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Designer : Camille Moco / ESMOD Lyon 2019
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VAE : “Creative Director” Post Graduate Program

Designer : Camille Moco / ESMOD Lyon 2019


Validation of Acquired Work Experience – V.A.E. – is the possibility of obtaining a diploma registered under the National Directory of Professional Certification (RNCP).

“Creative Director” Diploma, State accredited with Level 7* registration under the National Register of Professional Certifications (RNCP). This disploma is accredited by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation by ministerial decree.

"Creative Director" Post Grad Program
Designer : Camille Moco / ESMOD Lyon 2019
For all enquiries concerning the creation of a V.A.E. application, you can contact the V.A.E. advisor:
Nom Guillaume Thiery


  • Paris 9

Useful Information

Tuition Fees 1800€ + academic materials (if required)
Languages French and English

Admissions Contact

VAE Procedure

Phase 1 / Application Form

Before you can apply, you must first fill out  the Cerfa 12818*1 form (downloadable here) and send us a copy with the required documentation attesting to one year’s experience in the”field of certification” :

12 rue de la Rochefoucauld
75009 Paris



Phase 2 / Development of Booklet 2

Once your application has been judged admissible, the second step is to open the Booklet 2. This is  the file  through which you will demonstrate having acquired  the skills required by the  diploma’s reference system.
You will  have between  1 and 4 meetings with our academic deans to check which skills can  be validated by experience or previous education, if necessary.

The Booklet 2 contains the following:

An analysis of work experience significant to the level of development of the acquired knowledge in relation to the desired certification.

An explanation of development shown in work situations (professional or not) that allowed for new skills, aptitudes and knowledge to be  acquired in another way other than in a conventional classroom.

Please Note:
ESMOD will provide you with an estimate at the end of these meetings if there is a need for training in one or more skills. You may choose to be trained by ESMOD or by any organization of your choice.

Phase 3 / Judging Panel

Once your Booklet 2 has been submitted, you will present  your work before a panel of professionals. The president of the panel introduces the candidate to the members of the jury and explains the interview process, which will be carried out in two stages:

  • your  oral presentation
  • questions and answers with the panel

You will then explain your VAE application. You may use one or more media (PowerPoint, multimedia tools, etc.) or report on all the work likely to support your presentation, if the panel has given given permission prior. Panel members will then have the opportunity to ask you questions regarding your VAE application and oral presentation.

The main purpose of the interview is to have you clarify certain aspects of your file and elaborate on its analysis. It is by no means a knowledge test or a recruitment interview.

Following the interview, the panel deliberates and discuses the various elements of the applicant, the application and oral presentation.

In the event of a partial validation, you have the possibility to present a dossier validating the previously missing elements to the jury within a maximum period of 5 years from the date of notification of the panel’s decision. Beyond that, the full procedure will have to be completely renewed.
Each validated block of skills is validated for life.

Evaluated Skills

Define and develop the identity/DNA of a brand

  • Structuring sectoral monitoring strategies
  • Analyze the image of a brand and position it in relation to its competitors
  • Anticipate market developments according to local and international trends
  • Define areas of creative evolution anchored in the brand identity/DNA
  • Identify opportunities for innovation, openness and development in markets
  • Integrate directions and expectations from management for the design of garments
  • Reconcile creative ambitions with strategic and budgetary imperatives
  • Define creative solutions in line with financial constraints
  • Construct and defend a thorough business plan
  • Analyze the positioning of a brand on its market and its stylistic codes
  • Identify a brand’s characteristics, values, strengths and weaknesses, and potential for development
  • Research and develop new concepts
  • Source materials and products according to positioning, factories, manufacturers, processors, etc.
  • Design the artistic direction of a collection
  • Define the brand’s communications axes and establish a communications plan

Oversee every aspect of the creative process

  • Imagine and guide the creation of a collection by reconciling the brand’s DNA with a designer’s personal universe via defining a concept, creative development axes, collection themes, etc.
  • Master  the collection design process
  • Illustrate a project as part of a fashion product creation process using drawing and DTP/CAD/CAM techniques
  • Research and anticipate suitable production techniques
  • Define and design the types of products that can make up the collection
  • Master the entire prototyping process
  • Convey a clear vision and its technical and stylistic orientations
  • Supervise possible variations of designs
  • Create a comprehensible context within which designs can be presented within a common theme
  • Organize and execute a fashion show
  • Supervise photo shoot sessions
  • Imagine presentation scenarios to highlight the originality and specificity of designs
  • Imagine, composing, creating, transforming venues and decor adapted to presentation of different types of designs and concepts
  • Create and design points of sale such as a concept store, showroom, etc.

Manage design/creative teams

  • Supervise and guide the work of collaborators
  • Lead the entire creative process within a company
  • Oversee the production of a collection every  step of the way
  • Integrate and anticipate timetable (for design as well as production)
  • Plan workloads and deadlines
  • Master the process and techniques of designing a complete collection
  • Control the rendering and effects of products
  • Supervise the choice of techniques for making and assembling products
  • Direct the fitting phases to ensure quality of product
  • Identify technical issues and make necessary adjustments
  • Anticipate workloads and present a realistic schedule for the launch of a collection
  • Calculate the required personnel and necessary skills and distribute even workloads
  • Define, coordinate and monitor performance
  • Lead team meetings, motivating employees in relation to objectives
  • Assess and evaluate the performance of an employee, his or her involvement
  • Conduct an assessment interview and consider possibilities for development

Academic Review Board

This committee that will be in charge of examining a candidate’s file, advising and orienting them. It is comprised of the following individuals:

  • Caroline Bouquin, Curriculum Coordinator
  • Paul Marchand, Fashion Design Development Manager
  • Tamara Moreno, Patter-Making Development Manager


The only condition to validate the acquired experience is to prove at least 1 year of paid, unpaid, voluntary professional experience directly related to the certification in question.

Attention: a candidate can only submit one application within the same calendar year, for the same diploma and a maximum of three applications within the same calendar year, for different certificates or diplomas.

In order to obtain the certification, a candidate for a VAE must validate each of the 3 sets of certified skills listed for the “Creative Director” degree by his/her professional experience or  previous education, if applicable.
Each competency set can be obtained individually. A certificate is awarded to the candidate for each block. Obtaining all 3 sets allows the degree to be obtained.