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“Creative Director” Post Graduate Program

“Creative Director” Diploma, State accredited with Level 7* registration under the National Register of Professional Certifications (RNCP) – Certification in process of renewal


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Une formation qui permet d’ accéder au poste de Créateur/Directeur de création, dont le rôle est d’orienter et de diriger les équipes artistiques de création et de conception pour son propre compte ou celui d’une marque.


Academic Goals: 

  • To develop an innovative identity and concept for a label.
  • To simulate the market launch of this label.
  • To obtain a management position on a creative team.
  • To conduct a project to launch a label.


Skills Acquired :

  • Define and develop the identity/DNA of a brand
  • Oversee every aspect of the creative process
  •  Manage design teams
Jiang Zhefang - ESMOD 2019
Duration 2 years
Program Start October
Schedule of Courses 25-30 hours per week, from monday to friday


  • Paris Pantin

Useful Information

Tuition Fees Tuitions > EU citizens : 13 670€ / non EU citizens : 14 670 € / + academic materials 660€
Languages French

Admissions Contact

Open Campus

Program Overview

4th Year / Collection Development and Management - 60 ECTS credits

  • Management and coordination of creative and production teams
  • History, semiology, concepts
  • Creative processes for artistic and creative positioning for the label
  • Design and production of a collection
  • Textile innovations
  • Sourcing of workshops, production monitoring of prototypes for a collection. Industrial production
  • Production impacts and sustainability. Changes in production methods: upcycling, no waste, eco-conscious
  • Project development and communications strategy
  • Cross-domain applications: orientation of the identity / DNA of a label
  • Project planning and management
  • Image and visual coherence
  • Anticipation of market developments
  • International markets and cultural differences
  • New forms of distribution
  • Strategic ambitions and adaptations
  • Financial forecasting, Business Plan for a project
  • Communication of events for the project
  • Image rights
  • Methodology for writing a dissertation
  • Tutored professional immersion
  • Defense of the dissertation before a professional jury

5th Year / Professional Immersion - 60 ECTS credits

Work for a minimum of 6 months within a company and complete  an internship report outlining a particular problem found within company.

Personalized advising throughout the year

Personalized coaching for oral presentation of internship report before a judging panel of industry professionals

Required Profile

Minimum Bac +3 or equivalent undergraduate degree in Fashion Design, with evaluation of creative portfolio



In order to obtain the « Creative Director » Master’s Degree, one must :

– Successfully complete of each of the subjects taken within the two years of training (with an average or above passmark). Validation of a subject results in the awarding of the corresponding ECTS credits. 30 ECTS/semester, 60 ECTS/year, 120 ECTS for the two years additional to the 180 ECTS from the student’s Bac +3 studies (A Levels + 3 years of higher education), i.e. 300 ECTS.

– Sucessfully present their supervised dissertation to be defended before a jury of industry professionals.

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