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2021-09-02 00:09:49

Design and fashion in France for foreign students

Design and fashion in France for foreign students

France offers an excellent higher education system, and the country's dynamic culture attracts international students. France has a long tradition of creative education, scientific and technological innovation, most courses are offered in French. In total, there are 60 public, 100 private universities in the country.

Fashion design courses are well suited for students who want to learn how accessories and clothing are designed, manufactured, sold. Students studying design and fashion form key technical and design skills. France is ideal for obtaining a diploma of fashion designer, being the largest city, Paris will allow you to better feel the current trends.


Contents of design programs in France

Students choose from three main areas of study of fashion, design:

  • Mass market,where clothing is standardized, is intended for sale through chain retail stores.
  • Prêt-à-porter – these clothes are produced in small batches, guarantees exclusivity, higher quality.
  • Haute couture – "high sewing", created for specific customers using the most expensive materials, with the maximum expenditure of time, but with a breathtaking end result.

France is known as the center of fashion production since the XVI century.

  • King Louis XIV was insanely eccentric, people began to admire his style, so he initiated the textile trade, realizing what great opportunities this would open up for the country's economy.
  • Coco Chanel revolutionized the garment industry by abandoning corsets, introducing a freer and more comfortable style for women.
  • Louis Vuitton made one of the simplest but most surprising decisions when it came to luggage: he made a flat road chest, later came up with a distinctive print for it, and his heirs added the most reliable lock to the company's products.

And these are just a few steps from the history of French fashion!

Programs for foreign students in France

Programs with the study of fashion design in France are more often taught in English. Undergraduates participate in many practical classes:

  • Attend master classes with industry professionals
  • Watch fashion shows right at the university
  • Undergo internship in fashion companies
  • Help designers while working.

All these activities are aimed at networking, allowing you to establish useful contacts.

Teachers of French fashion schools, academies are experts, students learn from living legends - leading designers of the best fashion houses, photographers, editors of fashion publishers, buyers, stylists and representatives of many other professions of the fashion world. University professors work with clients such as Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld.

Students studying fashion design get acquainted with history, art theory, learn about fabrics, textiles, create their own works, study brand theory, product strategy.

Teachers teach to distinguish one fabric from another, draw sketches of models, help students develop creative abilities. The study of the technical features of creating clothes should provoke the expression of students' own ideas.

Design programs include sub-specialized:

  • Modern fashion
  • Costume design
  • Fashion Accessories
  • Creation, management of a business plan, a financial plan of a fashion concept / brand.

The fashion industry is very competitive, even enrolling in the French School of Fashion and Design will not be easy. The most important selection criterion will be a portfolio: the identification and evaluation of creative abilities is an important step on the way to entering the university.

Best fashion schools in France for international students

France, the cradle of fashion, is home to some of the best universities and fashion design programs in Europe and around the world.

Istituto Marangoni

For 85 years, Istituto Marangoni has been maintaining high quality education, constantly updating programs to meet the needs of the international educational market. In recent decades, Istituto Marangoni has opened four new schools:

  • London (2003)
  • Paris (2006)
  • Shanghai (2013)
  • Milano Design (2014)
  • + new School of Fashion, Art and Design in Florence, Shenzhen (2016), Mumbai (2017), Miami (2018).

All these cities are recognized international capitals of fashion, design, luxury. Four generations of professionals from 106 different countries have passed through Istituto Marangoni, the university successfully "teaches fashion", design courses that study color, materials, creativity. With a wide range of preparatory, bachelor's, master's courses, Istituto Marangoni trains professionals in design, communication, management coordination.

Advantages of the university programs with the study of fashion and design:

  • An extensive, detailed educational portfolio that is constantly updated according to industry requirements and industry development.
  • Achieve the highest academic standards through modern, results-oriented courses.
  • Support, capacity development of teaching and administrative staff through continuous, thorough education
  • The location of Istituto Marangoni in the cultural capitals of the world strengthens ties with the most important companies, figures of fashion, art, design.

College De Paris

Since its founding in 2011, Olivier and Nicolas de Lagarde College De Paris has set out to form a community of schools.  All member schools of the Collège de Paris are recognized in their field of specialization, offering a guarantee of entry into the world labor market. All programs have certificates recognized by the state or international evaluation organizations.

The programs are specifically designed to accept foreign students, allowing students to undergo an internship or part of studying abroad. Teacher teams are focused on multicultural, multilingual groups. The courses are recognized by national and international accreditation organizations, which guarantees the quality of studying, the compliance of diplomas with European standards.

LISAA School of Art and Design Paris

GALILEO LISAA quickly became a benchmark in its field. Thanks to technology-oriented studies, a stable team of teachers, special attention to professional integration, the school has grown rapidly, attracting recognized professionals. LISAA is one of the few schools recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Communications of France.

LISAA offers undergraduate programs and professional courses that prepare textile and fashion design professionals. Based on their research, students will learn how to create color, fabric ranges, create their own fashion collections. Fashion designers learn to choose materials, design methods, present their collections to professionals during presentations on the catwalks.

Thanks to the teaching staff, including recognized professionals, numerous partnerships with prestigious companies in the fashion industry, LISAA occupies a leading position in the fashion education sector.

GALILEO Strate School of Design

Strate is a well-known design school in France and the world. The Diploma of Designer of the Strate School of Design is approved by the Ministry of Education and Science. The school has 4 campuses: Sèvres, Lyon, Bangalore (India), Singapore.

The Strate School of Design issues a state-approved diploma of a designer, a three-year diploma of a specialist in 3D modeling, a master's degree in innovation, design, and a master's degree in business administration in design.

For 28 years, Strate has grown from 18 students to 720, opened 6 courses, expanded to 4 campuses.

GALILEO Atelier Chardon Savard

Atelier Chardon Savard (Paris) offers programs with the study of fashion, design. From this point of view, fashion is an area of research that, by definition, is always in motion. Students analyze brands, study trends, illustrate their ideas, create collections to confirm their relevance, as fashion stylists do.

GALILEO Bellecour School

Lyon School, specializing in design, media, entertainment. Graphic Design, Product, Fashion, Digital Interactions, Media, 3D, 2D Animation, Film, Visual Effects, Game Art, Game Design – Bellecour École is the only school in France offering more than 30 different courses. Each student can find his place in the creative industry, build a career, while having a real choice.

This versatility also provides a solid platform for sharing that gives scale to students' projects, provides versatility, global vision, openness – all the qualities of the creative leaders of tomorrow.

With 80 years of experience, the educational institution anticipates the needs of agencies, studios, companies. Education committees, which bring together key players in the creative industries, ensure that programs are effective and up-to-date.

The educational institution, which has received the status of Grande Ecole, pushes material restrictions, opening access in the evening and on weekends from the second year of study, so that students can create constantly.

Features of fashion programs in France

Style courses in the best design schools in Paris are diverse: MBA in the fashion industry at ModArt International, MBA in luxury brand management IFA Paris. In France, there are even plenty of short-term style courses to use in your career – classes are held in French/English.

Senior students can take part in the preparation for a career in France:

  1. Attend seminars with industry experts
  2. Participate in temporary work within design organizations
  3. Watch design shows organized by colleges
  4. Help fashion designers in their work.

At the end of your studies, you will be ready to face the world of design with your skills, refined taste, expert knowledge, take vacancies for testing with the aim of a career in France:

  1. Designer
  2. Architect
  3. Stylist in film, theater, television
  4. Fashion Illustrator
  5. Pattern developer.

Fashion market of France, employment prospects for foreign graduates

France is home to some of the most respected, experienced fashion houses Lesage, Lemarié, traditional Lognon pleissers, manufacturers of buttons, fashionable clothes Gossens, Maison Michel. Paris is the center of successful, profitable conglomerates of the luxury industry, the largest of which is LVMH, led by Bernard Arnault. The group consists of Louis Vuitton (which, according to analysts, brings almost $ 12 billion in revenue and $ 5 billion in operating profit), Christian Dior (which brings more than $ 2 billion in revenue), as well as Fendi, Givenchy, Céline, Loewe, Kenzo, Marc Jacobs.

Kering, led by François-Henri Pinaot, owns controlling stakes, including in Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta and Brioni. The company pursues multi-categorical ambitions, promoting recent successes with Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga. Kering's Gucci aims to reach annual sales of €10 billion, hoping to "usurp" Louis Vuitton LVMH as the luxury brand with the highest global sales.

Paris is a place where independent fashion houses flourish, for example, Hermès, Chanel. The latter since 1910 is located on the now iconic Cambon Street, being the pearl of the fashion crown in terms of brand attractiveness. Chanel first submitted its financial statements in June, showing annual sales in 2017 at $9.6 billion – right behind Louis Vuitton.

But Paris is focused not only on traditional luxury homes – the chic capital has gained new energy: design movements associated with a sense of street fashion arose thanks to Pigalle, Avoc, Magenta, Etudes Studio, Drole de Monsieur. New names in ready-to-wear – Marine Serre, Y/Projects, Koche, Jacquemus – continue to grow internationally.

Graduates of fashion studies programs receive approximately 67,000 €/year.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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