Course Description

Visual merchandising and styling play a vital role in the contemporary retail and digital landscape.

When you study a Diploma of Visual Merchandising, you’ll work to industry briefs on a range of projects, from styling shoots for online content and publication, to developing displays from conception to installation. In this course, you will learn how to create strategies for store design and presentation, and how to develop language for product presentations.

Our students have opportunities for hands-on training and mentoring through Swinburne’s industry partnerships.

You’ll complete your course ready to kick-start an exciting career in the visual merchandising and styling industry. Graduates have secured roles in retail project management, in-store regional and state visual merchandising, freelance styling, buying, events and consultancy. You could also choose to pathway into degrees in branded environments, communication design and digital media design.

This innovative course will kick start individuals for an exciting and flexible career in visual merchandising. It offers personalised teaching with passionate professionals through meaningful classroom interaction and hands-on training. Engaging with dynamic industry partners on projects, you can expect to enjoy a career both locally and on the international stage.

With a focus on the contemporary retail landscape, this course equips creatives with the skills, understanding and experience to think spatially within the design environment. An emphasis on branding, store design and commercial display outcomes, provides a strong foundation to work with both large corporate entities and enterprising bespoke businesses.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $10,980 total course cost.Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP): $5,130 total course cost.


1 year full time,

Starting dates

March, August

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 58.6% (national average 57.5%)
Improved skills: 78.8% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.5% (national average 78.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from Swinburne University of Technology. You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at Swinburne University of Technology had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 76.3% (national average 74.8%)
Studying full time: 10.1% (national average 11.4%)
Median full time salary: $58,000 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

Swinburne University of Technology Code: SIR50217

Entry Requirements