Course Title: Style merchandise for photography

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2017

Course Code: MKTG7857C

Course Title: Style merchandise for photography

School: 320T Architecture & Design

Campus: City Campus

Program: C5325 - Diploma of Visual Merchandising

Course Contact: Justin Compton

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4819

Course Contact Email:

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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

In this course you will develop the skills and knowledge required to apply knowledge of current design trends and principles of design work to source, prepare and arrange props and merchandise for photography, according to promotional briefs.

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

SIRRMER516 Style merchandise for photography


1. Work effectively as a stylist.

Performance Criteria:

1.   Work effectively as a stylist.

1.1.Perform work with an emphasis on research, planning and forecasting.

1.2.Complete resourcing for photo shoot within prescribed deadlines and to specified budgets.

1.3.Develop and maintain a stylist kit.


2. Collaborate with key creative and production personnel.

Performance Criteria:

2.   Collaborate with key creative and production personnel.

2.1.Interpret promotional job brief.

2.2.Communicate effectively with creative and production team members and accept responsibility for own output.


3. Carry out steps in stylist planning.

Performance Criteria:

3.   Carry out steps in stylist planning.

3.1.Document action plan and critical milestones and complete tasks according to timelines.

3.2.Identify and access a suitable worksite environment.


4. Manage props and merchandise for photographic assignments.

Performance Criteria:

4.   Manage props and merchandise for photographic assignments.

4.1.Source props and merchandise and acquire within set timeframes as required for specific assignments.

4.2.Hire props according to industry procedures where required.

4.3.Develop and maintain a current and ongoing resource file of services and supplies for current and future assignments.


5. Place merchandise and props for photographs.

Performance Criteria:

5.   Place merchandise and props for photographs.

5.1.Demonstrate the application of design principles to two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) work in styled arrangements.

5.2.Select colour and apply technical lighting and camera arrangements to achieve outcomes in promotional brief.

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

This is a full year course

Students will take part in class discussions and presentations.

In semester 1 of this course students will engage in  2 Studio shoots 1) A magazine cover shoot for a leading interiors and decorating magazine and 2) A double page editorial shoot for Gourmet Traveller magazine featuring cheese as the hero product

Students will also do a Research "Prop" Assignment and an assignment to investigate the various roles within an advertising agent and how the stylist works with in this industry

Students will also assemble a stylist kit for use on all shoots.

 In semester 2 of this course student may have the opportunity to work with Creative Media final year Photography Students. The students will work collaboratively together in responding to 3 briefs that are to be shot on location;

1 x  Fashion with Talent

1 x Lifestyle

1 x Food

Students will develop mood boards and concepts, source talent and style the photographs.

Further information about these projects will be presented in class.

All tasks must be completed and be competent to pass this course



Teaching Schedule

A copy of the Teaching Schedule will be handed to the students in the first class

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Students are encourged to have a Pintrest page and Instagram and to follow local and international industry stylists and talent agencies

Magazines in the library available for students to read include amongst others : Vogue Living, Elle Decor, Belle, Real Living, Inside Out, Vogue Australia, Vogue Paris, Vogue Italia etc

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.
The assessment tasks are:
4 x photographic outcomes 

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

 Semester 1

2 x Studio shoots 1) Magazine Cover 2) A double page spread for Gourmet Traveller Magazine feautting chees as the product

1 X Research  a Prop Assignment

1 x Investigate the rolses with in an Advertising Agency

These assessment tasks are formative

Semester 2 

3 x Location shoots:

1 x  Fashion with Talent

1 x Lifestyle

1 x Food

The 3 shoots in semster 2 are summative assessment and graded each out of 100

All tasks must be completed and the student is to be competent in all tasks to be competent in this course

Due dates for all assessment tasks are detailed on the course guide 



Assessment Matrix

Other Information

When submitting work for assessment you are required to complete a declaration of authorship. This must be done for every summative assessment task. This statement acknowledges that you are aware of the plagiarism implications. For non­digital submission use the printed form provided. For digital online submission please use e­ Submission process.Information regarding the e­Submission process


Special Consideration Policy, Late Submission & Extensions

All assessment tasks are required to be completed to a satisfactory level.

If you are unable to complete any piece of assessment by the due date, you will need to apply for an extension. Pick the following link for details on applying for Special consideration

Any student seeking an extension, should aim at doingAttendance

The major aspect of your learning experience involves studio based exercises, demonstration and production. It is strongly advised that you attend all sessions in order to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring the maximum opportunity for success.



You will receive verbal and written feedback by teacher on your work. This feedback also includes suggestions on how you can proceed to the next stage of developing your projects. Student feedback at RMIT


Student Progress

Monitoring academic progress is an important enabling and proactive strategy to assist you to achieve your learning potential. Student progress policy



so a minimum of 2 days before the deadline. Work submitted late and without an extension at any point will incur late penalties in accordance with university policy. If you require an extension you must complete an extension form with evidence supporting your application and hand this to your instructor. Further links ­ Application for extension of time


On Time Submission and Impact of Late Submission

On time submission is an important factor in your assessment. Employability skills are embedded in all courses and these include Planning & Organising and Self ­management. For this reason, late work impacts on your overall grade for each assessment task.

The following adjustments for late submission will be made: Work submitted late will be assessed for competency only. Submissions are only permitted during the period that the competency is scheduled.


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy go to Academic Integrity. Academic Integrity


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