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Ontario College Diploma

Visual Merchandising Arts

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

(Mississauga)

For details on how this program will be delivered for the Winter 2022 term, please see the delivery modes for all programs.

Elevate your creativity and business savvy.

Program Overview

Master the creation of interactive retail environments

Students work in a hands-on and collaborative learning environment that reflects the rapidly-changing retail market. They learn how to engage consumers in either the physical or virtual world. Students also complete field placements at retailers and creative service providers, where they gain professional experience in the visual merchandising field and make industry connections.

Become a fashion stylist or brand expert

Gain skills in fashion and interior styling, conceptual development of interior environments, window display installation, fashion merchandising and branding support. At Sheridan, students learn the foundations of communicating brand identity and visually expressing their creative ideas. They also learn to use physical and digital tools required for a career in visual merchandising. 

Get hands-on experience, work with community partners

At our dynamic design-based campus, students can access top-of-the-line facilities, including visual merchandising studio, material resource room, Material Connexions Library, wood shop and large-format printing centre. Our advanced facilities help bring student concepts to life. Our relationship with Square One Shopping Centre allows students to engage with the community in different projects.

Additional information

Holt Renfrew. Décor & More. Anthropologie. IKEA. Simons. The Body Shop.

These are only a few of the exciting brands and exceptional companies that our graduates now call home. The key to joining these young professionals, or creating your own distinctive business venture, is the Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts program and its commitment to being relevant, fresh and connected to the latest industry trends!

What makes the visual merchandising training you'll receive at Sheridan so dynamic and progressive is a curriculum specifically designed to develop and elevate your creativity and business savvy, as well as build your communication and leadership skills.

More than just a portfolio "show-and-tell," Sheridan's popular year-end show event is an exciting industry party where you'll have a chance to promote your finest merchandising work to professionals from the best brands in the business!

Begin your career with us today and let the Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts program show you the art of designing retail environments, which will keep you ahead of the curve, and place you on the right track to working with the biggest and best brands in the industry!

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Faculty

Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Courses

Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.

  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 16693 Visual Literacy 3
    VDES 18448Visual Merchandising 3
    VDES 14444 Fashion and Styling Techniques 3
    COMM 19999 Essential Communication Skills 3
    ARTS 14857 Sketching & Drawing Fundamentals 3
    APPL 11662 Computer Techniques 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 17370 Visual Literacy: Graphic Applications3
    VDES 10065 Retail Merchandising 3
    VDES 17028 Fabrication Techniques 3
    INFO 19798 Computer Illustration for Visual Merchandisers 3
    VDES 14998 Perspective Drawing 3
    ATDN 11459Historical Trends in Design 3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 25142 Residential Design, Staging and Styling3
    VDES 24444 Retail Merchandising - Advanced 3
    VDES 20025  Styling for Media Production3
    VDES 20589Integrated Retail Marketing 3
    FLPL 25917 Professional Practice/Field Placement3
     General Education Elective3
    Total:18
  • CODETITLECREDITS
    VDES 27900Material Exploration & Fabrication 3
    VDES 10261Special Event Planning 3
    VDES 28432Portfolio Development 3
    VDES 25738Tradeshows and Showroom Design 3
    BUSM 27545Project Management/Field Placement 3
     General Education Elective3
    Total:18

Courses subject to change.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

or

Mature student status.

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses).

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

Designation

Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Sheridan Visual Merchandising Arts program consistently have a high job-placement rate. There are a number of different areas in which our graduates work.

Sample Career Areas

  • Brand ambassador
  • Fashion, interior or prop styling
  • Freelance design
  • Home staging
  • In-store merchandising
  • Prop production
  • Retail marketing
  • Special event design

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Degree Completion

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Learning Outcomes

The successful completion of this program will enable the graduate to:

  • Present and coordinate merchandise so that related goods are shown in a unique, desirable, and saleable manner.
  • Use both written and oral English that emphasizes good organization, clarity, correct grammar which is appropriate for communication purposes in the business environment.
  • Understand the fundamentals of basic financial problems, and use good reason in financial decision making.
  • Work with a wide variety of materials (paper, cardboard, plastic, foamcore, wood, laminate, fabric) to solve two and three dimensional design problems.
  • Apply basic design principles and colour theories to the construction of promotional displays and advertising.
  • Use photography to record displays and advertising, and integrate knowledge of the photographic process into advertising and display design.
  • Appreciate how the history of art and design influence current display practice and contemporary images.
  • Understand the basic functions of retail store operations including store location and layout, shopping centre analysis, retail market segmentation and strategies, and the merchandising mix.
  • Prepare and execute displays for exhibitions and promotional events using the visual dynamics of light as a design element.
  • Prepare illustrative matter and layout for posters and advertising using graphic design principles including perspective, lettering, and logo design.
  • Understand basic personnel functions such as interviewing techniques, basic supervisory skills, motivation, and written and non verbal communication.
  • Understand basic promotion and advertising including various media for retail advertising (newspaper, radio, direct mail) and the design, layout, and production of ads and promotional point of purchase material.
  • Design and build scale models and props suitable for use in display and exhibition.
  • Use basic display skills such as covering, stapling, and mounting.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Fees

Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.

The fees shown here are for the 2021–2022 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.

Fees For Canadian Students

Fees for Canadian students

$5,005.83
Fees for International Students

Fees for International students

$18,796.83

Financial Aid & Awards

Your education is a big investment, and we're here to help! Keep an eye on our Financial Aid & Awards page for regular updates, and check out these important links:

All new international students beginning their studies in the Fall 2021 or Winter 2022 semesters will receive an entrance scholarship ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship

Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.

Bursaries for Grade 12 Students Pursuing Studies Toward a Career in Law

The annual Bursary Program for grade 12 students pursuing careers in the justice sector at an Ontario university or college is now open! Bursaries are offered by the Association of Justices of the Peace of Ontario (AJPO), the Association of Ontario Judges (AOJ) and the Ontario Superior Court Judges’ Association (OSCJA). Each association offers one bursary per year in each of their judicial regions for a total of 22 bursaries province-wide!

Applications close on May 26. Spread the word to students! Visit the Bursary web page for more information.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Is Experiential Design the right program for me?

Date: Thursday, November 25th, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Want to learn more about Experiential Design? This interactive workshop will explain what Experiential Design is and explore the many exciting career options in this rapidly-growing field.

Sheridan’s new Bachelor of Experiential Design is the first degree of its kind in Canada, teaching holistic approaches to wayfinding, public installation, placemaking, exhibition design, themed environments and event design. Our internationally recognized faculty, deep industry connections and renowned creative culture provide the ideal foundation for this ground-breaking program.

Workshop Schedule

  • Overview of what Experiential Design is all about
  • Interactive design activity exploring sensory communication
  • Q&A with industry expert Emilio Genovese, senior exhibition designer at Reich + Petch

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

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2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Financial Planning Certification

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

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Hazel McCallion Campus

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Professional Sales Certificate

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Ontario College Diploma

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Earn your Masters degree

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

2 yrs (4 semesters)

Location

Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program Mission

Our mission is to utilize harmonious, comprehensive and specialized training to empower our learners with the knowledge, skills and attitude required to demonstrate the Professional Competencies for Canadian Pharmacy Technicians at Entry to Practice.

Program Vision

Our vision is to graduate highly-skilled life-long learners who uphold professional integrity and promote quality and safety in practice.

Critical Performance Statement

Upon graduation, students in Sheridan’s Pharmacy Technician diploma program will have demonstrated the ability to pursue the career of pharmacy technician and to practice safely in a community or hospital while adhering to the scope of practice for pharmacy technicians.

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Faculty of Animation, Arts & Design

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Ontario College Diploma

Duration

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Hazel McCallion Campus

4180 Duke of York Boulevard,  Mississauga


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Program availability

Ontario College Diploma

Full-time 2 years Program code: PVMAS

Ontario College Diploma
Start date Campus Status
Sep 2022 Hazel McCallion Campus (Mississauga) Available

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