New York—LIM College—known for its study of business and fashion—today received final approval from the New York State Board of Regents to offer the nation’s first master’s degree program in Visual Merchandising.
The LIM College Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Visual Merchandising, which will launch in the fall of 2014, will give graduates a competitive edge as they pursue careers in today’s expanding and highly competitive visual merchandising profession.
‘From Basement Studio to Executive Boardroom’
“We are very proud to offer the nation’s first master’s degree program in visual merchandising,” said LIM College President Elizabeth S. Marcuse. “The MPS in Visual Merchandising will fill a need for advanced, specialized education specifically for upper-management and executives in visual merchandising. In addition to knowledge of visual merchandising as a discipline, students in the program will develop leadership and managerial abilities.”
Throughout the 30-credit program, the principles, philosophies and technologies of visual merchandising will be taught through exploration of the marketplace, hands-on classroom learning and field experimentation with an emphasis on the principles and practices of sustainable design. Students will also be able to complete an additional three-credit internship/shadowing program.
Full-time students will complete the program in three semesters throughout one calendar year. To accommodate students with full-time jobs, all coursework will be offered in the evening.
“Visual merchandising is an indispensable part of any retail strategy,” says Eric Feigenbaum, chair of LIM’s Visual Merchandising department. This program is grounded in the premise that today’s retailer must understand the aesthetic component of their business and approach it as a profit center. Over the last several years, the field has moved from the basement studio to the executive boardroom.”
For additional information about LIM College’s MPS program in Visual Merchandising, contact Paul Mucciarone, Graduate Admission Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-752-1530 Ext. 446.