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  • Art & Design
  • Fashion Show
  • Dance Show
  • Fashion
  • Fashion
  • Creative Arts
  • Fashion

About the course

This qualification offers broad but in-depth knowledge and skills in preparation for work in the fashion retail sector and has been designed to balance practical and creative skills with theoretical studies. Work placement opportunities and industry led projects are a strong element of studying this qualification and will allow students to gain a comprehensive view of fashion retail work opportunities, enabling them to enter this area of the industry.

Entry requirements

Preferred 5 GCSEs at 4 or C (including maths and English) plus a Level 3 qualification and interview with portfolio.

If you are a mature student with prior industry/business/learning experience we would like to hear from you and see your portfolio.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

Who is it suitable for?

Anyone with an interest in visual display, branding and promotion. The course is suitable for students who may wish to study at university after the course and also those who wish to enter employment.

Awarding Body

UAL (University of the Arts London)

Why study?

The UAL Level 4 Diploma in Visual Display and Branding for Fashion Retail has been designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to progress to degree level study or employment in the fashion retail industry. This course is designed to provide students with an overview of the wider context of the role of visual display in an evolving retail context in both physical and digital contexts.

This course will provide students with the specialist knowledge skills to understand the importance of visual display through key design principles, retail branding contexts, creative concepts and innovations. This will include: design for visualisation, retail branding contexts, retail concepts and innovations, understanding key roles and relationships, brand promotion, creative and commercial concepts, multiplatform functions and retail space planning and product promotion.

Where will this course take me?

The course prepares you for both higher education (possible courses might be visual merchandising, fashion promotion, brand development and marketing) and direct entry to employment. Former students have been employed by top London stores.

Core modules

  • Unit 1: Understanding past, present and future contexts in fashion retail
  • Unit 2: Preparation for progression
  • Unit 3: Design for visualisation in retail contexts
  • Unit 4: Retail branding contexts
  • Unit 5: Fashion retail concepts and innovations
  • Unit 6: Individual negotiated retail project

Units 1 and 2 provide students with the opportunities to explore past, present and future contexts within fashion retail and to explore and prepare for progression opportunities.

Units 3–5 are the specialist units that are designed to support the development of knowledge and skills related to the fashion retail industry.

The final unit, Unit 6, is the Individual negotiated retail project, where students will have the opportunity to consolidate knowledge, skills and understanding that have been acquired during the course, to develop their professional practice in implementing and realising a professional project.

How will I be assessed?

Assignment based.

To be awarded the UAL Level 4 Diploma in Visual Display and Branding for Fashion Retail, you must Pass the six mandatory units.

Units 1–5 are graded Pass/Fail only.

Unit 6 and is graded as Fail, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Will I have to provide anything?

You will need a basic art kit and start-up toolkit.

£50 studio charge towards materials costs.

£50 trips fee for visits to exhibition and visual displays in central London.

£50 iPad deposit.

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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