The enthusiasm around the fashion professions has led to the creation of numerous specialized schools. How do we sort out between institutions that offer solid training and those that send you powder? Which school is for you? Here are 7 criteria to take into account before making your choice.
1. Recognition of the diploma
First reflex to avoid unpleasant surprises: check if the titles issued by the institution are registered in the National Directory of Professional Certifications ( RNCP ). To be eligible, the training must respect a catalog of precise teachings. Recognition of your degree is also a security if you wish to continue your education or retrain.
2. The content of the training
The adequacy between the proposed training and your professional goals must guide your choices. Think of peeling the catalog of courses: do the subjects taught match your expectations? Just because a school proposes three modeling modules in its program does not mean that it prepares you for this job … Think about finding out the opportunities of the young graduates of the institution that you aim at.
Attention also to the sector on which a school is positioned. If she is very involved in the world of luxury and haute couture, you are likely to find it harder to find work placements in the retail sector or independent creators.
Professional experience is the keystone of your training in fashion.Interested in internships, duration, frequency, partnerships with companies and large houses, etc. Diversity is also an asset, says Romain Boyer, Vice-President of Mod’Art alumni . “Small creative placements can be versatile, while a large house offers more job opportunities. Paris, the fashion capital, offers an embarrassing choice of venues. In the provinces, the supply is lower and not all cities are housed in the same category. Lyon has a greater number of textile industries than Marseille, for example.
4. Opening up to the international
A career in fashion is no longer conceivable at the local level. Foreign suppliers, outsourcing of production, export … A fashion school must prepare its students to the international market through language learning, but also through partnerships. Some institutions offer internships, seminars or even years of study in different countries.
5. The personality of the school
A more subjective criterion, but one that is important. “Among the grandes écoles, each has its own identity,” observes Dominique Payot, director of SupdeMod. The framework and staffing levels need to be taken into account. For example, while Esmod School has close to 300 students in some of its promotions, the SupdeMod school sees 60 to 80 graduates emerge each year. If you feel the need to be very supervised in your approach, the schools with a reduced workforce will be better able to offer you a personalized follow-up.
The philosophy of the school, its atmosphere, will be more difficult to apprehend from a distance. “The best thing to do is to go to the open houses to assess the terrain. If it is not possible, it is essential to go to the forums of the schools to discuss with students, “advises Romain Boyer.
6. The reputation of the school
The reputation of a training, like its longevity, can be an indicator of quality. More objectively, the prizes won by the students of a school testify to its legitimacy and its ability to reveal talents.
And then, a prestigious name is always an added value on a resume. “As in any sector, even if the experience prevails, the prestige of the school will have an influence on the perception of the candidate,” confirms Mélanie Chantalou of the specialized recruitment agency KS Interim.
Must we aim for a prestigious school at all costs? Think that integrating a renowned school also means running the risk of being confronted with a more competitive environment. It’s up to you to see if you’re ready.
7. The cost of schooling
The cost of a fashion training can climb to more than 20,000 euros per year. “Certain foreign schools established in Paris especially benefit from their prestige to practice very high prices,” observes Dominique Payot. An investment that does not guarantee that the training is of a better level.
Conversely, some public schools offer free training courses that are well-known, for example ESAA-Duperré, ENSAD in Paris or Lycée Sévigné in Tourcoing. Ideally, you should be aware of factors that can explain a high cost, such as high-profile players or foreigners, to see if the price is justified.