Istituto Marangoni, Paris
Spring Semester Elective 2021
15 credits

Istituto Marangoni's semester-long programs are designed to expose visiting students to the excitement of the fashion world, while helping them develop the practical, creative, and business management skills necessary to flourish in this fast-changing global industry. SAI students choose from one of the following intensive tracks: Fashion Design, Fashion Business, or Fashion Styling & Creative Direction. Each block-style program yields a total of 15 credits per semester.


Application: closed

Application Requirements
Complete online application
Personal statement (300-500 words)
Official transcript
Passport scan (photo page)
Digital photo (passport style)
Portfolio (10-20 images)
EU privacy consent form

NOTE: We will not be offering this program in Spring 2021. Please reach out to SAI Admissions to discuss other options in Paris.

Program Dates
January 15, 2021 – June 26, 2021


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic Year: Junior (3rd year) or above

Subject Experience: At least one year of a fashion-related program.

Cumulative GPA:* 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale)

English Language:* Non-native English speakers must prove a minimum B2 level proficiency (ELTS:6, TOFEL 80).

* contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements



Fashion

Fashion

15.0 Credits
Fashion Business and Communication | Course #: FB FB 301 | Open
The Fashion Business Semester program consists of the following three units:

Visual and Emotional Branding
In the unit Visual and Emotional Branding students develop and recognize the theoretical frameworks that are used to explain the complex nature of brands, branding and communication. The unit introduces students to an analysis of the key success factors, customer behavior, and potential pitfalls of brand communication and extension strategies. Students discover the practice of triggering an emotional response and desire, and investigate brand traits that appeal to consumers’ emotional needs and aspirations. As part of the unit students be learning the appropriate digital visual frameworks in line with professional and employability standards in emotional branding. They will also evaluate the elements of different types of brand marketing campaigns with a particular focus on luxury brands.

Marketing in The Luxury Sphere
The unit Marketing in The Luxury Sphere aims to develop the ability to critically examine the impact of evolving macro and micro environmental factors on the competitive strategies of luxury fashion companies. Students are able to analyze collated data and marketing information to develop a marketing strategy, as well as understand a set of marketing tools including SWOT / TOWS matrix and strategic fit of luxury products, and call on creative research techniques to support report their own work preparation and presentation. The unit covers the creation, development and implementation of marketing strategies, tailored for a specific business context in the fashion arena. Professional skills such as teamwork, time management and project management, are further developed via the completion of a group project marketing campaign.

Finance and Management Control
The unit Finance and Management Control provides students with financial and analytical skills in order to evaluate the financial health of a fashion organization, from the perspective of investors, lenders and stakeholders. Students become familiar with the main components and characteristics of management control systems in order to apply various control system techniques to measure the overall performance of the organization. The unit looks at the preparation of financial plans, budgets and forecasts, as well as financial issues relating to production, logistics, supply chain and retail sales etc. Students also evaluate the financial and economic performances of an organization, while applying financial theories, techniques and investment analysis for decision making.
Contact Hours: 225
15.0 Credits
Fashion Design | Course #: FD FD 301 | Open
The Fashion Design Semester program consists of the following three units:

Fashion Brand Exploration
In the unit Fashion Brand Exploration the students gain a broad understanding of the fashion industry and how to focus on a single brand. They learn to plan and develop a range for a brand based on in-depth primary and secondary research. When designing the collection, they investigate the brand from a global socio-economic, ethical and sustainable perspective, thereby designing a collection for a clearly identified market segment. Students learn to use creative cutting, fabric manipulation, knits, prints and weave knowledge further, they are asked to investigate raglan and kimono sleeves as well as to explore the technical constructions of outerwear. This enables the student to apply the knowledge gained in creating more complex garments based onto original designs. Theoretical studies of culture and design provide the students with the necessary skills to make a critical assessment of a brand’s heritage, lifestyle and legacy as well as creating an awareness for the contemporary market and context. Through the introduction of CAD skills such as Photoshop and InDesign, the collection is presented in a professional and creative manner- The objective of pattern cutting is focused on teaching techniques more evolved compared to the first year.

Art & Fashion Exploration
In the unit Art & Fashion Exploration the students design a collaborative fashion collection between a fashion label and an artist. Within this unit they are be expected to show their creative journey, how they have generated ideas and show their individuality and personality within the project without losing the identity of the brand and artist; this will be represented in the final collection they show at the end of the unit. The fashion collection is separated in one part womenswear and another part menswear. Students also explore accessories and create a small collection to compliment and support the collection proposal. While designing the collection, students explore and research the world of both the brand and the artist they select. They investigate how the artist can work with and contribute to the brand with the view to add to the brand’s awareness, while reflecting on sustainability and ethical issues. In Pattern Cutting Skills the student focuses on multiple techniques more evolved for the creation and experimentation of shapes and volumes on the stand. This enables the student to apply the knowledge gained in creating more complex garments based on their own designs. The toiles will be fitted on a model at the end of the unit. In Digital Design Skills the students expand their knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator and explore rendering, layout and technical drawing techniques to support research and design subject.

Fashion, Art and Cultural Context
The unit Fashion, Art and Cultural Context will present students with a comprehensive critical analysis and evaluation of fashion intended as a socio-cultural global phenomenon and provide them with the theoretical knowledge necessary to interpret fashion practices in relation to art movements and other cultural manifestations. This unit will adopt a diachronic approach to the study and evolution of fashion practices since the Industrial Revolution; nonetheless, whenever appropriate it will also adopt a thematic approach aiming at exploring the relationship established between fashion, art and the cultural framework within which these operate. On completion of the unit students will have attained a sense of the cultural and global dimension of the fashion industry, of the challenging yet close relation it has established with art and have developed an informed sensibility with regards to all the above.
Contact Hours: 225
15.0 Credits
Fashion Styling | Course #: FS FS 301 | Open
Fashion Styling & Creative Direction Semester program consists of the following three units:

Fashion Branding
The Fashion Branding unit provides students with an introduction to marketing, digital marketing and entrepreneurship. Theoretical studies of marketing and brands create an awareness of the meaning of identity for contemporary fashion markets and contextualize how brands operate and respond to innovation, demands and change within these markets. At the end of this first Unit, students research and propose a new fashion visual brand identity for a clearly identified market segment. Application of theory taught, will underpin the proposal, documented in a written format and supported with a verbal presentation. The written proposal document evidences the application of interpretation of information, validity of ideas and relevance of work; in terms of a proposal reflecting current industry demands that explore new markets and consumers. In addition, the students gain a real understanding of a specific professional role undertaken by a stylist, namely the personal stylist. The Personal Styling course will also underline the development of ethical in the fashion styling industry.

Still Life
In the Still Life unit students create their first Still Life editorial and Advertorial Campaign. Students plan, organize and realize their projects from Idea development to editing final images. A set design proposal is researched and implemented. Students are involved in the organizational and production process, finding and using props, styling fashion product and accessories and directing the photographer. This process encourages and practices skills development in problem solving and communication, preparing them for ‘real life’ industry scenarios. Students are required to build a research book which will support the final outcomes and will help them to communicate their ideas and concepts. Areas of research include: fashion, art, cinema, architecture, music, exhibition, museum visits, theatre, social and cultural activities. Any inspiration and any form of digital camera can be used to make images and enrich the research.

Fashion, Art and Cultural Context
The unit Fashion, Art and Cultural Context will present students with a comprehensive critical analysis and evaluation of fashion intended as a socio-cultural global phenomenon and provide them with the theoretical knowledge necessary to interpret fashion practices in relation to art movements and other cultural manifestations. This unit will adopt a diachronic approach to the study and evolution of fashion practices since the Industrial evolution; nonetheless, whenever appropriate it will also adopt a thematic approach aiming at exploring the relationship established between fashion, art and the cultural framework within which these operate. On completion of the unit students will have attained a sense of the cultural and global dimension of the fashion industry, of the challenging yet close relation it has established with art and have developed an informed sensibility with regards to all the above.
Contact Hours: 225

Courses & Schedule
Students choose one of the following three tracks upon applying to the SAI program:

  • Fashion Design
  • Fashion Business
  • Fashion Styling & Creative Direction

Each track is made up of specific courses for a total of 15 credits. Course meeting times vary each week. Students will receive a timetable of classes before the start of the term.


Pre-Departure Calendar
November 1 2020
Application Closes
Applications accepted after closing as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
$300 Security Deposit (refundable)
November 1 2020
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
November 15 2020
SAI Financial Aid Verification DeadlineStudents wishing to defer payment until financial aid disbursement must submit the financial aid verification forms to SAI by this date.
December 1 2020
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
January 15 2021
Arrival & Housing Check-in
Students arrive into Charles de Gaulle (CDG) airport. SAI airport pickup is provided between 9:00am and 12:00 noon, and students are transferred to SAI housing.
January 16 2021
SAI Orientation
Mandatory SAI orientation is held at the SAI Paris office and introduces students to their city while covering safety, policies, housing, and culture.
January 18 2021
Academic Orientation & Classes Begin
June 25 2021
Final Exams End
June 26 2021
Program End & Housing Check-out
Students must move out of housing by 10:00am to return home or pursue independent travel.
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $120
Security Deposit
Refundable at the end of the term
$300
Program Fee
Includes tuition, standard housing and SAI 360° Services (see What’s Included).
$21,190
Optional / Additional Fees:
Optional Private Room Housing Supplement
Private room in a shared apartment, with a shared bathroom.
$4,400
Optional Homestay Housing Supplement
Homestay housing in a private room. Includes daily breakfast and 3, 5 or 7 dinners/week.
3 dinners: TBA
5 dinners: TBA
7 dinners: TBA
Optional Visa Processing Service
Available for some jurisdictions.
$200
International Mailing Supplement
When applicable, students are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$90

*prices are subject to change

Note: certain SAI-affiliated US universities require specific payment arrangements. These may require that some fees are paid by the student directly to SAI, and other fees are paid to SAI by the affiliated university on behalf of the student. If you attend an SAI-affiliated university please contact your study abroad office or speak with your SAI Admissions Counselor for details.

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,500
Visa
$350 $450
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $450 / course
Meals
Includes groceries and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Paris
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI 360° Services Program; it includes our full services!

  • Program tuition and U.S. academic credit
  • Accommodation in carefully selected student housing
  • Airport pickup and transportation on arrival day
  • Welcome reception and events
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site dedicated to providing personal assistance
  • SAI Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities & trips outside host city
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • Access to and assistance with international cell phone plans
  • 24-hour on-site emergency support
  • Farewell event with all students

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Online student groups to acquaint you with other SAI students
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid processing
  • Need-based SAI scholarships
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI Ambassador Program for SAI alumni, with paid internship opportunities
  • SAI alumni network

SAI offers all students the Viva Experience: frequent cultural activities, at no extra cost, for participants to get to know their community, city and country. Following is a sample of the activities included in this program. Please note that actual activities may differ.

Welcome Walking Tour
Students are welcomed to their new city through a walking tour of the many Parisian sites, including the Eiffel Tower and the Champs de Mars.

River Seine Boat Tour
Students take a boat tour on the Seine river catching a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Paris’s other famous sights. Following the tour the group takes a stroll along the Champs Elysées and coffee break.

Visit Musée Carnavalet & Walk Through the Marais
Students visit the Musée Carnavelet, a museum devoted to the history of Paris, followed by a stroll through the Marais: the Jewish district of Paris.

Night at the Theater
Students have the opportunity to see a ballet at the historical Palais Garnier.

Day Trip to Reims in the Champagne Region
Students travel as a group by private shuttle to the city of Reims where they visit the numerous Maisons de Champagne in the region along the Route Touristique de Champagne. Students have the chance to taste and purchase Champagne directly from the producer. The trip includes lunch in a local French restaurant.

Farewell Dinner
Students celebrate the end of a successful semester abroad and say their goodbyes over a delicious French meal.

Standard Housing: Student apartment
SAI student apartments are convenient and well equipped, with shared occupancy bedrooms (option to upgrade to private bedroom, if available). Typical residences house 2 – 8 students and contain a combination of private and shared bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom and living areas. Furnishings, a washing machine, basic kitchen supplies, bed linens and towels are provided. All apartments are equipped with wireless Internet. Housing assignments are single gender; other housing configurations may be available under limited circumstances. SAI on-site staff is available to respond to any maintenance needs that may arise.

Optional Housing: Family homestay (suspended in Spring 2021)
Students choosing the homestay option will be placed with a local family, which could be an older couple or a family with children. SAI homestay families are thoroughly screened and are accustomed to welcoming visiting students into their homes. Homestays provide a private bedroom in the family home with basic furnishings. Wifi is included, as is access to laundry facilities. Students opting for this more immersive housing get breakfast included as well as the option of a certain number of dinners per week (cost varies).

Passports
Passports should be valid for 3 months after planned departure from France.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 91 or more days are required to obtain a student visa. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at a VFS Visa Processing Center to present their student visa application. Visa applicants living in the United States are able to set up their appointment at one of the nine visa centers regardless of their location. VFS Global Centers are located in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In some cases the nearest processing center may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for their appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.