The Global Fashion Management is a part-time course and the only Executive MBA in fashion and design management that allows participants to continue their career.
The course is organized in partnership between Institut Français de la Mode, Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong. With a true international perspective, it prepares high-potential executives for top-level managerial responsibilities in the fashion and creative industries at large.
It provides young professionals with the sector’s key skills to enable them to plan and run strategies for existing brands or to set up their own business, while strengthening their knowledge of the codes of fashion, luxury and creation in an international context.
The program is aimed at experienced executives, highly motivated to work in the fashion and design industries, with or without experience in the sector.
- Undergraduate qualifications: management, economics, political science, law, arts, communications, applied art, engineering…
- Four-year degree (professional equivalence possible).
- At least 5 years of professional experience.
- Fluent English.
Teaching takes place in the three big world fashion capitals. In addition to the course at IFM in Paris, intensive seminars take place in New York and Hong Kong that enable participants to create solid and privileged links with an international network of fashion and design professionals.
- 15 monthly 4-day seminars at IFM in French;
- 3 intensive 10-day common seminars in New York, Paris and Hong Kong /Shenzen / Canton / Shanghai, in English;
- Individual project to be carried out during the year;
- Teaching in English and French.
The classes at the IFM are in the form of monthly three-day seminars including classes and case studies and are taught by the IFM permanent teaching staff and guest lecturers.
A breakdown of GFM Executive MBA participants:
- 43% are financed by their companies;
- 36% finance the program personally;
- 14% use severance or redundancy packages.
GFM graduates split into three categories when they finish the course:
- 20% start their own business;
- 40% change their sector and are hired in the companies and at the positions that they were aiming for;
- 40% remain in their original companies but with a larger scope of responsabilities
A few examples of GFM graduates:
Sandra Vizzavona (GFM/Executive MBA 2005) was a lawyer before doing the GFM. She is now Head of Legal affairs at Zadig&Voltaire.
Berta de Pablos (GFM/Executive MBA 2006) was running the Spanish branch of Masterfoods. After the GFM, she was hired by Boucheron to run the Marketing and Design Department.
Erotokritos Antoniadis (IFM/GFM Executive MBA 2008) had already set up his own brand Erotokritos when he did the GFM. He used it to consolidate his existing knowledge and to reinforce his managerial skills so as to continue developing his company.
Anne Crespel (IFM/GFM Executive MBA 2008), a marketing and sales specialist, began her career at Nestlé and wanted to reorient into the fashion business. After the GFM, she set up her own Consultancy and Sales Agency in fashion to represent and distribute emerging brands.
« Only 45% of the GFM Executive MBA participants come from a fashion background. But they are all in search of something that corresponds to their most personal aspirations (...). One must become a « sponge » in order to absorb the codes of another universe. It is very difficult, all the more so as the fashion business is as attractive as it is merciless » (Véronique Schilling, MBA director, quoted in Challenges magazine, May 5th 2011).