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BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries.

BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries

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Shaping the next generation of future managers with a strong creative sensibility wishing to work in the fashion, luxury and creative industries where opportunities are countless.

Audience

Open to students who have graduated from high school (Baccalaureate or equivalent).

Practical information

Type:
Bachelor
Format:
Full time
Duration:
3 years

The BSc program leads to 180 ECTS credits.

Accreditation:
Bachelor's degree ("grade de licence")

The BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries leads to a diploma "chef de projet mode et industries créatives" conferring the "grade de licence" by the Ministry of Higher Education: Official Bulletin (BOESR) n°7 of 16 February 2023, by order of 25 January 2023.

Next intake:
September 2024
Tuition fees:
for academic year 2024/2025*

EU students

1st year: €13,700

Non-EU students

1st year: €19,800

Lifetime contribution to the IFM Alumni Association: €470.

Thanks to the generosity of the IFM Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU students under 29 years of age on September 1 of the academic year.

* Due to the economic context, the tuition fees are likely to evolve within the limit of an annual increase which cannot exceed the inflation rate in France.

Language:
English
Location:
Austerlitz campus

34 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Audience

Open to students who have graduated from high school (Baccalaureate or equivalent).

The BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries is a 3-year program taught in English which aims to train the future generation of creative managers, with a solid background in management and humanities and a keen understanding of the languages of creation.

You will be prepared for careers in a sector in which creation has a central role. Fashion, luxury, beauty, perfumes, sport, entertainment... all these industries place creation, art and aesthetic at the heart of their productions. Often embodied by a creative director or a brand, the creative industries are also distinguished by their ability to capture the "zeitgeist" and to be in a state of constant innovation.

The program benefits from the unparalleled links that Institut Français de la Mode has forged over many years with fashion houses and companies in the fashion and creative industries (Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chloé, Adidas, L'Oréal, see more here.), as well as the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organises Paris Fashion Week.

Accreditation

The BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries leads to a diploma "chef de projet mode et industries créatives" conferring the "grade de licence" by the Ministry of Higher Education: Official Bulletin (BOESR) n°7 of 16 February 2023, by order of 25 January 2023.

Ranking

You will be learning at one of the top fashion schools in the world. Indeed Institut Français de la Mode is the only school worldwide to have received the maximum badges of excellence for its management programs in The Business of Fashion's latest ranking.

Objectives

During the course, you will learn to:

  • master the fundamentals of project management;
  • develop a critical, agile and structured mind;
  • experiment with the different languages of creation;
  • develop your general and artistic culture as well as your sensitivity to creation;
  • Understand the major challenges of fashion and creative industries (technology, sustainable development, etc.).

Curriculum

The course offers you an approach to management specifically applied to the fashion and creative industries, including courses in human and social sciences, which are essential for a career in these sectors. You will learn through numerous group projects throughout the three years.

Fundamentals of business administration:

  • Economy and geopolitics
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Finance, accounting
  • Strategy and project management
  • Corporate Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Statistics and data analysis
  • Coding...

Management applied to creative industries:

  • Brand strategy
  • Product strategy
  • New business models
  • Understanding the media ecosystem
  • Innovation management...

Humanities applied to creative industries:

  • Introduction to logic and critical thinking
  • Arts history
  • Fashion history
  • Design history
  • Sociology
  • Anthropology
  • Philosophy, art, and aesthetics...

Understanding and management of creation:

  • Courses on fashion, contemporary art, design and crafts, cinema, and live performances
  • Image: introduction to graphic and visual arts (drawing, photography), introduction to visual identity (typography)
  • Volume: understanding object design, garment construction, materials and surfaces, space design, and scenography
  • Video and sound: writing/scripting, recording, editing
  • Editorial communication: magazine (print/digital) and art direction

Innovation and societal issues:

  • Sustainable development
  • Digital innovation
  • Internationalization
  • Inclusivity and diversity...

Soft skills:

  • Business Ethics
  • Collaborative work
  • Communications
  • Public speaking
  • Creative writing and storytelling
  • Language courses: English, Italian, French for non-French speaking students, and Chinese

Experiential learning

The course pedagogy is a mix of theory and practice: you will have access to a diversity of teaching formats, projects, cases, and practical workshops to develop your agility, nourish a 360° approach and feed your curiosity.

Le Grand Bain

On your arrival, you will participate in, together with BA Fashion Design students, an intensive two-week program of creative industry immersion through workshops, visits and meetings. This immersive program will give you an insight into the fundamentals of Paris as a "creative capital": this cultural exploration will help you to identify key references drawn from history, architecture, literature, art, cinema... It will also allow you to identify the dynamics at the crossroads of creative activities and industries (fashion, luxury, design, gastronomy, media, contemporary art, video games...), while understanding the economic structures at work in a given territory: urbanization, the educational system and the role of politics.

Projects

Each year, you will have the opportunity to work on one or more concrete projects under real-life conditions. Drawing on the cross-knowledge acquired in the management, humanities and creation courses, you will work in groups with other students in the program, but also, depending on the project, with students of IFM's BA in Fashion Design or students of other schools, in communication. These projects may also take place in partnership with brands, associations, or media. They can be very short (hackathon type) or spread over several weeks and will allow you to put your knowledge into play in a concrete and applied way.

A few examples of projects, among others:

  • Social networks: defining the strategy, implementation and animation for a brand (TikTok, Instagram...)
  • Entrepreneurial project: developing an innovative concept and building a business plan
  • Trends and data: deciphering zeitgeist using qualitative and quantitative methods (data analysis, etc.)
  • Magazine / Podcast / Video: working on the layout and content of a digital or paper media
  • Documentary: observing social phenomena and translating them into video format

Internships

Between the first and second year, this program allows you to spend between 5 and 8 months on an internship:

  • A compulsory 1-month internship or mission (humanitarian, entrepreneurial, etc) in Year 1
  • A compulsory 4-month internship or mission (humanitarian, entrepreneurial, etc) in Year 2

Campus

Located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the banks of the Seine, our strategic location gives students easy access to the Parisian ecosystem and all its cultural attractions.
The Institut Français de la Mode campus offers exceptional study conditions, thanks to top-quality facilities and a well-thought-out organization of the premises.

Entirely dedicated to the fashion, design and creation sectors, our analogue and digital Library has one of the most unique collections in Europe.

© Allyssa Heuze

The programme is aimed at students from all over the world, allowing you to be in contact with very diverse cultures and personalities.

You will have the opportunity to gain international experience, either in the form of an internship or an assignment abroad, or by spending a semester on exchange in one of our partner universities or business schools.

Exchanges

The BSc has exchange agreements with prestigious international schools and universities, where you will have the opportunity to spend the second semester of your 3rd year:

Erasmus+

IFM holds the Erasmus+ Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027.

View the Erasmus+ Charter

View IFM's International Strategy Statement

During the year we will be organizing various events so that you can meet us, visit our premises and ask any questions you may have.

  • Each year, our Open Day is held on the last Saturday of January.

At the end of the Bachelor's degree, two options are open:

  • Continue your higher education studies in a Master's degree in France or abroad, for example in marketing, communications, digital marketing, sustainability management, sales management, entrepreneurship & innovation.
  • Start your professional career directly in the creative industries in junior management positions in fields related to products (product management, merchandising...), distribution (retail, e-commerce...), or communications.

In order to refine their project, students benefit from counselling sessions and workshops coordinated by the Business and Careers Department.

The Business and Careers Department aims to foster relationships between students and IFM partner companies and to support entry into professional life by offering various meeting opportunities and internship offers during schooling. This proximity to the professional network of the sector constitutes precious support in the continuity of the course of each student.

Upon completion of schooling, the active alumni network is also a vital resource for the career development of graduates in the sector. Various events are offered to graduates, allowing useful and targeted exchanges as well as a strong link with the IFM ecosystem (companies and Alumni Association) throughout their careers.

Tuition fees for academic year 2024/2025*:

EU students

1st year: €13,700

Non-EU students

1st year: €19,800

Lifetime contribution to the IFM Alumni Association: €470.

Thanks to the generosity of the IFM Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU students under 29 years of age on September 1 of the academic year.

* Due to the economic context, the tuition fees are likely to evolve within the limit of an annual increase which cannot exceed the inflation rate in France.

Admissions requirements

The BSc in Management for Fashion and creative industries is open to students who hold a high school Baccalaureate or equivalent (A-level, Abitur, etc). All specializations are welcome. Fluent English is required.

Admissions process

The admissions process consists of two steps:

  1. Eligibility: submission of a detailed online application file. Please note there is a non-refundable €50 application fee.
  2. Admission: an online interview with a jury composed of faculty members

Applications via Parcoursup

To find out whether you should apply on the Parcoursup or not, please refer to this guidance chart. If you are preparing for or holding a French baccalauréat and wish to apply for the first year of the BSc, you must apply through the Parcoursup platform and not directly on our website. Selected candidates will be invited to an online interview between 25 April and 3rd May 2024 with faculty members.

International applications

If you are preparing or hold an international diploma equivalent to the French baccalaureate (A-Level, IB, Abitur, International Baccalaureate...), you should apply on the IFM website by clicking on "Apply".

The application file will include documents related to your background and education (CV, transcripts of the last 2 years of high-school), questions to assess your project and your motivation. You will find below the list of documents that you will be asked to scan and upload in PDF format into the application platform.

Required documents:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Academic transcripts from the last two years of high-school (and all post-high-school transcripts if applicable)
  • All applicants are required to submit one of the following English language test score reports:
    • TOEFL: minimum score 79-95
    • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5
    • CAMBRIDGE: minimum score of 176

Applicants may be exempted to provide an English test score report if:

  • English is their mother tongue
  • Or they have lived / studies at least 3 years in a country where English is the first official language
  • They are preparing or hold an IB (International Baccalaureate)

Optional:

If you would like to apply for an IFM Foundation scholarship (for students who are citizens of the European Union and aged 29 or under on September 1 of the academic year), please complete and submit the scholarship application form downloadable from the application site.

This program is accessible through the VAE (Validation of Acquired Experience) system. Find out how to apply on the VAE website.

Apply

Admissions sessions (for international applications)

You may choose the session you wish to apply for, but can only apply to one. If you are invited for the interview, a specific time and date will be given to you within the dates specified below.

Session 1 : 13 November 2023

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 13 November 2023
  • Notification of eligibility: 24 November 2023
  • Interviews: 1-5 December 2023 (online)
  • Notification of admission: 12 December 2023

Session 2: 8 January 2024

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 8 January 2024
  • Notification of eligibility: 19 January 2024
  • Interviews: 24-31 January 2024 (online)
  • Notification of admission: 7 February 2024

Session 3: 22 February 2024

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 22 February 2024
  • Notification of eligibility: 8 March 2024
  • Interviews: 13-20 March 2024 (online)
  • Notification of admission: 25 March 2024

Session 4 : 16 May 2024

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 16 May 2024
  • Notification of eligibility: 30 May 2024
  • Interviews: 4-7 June 2024 (online)
  • Notification of admission: 12 June 2024

©Vincent Vallon & Julien Couret

BSc in Management in Fashion and Creative Industries: Carla Lindstedt

Carla, from Germany, is a 3rd-year BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries student at IFM.

She gives advice to future applicants and talks about what motivated her to choose this program, which was combining management and the creative sector in an international environment.

BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries: Lara Van der Stok

Lara, 18, from the Netherlands, talks about her enthusiasm for joining an international community of students, who, like herself are passionate about fashion and are enjoying studying in a stimulating environment with industry professionals.

BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries: Ines Kaminski

Ines, comes from Seattle. She is fascinated by fashion and sustainability. She wanted to explore this subject in Paris, capital of Fashion. By joining the BSc program, she discovered an international network of students from all over the world, sharing the same passion, and the endless opportunities that have opened up for her future.

Q&A session (replay)

Watch the replay of our Q&A session dedicated to our BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries.

https://www.instagram.com/reel/CnhpsgopFWl/

Application

Should I apply through Parcoursup or on the 'Apply' button of the webpage?

To find out whether you should apply on the Parcoursup or not, please refer to this guidance chart.

How many places are available on the BSc?

We will be making 90 places available as of September 2024.

Does the Bachelor programme only accept students from certain academic backgrounds?

We accept candidates from all academic backgrounds as long as they hold a high school diploma and meet the entry requirements detailed online.

What documents are required to complete the application file?

Parcoursup candidates : refer to the documents required and the questionnaire on the Parcoursup platform.

Candidates outside Parcoursup: the BSc application file is made up of elements related to schooling: CV, transcripts, of the last 2 years in high school (and all transcripts from higher education, if applicable), language test (scores IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 79-95, Cambridge 176), and questions to assess the project and the candidate's motivation.

Do international candidates need to include a cover letter in their application?

Yes, it is necessary to include a cover letter in your application.

Do you request an English language certificate?

All applicants are required to submit one of the following English language test score reports:

  • TOEFL: minimum score 79-95
  • IELTS: minimum score of 6.5
  • CAMBRIDGE: minimum score of 176

Applicants may be exempted to provide an English test score report if:

  • English is their mother tongue
  • Or they have lived / studies at least 3 years in a country where English is the first official language
  • They are preparing or hold an IB (International Baccalaureate)

Will the interview be held in English or French?

The entirety of the interview will be held in English.

Can you explain the interview format?

The interview begins with a creative exercise intended to examine the candidate’s analytical skills through the analysis of an image. The jury interview begins with the presentation of this image analysis to the jury, followed by questions from the jury. The jury interview lasts between 20 to 30 minutes.

Do candidates need to be able to speak French?

No, it is not necessary to be able to speak French as the programme is taught in English. However, we will be providing French language classes for those who cannot speak French so that they are able to fully experience life in France and prepare for a professional career in France if they so choose.

What grades are required to apply for the Bachelor programme?

All candidates holding a high school diploma are eligible. Each application is carefully read by a commission that gathers Institut Français de la Mode professors and members of the programme management. We select our future students by carefully looking at their academic transcripts from the last three years of secondary school and baccalaureate (or equivalent) transcripts, but we intentionally have not set specific requirements in terms of grade levels. Our approach is to take each aspect of the application into account: grades, personality, extra-curricular experience, sensitivity to the creative industries, motivation for the programme.

My application was not accepted; may I ask why? Can I file an appeal?

The decisions of the reading committee are final and given the number of applications, will not be motivated. If your application has not been accepted, it will be impossible to send additional information or to know the reasons for the refusal.

My application has not been selected; can I try again in another session?

No. You can choose your session, but you can only apply once a year. You can try again the following year.

Is direct admission in 2nd or 3rd year possible?

Direct admission to the 2nd year of the Bachelor is possible for applicants who have already completed one year of studies at a higher education establishment. The candidate will have to prove that he has obtained 60 ECTS (or the equivalent outside the EU) obtained during this 1st year.

These students should send a request by email to bsc-management@ifmparis.fr stating that they wish to apply for the 2nd year of the Bachelor in order to study the admissibility of their request.

However, direct admissions to the 3rd year of the Bachelor are not authorized.

Program

Are the Bachelor's courses taught on campus or online?

The program is designed to be followed on campus, with a small proportion of e-learning courses. However, if the health situation so requires, the program can be followed online, except for all courses taking the form of practical work.

Can I take a postgraduate programme at the Institut Français de la Mode after obtaining the Bachelor?

Graduates of the Bachelor in Management will be able to apply for the MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management at the Institut Français de la Mode. They will nevertheless have to follow the same two-step selection process as all other candidates.

What is the nature of the diploma issued?

The BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries leads to a diploma "chef de projet mode et industries créatives" conferring the "grade de licence" by the Ministry of Higher Education: Official Bulletin (BOESR) n°7 of 16 February 2023, by order of 25 January 2023.

Financing your studies

Are scholarships available to fund the Bachelor programme?

The scholarships awarded thanks to the support of the Institut Français de la Mode's Foundation, are needs-based awards. Only students from the European Union aged 29 maximum on September 1 of the academic year in question may apply.
Scholarships are awarded on social criteria only.

EU students wishing to apply for a scholarship must:

- Download the scholarship application file here.
- Once completed, this file must be sent in electronic format, attaching it to the application file.

Where can I download the scholarship application file?

You can download the scholarship file on your application profile, in the "general information" section, question 7 "financing your studies" by clicking on "Institut Français de la Mode scholarship on social criteria ".

What supporting documents should I include with my application?

The scholarship application must be completed and accompanied by the following supporting documents:

  • Parents' complete tax notice for 2022 income (in France, this is the 2023 tax notice).
  • If the parents are divorced or separated, you must attach the complete tax notices of both parents.
  • Full copy of the family record book (parents and siblings).

All documents must be translated into French or English and certified by competent authorities.

The completed application and supporting documents must be merged into a single pdf document and uploaded in the dedicated section. The scholarship application must be submitted simultaneously as the application form.

Any incomplete or late document will be rejected without any possibility of appeal.

I did not send my scholarship application with my application, can I apply for a scholarship later?

Unfortunately not. Scholarship applications are examined at the latest at the time of the admission jury and no further applications can be considered.

Can applying for a scholarship be detrimental to my application?

No. The committees reviewing your application for the program and your scholarship application are separate.

Is there an increase in tuition fees for 3rd year students going on an exchange?

There will be no increase in tuition fees for students going on an exchange semester abroad in the 3rd year. On the other hand, all non-academic costs (costs of academic supplies and equipment, living, accommodation, travel costs) are to be paid by the student.

I am not a citizen of the European Union. Can I apply for an IFM scholarship?

IFM Foundation need-based scholarships are dedicated to students under 29 who are citizens of the European Union only.

However the IFM MA Excellence scholarship is available to all.

Do not hesitate to contact the Campus France offices in non-EU countries to obtain information on other scholarship possibilities.

If I repeat a year, does the scholarship continue?

No, the scholarship is not renewed when you repeat a year.

What are the conditions of payment of the tuition fees?

The tuition fees should be paid yearly. Once accepted, you will have to confirm your place with a down payment of €3,000. The remaining yearly fee can either be paid in full in September or in two installments (schedule of payment will be provided when enrolling).

Budget and cost of living in Paris

The cost of living and studying in Paris is very dependent on your type of accommodation and lifestyle. For reference a basic budget could include at least €800 for accommodation, €220 for meals, €30 for metro transportation, €180 for leisure and €150 for other expenses, for a total of approximately €1,380 per month.

Is it possible to work while studying at IFM ?

Due to the intensity of the classes at IFM, students do not really have the time to work. However, some students choose to take on a 1 day per week position (Saturday or Sunday) in order to help finance their academic year.

Practical information

Do I need a visa for France?

If you are a citizen of the European Economic Area, your national ID or passport is enough. For students outside the European Economic Area, a student visa is necessary (Visa VLS-TS). French law demands that you have “sufficient means” at your disposal to study without having to work. For visa application information and the necessary documents, please refer to the CampusFrance website. IFM sends the official acceptance letter, necessary to start your visa application after the non-refundable deposit has been paid.

Does IFM have a Campus? Dormitories?

Institut Français de la Mode is a nonresidential campus, offering on three levels, 9 000 m2 of classrooms, design studios, knitwear and leather workshops, a fab lab, a Photo Studio and a documentation center.

There is no on-campus Housing, however our academic support teams will transfer offers from landlords. Once accepted, all students receive a “student handbook” where tips, suggestions and partnerships are presented.

Students can also refer to the CampusFrance website for housing suggestions or www.ciup.fr for specific information about student dormitory-type housing.

How do I get to Institut Français de la Mode ?

Institut Français de la Mode is located at 34, quai d'Austerlitz (75013 Paris).

Metro: Gare d’Austerlitz (lines 5 and 10, RER C), Quai de la Gare (line 6), or Gare de Lyon (lines 1 and 14, RER A and D).

Bus: lines 24, 61, 63, 89 and 91

Do you have an Instagram account dedicated to the BSc program?

Our official Instagram account is @ifmparis but we do have a dedicated account for the BSc program @ifmbsc.