Program in 3 years
a baccalaureat in any area (a fine arts background is not necessary).
« Fashion Designer » is given and registered with the RNCP (National Repertory of Professional Certification) by the National Commission of Professional Certification Level II

Fashion Design Undergraduate Program

This program allows students to acquire excellent technical skill while simultaneously developing and refining their creative abilities.

Objectives: To be able to design and construct a collection of clothing and accessories in various domains of the fashion industry, specializing in a specific market in their final year.
Program: This program is divided equally between design and patternmaking two distinct skill sets known in France as Stylisme and Modelisme. Stylisme involves the creative design aspect while Modelisme translates that vision into a constructed garment through draping, cutting and sewing. The combination of these disciplines is what gives ESMOD’s methodology its added value and gives its graduates their unparalleled expertise: technical and creative. Students are also taught fashion sketching, illustration, trend forecasting, textiles, history of art and costume, CAO, Photoshop, MAO patternmaking in 3D and English for fashion. Each year ends with 3rd year students presenting their collection to a Jury of ESMOD faculty and industry professionals.


1st Year: Learning the Fundamentals

An introduction to the fashion industry in its entirety, from both a creative and marketing perspective. At the end of this year students will be able to create a pattern, drape a garment, construct a skirt, blouse and a dress. Students will also present a final collection including a stylebook and one completed look from the collection.

2nd Year: Immersion

This year is dedicated to the development of student’s personal aesthetic and acquiring the technical skill to achieve their vision. At the end of this year students are able to design and construct women’s trousers and a suit jacket in both ready to wear and sportswear.

3rd year: Specialization Final Collection and Senior Internship

During this year students begin by learning the defining principles of design and construction that define the specialization they have selected, they will then apply these principles to their own final collection. Students will also have the opportunity to express their creativity in the following disciplines: dyeing workshop, lace, graphic design, embroidery, sustainable design, leather, fur and hand knitting.


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