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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.


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

Practical information

Full time
3 years

The BSc program leads to 180 ECTS credits

Next intake:
September 2022
Tuition fees:
€11,990 per year (EU) / €17,950 per year (non EU)
French and English
Austerlitz campus

34 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

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.


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.


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.).


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 (graphic design, 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.


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, such as Camondo School in applied arts and ISCOM 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 months 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 (Tik Tok, 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 / Media: working on the layout and content of a digital or paper media
  • Documentary: observing social phenomena and translating them into video format


The program allows you to complete up to 10 weeks of internships:

  • A compulsory 2- to 4-month internship or mission (humanitarian, entrepreneurial, etc) in Year 2
  • An optional 6-month internship at the end of Year 3

International experience

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.


Our Austerlitz campus is located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the bank of the famous Seine river with state-of-the-art equipment: workshops, a fully equipped Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photographic studio and a C.A.D laboratory.

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

© Charly Gosp
© Allyssa Heuze

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

Next events :

  • Instagram live (in French) : Monday 28 March at 6.30PM.

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 management, communications, digital marketing, sustainability management, sales management, entrepreneurship & innovation, or by applying to IFM's MSc in International Fashion and Luxury Management.
  • 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 counseling 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.

For students starting in September 2022, the following tuition fees apply:

  • €11,990 per year for students from the European Union
  • €17,750 per year for non-EU students.

There is also a lifetime contribution to Institut Français de la Mode's Alumni Association: €400.

Thanks to the sponsorship of company members of Institut Français de la Mode's Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU citizens under 27 years of age on September 1st, 2022.

We are still accepting applications for years 1 and 2.

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. Submission of a detailed online application file. Please note there is a non-refundable €50 application fee.
  2. For selected candidates, an online interview with members of the program faculty.

Applications via Parcoursup

If you are preparing for or hold 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 with faculty members between May 2nd and 6th, 2022.

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, predicted grades if applicable), 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 three years of secondary school (and all post-secondary school transcripts if applicable)
  • Copy of High school diploma or Secondary School examination certificates (if completed)
  • We require an English language certificate. We accept IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge tests. If your application is found eligible, you will be invited to an interview before a board of examiners who will test your level of English orally. Scores required:
    • for applications to the English Track: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 79-95, Cambridge 176
    • for applications to the FrenchTrack: IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 65-78, Cambridge 162


You may include any additional documents (recommendation letters, personal work and projects, etc.) that you feel may support your application.


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 2: 30 January 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 30 January 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 9 February 2022
  • Interviews: 14 -18 February 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 21 February 2022

Session 3: 13 March 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 13 March 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 23 March 2022
  • Interviews: 28 March - 1 April 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 4 April 2022

Session 4 : 29 May 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 29 May 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 3 June 2022
  • Interviews: 7 - 9 June 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 15 June 2022

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.

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How many places are available on the BSc?

We will be making 80 places available as of September 2022.

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 all years in high school, marks obtained for the diploma equivalent to the Baccalaureate, Language test (IELTS, Cambridge or TOEFL (see Frequently Asked Questions for the required levels), and questions to assess the project and the candidate's motivation.

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

No, it is not necessary to include a cover letter in your application.

You can express your motivation by answering precisely the various questions in the application file that you will have downloaded from the IFM website. For candidates who have to apply on Parcoursup, you will express your motivations in the section “Projet de formation motivé”.

Do you request an English language certificate?

Yes, we require an English language certificate. We accept IELTS, TOEFL or Cambridge tests. If your application is found eligible, you will be invited to an interview before a board of examiners who will test your level of English orally.

Scores required:

  • for applications to the English Track: IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 79-95, Cambridge 176
  • for applications to the FrenchTrack: IELTS 5.5, TOEFL 65-78, Cambridge 162

Will the interview be held in English or French?

If the candidate has chosen the French section for their 1st year, the interview will be held primarily in French. We will however include questions in English in order to fully understand the candidate’s language level. For candidates who choose to pursue the English section as of the 1st year, the entirety of the interview will be held in English. The 2nd and 3rd year of the program is run entirely in English even for candidates who chose the French section.

Can you explain the interview format?

The interview begins with a creative exercise of 30 minutes intended to examine the candidate’s analytical skills through the analysis of an image. After 30 minutes, 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 30 and 45 minutes.

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 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.

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.


Can you confirm how the current health situation will affect the teaching of the Bachelor programme?

The Bachelor is designed as a classroom taught programme with some e-learning courses, but depending on the public health context, the programme is designed to able to be taught online with the exception of any practical courses. As with all Higher Education Institutions, we are subject to government guidelines concerning the public health context.

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?

Students who have completed the three years of the BSc in Management for Fashion and Creative Industries will be awarded an institutional diploma.
This institutional diploma benefits from the recognition of the IFM at both the academic level and also by businesses, in particular through the Fondation Institut Français de la Mode.

The IFM is a state-recognized higher education institution, our Masters are endorsed by the Ministry of Higher Education which has also issued us the EESPIG label (Private Higher Education Institution of General Interest).
The IFM is also a member of HESAM University, the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles (CGE) and the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI).

This Bachelor benefits from the status of the IFM among companies in the fashion and creative industries sectors.
Since the BSc is a new program, recognition of its diploma by the state can only be obtained after several years of existence.

This Bachelor entitles the holder to the award of 180 ECTS credits (at the rate of 60 ECTS per year), which corresponds to the number of credits required to continue studies at Masters level.


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 27 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.

Fees & Scholarship

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

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.