Our Partnership

From the flagship Melbourne CBD store to Doncaster and Southland, our students have had real-world experience designing the window displays for various streams of the department store.

When the curtains were drawn back at MYER's Bourke Street Mall store launch last year, 10 Kangan Institute students took great steps towards realising their career goals.

Wayne Latham, general manager of visual merchandise and brand at MYER, spoke highly of the ongoing Kangan/MYER relationship.

"MYER is very proud to continue its ongoing partnership with Kangan Institute," he said.

"We've been so impressed by the quality of designs."

Visual merchandising trainer Kate Carroll said the response to the student project was exceptional.

"MYER has been extremely impressed with the creativity and professionalism of the students and this has further solidified our relationship which we've worked very hard to build over the last several years," she said.

Kangan Institute has been delivering the Diploma of Visual Merchandising in partnership with MYER since early 2009.

Wayne said the partnership is an ideal way to promote and encourage successful and beneficial industry relationships.

"This partnership gives us an opportunity to work with young design talent and allows us to provide students with real industry placement where students learn valuable on-job skills. We see the Kangan relationship as mutually beneficial."

Our partnership with MYER ensures our students gain valuable real-world experience in one the nation's leading department stores. You can look forward to participating with and learning from the team at MYER when you study with us.


Student focus: Melissa Bourne

A creative career in retail was what Melissa Bourne visualised when she enrolled in the Diploma of Visual Merchandising at Kangan Institute.

Her dream became a reality soon after she graduated in 2010. From starting out as a visual merchandiser at MYER Chadstone, she recently moved on to a new position at Factorie as a field visual merchandiser for Victoria and her responsibilities include planning and designing store displays at outlets across the state.

"I've always been a practical and hands-on creative person and visual merchandising is the perfect way to express that," she said.

"The amount of time dedicated to work experience in Kangan Institute's diploma course really appealed to me as I knew that it'd help me get a job at the end of the course."

As part of Kangan Institute's partnership with MYER, Melissa completed work placements across numerous MYER stores and worked with six other students on a window display project at the Southland branch.

"I really enjoyed the experience as I like designing a concept and then sourcing the props for it and seeing it all come together at the end," she said.

"Kangan Institute taught me how to create something out of nothing and the partnership with MYER was a great stepping stone for my current job at Factorie." 

For more information about our Diploma of Visual Merchandising click here.