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Certificate in Visual Merchandising

Course Details

Merchandising is an integral part of every retail business and its importance to the sector continues to grow. The presentation of products and space management are key factors in the success of any store. In this course, you will learn from an experienced visual merchandiser who has worked in a wide range of industry positions. .

This course is delivered by a mix of online classes and field trips. Two of the sessions are field trips in which you will examine and discuss the window displays of a range of retail stores. We will follow social distancing protocols during these field trips.

Throughout the course, you will learn how to develop original ideas for window displays and instore displays, how to research visual merchandising trends, and how to present your ideas to colleagues and clients.You will also learn how to dress mannequins, and use lighting, fixtures and fittings, colour and product grouping to create impressive displays.

The course is ideal if you are exploring the possibility of a career change, or if you are already working in the retail sector and wish to add visual merchandising to your skill set. Our part-time studying options 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 the Retail System
  • Fundamentals of Visual Merchandising
  • Fixtures and Fittings: how to suit them to the product; custom built or ready made
  • Mannequins: suitability; how to dress them
  • Use of Props: where to get props; how to use them
  • Graphics: as a prop/visual aid; as information
  • Colour and Lighting: its importance; best uses
  • Merchandising: general tips; visual awareness; customer relations/communication


Field Trip – examining the window displays of a range of retail stores
Field Trip Assessment
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 Visual Merchandising and Window Dressing.

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

If you would like more information about this course, please fill out the "Request more information" form above.

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

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