ENSCI - Les Ateliers

Textile design

The Textile Design department of Les Ateliers proposes a four-year multi-disciplinary course that prepares students for the Textile Designer degree.

Textile designers conceive and finalise textiles and products for industry in very varied fields of application: high fashion, professional or sports clothing, the home, architecture, transport, etc.
Aware of new uses and technologies, textile designers convey innovation, create and develop fabrics, compose with materials, colours, and graphic designs, intervene in the structure and form of the textile product and master the manufacturing processes.
Technological progress and new fibres are now offering textile designers a chance to explore new territories that represent major stakes for society (health, safety, sustainable development…). In a European context that is shifting fast—competition, trade globalisation—the traditional sectors of clothing and environment textiles are today resolutely focused on quality production with high creative and technical added value.

The first two years of the course are spent on textile design projects, teaching and research.
The variety of the coursework covers all the aspects of textile creation, from product development to manufacturing.
The training favours experimentation and workshop research: each student has a diverse range of high-performance tools at their disposal to make their textiles.

In their second year, textile design students also work industrial design students on projects that involve a textile problematic.

The programmes are set out each semester and are followed by all the students in the year. The course applies the ECTS system: one year equals 60 credits.

The third year is a year of synthesis that involves preparation of the degree project, a long-term internship in a firm and/or a study trip to a foreign school.
The subject of the degree project will be related to the student’s preoccupations and will bear witness to their ability to project themselves in a professional problematic. The result of analysis and reflection around a theme, it takes special needs into account, proposes new values of use and brings an original, innovative solution. It is developed with the support of a project director and the teaching staff.
It produces a concrete creation, be it a textile collection, a one-off or a mass-produced object; it can be developed in partnership with a fashion designer, a designer, an architect, a manufacturer, a stage or space designer. It is accompanied by a thesis in which the student explains his or her choice and specifications, justifies their approach and takes a stand…

Graduate designers evolve in highly varied sectors of the textile industry that range from clothing textile manufacturing industries to car furnishings and design research consultancies in high fashion, ready-to-wear, styles and trends.