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MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management.

MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

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The MSc Fashion & Luxury is a multi-disciplinary management program, delivered in English and designed to provide a diverse group of internationally-minded students the tools and skills necessary to accelerate their careers within the fast-moving fashion, luxury and beauty sectors.

Audience

Open to students holding a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in any field of study, who have a strong level of English and want to study in Paris in an international environment.

Practical information

Type:
Master of Science
Format:
Full time
Duration:
15 to 27 months depending upon candidate profile
  • MSc Core Year (only): 15 months
  • MSc Fundamentals Year + MSc Core Year: 27 months
  • IFM – ESCP Europe double degree: 27 months
Next intake:
September 2019
Tuition fees:
Vary according to option
  • MSc Core Year (15 months) : €19,300 (or €25,600 for non-EU citizens)
  • MSc Fundamentals Year (12 months) : €9,500 (or €12,650 for non-EU citizens)
  • IFM – ESCP Europe double degree : same tuition fees as those for the MSc Fundamentals Year + MSc Core Year
Language:
English
Location:
Campus Austerlitz

36 quai d'Austerlitz, 75013 Paris

Women with pearls on her face
© Frédérique Daubal
Women with pearls on her face
© Frédérique Daubal

You would like to:

  • Acquire a strong foundation in management and analytical skills as applied specifically to the creative industries
  • Develop in-depth product knowledge and understanding of the creative process
  • Gain expertise in branding, communication and digital strategies
  • Benefit from unparalleled industry exposure, while developing leadership skills and multi-cultural awareness

MSc Core Year – 15 months – 75 ECTS credits

  • You speak English fluently, and
  • You have completed or are currently in the final year of a 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in any field of study
  • Or you have worked full time for at least 3 years after having completed your 3 year Bachelor’s degree in any field of study

MSc Fundamentals Year + MSc Core Year – 27 months – 135 ECTS credits

  • You speak English fluently, and
  • You have completed or are currently in the final year of a 3 year Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent) in any field of study

Content of the program:

The academic approach of the MSc Fashion & Luxury program mixes intensive in-class learning, innovative workshops, real-world business cases, study trips and language lessons. Students learn to navigate on a daily basis between theory and practice, creativity and analysis, the emotional and the rational, management and creation.

Students also examine how the fashion, luxury and beauty industries have evolved over time –via historical and contemporary references– and develop the skills to understand the "French touch", and its essential impact upon the sector.

Our strategic location in the center of Paris allows students to fully benefit from all that the Parisian fashion and luxury ecosystem has to offer, including easy access to international headquarters, key professional trade shows and a diversity of unparalleled cultural offerings.

The MSc program’s courses and workshops are taught by Institut Français de la Mode faculty, CEO’s and professionals, as students meet over 70 industry experts during the academic year.

Institut Français de la Mode is a state-recognized institution of higher education and the MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management is registered at level 1 “Master level” (level 7 European nomenclature) with the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP). This entitles the non-EU students who have graduated from the program to obtain the Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour (Temporary Stay Authorization) allowing them to work in France for a year and in some cases longer.

Designed for those students holding a 3-year Bachelor's degree (or French Bac+3), the MSc Fundamentals Year begins in September and runs full time until early May. Students who have successfully completed this academic period then undertake a summer retail internship of 2 to 4 months before continuing on to join the 15-month MSc Core Year, the following September.

This Fundamentals Year consists of a mix of courses, creative workshops, product savoir-faire and craft experiential learning, Paris fashion week backstage experiences and a digital group project.

Courses are structured around five main themes

  • Culture & Design
  • Marketing & Retail
  • Management Fundamentals
  • Innovation, Sustainability & Technology
  • Professional Skills Development

Product savoir-faire & craft experiential learning

One of the distinctive features of the MSc Fundamentals Year is its experiential approach to learning. The quality and craft inherent to exceptional products are explored "hands-on" as the students "learn by doing", during immersive seminars and workshops all throughout the academic year. For example, discovering the gestures and precision that are emblematic of luxury ready-to-wear at the prestigious "Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne", which is now a part of the new Institut Français de la Mode. .

Experiential learning focuses upon the following areas of expertise:

  • Ready-to-wear (Institut Français de la Mode)
  • Leather goods (La Fabrique)
  • Shoes (Les Compagnons du Devoir)
  • Perfume (ISIPCA)
  • Jewelry (Haute Ecole de Joaillerie)

Other key components of the MSc Fundamentals Year:

Study tours

A study trip is organized within Europe, to a destination such as the United Kingdom or Spain, allowing students to discover the characteristics of the local fashion and luxury industries and to take classes at IFM partner institutions.

Language classes (about 80 hours)

The academic year kicks off with intensive French courses offered in partnership with the Alliance française, France's leader in French language education for foreigners.

Those students who already speak French fluently will learn Italian, a key language for the fashion, luxury and design industries.

Internship and short-term work experiences

The MSc Fundamentals Year takes full advantage of its prime location in the heart of Paris, the world's fashion capital, by offering its students the opportunity to participate behind-the-scenes during Paris Fashion Week in March.

Beginning in early May, students undertake a 2- to 4-month retail internship, in order to understand the importance and realities of service excellence and client experience in today's fashion and luxury industries, before joining the MSc Core Year the following September.

The MSc Core Year begins in September and runs full-time until early-June. This period of study of over 600 class hours is followed by a 6-month internship.

Candidates holding at least a 4-year Bachelor's Degree can apply directly to the 15-month MSc Core Year.

Courses are structured around eight main themes:

  • History and Culture
  • Savoir-faire and Design
  • Products, from Concept to Market
  • Marketing, Branding and Communication
  • Distribution and Retail
  • Strategy, Finance and Operations
  • Innovation, Sustainability & Technology
  • Leadership and Career Development

Real-world business cases

Over the past years, the MSc Fashion & Luxury program has partnered with industry-leading companies to organize real-world business cases for our students, who are briefed by the company on a current strategic or operational issue that they are facing. They then work in groups, benefit from coaching and present their in-depth analysis and recommendations to the executive and HR teams of the partner companies, including:

  • Louis Vuitton
  • Christian Dior Couture
  • Miu Miu
  • Chloé
  • L’Oréal
  • Parfums Christian Dior
  • Shiseido Group
  • Make Up For Ever
  • Prescription Lab
  • Dom Pérignon
  • Condé Nast

Study tours

A trip to Italy is organized to explore how tradition and know-how in design and craftsmanship have always been key success factors of the fashion and luxury industries. This trip allows for privileged access to places and people that embody heritage and innovation in design and manufacturing, from both artisanal and industrial points of view.

Language classes (80 hours)

French courses are offered in partnership with the Alliance française, France's leader in French language education for foreigners.

Those students who already speak French fluently will learn Italian, a key language for the fashion, luxury and design industries.

Work experience

The program finishes with a six-month internship (or short term/long term contract) in Paris, elsewhere in France or internationally. IFM Career Management helps each student to find his or her internship via CV workshops, career and interview coaching as well as the organization of carreer fairs and company presentations on campus.

IFM is offering a double degree option with the ESCP Europe business school for those candidates who hold a 3 year Bachelor’s degree minimum. The first year of the double degree program will take place at ESCP Europe (Berlin, London, Madrid or Turin campuses) followed by a summer retail internship and the Core Year of the IFM MSc program (in Paris). Students who successfully complete the program including thesis and internships, will graduate with both the Master in Management Grande Ecole ESCP Europe (ranked #5 worldwide by the Financial Times) and the IFM MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management degrees.

Double degree candidates must submit GMAT or GRE score reports and first apply to and be accepted by the IFM MSc program following the usual admissions process. A selection of double degree candidates will then interview with ESCP Europe before the final double degree admissions decisions are made. Should an interested double degree candidate not be selected for the double degree program, he or she will integrate either the IFM MSc Fundamentals Year or IFM MSc Core Year.

The tuition fees for Institut Français de la Mode students admitted to the double degree program are the same tuition fees as those for the MSc Fundamentals Year and MSc Core Year.

If you are applying for the IFM-ESCP Europe Double Degree, your application (along with your GMAT or GRE results) may be submitted on a rolling basis but must be received by April 22nd at the latest.

Tuition fees

For the 2019-2020 academic year

  • MSc Core Year (15 months) : €19,300 (or €25,600 for non-EU citizens)
  • MSc Fundamentals Year (12 months) : €9,500 (or €12,650 for non-EU citizens)
  • IFM – ESCP Europe double degree : same tuition fees as those for the MSc Fundamentals Year + MSc Core Year

These fees include language classes and transportation costs for the mandatory study tours (students will be responsible for their own accommodation and meal costs).

There is also a lifetime contribution to the Alumni Association: €300.

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 1 of the academic year and who do not benefit from an individual training leave.

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

Application requirements

Applicants can have obtained their Bachelor's or Master's degree in any field of study.

The program is taught in English and applicants are not required to speak French.

All applicants who are not native English speakers or have not spent at least three years studying at a university where English is the official language of instruction are required to submit one of the following English language proficiency test score reports: TOEFL (minimum score 100), IELTS (minimum score 7) or TOEIC (minimum score 900) with TOEIC Speaking & Writing option (minimum score 180).

MSc Core Year – 15 months

  • You have completed or are currently in the final year of a 4 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) or a Master’s degree in any field of study or
  • You have worked full time for at least 3 years (not including internships) after having completed your 3 year Bachelor’s degree in any field of study

MSc Fundamentals Year + MSc Core Year – 27 months

  • You have completed or are currently in the final year of a 3 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in any field of study

IFM – ESCP Europe double degree – 27 months

  • You have completed or are currently in the final year of a 3 year Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent)
  • You have recently taken the GMAT or GRE exam

Admissions process

The MSc Fashion & Luxury has a two-step admissions process:

  1. Download the application for admission from our website and carefully fill them out and submit them by the Application Deadline. A non-refundable €100 application fee is required.
  2. A selection of applicants will then be invited to interview either at Institut Français de la Mode or via Skype with a jury of faculty and professionals.

Click on each session below to view deadlines.

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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 6, in anticipation of visa processing delays.

If you are applying for the IFM-ESCP Europe Double Degree, your application (along with your GMAT or GRE results) may be submitted on a rolling basis but must be received by April 22nd at the latest.

Session 1 - November 2018

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 12 November 2018
  • Notification of eligibility: Wednesday 28 November 2018
  • Interviews: 3 to 5 December 2018
  • Notification of admission: Monday 10 December 2018

Session 2 - January 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Wednesday 2 January 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 18 January 2019
  • Interviews: 21 to 23 January 2019
  • Notification of admission: Friday 25 January 2019

Session 3 - February 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Wednesday 13 February 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: Friday 1 March 2019
  • Interviews: 4 to 6 March 2019
  • Notification of admission: Friday 8 March 2019

Session 4 - March 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Wednesday 6 March 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: 22 March 2019
  • Interviews: 25 to 27 March 2019
  • Notification of admission: Friday 29 March 2019

Session 5 - May 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 6 May 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: 29 May 2019
  • Interviews: 3 to 5 June 2019
  • Notification of admission: Friday 7 June 2019

Session 6 - June 2019

  • Deadline for submission of application file: Monday 17 June 2019
  • Notification of eligibility: 5 July 2019
  • Interviews: 8 to 10 July 2019
  • Notification of admission: Friday 12 July 2019

Margarita Gomez Sala Battlori, MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

Testimonial of Margarita Gomez Sala Battlori

Yena Cho, MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

Testimonial of Yena Cho

Zoe Yu Zou, MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

Testimonial of Zoe Yu Zou

Carlos Soler Ripolles, MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

Testimonial of Carlos Soler Ripolles

Lisa-Marie Bauwens, MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management

"My journey at IFM is one I will never forget. With so many new insights every day provided by professors, industry professionals and my many fellow students from all over the world, I had the privilege of continuously enriching both my knowledge and my practical understanding of the industry I wanted to break into, all the while inspired by life in the capital of luxury.

As one of the few students whose eyes were not set on fashion per se but with a clear goal of entering the beauty industry instead, I still feel that the MSc program at IFM has been more than useful. After all, luxury will be luxury, and so many aspects of both industries turned out to be linked. As a program that does not just teach about one particular domain, it actually pushed me to think more and dig deeper into where my motivation for beauty particularly lied and helped me formulate it even more clearly, so that by the time I had finished I was 200% sure of the path I wanted to continue on.

In this sense, my IFM experience has also been extremely valuable in finding possibilities to embark upon that journey, facilitating the actual transition from the classroom into the field through group coaching as well as highly personalized career guidance, but also through the many connections the school is known for. From career fairs to business cases, from company visits to lectures: not a single day went by that did not provide the opportunity of meeting someone from the industry, increasing my chances at one day becoming part of it myself.

As a result, yes, days at IFM are long and nothing is for granted. The school demands hard work, perseverance and high amounts of flexibility. It challenges you to become better every day, whether it is simply by not using any notes during presentations, to pushing yourself to the next level in whatever way necessary. Whether you have to become more business-savvy or more creative, more daring or more realistic, whether you need to learn about art, finance, materials, history or what really constitutes a brand, there will be a project, a lecture, an activity ... there will be a way. Simply looking at my classmates, I see different people than the ones I met nine months ago and that’s not just because I got to know them better throughout the year. It’s because they got to know themselves better and have been extremely dedicated to getting closer to who and where they want tomorrow.

Finally, out of everything I had heard about the school before joining it myself, what I really resonated with is this: at IFM, you need to put in the left side of your brain just as much your right. An equal dose of logic and creativity really is key. In fact, being a good manager in this industry today does not mean being an expert in a single domain, as this does not align with the spirit of luxury. Its richness precisely comes from excellence in all fields combined, and it was a pleasure learning more about each of them day after day.

Consequently, as future leaders in one of the most exciting but also challenging industries out there, I could not feel more confident about what’s next. Even though we won’t be seeing each other on a daily basis anymore, I cannot wait to find out what everyone’s future will bring. I look forward to running into them or anyone from the IFM team and I could not be more grateful for being a part of this exceptional, truly one-of-a-kind community, this IFaMily."

Application

Why should I apply to IFM rather than a Fashion or Luxury program in a business school?

Founded in 1986 by representatives of the fashion industry with support from the French Ministry of Industry, IFM has always maintained unparalleled ties with the leading fashion, luxury and beauty companies and groups, who regularly come to campus to recruit our students. The signature IFM experience allows for regular collaboration between our management and design programs, preparing our MSc Fashion & Luxury participants to better grasp the creative mindset and take on leadership roles in companies where creativity is a major source of added value. In addition, IFM students develop in-depth product and retail management knowledge.

Within the IFM program offer, what is the difference between the MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management and the Mastère Spécialisé Management de la Mode et du Luxe?

The MSc Fashion & Luxury program is taught primarily in English, with a largely international cohort, whereas the Mastère Spécialisé Management de la Mode & du Luxe is taught primarily in French. In addition, the MSc Fashion & Luxury program focuses mainly upon the strategies and operations of premium and luxury brands while the Mastère Spécialisé Management de la Mode & du Luxe covers a wider range, from fast fashion up through luxury houses. Both programs prepare their students to accelerate their careers within the fashion, luxury and beauty sectors in France or abroad.

Which academic background do we need to be accepted into the MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management Program ?

Applicants must hold a 3 year or a 4 year Bachelor's degree minimum in any discipline. We do not require a specific GPA however we are looking for proof of academic success and rigor in your undergraduate program.

Do we need the GMAT to get admitted into the MSc program?

GMAT (code 1JC-BR-51) or GRE (code 7128) official score reports are encouraged but not mandatory elements of the MSc Fashion & Luxury application, except for those candidates applying to the IFM – ESCP Europe double degree who must submit a GMAT score report.

Can we apply to the MSc program before finishing our undergraduate degree?

You can apply to the MSc program before finishing your undergraduate studies, as long as you submit your most recent official transcript and a proof of enrollment at your university. You would then need to submit your final official transcript and diploma upon graduation.

Can we send the application file only by email?

The application forms can be sent to us either by postal mail or by email, in which case please try to group all the documents into one pdf file (using for example pdfjoin.com) for a smoother handling on our side.

What level of English is required to be admitted into the MSc Fashion & Luxury program?

Applicants who are not native English speakers or have not spent at least three years studying at a university where English is the official language of instruction are required to submit one of the following English language proficiency test score reports: TOEFL (minimum score 100), IELTS (minimum score 7) or TOEIC (minimum score 900) with TOEIC Speaking & Writing option (minimum score 180).

Do we need to speak French?

Applicants are not required to speak French, however obligatory French language lessons are incorporated into the program. We strongly encourage admitted students to improve their French proficiency before beginning the program in September. For those students who would like to do their internship or work in France after graduation, it is important to reach at least a C1 level in French.

Is it a problem that I live abroad and cannot come to IFM for the interview round?

No it is not a problem because we offer the possibility to interview either at IFM or via Skype.

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.

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.

Is it possible to work while studying at IFM ?

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

Does IFM have a Campus ?

IFM is located within “Les Docks Cité de la Mode et du Design” in the thirteenth neighborhood of Paris (36, quai d'Austerlitz 75013 Paris). The IFM classrooms, common areas and offices are located on 3 different levels of the building.

Does IFM provide student accommodation?

IFM does not provide student accommodation or have on-campus housing however our academic support team is always available to assist and offer suggestions and tips to our admitted students, to help them find housing options that are the best suited to their individual needs.

How do I find accommodation in Paris ?

You can take a room in student halls of residence, rent an apartment, rent a room in an apartment or share an apartment. Find out more about the conditions needed to apply for accommodation aid (Aide Personnalisée au Logement, APL): http://bit.ly/YmFTha Find out more about "Aide à l'Installation dans un Logement pour les Etudiants (A.I.L.E.)" granted by Ville de Paris: http://bit.ly/WJGCE1 You can also consult the Campus France 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 Paris).

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

Bus: lines 24, 63, 89 and 91


Opening hours: Monday to Friday: 8h30 - 20h00

How can I get French health coverage?

As part of new government legislation in France, related to career guidance and students success (called ‘Plan étudiants’), many different measures are being taken in order to improve students’ living conditions, including measures regarding Student social security.

If you are a European citizen or from Quebec : nothing has changed, you should still be able to use your European Health Insurance Card or RAMQ form. You will have to provide the CPAM ( Centre d’Assurance Maladie) a S1 Form in order to register to the “General scheme” of the French Social Security, so you will get the French “carte vitale” and a French social security number.

For all other students who arrive in France in September 2018: you will need to register with the ‘general’ scheme of Social security (and no longer the ‘student’ scheme), free of charge and without any age condition.

Program

Is the MSc Fashion & Luxury a state-recognized degree?

IFM is a state-recognized institution of higher education and a member of the Conférence des Grandes Ecoles, the organization that unites France’s top business and engineering schools. The MSc in International Fashion & Luxury Management is registered at level 1 “Master level” (level 7 European nomenclature) with the Répertoire National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP).

Does Institut Français de la Mode find an internship for MSc Fashion & Luxury students?

Students are responsible for finding their own internships, however our Careers Management team is definitely there to assist, by organizing company presentations, workshops, career fairs and by providing individualized coaching. IFM benefits from very close relationships to the major houses in the fashion, luxury and beauty industries, who frequently recruit students from the MSc Fashion & Luxury program.

Is the internship paid?

The 6-month internship is paid by companies in France. The minimum gratification is over 554€ per month, and can range up to about 1300€ per month.

Why is a retail internship a part of the MSc Fundamentals Year program?

We feel that is crucial for students to understand the importance and realities of service excellence and client experience in today's omni-channel fashion and luxury industries. For example, the internship can be in customer service, operations, visual merchandising, after-sales service or call center.

Do I need to have experience in fashion and luxury to apply?

No it is not necessary to have studied or worked in fashion or luxury before applying. However we are looking for applicants who have succeeded a rigorous undergraduate/graduate program in any discipline and who ideally have internship or work experiences in any sector, during which they have acquired relevant skills.