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FM006 Fashion Merchandising

6 credit points

Course Code FM006

Subject Outline

FM006 Fashion Merchandising


Shalina Truelove

Program Director

Nick Comino


Introduction to Fashion Marketing

Contact hours/week


Credit points



1 term

Self Study hours/week




Subject Description

The aim of this subject is to provide the student an understanding of visual merchandising strategies as a marketing tool and a visual extension of a brand. It also provides the student knowledge in visual merchandising principles and elements in order to create and manage visual merchandising concepts as part of a professional brief.



Introduction to Visual Merchandising; What is VM? Factors that affect merchandising; Identifying target markets; Basic elements of merchandising.

Balance and Proportion; Balance and proportion as a merchandising strategy;Factors impacting on product performance

Formal Qualities of Merchandising; Retail strategies and consumer behavior; Accuracy of product placement for the marketplace;Importance of filled and unfilled space

Elements and Principals; Placement of elements and principals; Formal qualities of movement

Types of movement

Colour; The psychology of colour; The effects of colour on the bottom line; How to use colour as part of your VM strategy

Budget Merchandising; Identifying stock to create the most impact; Managing visual merchandising on a budget; Maximising sales; Pricing trends and changes

Technology in Merchandising; Using technology in visual merchandising; Planograms; Trends.


Learning outcomes or Competencies

  1. Understand visual merchandising principles and elements

  2. Analyse visual merchandising strategies

  3. Identify stock that will create the most impact and maximise sales

  4. Recognise visual merchandising as an extension of a brand

  5. Develop creative concepts based on a client brief

  6. Manage a visual merchandising project


Assessment Table



Weighting %

Week Due

Learning Outcome

1. Research a unique retail store, document your findings and present

Report and presentation


Week 5

1, 2, 3, 4

2. Visual merchandising Journal

Visual journal


Week 8

1, 2, 3, 4

3.Comprehensive case study and showcase

Report and project


Week 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


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