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Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design


Course Description

Young fashion designers have become the key element in reshaping today’s fashion panorama. From the appointment of JW Anderson as Creative Director to Loewe to the acquisition of stakes of Christopher Kane by Kering Group, all events seem to indicate that now more than ever fashion creation remains essential for the activities of large luxury brands and mass-market brands.

Despite an apparent return to a pure and fresh creativity, the components of fashion design related jobs have dramatically changed. Imagining garments in an intuitive way is only one aspect of a designer’s responsibilities. A head designer or a creative director must not only anticipate social and aesthetic changes, but also understand the strategic issues faced by brands in terms of positioning, market potential and communication.

Our Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design was specifically designed to address these changes and is aimed at Fashion Design graduates who want to go beyond product design and development.

The program has 3 main objectives :

- Enriching our students’ fashion and creative culture with modules especially designed for this course. For instance our ‘Fashion Cross Culture’ module was developed with the Musée des Arts Décoratifs to provide a more sophisticated approach towards the analysis of cultural discrepancies and their effect on fashion. Another key module would be “Fashion Product Semiology”. It uses semiology as a methodology to decode a garment and to decrypt its aesthetic aspect in order to better understand how it is perceived.

- Developing student creativity with modules such as « Creative Process» that helps students become more aware of their own “creative logic” and increase their potential. The addition of practical workshops will provide students with a new approach on known production and designing techniques. For example the “Pattern and Draping Development” module introduces new research methods based on experimentation and opens new perspectives for students when it comes to finding inspiration.

- Helping our students understand how the fashion industries work and how brand strategies are crafted on a global context. Marketing, organisational issues, financial challenges as well as image and communication strategies will be discussed in a series of various modules



The course ends with students developing their own collection project with the guidance of a tutor. This project includes creating a garment and/or an accessories collection. The process involves designing prototypes for 12 silhouettes as well as developing marketing and business plans. This collection is then examined by a jury of professionals and the best students receive the opportunity to show their work to fashion professionals at the IFA Graduate Show that takes place during The Haute Couture Fashion Week. Students are also tutored to take part in several international contests that represent a great platform for young fashion designers.

As with the other IFA Paris courses, the Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design benefits greatly from its Paris location. With its rich cultural life, its two museums dedicated to fashion, its 6 annual fashion weeks, hundreds of showrooms and textile fairs as well as the vicinity of small-scale crafts industries, the city of lights remains the undisputed fashion capital of the world.

All our programs are articulated around the ECTS framework as defined by the Bologne convention. After completing their course, students receive a total of 120 ECTS that can easily be transferred if they decide to study further. This program also received the IDEL/IDEART accreditation and is certified as an “International Master.”

Visit the Master of Arts in Contemporary Fashion Design page on the IFA Paris website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

Requirements:- Excellent GPA
- Impressive extracurricular activities or professional experience
All other scholarship requirements such as English level are the same as for regular admission, please check the Admission tab of your desired program page or head to our Admissions Requirements page.Scholarships are also open to international students. Only scholarship applicants with a complete application file and paid application fee will be considered. We won't be accepting scholarship applications after May 31st, 2017. Good luck!

Value of Scholarship(s)

100%, 40%, 20%

Eligibility

IFA Paris awards three types of scholarships for its undergraduate and postgraduate programs to support outstanding candidates according to their profile and financial situation.Full Scholarship (100% free tuition)
Excellence Scholarship (40% tuition fee reduction)
Distinction Scholarship (20% tuition fee reduction)
Applicants can only apply for one of the three scholarship types offered by IFA Paris above for any Bachelor or Master/MBA course. If the applicant is not awarded the scholarship, he/she cannot apply for another scholarship and has to go through the regular paying admission process if he/she still wants to join IFA Paris, so choose the scholarship type wisely! Please see below for details.

Application Procedure

Please create your IFA Paris Online Application Account. You will fill out all the infos and choose the program you are applying for. In the Upload documents section, you will upload this Scholarship Application Form. Scholarship applicants will be notified if the scholarship has been awarded once all the documents are provided and the application fee has been paid, so the sooner you provide everything, the sooner you will find out.

Further Information

https://www.ifaparis.com/admissions/scholarships



Entry Requirements

See Course DescriptionAdmission requirements:- Bachelor Graduate or significant professional experience in related fields- IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL IBT 79 (or equivalence) or proof of study in English, for non-native English speakers- Interview (on campus or Skype)- Working experience (internships are taken into account)Documents to provide:- Fill in the online application form- Latest transcript- Copy of Bachelor diploma or its equivalence- Motivation letter- Portfolio- Resume/CV- Passport photo- Copy of passport

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