Innovation in Fashion Studies with Institut Français de la Mode

By Institut Français de la Mode

Institut Français de la Mode brings together Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne, founded in 1927 and recognized for the excellence of its training in couture savoir-faire, and IFM, founded in 1986 and a pioneer in fashion management education.

Two new fashion design programs were created, among which a 2-year Master of Arts program in Fashion Design.

Try a different kind of learning experience

Our Master of Arts is filled with exchanges and discussions but is also very much project-based. The main objective is to push further the boundaries of creative talent, enabling designers to be both stylistically innovative and technically exceptional.

The program offers 6 pathways of specialization, in order to train designers for the future of future fashion, in all its different dimensions.

The Major in Garment, training womenswear and menswear designers, will allow you to assert a strong personal and contemporary creative signature, honing the technical skills you have acquired.


Major in Garment. Copyright – Estelle Hanania and Benoit Bethume

The Major in Knitwear, the first of its kind in France, brings together a state-of-the-art industry standard workshop with the latest technology in knitwear. This program focuses on creative experimentation, craftsmanship and technological innovation.


Major in Knitwear. Copyright – Estelle Hanania and Benoit Bethume

The Major in Creative Pattern Making brings the highest standards of both creativity and technique sought by studios, workshops and design offices, adapting to and understanding the creative processes that are at stake there. The main goal is to prepare knitwear designers to be a key asset for both the studio and the atelier.


Major in Creative Pattern Making. Copyright – Estelle Hanania and Benoit Bethume

The Majors in Leather Goods and in Footwear are headed by designers working in the heart of accessory studios and ready to prepare the next generations to the particularity of working with leather and innovative materials. Students will deploy their creativity in a work process and calendar that reproduce those of an actual accessory design studio.


Majors in Leather Goods and in Footwear. Copyright – Allyssa Heuze

The Major in Image aims to train the next artistic directors of fashion brands, with workshops in visual merchandising, editorials, Fashion show / stage and window design. This program helps you develop a personal vision and creative approach to meet the needs of the fashion industry in artistic direction.


Major in Image. Copyright – Estelle Hanania and Benoit Bethume

How to apply?

The course is open to students who have obtained a 3-year Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in art/fashion or design. Fluent English is required.
The admissions process consists of two steps:

First, the submission of a detailed digital application file and portfolio.
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) or a day-long creative assignment (Creative Pattern Making).

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