Master of Arts Contemporary Fashion Design

  • IFA PARIS Master of Arts Accredited by IDEL as "International Master"

  • “Contemporary design & global industry perspective in Paris”
  • Develop your Collection in the Atelier IFA Paris
  • 15-month program in English 
  • INTAKE: September 2017
  • TOTAL WORKLOAD: 3,078 hours
  • LIMITED TO 20 students 


Admission requirements:

  • Bachelor Graduate or significant professional experience in related fields
  • IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 79 (or equivalence) or proof of study in English, for non-native English speakers
  • Interview (on campus or Skype)
  • Working experience (internships are taken into account)

Documents to provide:

  • Fill in the online application form
  • Latest transcript
  • Copy of Bachelor diploma or its equivalence
  • Motivation letter
  • Portfolio
  • Resume/CV
  • Passport photo
  • Copy of passport

Creative Culture
In order to to generate relevant concepts and products fashion designers consistently have to question their own creative process in light of changes in their social, economic and cultural environments. Through the different modules of this group students will transcend an the definition of intuitive creativity in order to build their own artistic framework based on their personal motivation and intellectual process. The goal is to help them fully tap into their creative mind and therefore maximize their innovation capabilities.

Modules include:
Contemporary Creativity Analysis
Research & Creative Thinking
Creative Process Workshop

Fashion Environment
A strong interest towards art as well as curiosity towards other creative fields are necessary to feed fashion creativity. Aesthetic knowledge is built through analysizing various genres of imagery, graphics, color, painting, sculpture, architecture or design of artifacts. Through modules such as Fashion Ethnography, Fashion Cross-Culture developped in partnership with the Paris Musée des Arts Décoratifs, or Fashion Product Semiology, students will further analyse how fashion adresses the notions of appearance and status. Ultimately students wille be able to decode the meanings behind shapes, volumes, détail or colors of any range of fashion products.

Modules include:
Fashion Ethnography
Fashion Cross Culture
Creative Context
Trends & Future
Fashion Product Semiology

Marketing & Management

This group of modules analyzes and reflects on marketing strategies for fashion brands and provides a rigorous outline to manage them. Students examine the differences in marketing high fashion brands versus mass-market brands. Observing processes impacting brands identity, positionning, pricing, distribution and communication help students to understand the inherent challenges of the broad contemporary fashion market. The power of a brand will be analyzed through its value, its social, contractual and semiotic dimensions. Students will familiarize themeselves with the required comprehensive tools for branding in order to build coherent strategies for their own fashion brand. The need for future fashion entrepreneurs to develop innovative fashion concepts in specific markets of today’s global fashion industry is also addressed.  

Modules include:

Positionning & Pricing
Fashion Distribution
Consumer Behavior
Sourcing & Supply Chain Issues

Image & Communication

Comprehensive communication and innovative design presentations are crucial for fashion houses to stand out in a crowded market place. The different modules of this chapter will train students to merge the proper wording and imagery akin to fashion communication campaigns developed in the international arena. More specifically, the knowledge and skills imparted will focus on media strategic planning, visual communication through styling, written communication through traditional and digital channels, public relation techniques and event management for fashion shows.

Modules include:

The Fashion Press
Retail & Visual Merchandising
Photographic Styling
Fashion Photography History & Analysis

Business issues

Fashion designers or Art directors must understand the legal and business framework of the fashion industry in order to converse efficiently with brand managers. Within this module grouping students will discover the realities of the Fashion industry from an economic and financial point of view. They will explore the challenges faced by start-up companies and learn the best practices for writing a business plan. That includes analyzing and evaluating growth potential in new businesses, minimizing financial risks while identifying industry key success factors necessary for a brand to grow and flourish within today’s competitive global economy.

Modules include:

Entrepreneurship & Finance
Intellectual Property

Technical Issue

Reaslistically a future career in fashion cannot be conceived whithout an in-depth knowledge of clothes construction. Within this module grouping students will strenghten their knowledge and skills to handle a multiplicity of garments and textile types through the apprenticeship of  both traditional and high-tech production techniques. They will also be exposed to the role of technology in creating new textiles and designs. Upon completion of this module grouping students will have grasped the fabrication processes and practical issues involved in bringing a garment to life.

Modules include:

Digital Design Workshop
Innovative Textile Workshop
Pattern & Draping Development

The following are some of the careers available to graduates of this course:


Art Director (Fashion)

The Art director manages all the creative aspects of a fashion brand. He/she is responsible for the coherence between the products, the image and the identity of a brand. He/she is in charge of various collections (pre-collections, catwalk collections, accessories…etc) and the different ways the products are shown (fashion show, adverts, store concepts, visual merchandising…). The Art director has to mix a very strong creative and visual universe with good communication skills and an analytic approach of brands.

Head Designer

The Head designer is the link between the Art Director and the teams in charge of designing the collections and products. He/she must understand and communicate the Art Director vision and lead the designers to translate it onto real products. Both creative and team management skills are required.

Independent Designer

An independent designer is the founder and art director of a new brand. He/she has to design collections according to the positioning and the identity of the brand he/she has created and promote it. An independent designer must have a global vision of his/her brand and must be able to work closely with managers in order to develop the brand according to this vision.