The AMU on its fashion training courses


Roland Kazan © Anne Loubet

After having created in partnership with  the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) a Professional Degree Course in Fashion and the Masters 1&2 Degree Courses in Fashion and Textile Métiers, Aix-Marseilles University (AMU), has now created short term continuous professional development courses, in phase with local and regional economic realities. A strategic development as the AMU earned over €13 million from continuous professional development courses last year, which was 20% more than it expected. A success story highlighted by Roland Kazan, Director of Studies for the Masters 1&2 Degree courses.

Why is continuous professional development one of you priorities today?

It is based on a joint reflection and anticipation with the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode (MMMM) whose site we share on rue Fauchier. This close proximity creates a professional base for the students and puts them into the fashion ecosystem network. It is worth remembering that each year Marseilles is reinforcing its image as a city which is creative and involved, a real melting pot, as demonstrated and strengthened by events like Itinéraire Mode and OPENMYMED.

Continuous training already represents 30% of our 24 Masters Degree students. They have varied and different profile; many come from the world of economics and finance, marketing, fashion and fashion design. They all want to reinforce and increase their skills and know-how throughout their professional career.

What sort of courses will you be developing in 2017?

We intend to go even further and create short term training courses which don't have a diploma at the end. The courses will be between 7 and 70 hours, with very specific and specialised sessions, concerning sectors such as logistics and computer-aided production (CAP); domains which require specific expertise for businesses which want to improve their control of internet web tools. The university has the necessary high-performance equipment, and instructors who are experts in their given sectors. We have to optimise these assets and get them ready to start the short term courses between now and the beginning of 2017.

How do you explain the success of the courses in Fashion metiers?

After we created the Professional Degree course in Fashion, some ten years ago, the Masters 1&2 Degree courses created by Aix Marseilles University (AMU) with the Maison Méditerranéenne des Métiers de la Mode, (MMMM) have become very popular.  They provide an academic training to BAC + 4 and 5 levels in skills and professions related to fashion design and creation, in response to the identified business needs of international companies. The fashion and textile industries generate 1 million jobs in metropolitan France. For a long time the sector had been ignored due to the large number of private schools that already exist. Universities need to be concerned and involved with this industry as they support links with research and innovation. The students have access to some prestigious laboratories such as CRET-LOG the Centre for REseach into Transport and Logistics, the Institute of Movement Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Centre of Marseilles which, among others, is interested in the use of nanotechnologies in the textile industry. This Masters Degree course has become an international shop window for out talent, as 30% of our students come from outside France. With the 3 key words mastermode and université you can arrive on our site with just a few clicks.

What are the job opportunities provided by these courses?

The Professional Degree responds to the employment needs of retail and shop management, and over two years the Masters 1&2 Degree courses take students to a higher level in different professions, such as supply chain management, digital marketing, communications, purchasing and merchandising. With the 4 groups of students who have finished with a Masters Degree over the last 5 years, the results are outstanding: 50% were offered a temporary or open ended employment contract before they had even finished their work experience placement,  and three months later they had all found jobs.

Written by Fabienne Berthet

Roland Kazan © Anne Loubet

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