated techniques . ie/ nails , adhesives, square .  b/  canvas , plywood, screenboard has been applied correctly. c/ surface has been primed and painted correctly. d/ image ,illustration, collage,  depicts the style of the chosen designer/artist..

4/scale model, a/students have used the appropriate scale.  b/ approriate selection and usage of materials. c/ construction methods. d/ attention to detail and finish to an acceptable industry standard.

Assessment Matrix

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