- IFA Paris is a certified FEDE Institution
- Duration: 24 months
- Language: English
- Campuses: Paris, Istanbul, Online
- Next intakes: September 2023
- Application fee: €150
- Tuition fee (full program):
- Resource fee: €400
More than ever, fashion professionals need to display flexibility and the capacity to adapt to a tougher economic environment, but also to changing consumer trends and shifts in the fashion system, with increasing demand for more sustainable and ethical business practices. Companies are looking for managers that can develop more engaging and social experiences to encourage consumers to connect, and can confidently navigate innovative strategies in a digital environment.
Offered since 2008, our MBA Fashion Management has been completely revamped to take full advantage of IFA Paris’ heritage and cultural specificities and our expertise in cutting-edge technologies and in adapting more sustainable practices for the fashion industry.
Our priority: to provide our graduates the excellent marketing and management skills required to navigate this changing landscape. As the industry is gearing towards creating more niches to sustain long-term profitability for its products or services, we have developed THREE majors that achieve a blending between the French traditional savoir-faire and an in-depth understanding of the future needs of the fashion apparel, fashion media, and the luxury industry:
The rise of social media has re-established the notions of accountability and transparency as core values our society needs to uphold. The notions of diversity, inclusivity and environment preservation have been rightfully elevated from the status of mere “fashion faux pas” to imperative issues that must be solved.
Is fashion failing us? A difficult question to answer since it put brands and consumers in front of their responsibilities. A question, nonetheless, we have a moral obligation to answer!
The MBA in Fashion Management – Apparel Major, has been restructured to ensure candidates will be trained to become mindful industry leaders. The ability to read, and anticipate societal changes, is at the centre of the pedagogical strategy implemented within this program.
Our MBA Courses are structured with the ECTS framework in mind as set by the Bologna Convention. Upon completion of their studies participants will gather a total of 120 ECTS that they will be able to transfer if they wish to further their studies.
The online program takes place live and in real-time (Paris or Istanbul local time) and you will interact with the lecturer and other students through our online platform. However, if you cannot attend or miss a live class, every session is also recorded and saved, so you can go back and watch it at a later suitable time for you.
The first year is devoted to the acquisition of core skills and competencies in a classroom environment.
This intensive and practical training is delivered via taught modules organized in four module groupings.
Two of these modules’ groupings constitute the core components of the MBA Fashion Management. It is common to all three majors (Luxury, Apparel, Media):
Marketing & Management
This grouping encompasses a series of modules that will be sequentially planned based on the structure of a marketing plan. The overall body of knowledge acquired by the students will prepare them to:
Analyse complex marketing challenges based on practical case studies
Allocate resources strategically to achieve pre-determined objectives
Craft brand DNAs allowing for the achievement of a sustainable competitive advantage.
The capacity to listen and interpret markets’ signals is a key component of today’s managers. It needs to be continuously cultivated. Within this module grouping students will discover the idiosyncrasies of the fashion industry from an economic and financial viewpoint.
In addition to the core module, this Apparel Major is centred around two module groupings, representing almost half of the curriculum:
Students get a thorough understanding of all the steps of the logistics activities of a fashion house, from sourcing and buying, to retail and distribution.
In Collection Development, students are being immersed in a workshop environment allowing them to get an intensive and practical training based on each development stage of a fashion collection, from inception to commercialization.
This module grouping prepare our students to address the future needs of a competitive fashion industry, whether it is the adoption of new technologies, the implementation of cutting-edge quality processes or the consideration of contemporary fashion phenomena.
The second year is dedicated to the implementation and experimentation of these skills through the completion of a compulsory internship and the development of the Capstone thesis, a unique and individual project that owes much to IFA Paris learning by doing pedagogy.
In the Capstone Project, students are expected to create a link between the course knowledge and their practical understanding of the industry’s up-to-date best practices to prepare a fully-fledged plan for a business venture.
Finally, from inception to graduation, and regardless of their location, postgraduate students of IFA Paris will benefit from the support of a unique department called the “Career and Alumni Centre”.
Capitalizing on strong collaborations with groups such as LVMH, Richemont or Kering, the Career and Alumni Centre will give access to exclusive brand launch events, fashion shows, art exhibitions or professional trade-shows in order to build the students’ own professional network.
Year 1: 60 ECTS
Marketing & Management – 18 ECTS
Business Issues – 13 ECTS
Fashion Processes – 16 ECTS
Fashion Environment – 13 ECTS
Year 2: 60 ECTS
Internship – 20 ECTS
Capstone Project – 40 ECTS
- Preferably 2 years of professional experience (Internships are taken into account)
- Bachelor Graduate
- Significant professional experience in related fields preferred, but not required (internships are taken into account).
- 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)
- Online test
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 equivalence
- Motivation letter
- Passport photo
- Copy of passport
All applications will be reviewed by the Program Director and Academic Director of the postgraduate department. Should applicants be deemed to not meet the minimum admission requirements in terms of academic background, they will be asked to enroll in a Foundation Workshop held prior to the starting date of their MBA Program.
Full tuition fee: €14,800
Resource fee: €400
Istanbul/Paris or Istanbul:
Full tuition fee: €14,800
Resource fee: €400
*Turkish language classes to be eligible for student visa: €420 + €50 visa fee
*Required by the Turkish educational system to obtain a student visa and find accommodation easier. The language classes are organized by IFA Paris in cooperation with the Turkish government and is conducted online. Once you register and pay the required fees, you will be automatically enrolled. The classes are adapted to foreign students to make it more beneficial and fun for them to integrate what they learn into their new lives in the city.
Full tuition fee: €9,500
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.
What is included in the Tuition Fee:
- Microsoft Office Pack
- Access to IFA’s Online Learning Management System (LMS)
- Course Material
- Access to all guest lectures
- Access to all campus talks
What is included in the Resource Fee:
- Access to IFA Paris E-Library
- Remote Access to WGSN
What is not included in the fees:
- Expenses related to module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards…etc)
- Printing and photocopying costs
- Any air fares and accommodation costs
Material Requirements (Online)
- A recent computer with a recent operating system
- A good internet connection
- An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers)
- Microphone & Headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)