- IFA Paris is a certified FEDE Institution
- Duration: 24 months
- Language: English
- Campuses: Paris
- Next intakes: September 2023
- Application fee: €150
- Tuition fee (full program): €12,800
- Resource fee: €400
Young fashion designers have become the key element in reshaping today’s fashion panorama. From the appointment of JW Anderson as Creative Director to Loewe to the acquisition of stakes of Christopher Kane by Kering Group, all events seem to indicate that now more than ever fashion creation remains essential for the activities of large luxury brands and mass-market brands.
Despite an apparent return to a pure and fresh creativity, the components of fashion design related jobs have dramatically changed. Imagining garments in an intuitive way is only one aspect of a designer’s responsibilities. A head designer or a creative director must not only anticipate social and aesthetic changes, but also understand the strategic issues faced by brands in terms of positioning, market potential and communication.
Our Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design was specifically designed to address these changes and is aimed at Fashion Design graduates who want to go beyond product design and development.
The program has 3 main objectives :
- Enriching our students’ fashion and creative culture with modules especially designed for this course. For instance our ‘Fashion Cross Culture’ module was developed with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to provide a more sophisticated approach towards the analysis of cultural discrepancies and their effect on fashion. Another key module would be “Fashion Product Semiology”. It uses semiology as a methodology to decode a garment and to decrypt its aesthetic aspect in order to better understand how it is perceived.
- Developing student creativity with modules such as «Creative Process» that helps students become more aware of their own “creative logic” and increase their potential. The addition of practical workshops will provide students with a new approach on known production and designing techniques. For example the “Pattern and Draping Development” module introduces new research methods based on experimentation and opens new perspectives for students when it comes to finding inspiration.
- Helping our students understand how the fashion industries work and how brand strategies are crafted on a global context. Marketing, organisational issues, financial challenges as well as image and communication strategies will be discussed in a series of various modules
The course ends with students developing their own collection project with the guidance of a tutor. This project includes creating a garment and/or an accessories collection. The process involves designing prototypes for 12 silhouettes as well as developing marketing and business plans. This collection is then examined by a jury of professionals and the best students receive the opportunity to show their work to fashion professionals at the IFA Graduate Show that takes place during The Haute Couture Fashion Week. Students are also tutored to take part in several international contests that represent a great platform for young fashion designers.
As with the other IFA Paris courses, the Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design benefits greatly from its Paris location. With its rich cultural life, its two museums dedicated to fashion, its 6 annual fashion weeks, hundreds of showrooms and textile fairs as well as the vicinity of small-scale crafts industries, the city of lights remains the undisputed fashion capital of the world.
All our programs are articulated around the ECTS framework as defined by the Bologne convention. After completing their course, students receive a total of 120 ECTS that can easily be transferred if they decide to study further.
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.
Contemporary Creativity Analysis
Research & Creative Thinking
Creative Process Workshop
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.
Fashion Cross Culture
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.
Positioning & Pricing
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.
The Fashion Press
Retail & Visual Merchandising
Fashion Photography History & Analysis
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.
Entrepreneurship & Finance
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.
Digital Design Workshop
Innovative Textile Workshop
Pattern & Draping Development
- Bachelor in Fashion Design Graduate or equivalent
- 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)
Documents to provide (in English or translated to English by a certified translator):
- Fill in the online application form
- Latest transcript
- Copy of Bachelor diploma or its equivalence
- Motivation letter
- Passport photo
- Copy of passport
Full tuition fee: €12,800
Resource fee: €400
Full payment must be made before the program start.
Early bird discount (10%) for tuition fee payments, processed at least 7 months in advance of the program start date.
Validation of Prior Experience (VAE – Validation des Acquis de l’Expérience)
Conditions of admissibility:
The requirements that the candidates should meet in the VAE are contained in Act No. 2002-73 of 17 January 2002 of social modernization.
The conditions of admissibility of VAE for the title “Styling and fashion technology” are set as follows:
Have completed at least three years in a company in the fashion-clothing sector so that one’s acquired skills mainly focus around:
- scientific and technological skills related to fashion design and creation of collection, materials, technological solutions of product design, realization of models by the method of pattern making and draping, model prototyping and the launch of manufacturing lines;
- General, economic and organization of production skills;
- Human skills: communication, work, collaborative work, professional adaptability
Procedure for application to the VAE:
The candidate must send to IFA Paris his record consisting of:
– The “Convention of Validation of prior experience”
– The documents which allow to account for this experience and the duration of salaried, non-salaried or volunteers’ activities that he made, and, if necessary, the certificates corresponding to training and the diplomas obtained previously.
– The presentation of 4 detailed professional experiences
IFA Paris decides on the admissibility of the request of the applicant after checking that the conditions are met, including the minimum duration of activity of 3 years.
A provision of support may be proposed by IFA Paris to help the candidate to make his experience presentation file:
- an assistance in the formulation of the experience to validate,
- an assistance to the constitution of the validation file,
- a preparation for the interview with the jury.
The request for approval is subject to a jury composed of 2 members of the school management and 6 external members in activity in the professional sector of the clothing.
The jury reviews the validation file based on this issue and on an interview with the candidate, or on a professional, real or reconstituted situation.
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici – The Italian International Institute
Founded in 1973, Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici (LdM) is among Italy’s most comprehensive and well-established international institution in higher education. In addition to its main campus in Florence, LdM has campuses in Rome and Tuscania. Today, LdM hosts over 3000 students annually from all over the world.
The educational opportunities at each of LdM sites are deeply rooted in their surrounding environments, allowing students to experience first-hand the inspiring culture of both historical and contemporary Italy. LdM integrates formal, university-level learning with an emphasis on personal growth, individual engagement, and community responsibility.
Istituto Lorenzo de’ Medici is committed to delivering a high-quality international learning experience through which students advance their formal educational paths, develop their creativity, realize their own potential, and empower themselves to impact the world around them.
Dedicated international professors, small class sizes, and inspiring academic field trips makes learning at LdM a distinctive and enriching experience for the individual within the context of an international community.
Academic learning is enhanced by the opportunity for personal expression and practical application through interdisciplinary projects and engagement with the professional sector. Courses fall under six main academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Creative Arts, Design, Sciences, Agriculture, and Italian Language and Culture. Classes are conducted in English, except for Italian Language courses, which are taught in Italian. In addition, some courses from other subject areas are featured in Italian for students proficient in the language.
LdM students have integral roles in conferences, festivals, film productions, archaeological digs, restoration projects, fashion events, complementing their academic experience.
Fashion Design, Marketing and Merchandising provides classrooms equipped for creative research, fabric and yarn analyses, and fashion resources. In addition to a vast selection of printed and digital resources available at the LdM main library, the fashion department’s library is specifically focused on apparel and textile research including forecasting, costume history and the business of fashion. The production lab and studios include CAD technology with up-to-date software.
The unique collections and exhibitions of the world renowned museums of Florence play an essential role in the development of individual growth and academic studies. The city offers rich historical and cultural opportunities and provides a background to the fashion program as an extension of the classroom and studio learning experience.
LdM is affiliated with institutions world-wide and authorized in Italy by the Ministry of Education, (December 2, 1989); it is also accredited and recognized by the Tuscany Region as an educational institution (code n. FI0735, July 4, 2012).
IFA offers their graduate students an opportunity to further sharpen their skills in research, exploration and creativity in the birthplace of Italian fashion, Florence.