Prepare for a customer service, creative or management role in the retail sector

Topics include customer service and selling, employee relations, inventory management and loss prevention. You’ll also develop skills in finance, administration and merchandising.

In visual merchandising you’ll study the principles and elements of design that underpin effective displays. Our courses focus on practical skills such as implementing displays, developing ideas and displaying merchandise to maximise sales. Topics include identifying window styles, sourcing props, and the use of colour, shape, space and the flow of the product.

Retail and Visual Merchandising Courses

Award Courses Help… National Code
Certificate I in Retail ServicesSIR10116
Certificate II in Retail ServicesSIR20216
Certificate III in RetailSIR30216
Diploma of Retail LeadershipSIR50116
Diploma of Visual MerchandisingSIR50212
Apprenticeships and Traineeships Help… National Code
Certificate II in Retail ServicesSIR20216

Video: Virtual Enterprise

Students practice their business, retail and marketing skills by participating in our Simply Amazing Virtual Enterprise. This simulated enterprise sells virtual products across Australia to other virtual enterprises, replicating the real-world requirements for running a business. Watch the video to find out more about our students' experiences with simulated businesses.

Industry Partners

The visual merchandising program has strong links with the retail industry. We receive support from the following retailers:

  • Country Road
  • David Jones
  • Freedom Furniture
  • French Connection
  • Harris Scarfe
  • IKEA
  • Myer
  • Sportsgirl
  • Sussan
  • Wheel & Barrow
  • Witchery

Industry support is provided in the form of a work placement program. This is valuable to students as they get to work alongside industry professionals, many of whom have completed a Diploma of Visual Merchandising at TAFE SA. The possibility also exists for project work with other local retailers and businesses.

360 Degrees: Virtual Enterprise

Want to know what it's like to study retail at TAFE SA? Click on the image for a 360-degree view of a virtual enterprise and learn what it's like to undergo practical training in TAFE SA's state-of-the-art facilities. (Note: this component requires Flash support).