Fashion Buying, Styling and Visual Merchandising

QQI Level 5 Certificate in General Studies 5M3114

This Fashion 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, fashion history and retail display 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 Advanced Fashion Industry Practice Certificate. Learners can also develop work suitable for portfolio preparation required for third level colleges application.

Employment Opportunities

  • Fashion Retail
  • Fashion Display
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Fashion PA

Course content

  • Fashion Industry and Design Studies
  • Fashion Buying & Merchandising
  • Retail Display
  • Appreciation of Art, Craft and Design
  • Internet
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • Research and Study Skills
  • Work Experience

FASHION INDUSTRY AND DESIGN STUDIES

  • Fashion Industry Appreciation
  • Fashion Photography Appreciation
  • Photo Shoot Styling
  • Fashion History & Design Appreciation

FASHION BUYING AND MERCHANDISING

  • Market and Brand Analysis
  • Styling & Trend Analysis
  • Promotion Analysis
  • Customer Profiling

RETAIL DISPLAY

  • Visual Merchandising Design
  • Fashion Promotion
  • Presentation Skills

GENERAL

  • Work Experience
  • Digital Promotion for Fashion
  • Group and Team-work projects

Course features and facilities

Features

  • Complementary courses at SCFE include Hair Styling and Fashion Make-up
  • Continuous assessment in all modules
  • 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, photographers and experts from the fashion industry
  • Fashion photo-shoots

Facilities

  • Fashion Studio Workspace equipped with mannequins, photography and display equipment
  • Comprehensive library of art, fashion, culture and design books, DVD’s and magazines

Entry requirements

  • Leaving Certificate or equivalent, LCA or relevant experience
  • Mature applicants welcome
  • Applicants may be accepted without meeting formal entry requirements

Completing the Fashion Industry Practice course has shown employers that I am passionate and driven about my work in the fashion industry.
Evana O’Connor

FASHION BUYING, STYLING AND VISUAL MERCHANDISING

Education progression

Below are some examples of progression options with this QQI Level 5 award in General Studies 5M3114
TU Dublin City Centre Visual Merchandising and Display* Level 7 TU795

For a more detailed list of progression options please www.cao.ie

For more progression options

TU Dublin City Centre Digital Marketing Level 8 TU920
TU Dublin City Centre Creative Industries and Visual Culture Level 8 TU978
TU Dublin City Centre Design – Visual Communication* Level 8 TU973
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Digital Marketing Level 7 TU781
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Digital Marketing Level 8 TU920
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Business (Options) Level 7 TU772
TU Dublin Blanchardstown Business (Options) Level 8 TU902
TU Dublin Tallaght Digital Marketing Level 7 TU782
TU Dublin Tallaght Digital Marketing Level 8 TU921
TU Dublin Tallaght Business (Options) Level 7 TU787
TU Dublin Tallaght Business (Options) Level 8 TU932
TU Dublin Tallaght Advertising & Marketing Comm. Level 7 TU780
TU Dublin Tallaght Advertising & Marketing Comm. Level 8 TU919
IADT Business -Applied Entrepreneurship Level 7 DL701
IADT Business Management Level 8 DL823
IADT Graphic Design*# Level 8 DL826
IADT Design for Film*# (Costume Design) Level 8 DL845
IADT Arts Management Level 8 DL822
IADT Digital Marketing Level 8 DL840
IADT Photography & Visual Media*# Level 8 DL833
NCAD Visual Culture Level 8 AD215
NCAD Fashion Design* Level 8 AD211
NCAD Textiles/ Surface Design/ Jewellery /Objects * Level 8 AD103
UCD Humanities (Creative & Cultural Indust.) Level 8 DN530
UCD Arts Level 8 DN520
UCD Business and Law Level 8 DN610
Dundalk IT Event Management Level 7 DK752
Atlantic TU Fashion with Promotion* Level 7 LY447
Atlantic TU Design (Common Entry)* Level 8 LY408
Atlantic TU Business with Entrepreneurship Level 7 GA176
Atlantic TU Business with Entrepreneurship Level 8 GA186
TU South Business Studies Event Management Level 7 LC327
TU South Business Studies Event Management G Level 8 LC294
South East TU Retail Management Level 7 WD184
South East TU Design- Visual Communication Level 8 WD137
South East TU Business Level 7 WD159
South East TU Business (Options) Level 8 WD048
South East TU Visual Communications and Design Level 7 CW047
South East TU Visual Communications and Design Level 8 CW088
Munster TU Event Management G Level 8 MT940
Private Colleges (Fees Payable)
Dublin Business School Marketing (Event Management) Level 8 DB517
Griffith College Graphic Communication Design* Level 8 GC462
*Portfolio Assessment or Audition # Portfolio Assessment / Audition / Project Day G Garda Vetting Required

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

Photographed by Johnny Savage

Course modules are reviewed annually and may be subject to change