Bachelor Fashion Sustainability – Design Major (Online)

Course Details

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Duration: 3 years
Taught in: English
Format: Live
Applications: Open
Credits: 180 ECTS
Limited to: 25 students per class
Application Fee: € 150
Tuition Fee: € 5,800 per year
Application Deadline: to be announced

Within the United Nations framework, sustainability is defined by uniting the three pillars of environmental, economic and social development. Utilizing the Brundtland Report as a blueprint for how countries and businesses should manage economic growth with social justice and ecological viability, the Global Goals were adopted in 2016 in hope of a better world by 2030.”

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is introduced as the recommended approach of sustainability, guiding organizations to address the environmental and social impacts of business activities at a systemic level. Companies have found it relevant to simultaneously engage with the “Triple Bottom Line” approach, while trying to harmonize their effort to become economically efficient, environmentally sound and socially responsible, balancing the three P’s: “People, Planet, Profit”

The Online Bachelor Fashion Sustainability program will look into how fashion houses can implement integrated practices with “lean, green and corporate social responsibility”… together, rather than separately, influencing the three bottom lines for sustainability.

Students understand why it is crucial for a fashion brand to drive claims and demonstrations of ecoefficiency towards third-party certification schemes and to have its products eco-labelled and certified. In that light and from that perspective, they approach and consider the promising, pioneering efforts of high-end fashion brands in developing new perspectives in sustainability accounting: Students are led to grasp under which conditions some key brands in the textile and fashion sector have started to re-align their whole value creation process towards sustainability, introducing very relevant practices and tools, often their own new derived tools, in demonstrating about product stewardship through comparisons, benchmarks, using life cycle analyses as a regular tool and leading the field in sourcing development?  They are led to discover and explore these calculators, new measuring tools, indexes, such as the Kering EP&L (Environmental profit and loss) or the Nike Index, developed and used by brands to assess the strategic performance of their sourcing, yearly published through CSR reporting, often together with their “code of conduct”, social report and brand performance.

The course brings in concrete case studies and speakers showcasing how this monitoring process within fashion or textile companies is tangible and valid when it anchors in openly sharing the results of their suppliers’ audits, performed with third-party collaboration, including disclosure of factory details, towards complying with transparency?  And how these tools, developed within a third-party review process, allow to benchmark sustainability performance and hence, truly advocate responsibility?  What is Nike’s disclosure policy through the guiding of an NGO like FLA (Fair Labour Organization)? What are the most convincing tools in simultaneously applying and assessing CSR such as the Higgs Index developed by SAC (Sustainable Apparel Coalition) for brands (Patagonia or H&M using it) to self-assess their sustainability improvements throughout a product’s entire life cycle or to conceive their own scoring scale in communicating a product’s sustainability impact to consumers… How to start integrating ecology into economy, taking notice of these brands abiding by the law but also anticipating, questioning regulation, co-working at legislation through panels, platforms, industry workgroups, think tanks, in a participatory mode with policy-makers, local governments, institutions? How to envisage sustainability through CSR as a business opportunity offering ways to control risks, to reduce cost, to increase market share and boost revenues?

The Bachelor Fashion Sustainability – Design Major shares its’ two first years with the Bachelor Fashion Design & Technology. Year 1 and 2 are taught in the format of Studio Classes with enrolled students following the module groupings listed below: Creation, Digitization, Production, Contextualization. The 3rd year will consist of a personal final project on sustainable environment in fashion.

The 3 years structuring the course correspond to the 3 levels identified within the Higher Education Framework. The course is constructed in compliance with the Bologna Convention principles and grants participants, upon completion, a total of 180 ECTS (60 ECTS per year). This program is also certified by FEDE (Fédération Européenne Des Écoles).

This online course takes place live and in real-time (Paris or Istanbul local time) and you will interact with the lecturer and other students through our online platform. However, if you cannot attend or miss a live class, every session is also recorded and saved, so you can go back and watch it at a later suitable time for you.

Course Structure

The Bachelor Fashion Sustainability – Design Major is a 180 ECTS and 3 year course. Expand below to see module grouping details:



Creation 1 (incl. Adobe Suite)
(17 ECTS)

Fashion Figure
Product – Technical Drawing
Fashion Illustration
Trend Research
Mini Collection 1
Natural Dying
Sample Book



Digitization 1
(14 ECTS)

DC Suite – Obligatory Attendance in Live
Digital Pattern Making – Obligatory Attendance in Live



Contextualization 1
(6 ECTS)

Contemporary Fashion History
Intro to Marketing – Basics (T2)
Personal Coaching 1



Production 1 (PMD + SEWING)
(29 ECTS)  

Skirt block – skirt construction PM
Bodice block/Shirt construction PM/Collar study/Shirt project
Projects in relation with fashion design



Creation 2
(15 ECTS)                 

Mini Collection 2
Sustainable Development Project
Accessory Design



Digitization 2
(10 ECTS)

DC Suite – Obligatory Attendance in Live
Digital Pattern Making – Obligatory Attendance in Live



Production 2
(26 ECTS)

Jacket with kimono sleeve or raglan
Sustainable Project



Contextualization 2
(9 ECTS)

Digital Marketing/Social Media
Professionalization 2 (at least 1 month interning for a company)
Personal Coaching 2



Common Base
(4 ECTS)

Sustainable Value Creation
CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility)
E-Result (Kering)
Carbon Audit



Sustainable Sourcing Commitment
(6 ECTS)
What is behind the concept of Commitment?

Organic Materials and Certification
Innovative Materials



Smart Supply Chain System
(7 ECTS)
What are the new creative business models?

Eco Innovation
Innovative Business Models
Transparency and Traceability



Textile Processing
(5 ECTS)
How to transform materials into fabrics?

Knitted Fabrics
Weaved Fabrics
Vegan Leather – Pinatex



Finishes Processes
(7 ECTS)
How to embellish fabrics?

Dyeing Technologies
Printing Technologies
Finishing Technologies



Manufacturing Processes
(4 ECTS)
How does sustainability affect design and construction?

Sustainable Pattern Making
3D Printing



Branding Marketing and Communication
(4 ECTS)
How to differentiate sustainable Brands?

Alternative Trend Research
Sustainable Brand DNA
Story Telling – Diverting the Meaning – Disruptive Communication



Customer Experience
(4 ECTS)
How to educate consumers while maintaining excitement

O2O (Offline to Online) Integration
Retail Architecture
The Sharing Economy



Closing The Loop
(6 ECTS)
How to reintegrate / desintegrate creatively?     

The end of life
Resell / Repair / Refresh / Upcycling



Project – Blended Business / Design Project
(13 ECTS)


  • All applicants at the Undergraduate Bachelor level need to be high school graduates or equivalent and min. 16 years old.
  • Strong motivation in fashion design area.
  • Non-native English speakers need to provide an IELTS score of 5.5 or above, or a TOEFL score of 65 or above. Alternatively, provide an English training certificate or proof of previous education in English.
    COVID-19 and Lockdown: We are aware that it is extremely difficult to obtain a language certificate with the current situation. IELTS has launched an online system to evaluate your English proficiency, IELTS Indicator. We accept this certificate and you can find more information on obtaining this certificate here.
  • Go through the checkout process and then upload: latest high school transcript, copy of high school diploma or equivalence, Motivation letter, Resume/CV, copy of Passport/ID Card as well as a portfolio showing your fashion design creativity. All documents should be in English or translated to English by a professional translator.
  • €150 Application fee.
  • Online Interview (Skype).

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee: € 5,800 per year.
Full yearly tuition fee has to be paid before the start of the course in order to access the classes.
Early bird discount (10%) for tuition fee payments processed at least 7 months in advance of the application deadline.

Resource Fee: € 200 per year, payable with the tuition fees.

What is included in the Tuition Fee:

  • Microsoft Office Pack
  • Access to IFA’s Online Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Course Material
  • Lectures
  • Access to all guest lectures
  • Access to all campus talks

What is included in the Resource Fee:

  • Access to IFA Paris Dawson Era E-Library
  • Remote Access to WGSN
  • Access to Alumnforce

What is not included in the fees:

  • Expenses related to module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards…etc)
  • Printing and photocopying costs
  • Mailing costs for sending the third year project hard-copy to the regional centre students depend upon
  • Any air fares and accommodation costs should students decide to visit one of our campuses.


  • A desktop or laptop with the following recommended specifications:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer (64 bit)
    • CPU: Intel Core i7 3.0 GHz or higher
    • RAM: 16GB or higher
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or higher with the latest drivers
    • Monitor:1920 x 1080
    • Hard Drive: 10+ GB disk space available
  • A sewing machine
  • DC Suite
  • A good internet connection
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers)
  • Microphone & Headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)
  • Webcam