A New French School of Perfumery Will Open its Doors in Paris in 2011 {Fragrance News}




A new advanced school of perfumery will train its first contingent of students from September 2011 in Paris, France with the mission to develop a transversal approach to the field. So-called "noses" will be able to develop their creative and technical skills but so too will other professionals needed by the fragrance industry in the sourcing of materials, marketing, evaluation, international distribution etc. It is called L'Ecole Supérieure du Parfum...


This new institution is linked to the network of Ecoles de Condé which are arts schools located in Lyon, Paris, Nancy and Nice. L'Ecole Supérieure du Parfum will be located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris on one of the arts schools' sites. It aims to recruit students fresh out of high-school and to offer them an extensive 5-year study program which can be custom-tailored after a while to their strengths.

The selection is very competitive as only about 20 students will be chosen each year. Kévin Guénéguan, the President of Ecoles de Condé uses the term "grande école" referring himself to the highly selective educational system in France which runs parallel to the university one, but unlike for a state-sponsored "grande école" students will have to pay tuition fees instead of being paid themselves as future civil servants. The first-year tuition amounts to 7, 350€.

A goal of 10% international student quota has been set as of today.

The two first years of the program are predominantly scientific but the primary criterium the school will look at is "unfaltering passion" and motivation. Special courses will help students who need it to reach the required level in sciences.

The deadline for admissions is 20 April 2011. A secondary list will be open between May 30th and June 30th if the first list did not fill all the slots available.

The mission statement was expressed in French by Maurice Alhadève the former director of ISIPCA from 2002 to 2006? He in particular explained what professions young people can hope to prepare for,

"Quels sont ces autres métiers auxquels vous faites référence ?

Il ne faut pas oublier que l’industrie de la cosmétique et donc du parfum contribue à hauteur de plusieurs dizaines de milliards d’euros à l’économie française et représente le quatrième poste d’exportation. Au total ce sont plusieurs centaines d'entreprises qui sont répertoriées dans ce secteur. Les opportunités d’emplois sont donc nombreuses pour les profils que nous souhaitons former au sein de l’Ecole Supérieure du Parfum en combinant expertise créative et qualités opérationnelles et managériales.

Schématiquement, au-delà du métier de création à proprement parler, les gisements d’emplois concernent à la fois la partie amont du secteur : le sourcing matières premières, le contrôle qualité, la production, le traitement des problématique de sécurité et de développement durable et la partie avale : technico-commercial, responsable réseau / point de vente, marketing (notamment appliqué), formation, export et distribution internationale.

Entre les deux, par exemple, les métiers de l’évaluation exercés chez les fournisseurs concentrés parfumants au sein des marques me semblent particulièrement intéressants puisqu’ils font le trait d’union entre les attentes des équipes marketing et la création. Ils sont ainsi parfaitement en ligne avec la stratégie pédagogique de l’Ecole Supérieure du Parfum !


Maurice Alhadève

Président du conseil de perfectionnement de l’Ecole Supérieure du Parfum"

Thus far, the school of perfumery of reference for the public was ISIPCA, situated in Versailles. Its graduates who destine themselves to being perfumers often have to perfect themselves in internal perfumery schools which are part of large fragrance and flavor cpmpanies such as Givaudan, IFF or Symrise. Despite the selective process of admission to a general perfumery school like ISIPCA, the problem of employment remains afterwards as not all of its graduates will find jobs matching their qualifications within the fragrance industry.

A better, broader  and more informed perspective on the variety of fragrance-related professions might be the beginning of a solution.

Via Le Post; Ecole Supérieure du Parfum


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