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Certificate in Creative Merchandising

Course Details

Merchandising is an integral part of every retail business and its importance to the sector continues to grow across many platforms from window design through to online and events. The presentation of products is key for the success of any brand. In this course, you will learn from a very experienced Creative Retailer who has worked for many high profile stores and brands, in varied creative roles for more than 20 years.

This course is delivered by way of an online interactive classroom where your tutor will guide you through each class. Discussions and interaction are encouraged and an important part of the creative process. There will also be a field trip (where possible) in which you will examine and discuss the window displays of a range of retail stores. We will follow social distancing protocols during the field trip.

Throughout the course, you will learn the importance of brand identity, how to research visual merchandising trends, and how to conceptualise and produce your own original designs. You will learn how to use visual merchandising strategies for window design, in store display, online/product styling and events.

The course is ideal if you are exploring the possibility of a career change, if you are already working in the retail sector or perhaps have your own store or brand that needs a creative update. Our part-time evening course will allow you to study while working full-time.

Starting Dates and Format

Course Duration:6 weeks

Modes of Study:Part Time Day - Online Delivery

 Part Time Evening

Please see our Timetable & Fees page for more details

Course Content

During this course you will learn the theory and core skills of visual merchandising, gain practical competence in retail display, as well as an understanding of brand image and consumer behaviour in a store context.

Topics covered include:

  • The role of the visual merchandiser within retail
  • Trends in visual merchandising and creative retailing
  • How to conceptualise, and to build an idea from initial thought into final form
  • Fundamental visual merchandising strategies for in-store display
  • Trends in window design, and visual merchandising strategies for creating and installing a great window display
  • Mannequins, where to source them and how to dress them
  • Online visual merchandising and product styling
  • Events: how to plan and set up a retail event
  • Practical and digital tools, and how to make an effective presentation


Field Trip – examining the window displays of a range of retail stores

Personal Project and Class Presentation

Final Assessment and Certification


On successful completion of the course, you will be awarded a Dublin Institute of Design Certificate in Creative Merchandising.

Student Testimonials

This has been a fantastic course to gain insight and knowledge on the industry. The lecturer really sets uou up with all the knowledge. She is also extremely nice, helpful and encouraging.

- Gwen McCarthy

I really enjoyed the course. I learned a lot in a short time. The teacher is amazing and very knowledgeable. After this course I feel proud to be creative and I know what I have to do now to follow my dreams and to become a visual merchandiser.

- Ambra Pierotti

Really good tutor. Really enjoyed course. Practical, insightful knowledge from someone who has worked in the industry. Confidence boost learning new skills for the retail industry. Great experience to meet and learn from other creative people.

- Tara Murphy

I really enjoyed my time studying visual merchandising as it gave me a chance to learn that this is the path I want to follow, with the encouragement of friendly staff and classmates. The 3D modelling was a great concept to show my skills. Overall, I am very happy with my display.

- Shannon Murtagh

The course is unbelievably good. The insight that we have gained into the industry as a whole is a huge plus. The site visits were so helpful – we could see how things worked in practice. The tutor is fantastic – she has such a wealth of knowledge! Overall, this course is the best thing I have done!

- Roseleen Norton

The course is really amazing and fascinating. I have learned things I didn't know before. I really enjoyed it and look forward to start of the longer course. The class and teacher are very friendly and helpful.

- Kaviraj Roopun

The tutor was excellent, had so much information and interesting examples of the different aspects of the course. Really enjoyed it and was sorry to see it end.

- Joanne Lyons

Great course, really well taught. Completely opened my eyes to how much is actually involved in visual merchandising. Theory classes were well organised and covered all topics. Field trip was great because it covered all of merchandising areas - homewares, food, fashion. Learned loads & still have a lot to learn regarding the practical side.

- Ciara Fanning

The course was extremely helpful & practically it was very enjoyable. The tutor was so nice and approachable. Having not been in college/school for twenty years, I was very nervous, but felt very comfortable & relaxed with not only the tutor, but the entire staff at Dublin Institute of Design

- Janet Quirke

I found the course very interesting. I’m very happy with everything that I’ve learned in these weeks. The course content was good and well organised. The course is highly recommended. Thank you.

- Marta Iellwa

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As numbers are limited for this course, pre-booking is essential.