More than ever, fashion professionals need to display flexibility and the capacity to adapt to a tougher economic environment, but also to changing consumer trends and shifts in the fashion system, with increasing demand for more sustainable and ethical business practices. Companies are looking for managers that can develop more engaging and social experiences to encourage consumers to connect, and can confidently navigate innovative strategies in a digital environment.
Offered since 2008, our MBA Fashion Management has been completely revamped to take full advantage of IFA Paris’ heritage and cultural specificities and our expertise in cutting-edge technologies and in adapting more sustainable practices for the fashion industry.
Our priority: to provide our graduates the excellent marketing and management skills required to navigate this changing landscape. As the industry is gearing towards creating more niches to sustain long-term profitability for its products or services, we have developed THREE majors that achieve a blending between the French traditional savoir-faire and an in-depth understanding of the future needs of the fashion apparel, fashion media, and the luxury industry:
The rise of social media has re-established the notions of accountability and transparency as core values our society needs to uphold. The notions of diversity, inclusivity and environment preservation have been rightfully elevated from the status of mere “fashion faux pas” to imperative issues that must be solved.
Is fashion failing us? A difficult question to answer since it put brands and consumers in front of their responsibilities. A question, nonetheless, we have a moral obligation to answer!
The MBA in Fashion Management – Apparel Major, has been restructured to ensure candidates will be trained to become mindful industry leaders. The ability to read, and anticipate societal changes, is at the centre of the pedagogical strategy implemented within this program.
While the course is structured around unique module and learning experiences, the highlight is our faculty of skilled and motivated lecturers who come from more than 20 different countries. This veritable educational melting pot allows you and your classmates to benefit from different cultural perspectives which, in turns, stimulates your propensity to analyze and solve issues in creative and unconventional ways. Our students following the program online also benefit from this unique multi-cultural dynamic thanks to an adapted online to off-line (O2O) pedagogical strategy.
Whether studying physically on our campuses, or online, students will have access to exclusive brand launch events, fashion shows, art exhibitions or professional trade-shows in order to build their own professional network.
Our MBA Courses are structured with the ECTS framework in mind as set by the Bologna Convention. Upon completion of their studies participants will gather a total of 120 ECTS that they will be able to transfer if they wish to further their studies. This program is also certified by FEDE (Fédération Européenne Des Écoles).
This online course takes place live and in real-time (Paris or Istanbul local time) and you will interact with the lecturer and other students through our online platform. However, if you cannot attend or miss a live class, every session is also recorded and saved, so you can go back and watch it at a later suitable time for you.
The first year is devoted to the acquisition of core skills and competencies in a classroom environment.
This intensive and practical training is delivered via taught modules organized in four module groupings.
Two of these modules’ groupings constitute the core components of the MBA Fashion Management. It is common to all three majors (Luxury, Apparel, Media):
Marketing & Management
This grouping encompasses a series of modules that will be sequentially planned based on the structure of a marketing plan. The overall body of knowledge acquired by the students will prepare them to:
Analyse complex marketing challenges based on practical case studies
Allocate resources strategically to achieve pre-determined objectives
Craft brand DNAs allowing for the achievement of a sustainable competitive advantage.
The capacity to listen and interpret markets’ signals is a key component of today’s managers. It needs to be continuously cultivated. Within this module grouping students will discover the idiosyncrasies of the fashion industry from an economic and financial viewpoint.
In addition to the core module, this Apparel Major is centered around two module groupings, representing almost half of the curriculum:
Students get a thorough understanding of all the steps of the logistics activities of a fashion house, from sourcing and buying, to retail and distribution.
In Collection Development, students are being immersed in a workshop environment allowing them to get an intensive and practical training based on each development stage of a fashion collection, from inception to commercialization.
This module grouping prepare our students to address the future needs of a competitive fashion industry, whether it is the adoption of new technologies, the implementation of cutting-edge quality processes or the consideration of contemporary fashion phenomena.
The second year is dedicated to the implementation and experimentation of these skills through the completion of a compulsory internship and the development of the Capstone thesis, a unique and individual project that owes much to IFA Paris learning by doing pedagogy.
In the Capstone Project, students are expected to create a link between the course knowledge and their practical understanding of the industry’s up-to-date best practices to prepare a fully-fledged plan for a business venture.
Finally, from inception to graduation, and regardless of their location, postgraduate students of IFA Paris will benefit from the support of a unique department called the “Career and Alumni Centre”.
Capitalizing on strong collaborations with groups such as LVMH, Richemont or Kering, the Career and Alumni Centre will give access to exclusive brand launch events, fashion shows, art exhibitions or professional trade-shows in order to build the students’ own professional network.
All applicants at the Postgraduate MBA level need to be Bachelor graduates.
Ideally have a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Media & Communication or Fashion Design related fields.
Non-native English speakers need to provide an IELTS score of 6.5 or above, or a TOEFL score of 79 or above. Alternatively, provide an English training certificate or proof of previous education in English. COVID-19 and Lockdown: We are aware that it is extremely difficult to obtain a language certificate with the current situation. IELTS has launched an online system to evaluate your English proficiency, IELTS Indicator. We accept this certificate and you can find more information on obtaining this certificate here.
Significant professional experience in related fields preferred, but not required (internships are taken into account).
Go through the checkout process and then upload: latest transcript, copy of Bachelor diploma or equivalence, Motivation letter, Resume/CV and copy of Passport/ID Card. All documents should be in English or translated to English by a professional translator.
€ 150 Application fee.
Online interview (Skype).
Online entrance exam.
Tuition Fee: € 9,500
Full tuition fee has to be paid before the start of the course in order to access the classes.
Early bird discount (10%) for tuition fee payments processed at least 7 months in advance of the application deadline.
Resource Fee: € 200, payable with the tuition fees.
What is included in the Tuition Fee:
Microsoft Office Pack
Access to IFA’s Online Learning Management System (LMS)
Access to all guest lectures
Access to all campus talks
What is included in the Resource Fee:
Access to IFA Paris Dawson Era E-Library
Remote Access to WGSN
Access to Alumnforce
What is not included in the fees:
Expenses related to module specific materials (ex: purchase of fabrics, future boards…etc)
Printing and photocopying costs
Mailing costs for sending the third year project hard-copy to the regional centre students depend upon
Any air fares and accommodation costs should students decide to visit one of our campuses.
A recent computer with a recent operating system
A good internet connection
An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers)
Microphone & Headphones (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)