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Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Majors in Garment, Knitwear, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image.

Master of Arts in Fashion Design - Majors in Garment, Knitwear, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image

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We believe fashion is a form of applied art that mixes creativity, craftsmanship and culture, in an industry that is all about passion and innovation. The Master of Arts in Fashion Design pushes the boundaries of creative talent, enabling designers to be both stylistically innovative and technically exceptional.

Hans de Foer,
Director of the Master of Arts in Fashion Design

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 (3 semesters coursework plus a 6-month internship).
Next intake:
October 2020
Tuition fees:
€20,450 (EU) - €30,670 (non-EU)

Need-based scholarships available for EU students.

Certification:
Visa + RNCP level 7 (previously level 1)

The program leads to a degree of "créateur-concepteur de mode" - Master level, validated by France's Ministry of Higher Education and Research, and is registered at level 7 (Master level) with the Répertoire des Certifications professionnelles (RNCP).

Language:
English
Location:
Austerlitz campus

36 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Fashion Silhouette
© Julia Andréone
Fashion Silhouette
© Julia Andréone

With an emphasis on real-life experimentation and project-based learning, the Master of Arts in Fashion Design offers you ways to express a strong personal creative signature, broaden your artistic horizons and gain professional acumen.

Seven pathways of specialization are offered:

  • Major in Garment (Womenswear & Menswear)
  • Major in Knitwear
  • Major in Leather Goods (bags, small leather goods)
  • Major in Footwear (shoe design)
  • Major in Image

Taught by the best faculty and practitioners in their field, they allow you to hone your technical skills and develop a full personal collection that is altogether meaningful, crafty and innovative.

The course runs over 19 months, plus a 6-month internship. Year 1 alternates experimental work, creative workshops and partnerships with the industry, while Year 2 concentrates on your final individual project. As an MA Fashion Design student, you are part of one highly international cohort, and study on projects with students from other Majors, as well as other programs at Institut Français de la Mode. The final individual project will allow you to develop a full collection and portfolio, related to the chosen Major.

Industry

The Master of Arts in Fashion Design leverages the school’s incomparable links with France's fashion and luxury companies (such as Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chloé, Lanvin...) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organizes Paris Fashion Week. Projects are led with manufacturers working with these prestigious fashion houses, and individual coaching is provided by active fashion designers and art directors. A 6-month internship will allow you to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired during the course, and is often an invaluable step towards full-time employment.

Culture

Paris is a city of culture and the fashion capital of the world, and we believe that fashion and culture are inextricably linked. Through our new program, you will have extensive access to contemporary art, dance, music and performance through unique partnerships with major Parisian cultural institutions including Le Palais de Tokyo, La Cinémathèque Française, Le Centre national de la Danse and La Station Gare des Mines.

Campus

Our Austerlitz campus is located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the bank of the famous Seine river. By Autumn 2020, you will have access to state-of-the-art workshops, a fully equipped Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photo 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.

Accreditation

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 France's Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Official Ministerial Bulletin #30, 25 August 2016).

It is also registered at level 7 (Master level, previously level 1) with the Répertoire 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 year and in some cases longer.

Fashion silhouettes
© Julia Andréone
Fashion silhouettes
© Julia Andréone

The Major in Garment 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 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 3 phases:

  • Experimental or laboratory phase: You will free your creative gestures but also question your identity, your personal signature to better define them.
  • Inspiration phase: You will get to work as you would in an actual studio, in which you will be able to give life to your sources of inspiration in all their forms (2D/3D, garments and objects...).
  • Workshop // garment phase: On an autonomous basis, or guided by experts and guest designers, you will question the idea of a contemporary wardrobe.

You will take into account the specificity of each of the disciplines, as well as their specific assembly techniques: Jersey, Knit, Leather, Denim, Flou, Outwear, Tailoring.

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 sustainable development and technology issues.

Finally, Year 1 will allow you to explore the field of accessorization and ornamentation through styling projects.

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

The major in Menswear is headed by Thierry Rondenet, who co-founded with Hervé Yvrenogeau the 'Own' brand. Together they collaborated as fashion designers with Acne Studios, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Maison Martin Margiela and Jean-Paul Gaultier. After teaching for 15 years in the fashion department of La Cambre they were involved in the renewal of Lanvin as Design Directors.

The major in Womenswear is headed by Vanja Hedberg, an experienced Swedish designer who has had a 10-year career designing womens and menswear for renowned fashion houses in Paris. In 2008 she joined the designer team at Maison Martin Margiela and went on to work for Lanvin and Balenciaga.

Fashion silhouette
© Julia Andréone
Fashion silhouettes
© Julia Andréone
Fashion silhouette
© Julia Andréone
Fashion silhouettes
© Julia Andréone

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

© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania
© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Benoit Bethume & Estelle Hanania

In the Majors in Leather Goods and Footwear, you will deploy your creativity in a work process and calendar that reproduce those of an actual accessory design studio.

Through various creative bag or shoe design projects (depending on the chosen specialization), you will develop your professional skills by alternating research, design and development phases during studio, workshop or in-house company work sessions.

Year 1 is structured around 3 main projects:

  • A bag or shoe creation project with a brand in the form of a pre-collection
  • Bag or shoe creation capsule projects involving societal issues such as sustainable development, innovation or technology
  • A personal bag or shoe creation project for a prospective collection

Each project allows you to understand the different phases of development of a collection (sources of inspiration, iconographic research, materials, color ranges, drawings, styles and product lines...) in order to move forward from concept to idea, design, product and then to setting up a collection (model, shape, function, materials, colors, animation...).

You will develop your 3D research and models in the school’s prototyping workshop, supported by a highly qualified technical team, in order to produce a final model with workshops and manufacturers working with fashion & luxury houses such as Chanel, Dior, Hermès, Louis Vuitton or Saint Laurent.

In Year 2, building up on the skills acquired, you will design and produce a full personal collection, coached by designers from Parisian fashion houses.

The result will be revealed during a presentation to professionals and the public.

The Major in Leather Goods is headed by Micaela Naldini, Leather Goods Designer who has worked over the years with Dolce & Gabbana, Dior, Ferragamo, Gucci, Helmut Lang, Maison Margiela, Miu Miu, Prada and Tom Ford.

The Major in Footwear is headed by footwear designer Nicolas Berny, who has worked for Acne Studios, Adidas, Balenciaga, Celine, Chloé, Tod's, Roger Vivier and Alexander Wang.

© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone
© Julia Andréone

The course 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 Major in Image 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 course 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 Ascoli, Antoine Asseraf, Frédéric Bodenes (Le Bon Marché), Angelo Cirimele (Magazine Magazine), Leslie David, Sophie Fontanel, Elise Goldfarb and Julia Layani (Fraîches founders), Jean-Baptiste Levée (Production Type), Fabrice Paineau (Double magazine), Christophe Renard, Etienne Russo (Villa Eugénie), Frédéric Sanchez, Yorgo Tloupas (Yorgo & Co) and numerous other highly recognized fashion professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, stylists, chief editors, social networks specialists, hair and make up artists, show producers and art directors.

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© Laura Lavergne
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
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© IFM
© Laura Lavergne
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

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...

Accreditations

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 #30, 25 August 2016). It is also registered at level 1 (Master level) with the Répertoire 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 year and in some cases longer.

The MA in Fashion Design is headed by Hans de Foer.

Hans de Foer has designed luxury ready-to-wear and couture collections for Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, André Courrèges, and Jean-Paul Gaultier, as well as his own brand. He also worked for Azzedine Alaïa.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees for students starting in September 2020 are as follows:

Year 1:

€12,250 for students who are EU nationals
€18,370 for non-EU students

Year 2:

€8,200 for students who are EU nationals
€12,300 for non-EU students

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 2020.

To apply for a scholarship, please complete the scholarship application form downloadable from the application website and submit it with your application form.

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

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 digital application file and portfolio. Your portfolio should include 10 to 15 pages of your work, reflecting your personal signature style. To find out more about portfolio requirements in each major, please check the Frequently Asked Questions below.
  • If your application is selected, you will be invited to take part in an interview with the course faculty. Depending on the Major you're applying for, you will also receive a remote jury assignment (Leather Goods, Footwear, Image Design).

While you are encouraged to attend in person, we realize this may not always be possible. If that is the case, we can arrange for your interviews and assignments to be held online. 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.

Coronavirus information

IFM is closely monitoring the evolution of the situation and is taking all necessary measures to guarantee the safety of students, faculty and candidates. All of the interviews are conducted remotely.

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Admissions sessions

You may choose the session you wish to apply for, but can only apply to one. If you are invited for an interview, a specific time and date will be given to you within the dates specified below. Please note that we strongly advise non-EU students to avoid session 3, in anticipation of visa processing delays.

Session 1: February 2020

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Sunday 23 February 2020
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 6 March 2020 latest
  • Interviews for Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear : 16 to 19 March 2020
  • Interviews for Footwear / Leather Goods / Image: 23 to 27 March 2020

Session 2: April 2020

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Sunday 19 April 2020
  • Notification of eligibility: Wednesday 29 April 2020
  • Interviews for Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear: 11 to 14 May 2020
  • Interviews for Footwear / Leather Goods / Image: 18 to 26 May 2020

Session 3: June 2020

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Sunday 7 June 2020
  • Notification of eligibility: Thursday 25 June 2020
  • Interviews for Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear: 6 to 9 July 2020
  • Interviews for Footwear / Leather Goods / Image: 15 to 17 July 2020

Additional Session: August 2020

Only for Majors in Knitwear, Footwear, Leather Goods and Image

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Sunday 23 August 2020
  • Notification of eligibility: Tuesday 1 September 2020 latest
  • Interviews: 14 to 23 September 2020

Please note that for this last session, no scholarships will be awarded.

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.

Can I send my application by email?

No. You must create your profile on our recruitment platform available as of January, complete it, upload all the required documents (CV, portfolio, copy of transcripts and diplomas, passport photo) and pay the application fee of €100.

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.

I am interested in two majors, can I apply for both?

Only one application is allowed for each candidate. You will therefore have to think through your educational and professional project in order to make the right choice, by choosing for example the field in which you can present the strongest and most achieved file (prospective research, mastery of technical skills, strong stylistic signature, etc...).

It will always be possible, if you are pre-selected, to mention your hesitation during your admission interview. It is also possible that, in view of your profile, the members of the reading committee themselves, after sharing your file with the Head of another major, may invite you to reconsider your choice.

I live abroad, I will not be able to come to Paris to take the tests and/or interviews, is that a problem?

No. You will need to specify this in your application. If you are selected, you can take the remote test and the admission interview by Skype. However, we encourage all our candidates to come and take the test and/or interview at our offices.

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 majors in Menswear / Womenswear / Knitwear

A PDF document of 12 pages (A4 format - 21 cm X 29,7 cm) illustrating your personal universe and skills, including at least sketches, illustrations, finished products, research

A link to your online portfolio / website (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Behance, Issu…) Unlike the pdf portfolio, which is a mandatory summary of your most representative work and requires a specific content and format, your digital portfolio is expected to display the full scope of your work, in the format of your choice.

• If you are applying for the major in Leather Goods

A PDF document of 12 pages (A4 format - 21 cm X 29,7 cm) illustrating your personal universe and skills, including at least sketches, illustrations, finished products & research (research should include leather goods and bags even if you have not actually made any of these before)

A link to your online portfolio / website (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Behance, Issu…) Unlike the pdf portfolio, which is a mandatory summary of your most representative work and requires a specific content and format, your digital portfolio is expected to display the full scope of your work, in the format of your choice.

• If you are applying for the major in Footwear

A PDF document of 12 pages (A4 format - 21 cm X 29,7 cm) illustrating your personal universe and skills, including at least sketches, illustrations, finished products & research (research should include footwear even if you have not actually made any shoes before).

A link to your online portfolio / website (YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, Behance, Issu…) Unlike the pdf portfolio, which is a mandatory summary of your most representative work and requires a specific content and format, your digital portfolio is expected to display the full scope of your work, in the format of your choice.

• If you are applying for the major in Image

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.).

A PDF document of 12 pages (A4 format – 21 cm X 29,7 cm) summarizing your portfolio.

If you are selected for the next step, you will be invited for an interview.

The candidates applying for the majors in Leather goods, Footwear and Image, will receive a jury assignment that will be due within two weeks (including two week-ends), You now have all the information you need to prepare your application in the best possible way.

Program

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

You will only be able to visit the school during our open day which will take place on 18 January 2020. it is unfortunately impossible to schedule a visit of the campus or meet a program representative. However, school group visits might be organized if planned far ahead of 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.

The second year of the Major in Creative Pattern Making is a sandwich year (apprenticeship contract), can I participate as a non-European student?

You can participate even if you are not from the EU. Please note, however, that although the program is taught in English, it is strongly recommended to speak French to find a host company. The atelier teams speak mostly French.

In addition, the regulations require that the apprentice must be no older than 29 years of age on the date on which the apprenticeship contract begins to be performed. For instance, for a student joining the program in September 2020, he (she) will have to still be 29 years of age on the 1st of June 2021 (approx. date of the starting date of the apprenticeship contract).

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. In addition, only candidates who successfully applied for a scholarship in year 1 may resubmit a scholarship application in year 2.

Can applying for a scholarship be detrimental to my application?

No. The committees reviewing your application to 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 by the administration once accepted).

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 1380€ 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.

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 36, 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