New Outdoor Industry Degree: Performance Textiles


If you’ve ever won­dered how you can get into the indus­try of mak­ing per­for­mance jack­ets, shoes, and packs, you might want to con­sid­er study­ing in France.

The new Per­for­mance Sports Tex­tile and Footwear pro­gram has been com­bined with the Inter­na­tion­al Sales Spe­cial­ists in Sports pro­gram at IUT Annecy to cre­ate an in-depth Bach­e­lor’s degree that will come in handy in the out­door indus­try. The pro­gram will take sev­en months to com­plete with a three-month intern­ship with a brand in the out­door industry.

Not only would you be learn­ing some cool skills, but you would be liv­ing in an excep­tion­al nat­ur­al envi­ron­ment with moun­tains and lakes to ski, hike, and par­tic­i­pate in oth­er out­door shenani­gans. The region is rec­og­nized as a key hub for the indus­try in Europe.

It’s a small class size—20 students—and the can­di­dates are select­ed based on their moti­va­tion and tran­scripts. In oth­er words, you’ve got to real­ly want to make it in this busi­ness and have some skills to show that you mean it. The good thing is that you don’t need any pri­or knowl­edge or stud­ies in tech­ni­cal tex­tiles. You do need two years of uni­ver­si­ty-lev­el stud­ies, be flu­ent in Eng­lish, and have an inter­est in out­door sports and sports indus­try in general.

The pro­grams are sup­port­ed by such brands as Arc’teryx, Bur­ton, Patag­o­nia, The North Face, and many others.