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Visual Merchandising & Display / Marsantú ┐Taispeántas Físiúil

Course Title: Bachelor of Arts in Visual Merchandising & Display

2023 CAO Points: 459*

*This includes score from portfolio submission (maximum score 600)

Leaving Certificate Requirements

Minimum Number of





Other Grade Requirements

Submission of Portfolio
QQI/FET Requirements

QQI/FET Award Required

Additional Requirements

Any full Level 5 or 6 award


In addition to the QQI minimum entry requirements, QQI quotas and QQI points apply. The max QQI points awarded is 390. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/qqi

Mature Applicants

Applications from mature students (23+) are welcome. Further details at www.tudublin.ie/mature 

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to provide evidence of your English language proficiency as detailed on our website. 

Course Description

Visual merchandising is the practice in the retail industry of developing floor plans and three-dimensional displays to maximise sales.

Merchandising is a key element in any successful retail industry. This course has a vital role to play in ensuring a steady supply of suitably qualified graduates who can help Irish retail companies develop this aspect of their business.

You’ll develop mastery in the theory and strategies of visual merchandising, practical competence in the skills needed for retail display, and an understanding of brand image and consumer behaviour and be able to operate at a high level in the retail industry.

Subjects include visual merchandising, graphic design, drawing & digital presentation, business practice, history of retail & fashion design, fashion accessory production & fashion styling, 3D design and retail business practice.

In Year 3, you’ll develop and present a major Self-Directed Retail Industry Project and take modules in Interior Design, Branding, Marketing & Digital Modelling while preparing a proposal for your major project through your work placement. You present this project at the end of the year as an installation in a retail outlet.

  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Window Display Designer
  • Fashion Stylist
  • Photo-shoot Stylist,
  • Event Designer
  • Exhibition Designer
  • Freelance Visual Merchandiser
  • Retail Designer
  • Trainee Buyer
  • Interior Designer
  • Visual Merchandising & Homewares integrated with projects in 3-Dimensional Prop Work
  • Graphic Design Techniques
  • Drawing & Digital Presentation Techniques

Students are introduced to the theory of Visual Merchandising & receive an introduction to Fundamental Concepts of

  • Communication Theory
  • Business Practice
  • History of Retail & Fashion Design
  • Digital Presentation Techniques

Students focus on Fashion Accessory Production & Fashion Styling combined with projects in

  • Graphic Communications 
  • 3-Dimensional Design 
  • Drawing
  • Rendering & Digital Presentation Techniques

Students continue to take modules in the

  • Theory of Visual Merchandising
  • Communications
  • Retail Business Practice 
  • History of Design

Development & presentation of a major Self Directed Retail Industry Project.

Students will take modules in

  • Interior Design
  • Branding
  • Marketing & Digital Modelling

while preparing a proposal for the major project through their work placement. The Major Project will be presented at the end of the year as an installation in a Retail Outlet.

Advanced Entry applications are accepted to this course. For further information on how to make an Advanced Entry application, please visit our CAO Hub. A full list of courses open for Advanced Entry is detailed on the CAO website

Applications close on May 31st. Applications are accepted to 2nd and 3rd year of this course. Applications will be reviewed towards the end of May and interviews/portfolio review will take place during the second week of June.

TU Code



Level 7


Bachelor of Arts


3 years

Number of Places



City Centre: Grangegorman

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