Bachelor Fashion Sustainability

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IFA Paris Bachelor certified by FEDE (Fédération Européenne Des Écoles)

  • DURATION: 3 year program in English
  • CAMPUSES: Paris
  • NEXT INTAKE: September 2020
  • ECTS CREDITS: 180
  • APPLICATION FEE: €150
  • TUITION FEE/YEAR: €8,400
  • LIMITED TO: 25 students per class

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"It's time for a fashion revolution!"

Admission requirements:

  • 18 years old minimum
  • High school graduate or equivalence
  • IELTS 5.5 or TOEFL IBT 65 (or equivalence) or proof of study in English, for non-native English speakers
  • Strong motivation in Fashion
  • Interview (on campus or Skype)

Documents to provide (in English or translated by a certified translator):

  • Fill in the online application form
  • Latest high school transcript
  • Copy of High school diploma or its equivalence
  • Motivation letter
  • Resume/CV
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of passport
  • Portfolio (if applying for the design format)

Common Base:

This module grouping addresses fashion students as future entrepreneurs, providing them with comprehensive knowledge and practical tools about Sustainability, the transformation process it initiates in the field of fashion and textile apparel, and the way it can be integrated to one’s own enterprise.

  • Sustainable Value Creation
  • RSE
  • E-Result (Kering)
  • Carbon Audit

Sustainable Sourcing Commitment:

Designed as an essential, innovative, practical tool, guiding students to review, analyze and experiment sustainable fashion strategies and techniques directly at the fashion supply chain level, grounded in a real situation context.

  • Organic Materials and Certification: Integration of Regenerative agriculture and organic labelling certification (60h)
  • Innovative Materials: Other than organic with a focus on biologically based materials (Cellulosic, Protein Based Materials, Bio Waste) (60h)

Smart Supply Chain System:

Before moving to technical aspects and matters of the sustainable fashion supply chain, students are invited to measure the positive impact of smart supply chain management and sustainable value creation in the emergence of new sustainable fashion business models.  This sequence within the course practical part should arouse students’ creativity, business skills and dynamic approach of design development…while they are looking into, exploring, examining varied options of sustainable value proposition within the chosen strategy of “designing fashion for longevity”.

  • Eco Innovation: Collaborations and Engineering at the supply level (45h)
  • Innovative Business Models: “Brand Herding”: developing hybrid structures that can act as suppliers and individual brands at the same time by cutting the middle man (45h)
  • Transparency and Traceability: Core Principle of Sustainable Business Models (45h)

Textile Processing:

In that segment, students move to technical aspects and matters of the sustainable fashion supply chain. Focusing on textile processing, at the bottom of the apparel production unit, they clearly review raw material processing, that is yarn production, fabric production, and identify which aspects within yarn spinning or fabric weaving or knitting can have ecological and social implications. 

  • Yarns: How yarn greatly changes the expression of the clothes (30h)
  • Knitted Fabrics (30h)
  • Weaved Fabrics (30h)
  • Vegan Leather (30h)

Finishes Processes:

This module grouping proposes to focus on embellishment and finishing processes, a traditional step within the making of garment in the supply chain, and provides students with a state of play of the new developments concerning these processes in relation to sustainability.

  • Dyeing Technologies (45h)
  • Printing Technologies (45h)
  • Finishing Technologies (45h)

Manufacturing Processes:

Students will explore creative ways in which to achieve a proper level of consistency between materials and construction of garments. A particular emphasis will be put on Tech-based tools such as 3D Printing and Digital Pattern Cutting Techniques.

  • Sustainable Pattern Making: how to achieve a proper level of consistency between materials and construction of garments? (30h)
  • 3D Printing: optimize processes by reducing production time while maintaining craftsmanship quality (30h)
  • Eco-Stitch (30h)

Branding and Communication:

The objective of this module grouping is to allow participants to understand how to position sustainable brands competitively in their respective markets through developing a differentiated DNA.

  • Alternative Trend Research (30h)
  • Sustainable Brand DNA (30h)
  • Story Telling – Diverting the Meaning / Disruptive Communication / Guerilla Marketing (30h)

Customer Experience:

The term “customer education” is widely used in sustainable brands’ strategies, yet it is not properly rolled-out in their operational marketing activities. A particular focus of this module grouping will be to research how to maintain customers’ excitement through innovative retail strategies.

  • 020 Integration (30h)
  • Retail Architecture – A livable space, multi-purpose – A proactive customer (30h)
  • The Sharing Economy (30h)

Closing the Loop:

Participants will look into the last part of a product’s lifecycle and will explore how to extend it or integrate it within a sustainable framework. They key question addressed in this module grouping is how to reintegrate or disintegrate creatively?

  • The end of life (45h)
  • Biodegradation (45h)
  • Resell / Repair / Refresh (Upcycling) (45h)

Final Project:

An overarching integrated project that will be based on a specific fashion house problematic. Students will be working in pairs and analyse the issue brought to them through a design and business perspectives.

  • Project – Blended Business / Design Project (300h)