How long does it take to receive feedback on my application?
It takes about 5 working days to receive an answer regarding your application and the next steps (once you have paid the application fee, uploaded all necessary documents and submitted the application).
Are there any scholarships available?
Visit our scholarship page for information on undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships offers.
What happens if I don’t have all the required documents now?
The applicant may be given a Conditional Admission Letter if they have successfully fulfilled all requirements for admission but are still missing an essential document, like an IELTS score or a final transcript of previous studies. In such a case, the applicant needs to proceed with the payment of tuition fees as with a normal Admission Letter in order to secure his/her seat in the program. The applicant will be fully enrolled by the academic department upon the reception of the missing document. If the applicant fails to provide the missing document, the school keeps the right of reevaluating the student’s enrollment first. In case of the school’s rejection, the student will be refunded the paid tuition fee, excluding a €500 management fee and the bank transfer fees. IFA Paris is not liable for any financial loss (accommodation, travel fare and any fees or charges) incurred by the student due to admission refusal.
I am applying for a fashion design course and need to provide a portfolio. What should I include in my portfolio?
If you are applying for our Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology or Bachelor Fashion Sustainability – Design Major, please provide: Mood board (collect and collage the reference pictures representing your vision), Free hand illustrations and sketches related to your mood board, Fabric swatches that will fit to your sketches, Photos representing your style, Some research showing which type of customer you are designing for and their personas. If you are applying for our Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design, then you should include your finished looks or final collection.
What if I haven’t graduated yet and don’t have my high school diploma yet?
For example, if you are in your final year of high school and are joining one of our Bachelor programs in the fall intake, you can start your online application and then provide the high school diploma once you receive it. It is important to start your online application as soon as possible to secure your seat.
I am not a native English speaker. What are the language requirements?
As all our programs are taught in English, we require students to provide proof of sufficient English level in form of the IELTS or TOEFL (min. scores required can be found on our Requirements page).
Alternatively, if you have previously followed education in English, we require a letter from that school or institute stating this and you could be exempt from providing the IELTS or TOEFL. We will also be able to evaluate your English level in the online interview and the final decision lies with our admissions team.
How difficult is it to be admitted?
IFA Paris values those applicants that are committed to a career in fashion and eager to learn the skills and knowledge needed to reach that goal. We will focus more on your personality, your motivation and your talents than on your past academic results, especially if you are applying for creative programs.
The chances of getting into the program will be largely based on each individual’s educational background, motivation and work experiences. For students who have achieved above 75% of average score during their undergraduate studies will stand out among the candidates. Students who have also excelled in extracurricular activities, held leadership roles, and/or developed a comprehensive resume, or taken exams like GMAT or GRE will have a distinct advantage when applying to this course. Please note IFA Paris evaluates each individual without any biases and will consider each applicant based on their application form, supporting documents, interview, exam, personal merits and accolades.
Each portion of the evaluation process will be weighted, thus, an applicant who may feel their desire to learn is greater than what their past educational history may indicate should not waver in their decision to apply. So although the applicant’s supporting files will account for 40% of the overall evaluation process, the remaining 60% will be based on how well he performs in the interview and exam.
What will be asked at the interview?
The purpose of the interview is to get to know you, your motivation and your career goals as well as your academic background, your past experiences in related fields and your motivation of inspiration.
What do the postgraduate courses online exam consist of?
The exam is made of multiple choices and open ended questions. The exam has a time limit of two hours. There is no particular preparation as the test is based on your current knowledge. It will be done online on our Learning Management System. Our admissions team will provide you with a link.
How can someone who lives overseas take the interview?
IFA Paris accepts students from all over the world and is mindful of location and time differences thus the interview will either take place via Skype, a telephone number you provide, or in some cases a face-to-face interview if you are near one of our campuses.
What if I need to postpone my studies?
The student who wishes to postpone studies after enrollment must submit the Application for Postponement of Studies Form at least 80 days before the beginning of the program or semester. The Academic Department will start the process after the Course Director approves the application. The Student is only allowed to postpone once during the entire Course. The Student who has postponed studies can no longer withdraw or apply for a tuition fee reimbursement.
The Student who wishes to resume studies following postponement, provided there is space in the preferred semester, must contact the Academic Department to complete and submit the Application for Resuming of Studies Form within 2 years from notice of postponement and at least 90 days before the beginning of the next session. Tuition will be charged according to the cost of tuition fees in the year in which the Student returns.
Is it possible to withdraw from my course?
In case of withdrawal from the Course, the Student must complete the Statement of Withdrawal Form and present it to the Academic Department.
Below are listed the different cases of refund:
- Once tuition fee payment has been completed, the Applicant has a period of 14 days to withdraw from the Course without giving explanation and will receive full refund of the payment. The Applicant has to provide the bank transfer document to the School in order to prove the date and time of the payment.
- If the Statement of Withdrawal Form is submitted more than 90 days before the beginning of the Course, The Student will be refunded 100% of the paid tuition fee excluding a 500 € management fee.
- If the Statement of Withdrawal Form is submitted between 90 and 61 days before the beginning of the Course, The Student will be refunded 60% of the paid tuition fee excluding a 500 € management fee.
- If the Statement of Withdrawal Form is submitted between 60 and 31 days before the beginning of the Course, The Student will be refunded 30% of the paid tuition fee excluding a 500 € management fee.
- If the Statement of Withdrawal Form is submitted within 30 days or less from the beginning of the Course, The Student will not be eligible for a refund.
How many students are accepted per class?
We generally accept between 15–25 students depending on the number of qualified candidates. It is highly recommended to apply as early as possible to ensure your seat in your desired intake and program.
What type of background will my classmates have?
Students across the world have been part of the unique learning experience made possible through IFA Paris. To date, our courses have enrolled students from: France, Italy, Spain, USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, UK, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, Colombia, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, Ghana, India, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt, PR China, only to name a few. At IFA Paris, we have students from over 50 nationalities.
By bringing together a diverse, international group of undergraduate and postgraduate students, IFA Paris gives students the opportunity to gain a global perspective on fashion.
What does the tuition fee cover?
The tuition fee covers the cost of education, which includes academic management, access to the Learning Management System, classes given by lecturers, visits and presentations from the industry, projects, academic materials, classroom space and reading materials. The tuition fee does not cover the student’s airplane tickets, accommodation and personal expenses during the course, fabrics, photocopy and printing fees, transportation for visits, visa application fees for any study location or delivery fees of any administrative documents to be received.
Can I be reimbursed my application fee?
Unfortunately no, we do not reimburse the application fee under any circumstance.
What does the application process consist of?
Following an applicant’s admission, registration is finalized when he or she has signed the Student Agreement and submitted the full tuition payment, including all bank transfer fees incurred. Following receipt of these items the applicant will hereby become a IFA Paris student.