With the advent of the retail boom, the focus on ‘Visual Merchandising’ as a career option has been gained importance mainly because of the retail industry’s increased demand for the qualified professionals in the field of visual merchandising.
Now visual merchandising is considered as one of the best sales promotion strategies in the retail business. There are several certificate-level courses and foundation degrees are available in visual merchandising sector in many global academic institutions located across the globe. UK is also a major education destination for overseas students to gain professional qualifications in the field of visual merchandising. Foundation degree programs in visual merchandising are conducted at the UK academic institutions namely, University of Hertfordshire; Hertford Regional College and Hugh Baird College.
University of Hertfordshire
The course offered by the University of Hertfordshire is known as Visual Merchandising FdA program which is offered as a full time regular university program with a duration of one year to three years. Course start date is in the month of September.
Hertford Regional College, UK
Visual Merchandising Foundation Degree is also available at the Hertford Regional College, UK.
Hugh Baird College, UK
Visual merchandising professional program conducted at the Hugh Baird College, UK is titled as “Visual Merchandising and Promotional Design Level 4 Foundation Degree”. It is also s full time academic program with course duration of one year to three years.
One week long full time on-campus certificate programs in visual merchandising are also available in the United Kingdom. These certificate-level programs are mainly conducted at the campuses of the Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK and City College Plymouth, UK.
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, UK
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design offers a certificate in Visual Merchandising – Interiors which normally starts in the month of April.
City College Plymouth, UK
A certificate program known as “Retail Principles – Visual Merchandising Certificate” is available at the City College Plymouth. Course starts in the month of September.
In addition to this, University of Essex offers a one week program called “Promoting your Business” and Teesside University offers a bachelor of arts degree, Creative Advertising & Promotion BA (Hons). Coleg Menai, UK also offers a Retail National Award Level 3 (BTEC) certificate program for interested clients.