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Image Designer – Stylist


Continuous studies curriculum development for the new image
 designer - stylist specialty


Financial sources

Leonardo da Vinci - European Community Vocational Training Action Programme


01/11/2001 - 31/10/2003

Project Rationale

The project is strongly oriented towards the labour market and reflects the real market needs: there is a high request in the fashion industry labour market for the highly qualified designers - stylists possessing professional skills and knowledge in various elements of personal image, such as dressing, hairdressing and make-up. In other words, there is some kind of a gap between the demands of the ordinary consumers and the exclusive fashion centres providing a variety of services in portfolio in many European countries.

Project Aims

  •  Introduction of a set of professional competence requirements, acknowledged by all partner institutions and leading to a new Stylist/Image Designer speciality,
  •  Development of a Manual for this speciality embracing the non-university level Curriculum for five modules: hairdressing, sewing, cosmetic, fashion and entrepreneurship.
  •  The Manual and the set of professional competencies will be issued in English - the official project language - so as to make the project results accessible to a wider range of potential users.

Project Beneficiaries

The Curriculum is addressed to the following target groups: students of vocational schools and colleges; employees in the fashion sector industry having basic vocational knowledge in one of the related fields who seek to upgrade and develop their professional competencies. The project aims to enhance their employability in the labour market, develop their ability to independently create workplace for themselves.

An experimental group of students, basic vocational training graduates in respective fields, were recruited and informed about the project from the very start by all partner institutions. After intensive courses on the new speciality, they will go to the partner institution for apprenticeship. This group of students will be the main project participant, assessor and beneficiary. They will be assessed during the final project conference to be held in November 2003.

  •  Students will be required to present their diploma work as an indication of the competencies obtained. This 'exam' will serve as a basis to confer the qualification of Stylist/Image Designer.
  •  The Diploma and International Certificate will be conferred to the successful graduates.

Certification and Validation

  •  The agreement to be reached on a set of the professional competencies by all the partner institutions will lead to the continuation of the project.
  •  Certification of the Curriculum and a set of professional competencies by the partner countries.

Project partners

Module development, pilot-testing, validation:

  1.  Helsinki City College of Culinary Art, Fashion and Beauty, Finland
  2.  The Private Lycée for Hairdressing in Lyon, France
  3.  Purvciema Secondary Crafts School, Riga, Latvia
  4.  Kaunas Light Industry and Service Business School, Lithuania
  5.  The Faculty of Design and Technologies, KTU, Lithuania
  6.  Kolping College, Lithuania

Methodological support, expertise and evaluation:

  1.  The Centre for Vocational Education and Research, VMU, Lithuania

Acknowledgement and certification of the project results

  1.  Methodical Centre for VET, Lithuania
  2.  The Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia


  1.  Kaunas Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Crafts, Lithuania
  2.  Rigas 34 Fashion and Sewing School, Latvia

Practical training

  1.  JSC Vilarga Ltd, Lithuania

Project Coordinator

Kaunas Light Industry and Service Business School
Karaliaus Mindaugo pr. 11, Kaunas, LT-3000
Tel.: +370 37 221723, Fax.: +370 37 205990