Master of Arts in Fashion Design (Garment, Knitwear, Pattern Making, Leather Goods, Footwear, Image)


Program Description

"We believe fashion is a form of applied art that mixes creativity, craftsmanship and culture, in an industry that is all about passion and innovation. The Master of Arts in Fashion Design pushes the boundaries of creative talent, enabling designers to be both stylistically innovative and technically exceptional."

The MA in Fashion Design is a 2-year program in English open to students holding a 3-year Bachelor's degree, and which offers six pathways of specialization:

  • Major in Garment (Womenswear / Menswear)
  • Major in Knitwear
  • Major in Creative Pattern Making
  • Major in Leather Goods
  • Major in Footwear
  • Major in Image

Taught by the best faculty and practitioners in their field, they allow you to hone your technical skills and develop a full personal collection that is altogether meaningful, crafty and innovative.

The course runs over 19 months, plus a 6-month internship. Year 1 alternates experimental work, creative workshops and partnerships with the industry, while Year 2 concentrates on your final individual project. As an MA Fashion Design student, you are part of one highly international cohort, and work on projects with students from other Majors, as well as other programs at Institut Français de la Mode. The final individual project will allow you to develop a full collection and portfolio, related to the chosen Major.


The MA in Fashion Design leverages the school’s incomparable links with fashion and luxury companies (such as Chanel, Dior, Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Chloé, Lanvin...) and the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode, which organizes Paris Fashion Week. Projects are led with manufacturers working with these prestigious fashion houses, and individual coaching is provided by active fashion designers and art directors. A 6-month internship will allow you to put into practice the skills and knowledge acquired during the course, and is often an invaluable step towards full-time employment.


Paris is a city of culture and the fashion capital of the world, and we believe that fashion and culture are inextricably linked. Through our new program, you will have extensive access to contemporary art, dance, music and performance through unique partnerships with major Parisian cultural institutions including Le Palais de Tokyo, La Cinémathèque Française, Le Centre national de la Danse and La Station Gare des Mines.


Our brand new Austerlitz campus is located at Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design on the bank of the famous Seine river. You will have access to state-of-the-art workshops, a fully equipped Fab Lab, a knit workshop, a leather workshop, a photo studio and a C.A.D laboratory.

Entirely dedicated to the fashion, design and creation sectors, our analog and digital Library has one of the most unique collections in Europe.

The 2019 / 2020 academic year will be held in temporary facilities, also at our Austerlitz campus, until construction work is completed.


Institut Français de la Mode delivers at the end of the MA in Fashion Design a diploma of "créateur-concepteur de mode" - Master level, validated by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research (Official Ministerial Bulletin #30, 25 August 2016).

It is also registered at level 1 (Master level) with the Répertoire des Certifications professionnelles (RNCP). This registration entitles the non-EU students who have graduated from the program to obtain the "Autorisation Provisoire de Séjour" allowing them to work in France for a year and in some cases longer.

Last updated Feb 2019

About the School

IFM Paris is a non-profit state-recognised school supported by the French Ministry of Industry which offers courses in fashion design, fashion management and couture savoir-faire.

IFM Paris is a non-profit state-recognised school supported by the French Ministry of Industry which offers courses in fashion design, fashion management and couture savoir-faire. Read less