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Visual Merchandising Arts

Available: Fall

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.



4 Semesters (2 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Diploma

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.

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

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).


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

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

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.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

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.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

416.491.5050 ext. 22608
Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

David McDermid 416.491.5050 ext. 26146

Program Chair

Gitte Hansen 416.491.5050 ext. 22160


“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

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network

Success Story

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Lauren Hildebrandt

Visual Merchandising Arts

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