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Full-time program

Foundation year

Admission Requirements

High school graduates (all categories) or an equivalent or superior diploma - Personal Interview


8-11 months including internship intervals - 620 hours of training


Integrated preparatory class - AICP diploma


10 500 € divisible into two payments (50% upon enrollment, 50% at least 1 month before the start of classes).

An introduction to technical apparel design

The Introduction to Technical Apparel Design Foundation Year is for high school or vocational high school graduates or for candidates seeking a professional reconversion; who have little or no prior experience in the apparel industry nor in clothing assembly; and are looking to work in the technical fashion job categories.

This program provides training in sewing basics and clothing assembly and fabrication and is the fast track to AICP’s advanced technical apparel diplomas, while allowing students to discover the IRL true-to-life working conditions of fashion houses and brands.

Program objectives

Learning the fundamental cut, assembly, fusing, and ironing technological solutions employed in today’s fashion world.

Identifying fabrics and their compositions and their individual limitations and characteristics.

Understanding and interpreting fashion looks and style silhouettes, while applying the necessary geometry to obtain the appropriate volume and fullness.

Recognizing the varying quality grades to apply according to the company’s market range level and the fashion pyramid.

Developing knowledge in fashion history by exploring clothing through the ages and understanding and interpreting fashion trends.

Identifying production process operations and organizational structure and the varying playbook spec sheets which are required.

Using English for the professional fashion industry, in both the written and oral forms.



The technical and theoretical training takes place at the AICP. The practical training takes place both in class and throughout the on-the-job work placements.

Manufacturing Process and workshops

  • Sewing (Hand and Machine)
  • Mock-Up Development
  • Fabrication of an 11-piece women’s wardrobe

Theoretical Training

  • Introduction to patternmaking
  • Product Glossary
  • Environnement d’une collection
  • Textile technology
  • Tools and Equipment
  • Morphology

Additional courses

  • The History of Fashion
  • Trends
  • Entreprises et métiers du secteur mode
  • Exhibitions and visits
  • Technical English



Average success rate
in the last 3 years


The average grade from
the 2023 intake

Career prospects

Career prospects

Successful completion of this module guarantees access to the “International Technical Apparel Designer” programs. Graduates are ready to apply for jobs within the production workshop.
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