Key Information

  • IFA Paris is a certified FEDE Institution
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Language: English
  • Campuses: Paris, Shanghai, Istanbul, Online
  • Next intakes: Sept. 2022, Jan. 2023
  • Application fee: €150
  • Tuition fee/year:
    Paris €9,400
    Shanghai ¥85,000
    Istanbul €8,200
    Online €6,500
  • Resource fee/year: €400

Introduction (Paris, Istanbul, Shanghai)

Introduction (Online)

Program Structure (Paris, Istanbul, Shanghai)

The course is organized around 3 Ateliers lasting each 30 academic weeks. Each atelier encompasses specific module groupings structured around various themes.

The 3 Ateliers correspond to the 3 levels identified within the Higher Education Framework. The course is constructed in compliance with the Bologna Convention principles and grant participants, upon completion, a total of 180 ECTS (60 ECTS per Atelier or year).

The underlying rationale behind this course construction is to allow students to be immersed in an environment that mimics what their working conditions will be like in a fashion studio. The assessment strategy uses a perfect balance between summative and formative assessments in order to improve skills not only on core disciplines but also in project planning and time management. Projects are concurrently conducted between all modules in order to improve students’ transferrable skills, allowing them to link skills and competencies from various domains.

First Atelier: Discovery

The first atelier is conducted as the first year of the Bachelor Course. Under the framework of Higher Education Programs, the first Atelier is equivalent to a HE Level 4. Students are following core modules in order to discover the universe of fashion. They will acquire basic skills in design, construction, digital fashion and fashion history in order to lay the pedagogical foundation of their learning curve.

Fashion Design 1 :
In the first installment of this module grouping, students will discover the fundamental skills of fashion design :

How to sketch women and men figurines and technical drawings of each type of garments
How to use colors and create color ranges adapted to fashion
How to design prints and integrate them into a garments collection
How to develop a creative research methodology and exacerbate their curiosity and creativity
How to express their inspirations and ideas through mood boards, illustrations, stylization and complete professional portfolios
How to build and structure a collection plan.

Fashion Workshop 1 :
Fashion design is not only abstract conceptions, and creativity must be supported by practical experimentation and technical researches. In this first installment of Fashion Workshop, students will experiment different dying methods and printing techniques, work on silhouette construction through styling, discover and analyze various Artists and Designers through attending International exhibitions or work on the implementation of concept and developed in the Fashion Design Module.

Digital Fashion Design 1 :
Mastering the right software is absolutely essential in today’s fashion industry : it’s necessary to design precise technical sketches and to present ideas and designs in a professional way. In the first installment of this module, students will learn the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator and In-Design.

Pattern Making and Draping 1 :
The knowledge of fashion is incomplete without a good understanding of construction. In the first installment of this module students will discover the two main methods to develop clothes : pattern making and draping. They will learn how to create patterns directly from body measurements or by draping on a dummy according to IFA Paris own construction techniques, developed by our own lecturers over 2 decades. At the end of the first level students will be able to design the patterns of usual skirts, shirts and dresses.

Production 1 :
Fashion designers have to imagine every details and finishing of the garments they create, that’s why mastering the garment production process is so important. At the first level students will learn gradually different sewing and finishing methods to produce complete garments such as skirts and shirts.

Fashion History and Culture :
Know the past and understand the present to create the future. Like every creative field, fashion is a culture and it’s essential to know its history and development before being able to visualize the directions it will take. Through lectures, researches and presentation of archives, students will discover the evolution of fashion through time and analyze the works, style and inspiration of the most important fashion designers with a special focus on the masters of the international fashion from the last forty years.

Second Atelier: Experimentation

The second atelier is conducted as the second year of the Bachelor Course. Under the Higher Education Programs framework, the second atelier is equivalent to a HE Level 5. In this stage of their learning experience students are invited to develop their creativity through experimentation. Specific themes such as men’s wear, children’s wear or knitting workshop will be covered through interlinked modules. The pedagogical objective is to improve participants’ critical thinking.

Fashion Design 2 :
In the second installment of this module students will apply the skills acquired during the first year and experiment new inspirations and concepts in various fashion projects including menswear collection, accessories collection, children’s wear collection and fabric transformation. They will have to adapt their personal ideas to different kind of products and market segments and understand how to adapt their own creativity to main fashion trends.

Fashion Workshop 2 :
In connection to Fashion Design 2, students will continue to explore various techniques and practical methods that can enhance their creative expression. They will experiment embroideries, pleating or knitting methods that will allow them to imagine more elaborate fashion products. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate with professional suppliers and external workshops to experiment the management of the supply chain which is an important part of the job of a fashion designer.

Digital Fashion Design 2 :
The second part of this module is designed as a workshop supporting the development of students’ creations in Fashion Design as well as in Fashion Workshop. By this stage students will be guided by their instructors in order to assess which software is better suited to their creative and personal requirements. The objective is to experiment and find the best tool to generate fashion design portfolios and presentation reflecting the students’ own identities.

Pattern Making and Draping 2 :

Building up on Pattern Making and Draping 1, the module will allow students to learn how to combine two-dimensional and three-dimensional approaches to find the best methodology so as to create the patterns for any kind of garments. They will experiment how to adapt the classical construction of pants, tailored jackets, kimono and raglan sleeves to create the pattern of their most creative designs.

Production 2 :

Like in the PMD module, the main goal of the second level production module is to lead students to be able to choose and practice the best production strategy and finishing method to maximize the quality of the finished garments they have to produce.

Digital Fashion Product :

It’s very important to keep students up to date with the latest changes within the fashion industry. While the software developed by Lectra is a usual support in fashion production, 3D printing is a brand-new technology that is bound to become inevitable in the future. In this module students will learn the basic use of Lectra and one 3D graphic software they will later experiment with in the completion of fashion projects.

Textile Technology :

Fabric is still the main raw material of fashion, that’s why it’s essential to fashion students to have a deep knowledge of textile products. Through lectures, researches and workshops, students will learn how fabrics are produced from fibers to weaving and knitting, understand their various characteristics, textures and qualities and experiment their best uses for garment production according to their specificities.

Fashion Marketing 1 :

Although a creative one, fashion is an industry and fashion design is also affected by a brand strategy, market segmentation or price positioning. In this module student will learn the basic marketing tools and explore the key success factors that lead fashion brand to success.

Third Atelier: Imprint

The third atelier is conducted as the third year of the Bachelor Course. Under the Higher Education Programs framework, the third atelier is equivalent to a HE Level 6. In the final process of their learning experience, students will focus on expressing their own voice as a designer. Through the development of a Mini-Collection they will be asked to think in terms of personal creativity, appropriate construction techniques, contemporaneity and unique selling proposition and positioning. The final objective here is to prepare a unique portfolio of garments to be used as stepping stone for job search within the industry or access to our postgraduate course at “Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design”.

Fashion Design 3 :

The main focus of the 3rd installment of the fashion design module is to create a complete and professional collection of womenswear or menswear according to a given theme. Each student will have to develop their own concepts and interpretations, design silhouettes including accessories, build a collection plan and create complete technical files of 4 to 6 garments that will be produced by the students. At the end of the process, students will have to present their collection portfolio to a professional jury.

Digital Fashion Design 3 :

In the last installment of this module the main purpose will be to support the fashion design process and to create a personal and creative layout for the final collection portfolio.

Pattern Making and Draping 3 :

In this final module students will have to develop 3 to 6 prototypes from the collection they have created. They will conduct research on volumes, find the right methodology to develop pattern in the most efficient way and finalize the pattern of the garments they have to produce after a fitting session on models.

Production 3 :

In the production module, students will have to find and choose the most adapted fabrics, identify the best sewing methods and finishing solutions in order to produce their prototypes in the most professional way. At the end of this process the best collection and prototypes will be selected by the jury to be showcased in the IFA Paris annual Bachelor Fashion Design fashion show.

Fashion Marketing 2 :

While continuing to explore the main marketing theories and practice, students will have to define a marketing strategy for their final collection with target market, price positioning, distribution and communication strategy.

IFA Career and Alumni Center:

The 3 Ateliers will be complemented on a yearly basis by 60 hours of industry relations. Students will get the opportunity to attend special guest lectures given by industry professionals. Field trips to factories, studios and workshops will also complement the series of guest lectures. Through IFA Career and Alumni Center’s database, students will be able to be exposed to the latest and most current industry techniques while increasing their own professional network of contacts.

Student Workload over the 3 years :

2112 Hours of Face-to-Face lectures
2444 Hours of Self-Study
180 Hours of Industry Networking

Program Structure (Online)

The course is organized around 3 Studios lasting each 30 academic weeks. Each studio encompasses specific module groupings structured around various themes.

The 3 Studios correspond to the 3 levels identified within the Higher Education Framework. The course is constructed in compliance with the Bologna Convention principles and grant participants, upon completion, a total of 180 ECTS (60 ECTS per Atelier or year).

The underlying rationale behind this course construction is to allow students to be immersed in an environment that mimics what their working conditions will be like in a fashion studio. The assessment strategy uses a perfect balance between summative and formative assessments in order to improve skills not only on core disciplines but also in project planning and time management. Projects are concurrently conducted between all modules in order to improve students’ transferrable skills, allowing them to link skills and competencies from various domains.

Studio (Year) 1: 60 ECTS

Creation 1 (incl. Adobe Suite) (17 ECTS)
Fashion Figure
Color
Product – Technical Drawing
Fashion Illustration
Trend Research
Mini Collection 1
Weaving
Natural Dying
Sample Book

Digitization 1 (14 ECTS)
DC Suite – Obligatory Attendance in Live
Digital Pattern Making – Obligatory Attendance in Live

Contextualization 1 (6 ECTS)
Contemporary Fashion History
Intro to Marketing – Basics (T2)
Personal Coaching 1

Production 1 (PMD + SEWING) (29 ECTS)
Skirt block – skirt construction PM
Bodice block/Shirt construction PM/Collar study/Shirt project
Pants
Projects in relation with fashion design

Studio (Year) 2: 60 ECTS

Creation 2 (15 ECTS)
Menswear
Mini Collection 2
Sustainable Development Project
Accessory Design

Digitization 2 (10 ECTS)
DC Suite – Obligatory Attendance in Live
Digital Pattern Making – Obligatory Attendance in Live

Production 2 (26 ECTS)
Jacket with kimono sleeve or raglan
Menswear
Sustainable Project

Contextualization 2 (9 ECTS)
Digital Marketing/Social Media
Professionalization 2 (at least 1 month interning for a company)
Personal Coaching 2

Studio (Year) 3: 60 ECTS

Creation 3 (16 ECTS)
Personal Collection: Theme Research, Research book/Mood board
Personal Collection: 30 Silhouettes
Personal Collection: Technical Drawing

Digitization 3 (8 ECTS)
DC Suite – Obligatory Attendance in Live
Digital Pattern Making – Obligatory Attendance in Live

Production 3 (25 ECTS)
Personal Collection: 4 digital fittings
Collection Sewing (4 silhouettes min.)

Contextualization 3 (11 ECTS)
Brand Development (incl. Adobe)
Professionalization 2 (3 Month Internship)
Personal Coaching 3 (incl. Portfolio)

Admission Requirements

Fee Structure

Paris:
Yearly tuition fee: €9,400
Yearly resource fee: €400

Istanbul:
Yearly tuition fee: €8,200
Yearly resource fee: €400
*Turkish language classes to be eligible for student visa: €380

*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.

Shanghai:
Yearly tuition fee: ¥85,000

Online:
Yearly tuition fee: €6,500
Yearly resource fee: €400

Payment Terms:
Full payment must be made before the program start.
Early bird discount (10%) for tuition fee payments for Paris, Istanbul and Online, 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
  • Lectures
  • 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
  • Lectra Software License for usage during class time

For Online Students only:

  • Remote Access to Foundry Equipment:
    • TG3D Body Scanner
    • 3D Printers from Makerbot
    • Alvanon Digital Dress Forms
    • Bodi.me Platform
  • N-Hega N-Shot Lite License (this software is utilized in your Production Modules to digitize patterns and work collaboratively on it with your fellow classmates and instructors)

What is not included in the fees:

  • Expenses related to module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards, etc.)
  • Printing and photocopying costs
  • Expenses related to the development of students’ final year collections
  • TG3D DC Suite – As a partner, TG3D provides all IFA Paris students with an exclusive discounted price
  • Adobe Suite – As an IFA Paris students, you will benefit from the educational rate for the full Suite
  • Any air fares and accommodation costs.

Material Requirements (Online)

  • A desktop or laptop with the following recommended specifications:
    • OS: Windows 7 or newer (64 bit)
    • CPU: Intel Core i7 3.0 GHz or higher
    • RAM: 16GB or higher
    • Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 or higher with the latest drivers
    • Monitor:1920 x 1080
    • Hard Drive: 10+ GB disk space available
  • A sewing machine
  • DC Suite
  • 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)
  • Webcam

VAE

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.

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