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Visual Merchandising Arts

Visual Merchandising Arts

Program Code:VMA
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Visual Merchandising Arts diploma program will teach you design and display techniques to create effective visual presentations. You will learn merchandise co-ordination, mannequin presentation, photo styling and drawing techniques. You will develop the ability to transform design ideas into practical creative displays that support retail sales. Your experience is further enhanced by 110 hours of field placement that provide you with an opportunity to improve your skills, expand your portfolio and network with industry professionals.

Field Placement

The second year 110-hour Field Placement is an excellent opportunity to connect with our industry partners. This important work placement provides you with key job skills that will improve your employment opportunities upon completion of the program. Field Placement must be completed prior to graduation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Note:

  • Although not required for admission, Grade 11 or 12 Art is recommended for your success in the program.

Fees

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Your Career

As a Seneca Visual Merchandising Arts graduate, you'll transform design ideas into practical creative displays that support retail sales. Career opportunities exist in the display departments of stores, in visual merchandising companies, in exhibition design, as a freelance display designer or with special event and promotion companies.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
DDV133 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising I
DSG133 Design Fundamentals
DSP131 Display Techniques I
EAC150 College English
VML131 Lighting for Visual Merchandising
 
Semester 2
DDV234 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising II
DSP232 Display Techniques II
DMM236 Menswear and Merchandising
FSM232 Materials and Prop Construction I
FSM236 Fashion Styling and Mannequins
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
DDV301 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising III
DSP333 Window Installation I
FSH330 Evolution of Design
FSM334 Materials and Prop Construction II
PSD335 Photostyling and Digital Imaging
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
DDV401 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising IV
DSP435 Window Installation II
FPS436 Portfolios and Personnel
FSM433 Materials and Prop Construction III
plus: General Education Course
 

Note: Students will also be required to successfully complete an Experiential Learning Activity.

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
DDV133 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising I
DSG133 Design Fundamentals
DSP131 Display Techniques I
EAC150 College English
VML131 Lighting for Visual Merchandising
 
Semester 2
DDV234 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising II
DSP232 Display Techniques II
DMM236 Menswear and Merchandising
FSM232 Materials and Prop Construction I
FSM236 Fashion Styling and Mannequins
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
DDV301 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising III
DSP333 Window Installation I
FSH330 Evolution of Design
FSM334 Materials and Prop Construction II
PSD335 Photostyling and Digital Imaging
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
DDV401 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising IV
DSP435 Window Installation II
FPS436 Portfolios and Personnel
FSM433 Materials and Prop Construction III
plus: General Education Course
 

Note: Students will also be required to successfully complete an Experiential Learning Activity.

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DDV133 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising I 3
DSG133 Design Fundamentals 3
DSP131 Display Techniques I 4
EAC150 College English 3
VML131 Lighting for Visual Merchandising 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DDV234 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising II 4
DSP232 Display Techniques II 4
FSM236 Fashion Styling and Mannequins 3
FSM232 Materials and Prop Construction I 4
DMM236 Menswear and Merchandising 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DDV301 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising III 3
DSP333 Window Installation I 5
FSH330 Evolution of Design 3
FSM334 Materials and Prop Construction II 3
PSD335 Photostyling and Digital Imaging 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DDV401 Drawing and Design for Visual Merchandising IV 3
DSP435 Window Installation II 5
FPS436 Portfolios and Personnel 3
FSM433 Materials and Prop Construction III 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 

Note: Students will also be required to successfully complete an Experiential Learning Activity.

Contact Us

www.senecacollege.ca/fashion
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Maureen Massicot
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22014
Maureen.Massicot@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Valentyna Gorodovych
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22432
Valentyna.Gorodovych@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Eric Kiely
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22465
Eric.Kiely@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: David McDermid
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26146
David.Mcdermid@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Gitte Hansen
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22160
Gitte.Hansen@senecacollege.ca
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Seneca's Fashion Resource Centre

Seneca's Fashion Resource Centre is a collection of more than 10,000 garments and fashion accessories dating from the mid-1800s to present day. Everything in the collection, from the Victorian corsets to the designer originals, is used as teaching aids for student in Seneca's Visual Merchandising Arts program. Video


Testimonials

"I am a recent graduate of the Visual Merchandising Arts diploma program at Seneca College. This program taught me the skills I need to be a strong and valuable employee in the arts industry. I really enjoyed the Display and Material workshops. They gave me the basic principles of colour and design. I found the field placements to be extremely helpful in preparing me for "real world" projects. Since graduation I have worked as a Visual Stylist at Holt Renfrew and I am currently working as a senior artist at Moss & Lam. Moss & Lam provides commercial arts and special finishing for hotels and retail stores across the world."

Jin Kim

“As the Visual Merchandising Co-ordinator at Polo Ralph Lauren - Hong Kong, I would like to say thanks! I would not have reached my goal without the first-hand knowledge and experience I gained during my two years at Seneca.”

Jennifer Chang
VM Co-ordinator, Ralph Lauren

“The Visual Merchandising Arts program taught me to expand my creativity and develop the technical skills needed in order to enter the field. The program at Seneca College was a great foundation for an exciting, successful career.”

Faye Payne
Visual Presentation Specialist, Sears,
Fairview Mall, Toronto

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