ADMISSION AND COURSE DESCRIPTION
The program is prepared on four years with 30 at 32 hours per week, from September to the end of June.
The program is based on the idea of preserving the educational elements that has made technological developments that continue to redefine the fashion industry.
This strategy rests on the emphasis of traditional savoir-faire and the exploration of the mass-market aspect of this profession.
The course comprises three main pedagogical orientations:
- Knowledge of the garment based on the criteria of quality and fit
- Development of creative flair
- Knowledge of the professional environment
The average length of each class varies according to the subject taught.
4 Year Program
- The aim of the 1st year is to enable students to acquire all the basic principles of the artistic, technical and technological fields.
- These principles are applied and developed in the 2nd year and in parallel students are taught how to use the computer software specific to C.A.D. (Lectra Systems).
- The 3rd year is a synthesis of all knowledge acquired when the different techniques (manual and computerized) necessary for the different professions envisaged are put to use in the framework of professional projects and the work that these involve.
- The 4th year is a year of specialization and students are offered the choice between two options :
* A Design/Image Option
* A Product Development/Studies Office Option
During the first three years of the course, the students' training is multidisciplinary with a common-core syllabus
- Graphic knowledge, sketches on live model, color initiation, figurine fashion. Clothes and accessories creation, fabric printing (manual and computer PHOTOSHOP.
- Creativity, artistic culture, esthetic sensibility, visual communication.
- Study project: target identification, shopping, color and material research.
- Collection process.
- Collection file: Haute Couture, ready to wear, knitwear, accessories (manual and computer PHOTOSHOP).
- Study of human morphology: measurements, shapes,
- Draping, balancing, proportions, volumes.
- Muslin on mannequin from fashion design, body volumes and movements, study of balance and proportion.
- Patternmaking: basic construction, transformation from sketches,
graduation and placement of pattern pieces, calculation and measurement (manual and computer).
Material and Tool Technology - Sewing Techniques
- Specific study of fabrics: the weaves, treatment, knitting…
- Fabric vocabulary, “form / material balance ".
- Traditional and industrial sewing techniques, step by step creation of model studied.
- Technical forms (manual and computer).
- Garment production techniques (industrial).
- Calculating cost price.
- Technical and fabric files in relation to collection.
Files: from design to prototype
- Elaboration of collections, inspiration plan, color range, target, market, concept, restrictions. Clothes creation, fabric printing, and accessories will be taught along with material choice. Draping, patternmaking, graduation, placement, calculation and measurements. Calculating cost and price. Executing prototypes and accessories, to be presented to professionals during the final fashion show
(end of the fourth year).
History of Costumes/of Fashion
- Getting to know history in order to put contemporary fashion into better perspective. Becoming familiar with the important movements of contemporary fashion design.
Knowledge of the sector and its professions
Lectures will be given by a recruitment agency.
Getting familiar with the professional fashion sector:
- The different cycles.
- Different activities and professions
(design, creation, production, communication,
marketing and purchasing).
- Different statuses.
Learning how to use PHOTOSHOP during the first year of the course.
From the 2nd year onwards, introduction to and development of the use of LECTRA software programs (KALEDO, MODARIS V5, DIAMINO)
Learning English fashion vocabulary, particularly linked to the fields of design, conception and production.
Introduction to Marketing and Management
The 4th year course is a common-core syllabus with the following
- General and artistic knowledge,
- Knowledge of the economic and industrial environment,
- Marketing and communication.
In order to take either of the specialization options, students must pass their end-of-third-year exams and be assessed
by a jury of professionals.
- Design/Image Specialization :
Fashion and design culture, “image-based” products, creative development, design, accessories, communication strategy, brand communication policy, visual merchandizing…
- Product development/studies office specialization :
Industrialization/production, sourcing, purchasing, planning and managing a collection, cost analysis, marketing, new technology such as LECTRA MODARIS…
LIAISING WITH COMPANIES
- Talks given by professionals from the fashion sector on varied subjects.
- Professional projects carried out by students in liaison with companies.
Experience of the professional world via compulsory internships/placements:
* 5 months between the 2nd and the 3rd year (from the beginning of May to the beginning of October) culminating in a written report on the internship,
* 5 months from the beginning of November to the beginning of March of the 4th year culminating in a written report.
The internship is one of the chief ways of applying the teaching received. It makes the acquired know-how concrete and represents a real professional experience. During the internship, students are still the responsibility of The Fashion School and therefore, maintains the advantages of their student status. An agreement between the company and the school is signed prior to the internship.
- Following the normal program, an additional year is reserved for a limited number of students with a promising, strong creative potential. Each of them is selected during the last year of training by a company partner.
One of its main objectives is to define the structural and educational means which can strengthen the links between the students of couture and the various companies. Another objective is to obtain a certain competences in the “savoir faire” know-how of the industry and profession.
Partnership between the two schools decided that the development of their collaboration permitted a certain education to their students concerning jobs within the fashion industry. The education is completed and multi-disciplinary, including and tying in creativity and “know-how” of the industry from a technical training as well as an artistic training.
Students provided with a choice to follow supplementary classes linked to their original formation at the partner school. During the first quarter of this program, the students follow specific course at THE Fashion School: some students integrate the textile industry, photography, and others go through the garment sector. At the beginning of December, a cycle of conferences is organized by The Fashion School concerning the theme being with the management fashion companies. Last but not least, from February until October, all the students join the companies which sponsored them after having been on placement for nine months.
They develope a completed professional project which is validated by the company.
The general regime of The Fashion School is one of a day school.
Once registered at the school, students are automatically insured against accidents taking place at school and they are also covered during their internships in New York City, Philadelphia and abroad.
An exam is organized at the end of each school year, the results of which determine if a student moves up into the next year or not.
Each assessment gives rise to a mark out of 20, the pass mark therefore being 10 or above.
- The minimum age required for admission is 18 years old.
- Students must have the baccalaureate or an equivalent qualification.
- They must have notions of drawing and a creative flair.
Selection is made on the basis of a student's school record, portfolio of personal work, accompanying letter and an individual interview.