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Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising

QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies 5M3114

Duration: One Year Full-Time

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Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising course equips learners with core skills that are required for a career in the fashion industry. An appreciation of fashion product, design and fashion history lead to an understanding of range development and the processes required to market and promote fashion businesses. A variety of individual and team-working projects are also offered, providing many opportunities to develop the confidence and skills required to progress to the Level 6 Fashion Industry Practice Advanced Certificate. Learners can also develop work suitable for portfolio preparation required for third level colleges application.

“Completing the Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising course has shown employers that I am passionate and driven about my work in the fashion industry.”
Evana O’Connor

PopArt Photoshoot 2016, Styled by Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising

Photographed by Johnny Savage

Former learners have progressed to the Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Fashion Industry Practice here in SCFE and to third level colleges such as DIT and Griffith College.


• Fashion Photography Appreciation
• Fashion History & Design Appreciation
• Trend Analysis
• Market and Brand Analysis
• Customer Profiling
• Fashion Industry Appreciation
• Work Experience
• Customer Service
• Photo Shoot Direction
• Presentation Skills
• Promotion Display
• Promotion Analysis
• Spreadsheets

Our end of year scfe fashion event 2015

Find out why they chose to study fashion.

Pop Art Photoshoot styled by our first year students of Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising at Sallynoggin College.

Course Features

• Practical projects providing opportunities for real-life team working experiences
• Work experience in the fashion industry
• Educational trips to exhibitions, galleries and studios
• Visiting lecturers and experts from the fashion industry
• Fashion photo-shoots

1980s Photoshoot 2015, Styled by Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising.

Photographed by Johnny Savage

I-Robot 2016 - Styled and Created by Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising

Photographed by Lorna Fitzsimons


• Access to fully equipped IT suites
• Comprehensive library of art, fashion, culture and design books, DVD’s and magazines
• Complementary courses running in SCFE – Hairdressing & Hair Styling, Fashion Make-up, Photography

Employment Opportunities

Fashion Retail
Fashion Display
Fashion Stylist
Fashion PA

Entry Requirements

• Leaving Certificate or equivalent,
•  LCA or relevant experience
• Interview
• Applicants may bring to interview samples of their work to date such as visual notebooks, projects, sketch ideas or items made. This is optional and not a requirement for the interview
• Mature applicants welcome
• Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements