Education

1Master’s degree and certificate

2Courses

3Apprenticeship

4Admission and tuition

1Master’s degree and certificate

Project of the Master's progam 2, 2020

Carole Mercier

The master’s degree in Fashion & Materials gives students the opportunity to supplement their original field of expertise by learning about related areas of knowledge and acquiring a methodology for analyzing issues in all their complexity. The program has been designed to serve as a forum where students, teachers, researchers and industry professionals can come together as they develop their skills in design, engineering and management. Students will learn how to interact with the professional world and become a driving force in tackling the challenges of the environmental and social transition.

The educational model has been shaped by a number of formative choices:

  • An emphasis on the challenges of an environmental and social transition, with dedicated seminars in Block 1 and the inclusion of associated considerations as part of all projects.
  • An openness to interdisciplinary issues with a view to acquiring broader scientific knowledge.
  • An approach which gives materials a primary role in user-centered fashion, with applications in fields ranging from mass retail clothing to the luxury sector, as well as technical work clothing and textiles used in healthcare.
  • A focus on exploratory projects and promoting awareness of research that offers an opportunity to reflect on transforming practices.
  • A more personalized approach to education, with academic, professional and international tutors to support work on individual and group projects.
  • Teaching delivered in English and use of French at students’ discretion for interactions with each other and with the local ecosystem.

The public display of projects held at the end of each year in September is an important time, allowing students to present and defend their projects before a larger audience. Upon completing the program, students can move on to employment in fashion or textiles, whether with small artisanal or semi-industrial firms, fashion houses or major international groups. They can also develop a personal creative project or pursue research. The program prepares students to contribute to transforming expertise in line with the environmental and social transition.

Students can join the master’s program in the first or second year. The program runs from September to September. Students choose a set of blocks depending on their previous academic path and their career plans. The modular structure allows four possible paths:

  • Creativity: Blocks 0+1+2+3+4+5 for a comprehensive education that is the core of the Fashion & Materials program (two-year track, design backgrounds only)
  • Explorations: Blocks 0+1+2+3 for acquiring the key skills needed to develop exploratory projects (one-year track, all backgrounds)
  • Transformations: Blocks 0+1+5 for gaining a good understanding of changes in the industry (one-year track, all backgrounds)
  • Proposition: Blocks 0+4+5 for focusing on developing a project (one-year track, all backgrounds)

Students can follow each path either through traditional full-time study or as part of an apprenticeship that alternates study with employment. Students taking the latter option spend two days a week at the university supplemented with several weeks of intensive instruction spread throughout the year.

At the end of the program, students who have successfully passed the seminars and projects (60 ECTS per year) will be awarded a Université PSL institutional degree (a request for master’s degree accreditation is pending)

Certificates

Université PSL students can join the Fashion & Materials program for a single course or a block, provided that there is availability and that they secure agreement from their home program.

Students from outside Université PSL may also be able to follow a certificate program by registering for a block of courses, subject to available places.

2Courses

Project of the Master's progam 1, 2019

Yi Chen Ho

Block 0 – Basic Principles of Management, Fashion and Materials (2 weeks, 6 ECTS)

Block 0 enables students to acquire a foundation of knowledge and understanding in areas outside their initial field of expertise. This awareness seminar is followed in full or in part depending on students’ backgrounds:

  • Business basics in cultural and creative industries
  • Basics in fashion design and materials

Assessment is based on attendance and participation.

 Block 1 – Ecodesign of Resources, Materials and Processes (10 weeks, 21 ECTS)

Block 1 gives students an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of the environmental and social transition and on related areas of innovation. The seminars explore the resources, materials and processes which lie behind the manufacture and consumption of clothes and accessories:

  • Fashion & materials in questions (I)
  • Sustainability behind the scenes
  • Ecodesign workshop
  • Natural fibers and dyes

Assessment is based on group projects (challenge, reading workshop, ecodesign project) and on the completion of a personal journal.

 Block 2 – Exploratory Methods (10 weeks, 18 ECTS)

Block 2 helps to raise student awareness of a series of methods for developing creativity and innovation through design, with a consistent focus on corporate responsibility:

  • Fashion & materials in questions (II)
  • Value proposition design
  • Fashion tech workshop
  • Research methodologies
  • Dissertation

Assessment is based on the completion of group work (development of an innovative business model, design of an accessory) and an introduction to research dissertation.

Block 3 – Cross-Institutional Project (10 weeks, 9 ECTS)

Block 3 brings students from several Université PSL courses together in interdisciplinary teams. They spend half of their time on an exploratory project proposed by an organization. Each group must work independently, but support is available from two tutors and there are regular reviews with each partner organization.

Assessment is based on the effort and learning demonstrated by the group throughout the project, the organization of work within the team, and the ability to stand up for a proposal and put it into writing. Students will also be asked to produce an individual reflection on their experience.

Block 4 – Career Experience (3–7 months, 21–27 ECTS)

In Block 4, students are invited to develop their professional experience by undertaking an internship, a placement in an entrepreneurial setting or research laboratory, or any immersive experience in France or abroad that the teaching team considers to be relevant.  For apprenticeship students, the professional experience element is spread beyond Block 4 across the entire program.

Students are asked to produce a report on their experience.

Block 5 – Exploratory Project (6–8 months, 27 ECTS)

Block 5 allows students to focus on developing an individual or collaborative exploratory project. Regular support by means of individual and group sessions is available through to public presentation of the projects in September. Three monitoring committee meetings are held to assess progress.

Assessment is based on the commitment and approach to learning demonstrated by students throughout the project, and on their ability to put forward and defend new perspectives. The public project presentation is mandatory to validate completion of the block but does not contribute to the grade. It is a highlight of the program, representing a transition to the professional world.

Block 2 courses are available as optional courses throughout this period.

Events and Engagement (3 ECTS)

The academic year is punctuated by a series of events and by student involvement in the master’s degree community. A circle of academic and industry experts comes together for half a day once a month to engage with students on an individual and group basis.

The public conference cycle organized as part of Paris Fashion School events offers, in partnership with other PSL master’s degree programs, a series of conversations with prominent figures from the world of fashion and materials.

Students are encouraged to engage in the master’s program community, and a wide range of options are available: organizing a Paris Fashion School event, communication and news, contact with alumni, engagement with society, etc.

Community Access

Non-French-speaking students can take French as a foreign language courses on an informal basis.
Community access at Université PSL also allows access to other courses in a variety of disciplines, subject to timetabling and available places. The Fashion & Materials master’s degree cuts across the “Arts,” “Engineering, Applied Sciences, Innovation” and “Management” graduate programs.

3Apprenticeship

Cross-Institutional Project with Bugis (2018)

Antoine-Emmanuel Pico

Students on the Fashion & Materials master’s degree program can, if they wish, combine the course with an apprenticeship contract in a company. This work-study option is recognized by businesses as an outstanding program and prepares students to enter the professional world. At Paris-Dauphine – PSL, more than 1,000 students are combining their master’s degree with an apprenticeship.

The apprentice is a full-time employee, and the company pays for their education. Time spent studying at university is included in their working hours. The apprentice receives a salary equivalent to a percentage of the French minimum wage (SMIC), depending on their age, experience as an apprentice and the level of the academic program, and benefits from the same conditions as other employees at the company. They receive paid vacation and social security contributions.

Each student is responsible for finding a host company. Assistance is available from the Apprenticeship Forum held at Paris-Dauphine every year for applicants selected for the apprenticeship program. This year, the Forum will be held on May 28, 2020. Students do not need to have found an apprenticeship contract to submit an application for the master’s degree.

Apprentices spend two days per week at university, and undertake several weeks of intensive instruction spread throughout the year. Depending on their chosen path, they will also spend between two and four months per year working full-time within the company.

The combination apprenticeship and study program is managed by an academic tutor at the university and an apprenticeship supervisor at the company, who meet two or three times a year to ensure that students receive personal supervision. Annual completion of an apprenticeship journal also helps to make connections between academic and professional learning.

Please note: Students who are not EU nationals and wish to combine the program with an apprenticeship must hold a “student” residence permit and have already been in France for at least a year. Read more .

4Admission and tuition

Installation for the anti-fashion meeting 2019

Yi Chen Ho

Admission

The Fashion & Materials master’s degree is open to all students, both French and foreign nationals:

  • who have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in fashion or textile design, for admission to the first year of the master’s program (Creativity path);
  • who have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and have completed a Master 1 level or equivalent in design, management or science and engineering, for direct admission to the second year of the master’s program (Explorations, Transformations and Proposition paths).

Fluency in English is required (IELTS 6.5 / TOEFL IBT 92/120) as well as a basic knowledge of French for non-French-speaking students (B1/B2 level or DALF).

Selection is based on the application and then an interview. Three recruitment sessions are held between January and July:

  • Session 1: submission of applications between January 30 and March 10, 2020; results on March 25
  • Session 2: submission of applications between March 30 and May 4, 2020; results on May 20
  • Session 3: submission of applications between May 25 and June 22, 2020; results on July 8

A web portal for applicants is available on the Université PSL website: https://candidatures-psl-eu.portail.psl.eu This allows applicants to submit applications online and to view the results of the various phases. Only registrations submitted via this platform will be accepted. The Fashion & Materials master’s program is also listed on the CampusArt application website.

Applications should include: a résumé, a personal statement, a portfolio (for students with an artistic background) or a sample of work such as a dissertation (for other students), at least one letter of reference and proof of language proficiency (English and/or French). Applicants who are studying at English-speaking universities or institutions do not need to supply proof of their English proficiency. An official translation is required for all documents in languages other than French or English.

Interviews are part of the selection process, and are also an opportunity to help applicants chose the right path, depending on their academic background and career plans. Choices made during the application process (choice of path, choice of traditional full-time study or apprenticeship) can be changed later.

It is important that applicants can show a good mastery of their original discipline. Applicants are not expected to present a fully consolidated project, but to demonstrate their ability to question practices and their interest in an interdisciplinary approach. In the case of students who wish to combine the program with an apprenticeship, there will be a particular focus on their ability to be recruited for an apprenticeship.

Applicants interested in completing a certificate course are invited to contact us directly: enamoma@psl.eu

Tuition (excluding apprenticeship)

For students whose residence for tax purposes (residence of parents or of the student themselves if self-supporting) is in a country outside the European Union, the annual tuition for the Fashion & Materials master’s degree program is EUR 15,000.

For students whose residence for tax purposes (residence of parents or of the student themselves if self-supporting) is in an EU member state, the annual tuition for the Fashion & Materials master’s degree program is calculated on the basis of total gross income for 2018 (2019 tax assessment on 2018 income):

Total gross income Tuition
Need-based scholarships

Refugees with OFPRA card

Students with disabilities (with disability card showing at least 80% disablement)

Fees waived
Income below EUR 35,000 EUR 1,000
Between EUR 35,000 and EUR 45,000 EUR 2,000
Between EUR 45,000 and EUR 55,000 EUR 3,000
Between EUR 55,000 and EUR 70,000 EUR 4,500
Between EUR 70,000 and EUR 90,000 EUR 6,000
More than EUR 90,000 EUR 7,500

In some situations which have an impact on family income, tuition fees may be amended, on production of supporting documents providing an overview of all of the household’s current income. Such situations include retirement, unemployment, sickness, divorce or the death of a parent. Decisions to amend tuition fees are taken by the President of Université PSL or their representative.

Students are considered to be self-supporting in 2018 if their financial independence is proven (all of the following conditions must be met): the student is resident at a different address from their parents; the student no longer receives financial support from their parents/guardians; the student declares their own income (2019 tax assessment for 2018 income); and the student has declared a total gross income equal to or greater than EUR 8,000.