About the course

About the course

Our visual merchandising course develops the knowledge and skills to help you flourish within the creative visual merchandising industry, equipping you with creative skills leading to career outcomes in a range of professional roles.

The course is packed with industry-relevant skills, including:

  • computer aided design
  • product styling/branding
  • studio prop making
  • event theming

The visual merchandising qualification is designed to advance your abilities in creative visual display and merchandising over a series of learning stages, ultimately involving live industry projects contributing to your resume and employability outcomes.

The hands on approach, skills and techniques learnt from experienced industry professionals will help you develop an impressive portfolio to present to employers or your own clients.

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Course Details


Intake Dates & Course Length

April and July (mid year intake)

Full time: 12 months 

Part time: 24 months


This is a blended delivery course which will include a combination of online, remote and face to face delivery. Blended learning can involve a range of online programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Blended learning also involves face-to-face attendance at classes or practical placements.

For information regarding dates such as enrolment, orientation and study breaks please visit the Academic Calendars page

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Career Outcomes

After successful completion of our course you can apply for roles in:

  • visual merchandising
  • brand design
  • photo styling
  • 3D computer design
  • product merchandising
  • exhibition design
  • space planning
  • event theming
  • prop making (...and more)
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Entry Requirements

You must have successfully:

  • completed Year 12
  • undertaken interview process or
  • be mature age


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs, Box Hill Institute will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.


VTAC and direct entry

Year 12 VTAC Applicants must:

  • complete a VTAC application 
  • book an interview
  • present a folio

Direct Entry Applicants (Non Year 12) must:

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

Pathways & Accreditation

After successful completion, you can apply for the Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising

This course is government accredited and has national recognition

The qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 5

Fees & Finance Options

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$6,078$11,688
Service Fee$166$166
Core Skills Support Fee$83$83
Material Fee$1,100$1,100
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$7,427$13,037
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$7,427$13,037

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2021 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Box Hill Institute’s Creative Design Hub, located at our Nelson Campus, provides first-class leadership by showcasing best practices, support, and training in the vibrant world of design. The space offers photography and graphic design students the ability to collaborate with aspiring fashion designers, and includes sewing rooms, patternmaking tables, CAD rooms and a photographic studio. 

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