MBA Fashion Technology (Online)

Course Details

Select Intake: January 2021
Duration: 15 months
Taught in: English
Format: Live
Applications: Open
Credits: 120 ECTS
Limited to: 25 students per class
Application Fee: € 150
Tuition Fee: € 9,500
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What is the future of fashion and technology and how will it impact the global fashion system? Artificial intelligence, drones, robots, augmented reality, blockchain – these are just some of the technological advancements in recent years to disrupt multiple industries. However, technology is developing at a much greater speed than fashion can keep up with, meaning that the industry is hungry for specialists, solutions and start-ups operating within the fashion, technology and innovation space. The world is seeing the rise of fashion tech disruptors and we are responding to this emergence by delivering a unique Fashion Technology program to augment traditional fashion archetypes.

MBA Fashion Technology is a world-first postgraduate program that blends theoretical and practical learning together within the disciplines of fashion and technology. Students will be equipped with the necessary vocational, analytical and technical skills to define, ideate and implement viable technological solutions to burning fashion industry problems. Throughout their 15-month journey they will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of a variety of themes and undertake modules such as computer science for fashion, artificial intelligence, minimum viable product (MVP) and what this all means within the fourth industrial revolution. During the program, students will have the opportunity to have contact with industry links, which IFA Paris has strong relationships with brands such as LVMH, Coty and Google to further your experience.

The program’s main objectives are to:

  • Enable students to apply critical thinking on subject matters surrounding technology and innovation within the context of fashion at macro and micro level. The program will develop the students’ ability to analyse and synthesize the two domains into a single coherent viewpoint.
  • Provide the opportunity for students to push design and prototyping boundaries by offering access to state-of-the-art tech facilities and dedicated technical workshops to develop digital skills delivered by industry experts. Workshops will include computer science for fashion, data science and rapid prototyping.
  • Prepare graduates for roles within the fashion industry that require more than the traditional fashion skills.

This program welcomes students from both fashion design and business backgrounds that wish to specialize further within the field of technology. This is what makes the program truly exciting. We believe that innovation happens when people from different fields are able to converse.

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 students to benefit from different cultural perspectives which, in turns, stimulates their propensity to analyse and solve issues in creative and unconventional ways. Our students following the program remotely also benefit from this unique multi-cultural dynamic thanks to an adapted online to off-line (O2O) pedagogical strategy.

Due to the intense nature of the program students will be required to submit a research proposal at application stage and then encouraged to continuously review the proposal once your studies have commenced.

Upon completion of the program students will be armed with the knowledge and foundational skills to be able to launch fashion-tech products and solutions. They may go on to develop careers within departments such as R&D, innovation and product management, or for the few ambitious individuals, creating a fashion tech startup may be the career path of choice. For budding entrepreneurs, we will be supporting select graduates through “Foundry”, our dedicated Fashion Tech Innovation Lab and accelerator program, to develop their start-up idea**.

*A fair usage policy will apply, and students must have attended all necessary on-boarding sessions prior to access being granted.
**A separate application is required, and completion of the program does not automatically guarantee individuals progression into Foundry. For more information please visit www.foundryftlab.com

All our programs are articulated around the ECTS framework as defined by the Bologne convention.

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.

Course Structure

Total: 620 teaching hours, 120 ECTS

 

 


Creation
(286 hours, 40 ECTS)

Cutting Edge Digital Design (90 hours, 14 ECTS)
Product Discovery (18 hours, 2 ECTS)
Computer Science for Fashion (40 hours, 4 ECTS)
Principles of Fashion Tech Innovation (18 hours, 2 ECTS)
Personal Final Project (120 hours, 18 ECTS)

 

 


Prototyping & Production
(172 hours, 25 ECTS)

Human Engineering & Interaction (40 hours, 5 ECTS)
Fabric & Material Innovation (20 hours, 3 ECTS)
Minimum Viable Product (MVP) (30 hours, 5 ECTS)
Rapid Prototyping (30 hours, 5 ECTS)
The 4th Industrial Revolution (22 hours, 3 ECTS)
Product Management & Road maps (30 hours, 4 ECTS)

 

 


Commercialization
(162 hours,  25 ECTS)

Fashion Data Science: Identify, Aggregate, Analyse (30 hours, 5 ECTS)
Deep Tech: Neural Networks and Machine Learning (24 hours, 4 ECTS)
AI: Predictive Fashion and Personalisation (24 hours, 4 ECTS)
Data Driven Storytelling (18 hours, 3 ECTS)
Future Retail Ecosystems (24 hours, 3 ECTS)
Technology Entrepreneurship (24 hours, 3 ECTS)
Neuro-Design: Consumer Insights (18 hours, 3 ECTS)

 

 

 

Personal Final Project
(30 ECTS)

Admission

  • 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. All documents should be in English or translated to English by a professional translator.
  • Research proposal
  • € 150 Application fee.
  • Online interview (Skype).
  • Online entrance exam.

Fee Structure

Tuition Fee: € 9,500
Full tuition has to be paid before the start of the course in order to access the classes.

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)
  • Course Material
  • Lectures
  • 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 Qualtrics
  • Remote Access to Foundry Equipment:
    • TG3D Body Scanner
    • 3D Printers from Makerbot
    • Alvanon Digital Dress Forms
    • Bodi.Me Platform
  • Priority Physical Access to Foundry, with utilisation of the following additional equipment:
    • Oculus Quest
    • LECTRA
    • IBM AI Demonstrator

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.

Requirements

  • A recent computer with a recent operating system
  • DC Suite
  • 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)
  • Webcam