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Bachelor / Master
Creation and Management of the perfum industry

The world of perfume is that of chemistry. Although not all perfumers have a strong scientific background, mastering the fundamentals of organic chemistry, perfume chemistry and laboratory work is still necessary in order to validate the course.

Nonetheless, the .cole Sup.rieure du Parfum was built around a specific educational project: to enable all students who are passionate about this industry, and who have the necessary work capacity and motivation, to have access to this field of work.

Scientific teaching is therefore kept to the basics, with only the notions necessary to an efficient professional practice being taught. Moreover, the practical aspect is strongly encouraged, not only by linking science disciplines to the world of perfume but also by dedicating an important part of the course to tutorials.

 

Program

Programme

Years 1 & 2

Most of the science teaching is related to organic chemistry, which is at the heart of fragrance chemistry. The preparation methods, reactivity and related reaction mechanisms will be looked at for each family of compounds. Science teaching is consequently, as much as possible, linked to the world of perfume. However, students’ immersion in this world does not stop here as they are in contact with raw materials as of their first year, in order to start developing their knowledge and olfactory sensitivity as soon as possible.

 

The acquisition of a rich and accurate general culture is also an important component of the first two years. Through the study of the history of ideas and artistic movements, the program addresses fundamental issues related to the perfume industry: sensitivity, aesthetics, etc.

 

Finally, English is at the heart of the program, as the main objective is to enable students to master the language at a professional level by the end of the course.

1 Année 1 / Feel
Lessons

Feeling & expression

Analysis

Creation

Management

Hours Credit
English
General culture
Lessons general sciences : Support
Mathematics
Informatic
General inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Raw materials
Introduction to the perfume industry
2 Année 2 / analyze
Lessons

Feeling & expression

Analysis

Creation

Management

Hours Credit
English
General culture
Mathematics
Informatic
General inorganic chemistry
Organic chemistry
Technology - Chemical Engineering
Raw materials
Introduction to the perfume industry

Year 3

As of the third year, teaching is oriented towards perfume creation. Here, students learn how to design an initial scent in order to achieve a desired fragrance through the composition of basic matches and the progressive assembly of various raw materials, carefully selected and measured. Naturally, creation depends on the mastery of raw materials, an understanding of the context in which the fragrance will be used (luxury or functional perfumery) and a knowledge of the successful creative trends, but it also largely depends on individual capabilities in terms of imagination and creativity.

 

At the end of the first three years, each student should know about and have mastered the use of about 300 raw materials: their origin, how to source them, their physicochemical properties, their use in order to produce a particular olfactory effect.

3 Année 3 / Exprimer
Lessons

Feeling & expression

Analysis

Creation

Management

Hours Credit
English
Lessons general sciences : Support
Informatic
Fragrance Chemistry
Raw materials
Technical analysis fragrances
Development concentrates
History of perfumery and perfume
Perfume vocabulary
Regulation
The development of a perfume
Oenology and flavors
Management Principles
Marketing
The design houses
Luxury Industries
Lectures and Tours

Years 4&5

As of the fourth year, students will be introduced to the managerial issues related to sales and marketing, as every student should all be able to base their creative approach.

 

The fifth year consists of two key stages: a 6-month internship period, followed by a final project, which is none other than a perfume development project. This final year is the kick-off point for the career of our students. The internship period enables students to specify their professional goals, whilst the final project serves as an essential component of graduates’ “business card”.The final project should address all aspects of the creation process, including the drafting of prototypes. The completed project will be presented before a jury of recognised professionals, as in a real project launch, and should mention issues such as branding, packaging, bottle design, etc.

4 Année 4 / Manager
Lessons

Feeling & expression

Analysis

Creation

Management

Hours Credit
English
Fragrance Chemistry
Raw materials
Technical analysis fragrances
Development concentrates
Alcoholic and functional perfumery Perfumery
GLP & production
Agreements
Classifications and perfume genealogies
Regulation
Law , patents and protection of creation
The development of a perfume
Monographs
Oenology and flavors
Marketing
The design houses
Luxury industries
Technical communications
Research project management
Lectures and Tours
5 Année 5 / Manager
Lessons

Feeling & expression

Analysis

Creation

Management

Hours Credit
Research project management
Lectures and Tours
Tutoring