Skip to navigation Skip to main content

Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Pathways in Accessory Design, Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Image.

Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Pathways in Accessory Design, Fashion Design, Knitwear Design, Fashion Image

Download the brochure

At the heart of the world’s undisputed fashion capital and its leading maisons, the Master of Arts program aims at transmitting and reinventing the knowledge of excellence that led Paris to become the center of avant-garde and high-end fashion. It embodies the identity and values of Paris as an inclusive artistic platform, home to the greatest international fashion designers and couturiers, at the crossroads of cutting-edge design, exceptional craft know-how and sustainable innovation.

Audience

Open to students holding a 3-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design. Exceptions are possible for candidates without a diploma.

Practical information

Type:
Master of Arts
Format:
Full time
Duration:
2 years

including a 6-month internship

Next intake:
September 2022
Tuition fees:
€21,700 (EU) - €32,550 (non-EU)

EU students: Year 1: €12,800 - Year 2: €8,900

Non-EU students: Year 1: €19,200 - Year 2: €13,350

Language:
English
Location:
Austerlitz campus

34 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

knitwear silhouettes
© Design by Antonia Schreiter (MA in Fashion Design Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
knitwear silhouettes
© Design by Antonia Schreiter (MA in Fashion Design Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021

The Master of Arts in Fashion Design is a two-year full-time graduate program in Paris that includes a six-month internship. It allows you to acquire a high level of expertise and develop networking opportunities through creative projects with the best professionals in the fashion and luxury industry, while expressing your own artistic vision.

The Master of Arts at Institut Français de la Mode is the only graduate program in fashion design among all private institutions of higher education with a university Master “Grade” recognition given by the French State.

It is also the only program in France with an annual Graduate Show programmed within the official calendar of the Paris Fashion Week®.

Four pathways of specialization are offered:

  • Fashion Design
  • Knitwear Design
  • Accessory Design
  • Fashion Image

The curriculum of each pathway is structured around 80% practice-based specialization courses and 20% cross-disciplinary courses involving the students of all the MA pathways.

Professional Projects

The MA program is strongly rooted in the Parisian fashion context with its multitude of companies and realities. In each pathway, the program combines short masterclasses and workshops with long projects and unique collaborations with leading brands and emerging ones. Some of these Maisons such as Balenciaga, Celine, Chanel, Chloé, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Saint Laurent and Kering are active members of the school’s Foundation.

In Year 1, while Core Atelier 1 involves highly experienced guest designers in exploratory projects, Core Atelier 2 focuses on an extensive collaboration with a leading Maison in each pathway. Year 2 starts with masterclasses involving major creative directors and heads of design as a warm-up sequence before the capstone project and collection.

The program also includes exclusive collabs and seminars through the Kering-IFM Sustainability Chair and the Chanel Le19M-IFM Chair in Fashion Savoir-Faire, as well as special interdisciplinary projects with the graduate students in fashion management in collaboration with local companies and with Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, the French institution that organizes Paris Fashion Weeks.

Following the Graduate Show during Paris Fashion Week, MA students can intern in various Maisons following their own competencies, strategic decisions and wishes. Beyond the Maisons that are part of the IFM Foundation, students can join the creative teams of any fashion and luxury company in Paris, but also in Milan and London.

Academic Curriculum

Year 1 is structured around 3 modules per semester:

SEMESTER 1

MA Studio 1:

  • Core Atelier 1
  • Exploratory Week

Creative Technologies 1:

  • Digital Lab 1
  • Material Lab 1

Critical Studies 1 (all MA pathways):

  • Fashion Heritage Seminar
  • Sustainability Concept and Values
  • Perspectives on Fashion and Time
  • Key Concepts in Fashion Theory


SEMESTER 2

MA Studio 2:

  • Core Atelier 2
  • Preview Collection Project
  • Design Thinking Intensive

Creative Technologies 2:

  • Digital Lab 2
  • Material Lab 2

Critical Studies 2 (all MA pathways):

  • Perspective on Fashion and Crafts
  • Fashion Shows, Objects and Stories
  • Interdisciplinary Research Methods

Year 2 is structured around 2 modules per semester and includes a professional practice module with the six-month internship:

SEMESTER 3

Thesis Project 1:

  • MA Boost
  • Advanced Studio 1

Master Thesis 1 (all MA pathways):

  • Professional Ecosystems

Thesis Research

SEMESTER 4

Thesis Project 2:

  • Advanced Studio 2
  • Thesis Portfolio Master

Thesis 2 (all MA pathways):

  • Curatorial Project
  • Thesis Journal

Professional Practice:

  • Six Month Internship

Campus Resources

The MA studios are located at the Institut Français de la Mode campus, Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on Quai d’Austerlitz, along the Seine river.
Each student has a dedicated working space in the pathway’s studios. Each pathway has a design room for each cohort of students and one or more specialized labs with the most qualitative and recent technical equipment.
A digital technology and making space and a photography studio shared by all pathways is also available.
For the critical studies and MA research projects, the library at Institut Français de la Mode aggregates the best resources and information on fashion, design and the arts at large.

Master's degree

In order to graduate with a Master of Arts degree, students must have been enrolled in the program for at least four semesters and fulfilled the requirements of all the courses, completed the capstone project with its portfolio and thesis dissertation, completed a six-month internship and presented the required internship report. Institut Français de la Mode delivers at the end of the Master of Arts in Fashion Design a degree of "créateur-concepteur de mode" - Master level, validated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Official Ministerial Bulletin 22 July 2021). It is also registered at level 7 (Master level) with the Répertoire National des Certifications professionnelles (RNCP). This registration entitles the non-EU students who have graduated from the program to obtain the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" allowing them to work in France for a minimum of one year.
fashion silhouette backstage
© Master of Arts Graduate Show, Guillaume Roujas, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette backstage
© Master of Arts Graduate Show, Guillaume Roujas, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021

This Pathway allows you to assert a strong personal and contemporary creative signature, honing the technical skills you have acquired.

Over 2 years, the course opens up your horizons and develops your professional acumen, alternating phases of experimentation, reflection, workshops and partnerships with the industry, with the aim of creating a collection of 8-10 fully accessorized silhouettes.

Year 1 concentrates on research & multiple experiences in which you will be given the opportunity to discover new creative challenges, take risks and develop the foundations for your graduation project and concepts.

The year will be structured around 4 main principles:

  • Research and experimentation: You will free your creative gestures, question your creative identity, and define your personal signature.
  • Development and innovation: You will work as you would in an actual design studio, giving life to your sources of inspiration in all their forms (2D/3D, garments and objects...).
  • Realization and Craftsmanship: Guided by your technical tutors you will develop strong craftsmanship skills and learn to identify the most appropriate technical solutions for your designs.
  • Presentation : you will learn to present and communicate your work to the public using various media: public speaking, portfolio design, photo styling and shooting.

You will be encouraged to bring global perspective to your work, taking into account what the garment entails: attitude, styling, casting, makeup and hair.

You will investigate the field of fabrics, materials and finishings. This will allow you to develop and assert a style based on a specific choice of materials. You will study material embellishment techniques but also handle patterns, prints or embroideries, with attention to texture.

You will also address the importance of sustainability and technological developments in fashion today.

Year 2 will focus on the design and production of a collection of 8-10 accessorized silhouettes. The final graduation project will be revealed to a professional jury during a show or presentation.

The Fashion Design Pathway is headed by Vanja Hedberg, an experienced designer who has worked for over 10 years as a designer for fashion houses Maison Martin Margiela, Lanvin and Balenciaga.

Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Womenswear
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Menswear
© Design by Jisoo Baik (Major in Womenswear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
© Design by Mohammed Mudassir (Major in Menswear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Womenswear
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Menswear
© Design by Jisoo Baik (Major in Womenswear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
© Design by Mohammed Mudassir (Major in Menswear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021

The Knitwear Design Pathway is the first of its kind on an MA level in France.

Equipped with a state-of-the-art industry standard workshop the course allows you to develop your own signature style through guided experimentation, technical workshops and industry linked design projects taught by leaders in the knitwear field and highly qualified technical staff.

The Knitwear Design Pathway focuses on creative experimentation, craftsmanship and technological innovation. You are encouraged to consider the ethical and environmental implications of your work and of the knitwear industry in general.

In year 1, you will explore and develop your individual style through experimental design projects, knitwear programming workshops and collaborations with industry.

In year 2, you will produce a portfolio of research, designs and a final collection of 10 silhouettes, demonstrating their creative skills, technical ability and understanding of contemporary fashion. This graduation project is coached by established knitwear designers operating in Parisian fashion houses.

Through our extensive links to the knitwear industry, you will have access to all the key players from yarn-spinners to manufacturers to in-house and independent designers, giving you a deep understanding of the knitwear process and allowing you to apply your creativity to the 'real world'.

The knitwear workshop is fully equipped with single and double bed knitting machines, electronic Silver Reed and Passap machines, Dubied machines from 3 gauge to 14 gauge, linkers and an industrial Stoll multi-gauge knitting machine with digital programming stations.

Guest lecturers include knitwear designers such as Emily Harris (Chloé, Sonia Rykiel, Givenchy, Bompard), Cécile Feilchenfeldt (independent designer), Melody Macdonald (Givenchy, Rykiel), Delphine Cornut (Kenzo, Acne Jean-Paul Gaultier), Sam Leutton (Kenzo, Leutton Postle, Stoll International) and Sarah Gresty (Head of the BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins).

The pathway is headed by Adam Jones, former knitwear designer at Kenzo and Dior, and founder of his own brand.

Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Knitwear
Knitwear Studio
© Knitwear Studio, Photo Sacha Heron
fashion silhouette
© Design by Sara Kickmayer (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by Antonia Schreiter (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by Johanna Imbach (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by James Glitner (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Knitwear
Knitwear Studio
© Knitwear Studio, Photo Sacha Heron
fashion silhouette
© Design by Sara Kickmayer (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by Antonia Schreiter (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by Johanna Imbach (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
fashion silhouette
© Design by James Glitner (Major in Knitwear) Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021

The Accessory Design Pathway addresses the contemporary field of accessories as a diversified set of creative practices and methods beyond conventional boundaries. It fosters sustainable thinking, artistic experimentation and design research on fashion artefacts with a focus on bag design and shoe design.

You will work alongside highly experimented professionals, designers, technicians and artisans within dedicated ateliers to develop avant-garde projects translated into materials and prototypes at the intersection of the most advanced crafts and technologies.

You will also be offered the unique opportunity to actively participate in several company projects with fashion and luxury Maisons, preparing you to engage actively with the professional world.

Your personal graduation project will involve the expertise of creative directors, senior designers, stylists, pattern makers and technicians who are currently at the forefront of design, style and technology in the Paris fashion houses.

Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Footwear
© Design by Anna Tönköl (Major in Leather Goods Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Leather Goods
Shoe
© Charly Gosp
Shoe
© Charly Gosp
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Footwear
© Design by Anna Tönköl (Major in Leather Goods Photo Guillaume Roujas Master of Arts Graduate Show, Paris Fashion Week®, March 2021
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Leather Goods
Shoe
© Charly Gosp
Shoe
© Charly Gosp

The Pathway is headed by Stéphane Wargnier, former Head of Communications at Hermès and former Executive President of Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode.

Artistic direction is vast and applies to different fields of fashion communication, requiring a broad general culture, great curiosity and autonomy, multiple areas of interest, personal taste and a passion for exchanges, meetings and coordinating different types of professionals.

The Fashion Image Pathway offers you the opportunity to develop a personal vision and creative approach to meet the needs of fashion industry brands in artistic direction.

Your academic background can be an undergraduate degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design, architecture, cinema, photography, fine arts, marketing with a strong interest for creation, … A professional experience of a few years is not mandatory but appreciated.

You will analyze and reformulate brand briefs, develop a storytelling message or editorial position, compose a creative team, pooling energies towards a common project and ensuring that brand strategy is integrated into the creative process. The use of words and images, the ability to defend a project in writing and verbally, as well as strategic vision are particularly important.

You will take part in workshops in:

  • Image artistic direction (photography, video)
  • Visual identity (branding, typography)
  • Editorials (print and digital media)
  • Visual merchandising
  • Fashion show / stage and window design

You will also be encouraged to take advantage of the Paris fashion ecosystem through conferences, meetings and visits, particularly related to Parisian cultural events (fashion and plastic arts exhibitions, galleries, fairs, shows, concerts, films...), in order to broaden your culture and your network.

Projects will be 2D as well as 3D, still and moving images. They will be carried out either individually or as a team. Some of them will be conducted for established brands in the fashion industry such as Hermès or Chanel, or for emerging designers.

Personal research, archiving and filing of a personal “data bank” will be challenged throughout the program, in particular to feed the final graduation project, which will showcase the extent of your skills and your unique creative signature.

At the end of the course, we will help you develop a professional portfolio and prepare you to look for an internship through coaching sessions with headhunters.

The program ends with a six-month internship to apply the acquired knowledge in a business environment, within a communication agency specialized in fashion, luxury or cosmetics, or internally within a brand or a media (artistic direction, photo styling, graphics, copywriting, print or digital communication, visual merchandising, window display, scenography...).

Facilities and working environment

You will be working in dedicated workspaces including a photo studio, different printing techniques, workstations equipped with the appropriate software, allowing to answer these different briefs.

Faculty and experts

The pathway is headed by Stéphane Wargnier. Alice Litscher (artistic director) is the referring faculty.

Speakers on the course belong to a professional network of communication and the Parisian fashion industry including, among others:

Marc Armand (Tu Sais Qui), Marc Ascoli, Antoine Asseraf, Fabien Baron (Baron & Baron), Camille Baudelaire, Sébastien Bauer (Titre Provisoire), Florence Bellisson (BETC), Nordine Benotmane (Convoy), Alexandre de Betak, Camille Bidault-Waddington, Frédéric Bodenes (Le Bon Marché), Olivier Boivin (Givenchy), Koto Bolofo, Jessica Boukris et Laetitia Hotte (Studio Double H), Jonathan Boyer (Kitten Production), Michel Campan, Rotem Chen (Imprimerie du Marais), Alice Colagrande et Jane Morineau (Nouvelle Vogue), Leslie David, Ferdinand Dervieux, Olivier Didi (Nodaleto), Bernard Dubois (BD Architects), Sophie Fontanel, Catherine Fulconis (Hermès), Thibault Gardoncini (Hermès), Elise Goldfarb & Julia Layani, Maida Gregori, Philippe Jarrigeon, Suzanne Koller, Natacha Kranz (Universal Music), Ianis Lallemand, Thomas Lenthal, Jean-Baptiste Levée (Production Type), Thomas Lohr, David Luraschi, Ally Macrae, Pierre Marie, Manuel Moutier, Véronique Nichanian (Hermès), Mathilde Nivet, OIsin Orlandi (Louis Vuitton), Fabrice Paineau (Double magazine), Antoine Platteau (Hermès), Damien Pommeret (Woolmark), Patrick Rémy, Christophe Renard, Lia Rochas-Paris, Etienne Russo (Villa Eugenie), Frédéric Sanchez, Delphine Sicard Malafosse, Bosco Tamames (Nina Ricci), Catherine Tetu-Haddad (Shiseido), Yorgo Tloupas, Cédric Viollet, …

Brands involved in the workshops:

Acne, Adidas, Alexander McQueen, Berluti, Le Bon marché, Bottega Veneta, Burberry, Byredo, Chanel, Charlotte Chesnais, Courrèges, Diesel, Dior Homme, Dries Van Noten, Fendi, Fondation Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Craig Green, Gucci, Hermès, Tommy Hilfiger, Isabel Marant, Jacquemus, Jil Sander, Kenzo, Lancel, Ralph Lauren, Leica, Loewe, Longchamp, Louboutin, Thebe Magugu, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu, Moncler, Mugler, Off White, Prada, Paco Rabanne, Nina Ricci, The Row, Sacai, Shiseido, Schiaparelli, Valentino, Veja, Versace, Veuve Clicquot, Vetements, Woolmark, …

Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Image
© Pitchaya Koowattanataworn, graduating project, The Charm of Malfunction, mentor: Philippe Jarrigeon, IFM 2021, selected at the Festival international de mode de la ville de Hyères
© Kelly Chan, in Printed magazine workshop, Best Regards, mentor : Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2020
© Nuttanich Luengteerapap, graduating project, Beauty?, mentor: Marc Armand, IFM 2021
© Laura Lavergne, scenography for a show for Craig Green, mentor: Etienne Russo (Villa Eugénie), IFM 2020
© Kristina Lejcak, Laura Lavergne, Liza Kiladze, Mahaut Leca, Printed magazine workshop, Anfang, mentor: Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2020
© Brittany Belo, Kelly Chan, Nuttanich “Punpun” Luengteerapap, Pitchaya “Pear” Koowanattaworn, Vivian Ko, Printed magazine workshop, Best Regards, mentor: Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2019-2021
Nuttanich Luengteerapap, Pitchaya Koowanattaworn, Scenography for an experience at Le Bon Marché, for Byredo, IFM 2020
© Igliona Duveau, Julia Tordjman, Frendy Wu, Visual identity and typography, for Schiaparelli, mentors: Jean-Baptiste Levée and Yorgo Tloupas, IFM 2021
Bosco Tamames, Visual Project Leader and Image Designer - Class of 2019
Ally Macrae, Freelance Stylist - Class of 2018
Constanza Lopez, Art Director - Class of 2015
Ma Graduate Show 2021 - Major in Image
© Pitchaya Koowattanataworn, graduating project, The Charm of Malfunction, mentor: Philippe Jarrigeon, IFM 2021, selected at the Festival international de mode de la ville de Hyères
© Kelly Chan, in Printed magazine workshop, Best Regards, mentor : Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2020
© Nuttanich Luengteerapap, graduating project, Beauty?, mentor: Marc Armand, IFM 2021
© Laura Lavergne, scenography for a show for Craig Green, mentor: Etienne Russo (Villa Eugénie), IFM 2020
© Kristina Lejcak, Laura Lavergne, Liza Kiladze, Mahaut Leca, Printed magazine workshop, Anfang, mentor: Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2020
© Brittany Belo, Kelly Chan, Nuttanich “Punpun” Luengteerapap, Pitchaya “Pear” Koowanattaworn, Vivian Ko, Printed magazine workshop, Best Regards, mentor: Fabrice Paineau, IFM 2019-2021
Nuttanich Luengteerapap, Pitchaya Koowanattaworn, Scenography for an experience at Le Bon Marché, for Byredo, IFM 2020
© Igliona Duveau, Julia Tordjman, Frendy Wu, Visual identity and typography, for Schiaparelli, mentors: Jean-Baptiste Levée and Yorgo Tloupas, IFM 2021
Bosco Tamames, Visual Project Leader and Image Designer - Class of 2019
Ally Macrae, Freelance Stylist - Class of 2018
Constanza Lopez, Art Director - Class of 2015

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 :

  • Le Figaro's Art - Creation - Communication Fair: December 11, 2021, Carreau du Temple, Paris
  • Open Day: January 29, 2022, on the IFM campus. Subscribe here.
  • Online Open Days: week of 10 to 14 January 2022. Subscribe here

Our student ambassadors are here to share their experiences of IFM Paris and to answer any questions you may have about our programs.

The Master of Arts in Fashion Design typically leads to careers in-house, in agencies or as a freelance in:

  • Menswear / Womenswear Design: Designer men’s or women’s RTW, Luxury and Haute Couture studios, Design director, Creative director, Artistic director
  • Knitwear Design: Fashion Knitwear Designer, Knitwear Programmer, Knitwear Developer
  • Accessory Design: Designer in Leather goods, Small Leather goods, Shoes, Bags, Leather accessories, Textile accessories
  • Image Design: Art Director for photo & video, Photo Stylist, Visual Merchandiser, Window or Pop-up Store Designer, Scenographer, Graphic Designer for Print or Digital, Digital Content Design Manager, Image Manager, Social Network Editor

The Career Services Department is here to support you in order to shape your personal career path, find internship and job opportunities, and develop your network. A dedicated team organizes career events and individual support throughout the year :

  • Company presentations
  • Career presentations by Human Resources professionals, operational staff and alumni
  • Intensive individual coaching (definition of your creative identity, assistance in CV writing and portfolio preparation, interview coaching, individual follow-ups)
  • Active support in the search for internships
  • Speed-recruitment sessions and personal interviews with specialized recruiters (Career Fairs, portfolio presentations…)
  • Access to an extensive database of job and internship offers

At the end of the program you will complete a 6-month internship in companies such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Carven, Céline, Chloé, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Hermès, Kenzo, Maison Kitsuné, Lanvin, Loewe, Louis Vuitton, Maison Margiela, Nina Ricci, Ohlman Consorti, Pierre Hardy, Saint Laurent, Spill, Valentino, Vetements...

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students starting in September 2022 are as follows:

EU nationals:

Year 1: €12,800
Year 2: €8,900

Non-EU students:

Year 1: €19,200
Year 2: €13,350

There is also a lifetime contribution to the Alumni Association: €350

Scholarships

Thanks to the sponsorship of company members of Institut Français de la Mode's Foundation, need-based scholarships are available for EU citizens under 28 years of age on September 1st of the academic year.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form downloadable from the application website and submit it with your application form. We recommend that scholarship applicants apply as early as possible. Our criteria are the same, regardless of the session, but the amounts available diminish over time.

We also recommend that you consult the Campus France website to learn of other potential scholarship opportunities.

Applications are closed for 2021/2022. They will open on January 7th for the 2022 intake.

Admissions requirements

The course is open to students who have obtained a 3-year Bachelor's degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design. Exceptions are possible for candidates without a diploma. Fluent English is required.

Admissions process

The admissions process consists of two steps :

- Firstly the submission of a detailed application file and portfolio (check the section “ frequently asked questions” to find out more about the portfolio requirements for each pathway)
- If your application is selected, you will be invited to take part in an online interview with the course faculty. If you’re applying for the Pathway in Image, you will receive a remote jury assignment.

Please note there is a non-refundable €100 application fee.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form downloadable from the application website and submit it with your application form. Scholarship applicants are invited to apply as soon as possible. Scholarships are awarded according to the same criteria, but the funds available tend to diminish over time.


Admissions sessions

You may choose the session you wish to apply for, but can only apply to one. If you are selected for an interview, a specific time and date will be given to you within the dates specified below. Please note that non UE students must apply in session 1 or 2 , in anticipation of visa processing delays.

Session 1: January 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 16 January 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 28 January 2022 at the latest
  • Interviews for Fashion, Knitwear, Accessory: 1 to 4 February 2022
  • Interviews for Image: 18 February 2022

Session 2: March 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 1 March 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 18 March 2022 at the latest
  • Interviews for Fashion, Knitwear, Accessory: 28 to 31 March 2022
  • Interviews for Image: 8 April 2022

Session 3: May 2022

  • Deadline for submission of application file: 15 May 2022
  • Notification of eligibility: 1 June 2022 at the latest
  • Interviews for Fashion, Knitwear, Accessory: 14 to 17 June 2022
  • Interviews for Image: 24 June 2022

MA Graduate Show 2021

For the first time, IFM Paris opened the Paris Fashion Week® with its very own graduate show.
The first class graduating from the new MA in Fashion Design displayed their work across six different specializations. Watch the show here.

Open Day presentation 2020

The program presentation given by Hans de Foer, Director of the MA in Fashion Design, was recorded during our open days on February 1st 2020.

Tania Marcela Garcia (Major in Garment)

Tania is from Mexico City. After graduating in Fashion from Central Saint Martins, she decided to join IFM. She shares her enthusiasm to be coached by professors who are professionals connected to the industry.

Sara Kickmayer (Major in Knitwear)

Sara, Designer is from Austria. She was looking for a specialization where she could explore knitwear, acquire technical skills, experiment, and boost her creativity. At IFM, she confronts herself with opinions and input from faculty to improve her results.

Orla McGarry (Major in Leathergoods)

Orla comes from Ireland. She tells us about her background, and her quest for creativity in her studies, with a concrete dimension and industry base.

Robin Vuano (Major in Footwear)

Robin, from France, studied animation and illustration before going into the design of shoes and accessories. He wanted to professionalize himself and work with factories. At IFM he studies all aspects of shoe design, in a passionate environment.

Vocal and sound performance at the Bataclan

An exceptional vocal and sound performance with Anne-James Chaton by all 200 students of the Fashion Design and Management students. This show came as the final point of the first cultural workshop organized around the concept of "Act of creation".



Video ©Laure Atanasyan

Adam Jones, Head of the Major in Knitwear

Quick interview of Adam Jones, head of the Major in Knitwear, MA in Fashion Design, during the open days of Institut Français de la Mode.

Alice Litscher, Head professor of the Major in Image

Quick interview of Alice Litscher, head professor of the Major in Image, MA in Fashion Design, during the open days of Institut Français de la Mode.

Application

I am currently finishing my Bachelor's degree, what documents do I need to provide?

If you are in your final year of a Bachelor's degree, we will need your transcripts for the current year (at least the first semester). If you are accepted, you will be required to provide your diploma (or a certificate of completion) before entering the program.

What level of English is required to enter the program?

The program is taught in English. At the moment, we do not require an English language proficiency certificate (IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC, etc...). However, we recommend a level equivalent to an IELTS 6.5. If you are pre-selected for the admission interview, your level of English proficiency will be assessed at that time.

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.

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.

You will have to try your luck the following year with a more successful application. In general, it is the creative file that is not strong or communicating enough and will have to be reworked.

Portfolio requirements

If you are applying for the pathways in Fashion Design & Knitwear Design

The portfolio of work submitted with your application is the best way of expressing who you are as a human being and as a designer. It must be very personal, structured and concise. Your portfolio should be uploaded on the Online Admission Platform. It should not exceed 5 Mo (all documents exceeding this size will be rejected).

Your portfolio should include a selection of 4 or 5 design projects submitted as a PDF document of minimum 20 pages of A4 format. The projects can include sketches, collages, prototypes, photographs, show pictures, illustrations, links to short films, videos or websites that showcase your work.

For each project, a short description of maximum 100 words should be provided to contextualize your research and explain your concept, process and goals. If you are selected for the next step, you will be invited for an interview.

If you are applying for the pathway in Accessory Design

The portfolio of work submitted with your application is the best way of expressing who you are as a human being and as a designer. It must be very personal, structured and concise. Your portfolio should be uploaded on the Online Admission Platform. It should not exceed 5 Mo (all documents exceeding this size will be rejected).

Your portfolio should include a selection of 4 or 5 design projects submitted as a PDF document of minimum 20 pages of A4 format. The projects can include sketches, collages, prototypes, photographs, show pictures, illustrations, links to short films, videos or websites that showcase your work.

For each project, a short description of maximum 100 words should be provided to contextualize your research and explain your concept, process and goals. Among the work included in the portfolio, at least 2 advanced projects should focus on the design of a collection of three-dimensional objects that could be fashion accessories, but also any artefact that shows your ability to innovate by constructing volumes.

If you are applying for the pathway in Image Design

The portfolio of work submitted with your application is the best way of expressing who you are as a human being and as a designer. It must be very personal, structured and concise. Your portfolio should be uploaded on the Online Admission Platform. It should not exceed 5 Mo (all documents exceeding this size will be rejected).

You should provide a link to your complete online portfolio, including at least one recent personal project, highlighting your research process, your appetite for fashion and your various skills. Your online portfolio should highlight your skills related to moving images (video, editing, motion design, etc.).

Program

Is it possible to meet a program representative and visit the school?

Our Open Days are usually held at the end of January. It is unfortunately impossible to schedule a visit of the campus or meet a program representative. However, group visits might be organized if planned far ahead of your trip in Paris.

We invite you to watch the video presentations of the program in the section “what they have to say” of this page, and visit our stand on student fairs in November and December.

Do you help students find their internship?

At the end of the second year, all students will have to do a six-month internship, write a report and defend it in front of a final jury. Students are responsible for finding their own internships. However, students will receive all along the programs tools to prepare themselves for this important step of their curriculum, through coaching and preparation for interviews, resume writing, and public speaking classes. They will meet professionals from the sector, Headhunters, studio directors, etc. during workshops, career fairs and will have the possibility to show their final project during their graduation event. The designers will benefit from the school’s extended network and the assistance of the careers department, as students and throughout their future careers.

Are internships paid?

The six-month internship is paid by companies in France. The minimum gratification is over €554 per month and can range up to about €1,300 per month.

Financing your studies

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.

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 €2,000. The remaining yearly fee can either be paid in full in September or in three 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.

Besides the tuition fees, are there additional costs to be considered?

The cost of supplies and equipment varies a lot depending on the major and the type of projects the students will be working on.

Are to be considered:

  • Course supplies – each student will receive a list of material before the program starts. This list may change from one year to another.
  • Project supplies – depending on your personal projects
  • Printing costs (for juries, presentations, etc.)

Dummies and sewing machines will be at your disposal in our workshops.

Is it possible to work while studying at IFM?

Due to the intensity of the coursework, students do not really have time 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.

I am not European, can I apply for a scholarship?

No, IFM scholarships are dedicated to students who are citizens of the European Union only.

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

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 of 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 Campus France 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, 8 000 m2 of classrooms, offices, knitwear and leather workshops, a fab lab, a Photo Studio and a documentation center. There is therefore 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)

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

Bus: Lines 24, 63, 89 and 91.

What are the opening hours?

From October 1st to June 30th opening hours are:

  • Monday to Wednesday – from 8:30 am to 10:00 pm
  • Thursday to Friday – from 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
  • Saturday – from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

These opening hours may change according to state regulations related to the sanitary situation.