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Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

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Where craftsmanship meets imagination.
Where intuition meets concept.
The BA in Fashion Design is a studio, a couture atelier and a laboratory in which young designers are invited to learn the ropes, conduct experiments and question their art practice.

Audience

Open to students who have graduated from high school (Baccalaureate or equivalent). Exceptions possible.

Practical information

Type:
Bachelor
Format:
Full time
Tuition fees:
€13,000 per year (EU) - €19,000 per year (non EU)

Thanks to the generosity of our Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU students.

Duration:
3 years
Next intake:
September 2019
Language:
French and English
Location:
Campus Austerlitz

36 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Bachelor en Design de Mode
© Allyssa Heuze
Bachelor en Design de Mode
© Allyssa Heuze

Combining unlimited creativity and the finest technique, the course aims to empower young designers to develop and assert their own creative signature. In three years, you will have mastered all the necessary technical skills, understood fashion as a creative expression and a culture, and asserted your personal style.

We believe experimentation is the backbone of fashion design. While you will learn techniques which have been handed down through generations and require extreme attention to detail, we will also offer you countless opportunities to improvise, free your imagination and question your creativity.

You will experience the thrills of freedom and constraints in two very different dimensions: craftsmanship (handmade work, experimenting and finalizing, learning to develop unique and extreme pieces) and industry (understanding business realities, turning constraints into a creative experience, working on projects with corporate partners).

In this respect, the BA in Fashion Design leverages the school’s incomparable links with fashion and luxury companies (such as Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chloé, etc) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organizes Paris Fashion Week, in order to offer you real life experiences. Between Year 2 and Year 3 you will complete a 2-month internship in a studio or an atelier, in France or abroad.

Because fashion is a language that uses art to question both its forms and a society’s values, we will confront you with other artistic and cultural expressions such as contemporary art, music, dance, performances, etc. through courses, workshops and projects with top cultural institutions in Paris such as Palais de Tokyo, La Cinémathèque française, le Centre National de la Danse and La Station Gare des Mines.

The BA in Fashion Design welcomes students from all over the world. You may choose to follow the course either in French or in English. The program is taught by top faculty and practicing designers, with extensive experience in fashion design. Our learning environment will foster group work and interaction between students so that you can bounce ideas off one another and make the most of the diversity in the class.

During the program you will be introduced to the main areas of specialization of fashion design, such as womenswear, menswear, knitwear, pattern making, shoes and leather goods. You may choose to include some of these specializations in your final graduation project.

Facilities

As of Autumn 2020, all of our programs will move into brand new premises at our Austerlitz campus located at Cité de la Mode et du Design in the center of Paris. Our students will have access to state-of-the-art fashion studios, Couture ateliers, a Makers Lab, a Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photo studio, a CAD workshop, a materials library, etc. Entirely dedicated to the fashion, design and creation sectors, our analog and digital Library has one of the most unique collections in Europe. Academic year 2019-2020 will be held in temporary facilities, also at our Austerlitz campus, until construction work is over.

Curriculum

Year 1 // Shaping & Open mindedness

This first year lays the foundation for the program. It acts as a creative incubator to help you discover your creative signature, learn the ropes and experiment.

Main objectives:

  • Approach different body types: human bodies - clothing bodies - textile bodies
  • Master the wonders of materials (understanding, usage & interpretation)
  • Learn the basics of sewing, pattern making, moulding and assembly techniques, and acquire new approaches to volume and shape
  • Practice drawing in all its forms (freeing the hand, exercising your eye) and experimenting with a wide variety of techniques.

At the end of Year 1, each student has the opportunity to discover knitwear as a potential specialization.

Year 2 // Consolidating & Developing

Year 2 comes as a consolidation of the fundamentals of Year 1. You will start to cultivate a more personal language and writing.

Main objectives:

  • Think in terms of silhouette and start a wardrobe
  • Consolidate techniques
  • Develop your creative universe (research, cultural and societal issues)
  • Find inspiration for your writing (fashion, arts, music, news)
  • Learn to create links between the different skills acquired
  • Create images and stage them
  • Make sense

During Year 2, each student may choose to specialize in knitwear or creative pattern making, and is given the opportunity to discover accessories (leather goods, shoes). A 2-month internship within a studio or an atelier, in France or abroad, will complete the year and allow you to experience styling, pattern making or design.

Year 3 // Conceptualization and fulfillment

In Year 3, you will assert and express your creative signature through craft, stylistic choices, casting, location and an "audience".

Main objectives:

  • Develop the notion of silhouette through a collection project
  • Translate and divert your technical skills for creative purposes
  • Develop a discourse (visual and verbal) that links concept and collection (arguments, shapes & meaning)
  • Understand fashion in its industrial and economic reality
  • Strengthen your area of specialization: knitwear, creative pattern making, accessories or image, as a lead-up to the Master of Arts program
  • Imagine, design and develop your Graduation Collection
Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
Fashion silhouettes
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

The BA in Fashion Design typically leads to careers in:

  • Menswear / Womenswear Design: Designer men’s or women’s RTW, Luxury and Haute Couture studios, Design director, Creative director, Artistic director
  • Accessory Design: Designer in Leather goods, Small Leather goods, Shoes, Leather accessories, Textile accessories
  • Creative Pattern Making: Modelist/Pattern Maker, Pattern workshop Manager, Research & Development Manager
  • Knitwear Design: Fashion Knitwear Designer, Knitwear Programmer, Knitwear Developer

Career advice and coaching

The Career Services Department is here to support you in order to shape your personal career path, find internship and job opportunities and develop your network, during your studies at Institut Français de la Mode and after you leave school. As students, the Careers team acts as a bridge between students, alumni and companies, and offers you many events and individual support throughout the year:

  • Company presentations
  • Career presentations by Human Resources professionals, operational staff and alumni
  • Intensive individual coaching (definition of your creative identity, assistance in CV writing and portfolio preparation, interview coaching, individual follow-ups)
  • Active support in the search for internships
  • Speed-recruitment sessions and personal interviews with specialized recruiters (Career Fairs, portfolio presentations…)
  • Access to an extensive database of job and internship offers

Internships

Between Year 2 and Year 3 of the program you will complete a 2-month internship in companies such as BALENCIAGA, CHANEL, CARVEN, CÉLINE, CHLOÉ, CHRISTIAN DIOR, GIVENCHY, HERMÈS, KENZO, MAISON KITSUNÉ, LANVIN, LOEWE, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON MARGIELA, NINA RICCI, OHLMAN CONSORTI, PIERRE HARDY, SPILL, VALENTINO, VETEMENTS... For those of you who do not go on to study in our Master of Arts program, you will also be given the opportunity to complete an optional 6-month internship at the end of the course.

As alumni, you will benefit from the strength of our network of companies and alumni, both in France and abroad. A personalized career follow-up is offered to you at all time during your professional career, and regular events are organized by our Alumni Association.

The course is headed by Thierry Rondenet and Hervé Yvrenogeau. As fashion designers, they launched the 'Own' line, then collaborated with prestigious firms such as Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela or Jean-Paul Gaultier. They taught for 15 years in the fashion department of La Cambre and are now involved in the renewal of Lanvin as Design Directors.

Tuition fees

  • €13,000 per year for students from the European Union
  • €19,000 per year for non-EU students

There is also a lifetime contribution to Institut Français de la Mode's Alumni Association: €300.

Scholarships

Thanks to the sponsorship of company members of Institut Français de la Mode's Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU citizens under 28 years of age on September 1 of the academic year and who do not benefit from an individual training leave.

We also recommend that you consult the Campus France website to learn of other potential scholarship opportunities.

Admissions requirements

The course is open to students who have graduated from high school (Baccalaureate or equivalent) and are passionate about fashion and design. A preparation in art, design or fashion or a Foundation course is a plus but is not mandatory.
Exceptions are possible for candidates who do not hold a high school diploma.
If you choose the English track, fluent English is required.

Admissions process

The admissions process consists of two steps, firstly the submission of a detailed digital application file (completed with your portfolio) and secondly, for selected candidates, an interview day. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee.

Portfolio

Your portfolio should consist of two elements:

  • A presentation of at least 10 pieces of personal artistic work (for example sketches, paintings, collages, photographs, pottery, sculpture, sewing, knitting, accessories, etc.)
  • Your "imaginary museum" presenting photos of 10/15 of the favorite artwork that you would gather in your ideal museum.

This portfolio should be sent to us in pdf format and should not exceed 20 pages (10 pages for the presentation of your works and 10 pages for the imaginary museum, you can present two works per page on the latter). You can choose to create a "portfolio" document and an "imaginary museum" document or a single "portfolio and imaginary museum" document.

Interview day

If your application is selected, you will be invited to take part in our Interview day. You will be asked to complete a 3D creative assignment, a graphic exercise (drawing, collage,...) and an interview with the course faculty. A specific day will be assigned to you within the dates listed below. While you are strongly encouraged to attend in person, we realize this may not always be possible. If that is the case, we can arrange for your Interview Day to be held online.

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Admissions sessions

You may choose the session you wish to apply for, but can only apply to one. If you are invited for an interview, a specific time and date will be given to you within the dates specified below. Please note that we strongly advise non-EU students to apply for sessions 1 or 2, in anticipation of visa processing delays.

Session 1

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 18 February 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Thursday 28 February 2019
  • Interview Days: 14 to 16 March 2019
  • Notification of admission: Tuesday 19 March 2019

Session 2

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Friday 12 April 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Thursday 25 April 2019
  • Interview Days: 9 to 11 May 2019
  • Notification of admission: Tuesday 14 May 2019

Session 3

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Tuesday 11 June 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • Interview Days: 8 to 11 July 2019
  • Notification of admission: Monday 15 July 2019