GRASSE
Valorization & commercialization of plants, perfumes & aromas

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 École Supérieure 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.

In Grasse, the school offers a second curriculum dedicated to the commercialization and valorization of plants, perfumes and aromas.

Programme

Year 1

The aim of the first and the second years of training is to assimilate the scientific skills needed to understand the industry of perfume and aromas. Most of the scientific courses are related to organic chemistry which is at the heart of the fragrance chemistry. In order to start developing their knowledge and olfactive sensibility, olfaction and creation have also an important part of the curriculum.

Year 1
PROGRAMME A 1 HOURS ECTS CREDITS
GENERAL COURSES 305 28,5
General culture & Communication
History of Perfume
Mathematics
Biology & Physiology
English
PRACTICAL TRAINING 305 28,5
Perfume chemistry
Olfaction & creation
Good laboratory techniques & practices
PROFESSIONAL APPROACH 30 3
The perfume industry
End-of-year internship & oral exam

Year 2

From year two, students are confronted to regulation, production and quality control issues. They also start to work on projects related to the transformation of plants.

Year 2
PROGRAMME A 2 HOURS ECTS CREDITS
GENERAL COURSES 274 21
General culture & communication
Mathematics
Biology & physiology
English
PRACTICAL TRAINING 327 27
Perfume chemistry
Olfaction & creation
Production & quality
Sensory analysis
PROFESSIONAL APPROACH 83 12
The perfume industry
Rules & regulations
Project management
End-of-year internship & oral exam

Year 3

From the third year, teaching is oriented towards transformation and valorization of plants, as well as perfumes and aromas creation. 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. A special focus is made on natural raw materials extracted from local plants.
At the end of the third year, each student is able to master the use of about 300 raw materials : their origin and their physicochemical properties in order to produce a particular olfactive effect.

Year 3
PROGRAMME A 3 HOURS ECTS CREDITS
GENERAL COURSES 192 19,5
General culture & communication
Marketing
Management
English
PRACTICAL TRAINING 326 19,5
Perfume chemistry
Olfaction & creation
Production & quality
Sensory analysis
PROFESSIONAL APPROACH 237 21
The perfume industry
Rules & regulations
Packaging
Environment & sustainable development
Oenology & taste
Project management
End-of-year internship & oral exam

Year 4

As of the fourth year, students may choose one of the two main specialties :

  • International business option which focuses on marketing, sales and exports issues
  • Aromatherapy and phytotherapy option which focuses on development of products that can be obtained from aromatic and medicinal plants and the ways these can be used
Year 4
PROGRAMME A 4 HOURS ECTS CREDITS
GENERAL COURSES 105 9
General culture & communication
English
PRACTICAL TRAINING 355 30
Plants, transformation & quality
Formulation & olfaction
Use of plants and derivatives
Commercialization & business
Supply chain & risk management
PROFESSIONAL APPROACH 165 15
Plants, aromas and perfume industry
Thematic conferences
Business & entrepreneurship
Project & End-of-year internship
Options
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS 75 6
AROMATHERAPY & PHYTOTHERAPY 75 6

Year 5

The fifth year is organised into two main stages : the first semester is dedicated to the enhancement of professional skills. The second semester is built around a six months internship period, then the diploma thesis.

Year 5
PROGRAMME A 5 HOURS ECTS CREDITS
SEMESTER 1 325 36
General culture & communication
English
Plants, transformation & quality
Formulation & olfaction
Use of plants and derivatives
Commercialization & business
Supply chain & risk management
Project management
Thematic conferences
SEMESTER 2 / 24
Internship and master thesis

 

ADMISSION PROCESS

Admissions are based on a personnal interview and are reserved for students coming from the following sections of the French education system (or equivalent): S, ES, L (maths option), STI, STL and STAV (or equivalent). There will be a refresher course on the scientific subjects at the start of term for students who come from the ES, L or STAV streams (compulsory) as well as for those coming from the STI and STL streams (optional).