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Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design.

Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

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The Bachelor of Arts in Fashion design is a course like no other. Simultaneously an ideas factory, a design studio, an atelier and a research laboratory. We are training designers for the Future of Future Fashion.

Thierry Rondenet & Hervé Yvrenogeau,
Directors of the Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design

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

In the hub of Paris, with incomparable links to the world-renowned French fashion houses and their legendary ateliers, the BA in Fashion Design is taught by designers working in international studios and highly qualified, industrially experienced technical staff.

Offered either in English or in French, the course focuses on learning through guided experimentation and innovative technical practice. You will learn to use both cutting-edge techniques and artisanal craftsmanship in order to transform your 2D ideas into 3D garments and accessories as you develop your signature style.

This three-year program will prepare you to "hit the ground running" when you graduate, whether your ambition is to work for a major luxury brand, start your own business or work as an independent designer.

Culture

Paris is a city of culture and the fashion capital of the world. We believe that fashion and culture are inextricably linked. Through our new program, you will have extensive access to contemporary art, dance, music and performance through unique partnerships with major Parisian cultural institutions including Le Palais de Tokyo, La Cinémathèque Française, Le Centre National de la Danse and La Station Gare des Mines.

Industry

With incomparable links to the fashion industry, luxury companies (such as Chanel, Chloé, Dior, Hermès, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent…) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organizes Paris Fashion Week, the BA in Fashion Design offers professional work experiences to all students. Between Year 2 and Year 3 you will complete a 2- to 5-month internship in a studio or an atelier, in France or abroad.

Diversity

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.

Campus

Our brand new Austerlitz campus is located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the bank of the famous Seine river. Our students will have access to state-of-the-art workshops, a fully equipped Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photographic studio and a C.A.D laboratory.

Entirely dedicated to the fashion, design and creation sectors, our analog and digital Library has one of the most unique collections in Europe.

The academic year 2019-2020 will be held in temporary facilities, also at our Austerlitz campus, until construction work is completed.

Accreditation

The BA in Fashion Design is registered at level 2 "Bachelor level" (level 6 European Qualification Framework) with the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP).

Curriculum

Year 1/ Exploring creativity and learning the fundamentals

  • Acquire new approaches to volume, shape and the human body through innovative design projects
  • Practice drawing in all its forms and experiment with a wide variety of techniques and media
  • Learn the basics of sewing, pattern cutting and draping techniques
  • Discover knitwear through an introductory experimental workshop with the possibility of a knitwear specialization in year 2

Year 2 / Consolidating & Developing

  • Consolidate the fundamental skills learnt in year 1
  • Learn to develop your own creative universe
  • Understand links between the different skills acquired, think in terms of silhouette
  • Imagine and create garments in 3D
  • Discover accessory design through a leather goods and shoes workshop
  • Complete the year with a 2- to 5-month internship in a design studio or atelier, in France or abroad

Year 3 / Conceptualization and realization

  • Develop communication and presentation skills (visual and verbal)
  • Understand fashion in its industrial and economic reality through industry-led projects
  • Collaborate through workshops and group critiques
  • Strengthen your area of specialization: womenswear, menswear, knitwear, creative pattern making, accessories or image, as a lead-up to the Master of Arts program

The final graduation project will take the form of a final collection of 6/8 fully accessorized silhouettes which will be presented to a professional jury and the public.

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, 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 (which may last up to 5 months). 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. Examples of companies who offer internships: Balenciaga, Chanel, Carven, Celine, Chloé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Hermès, Kenzo, Maison Kitsuné, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Nina Ricci, Pierre Hardy, Valentino, Vetements...

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. A few exceptional scholarships for non EU students may be awarded on a case-per-case basis, based on financial criteria.

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.

Fluent English is required for the English track, fluent French for the French track.

Admissions process

Application for this program does not go through French national admissions platform Parcoursup.

The admissions process consists of two steps, firstly the submission of a detailed online application file and a digital 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 two creative assignments (2D and 3D) 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 2 - April 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday April 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 26 April 2019
  • Interview Days: 9 to 11 May 2019

Session 3 - June 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 3 June 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Tuesday 25 June 2019
  • Interview Days: 8 to 11 July 2019