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Visual Merchandising Arts

Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
Media & Design
Program Code:
Accelerated Delivery:
Academic Year:
2015 / 2016

About the Program

This project-based program provides artistic students with the opportunity to develop design skills and knowledge associated with concepts and theory in fashion and visual display across all areas of merchandising. The main focus will be the creation of effective visual merchandising and store image for both modern retail and storefront operations. Hands-on projects both inside and outside of the College will include: mannequin detailing, point-of-purchase displays, prop-making, costume design, and branding of products. Students will also be exposed to fashion and visual merchandising and marketing within window display, in-store merchandising, fashion shows, special events, trade shows, and wedding decorating. A two-week work placement opportunity is provided for students to gain industry experience before they graduate, leading to full-time positions in the field of visual display.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2015 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 60


Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: Please refer to the previous academic year program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. Please refer to the international program fee chart for an approximation as fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time.
*Books and supplies are additional.

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

93% of 2012-2013 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

For more information on the PLAR process, please visit the testing website.

Course Information
Course # Courses
Level One
ARTS1185 Colour Theory
ARTS1435 Concept to Completion
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills
COMP1125 Computer Applications Media and Design
DSGN1030 Design and Fabrication I
DSGN1075 Introduction to Design
PHOT1145 Digital Imaging
Level Two
ARTS1200 Scale Modeling
ARTS1210 Illustrative Techniques I
DSGN1100 Design and Fabrication II
LIBS1640 History of Art and Design
MKT1350 Event Planning
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Three
ARTS2000 Illustrative Techniques II
DSGN2180 Visual Merchandising I
DSGN2190 Styling and Staging
MKT2170 Retail I
Electives: General Education Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level Four
CDEV2000 Work Experience
DSGN2200 Visual Merchandising II
DSGN2250 Design and Branding
MKT2180 Marketing-Promotion and Research
MKT2190 Retail II

Program Outcomes

Program Related Resources

Program Advisory Committees

The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.

For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.

Apply Now

Domestic students should apply online at or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
Canada N1G 5J3

Detailed steps on the application process may help you to apply.

International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page before applying.

For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

Disclaimer The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.
Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2015 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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