Fashion Design, Major in Garment

IFM Institut Français de la Mode

Course Options
  • MasterFull-timeSeptember16 monthsEUR 13200

Notes about fees for this course

Tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are 13,200. This includes:

  • teaching
  • the development of prototypes with industry and fashion houses
  • transport and accommodation costs for all outside trips.

Need-based scholarships are available, based upon financial criteria, and may cover up to 70% of tuition fees.

Course Information

"Our method is to declare a state of emergency! We teach fashion designers the art of working within limitations, open the minds of tomorrow's managers to the complexities of design, and work closely with major actors of the sector to imagine innovative projects with our designers."
Hans de Foer, Director of the Program

IFM’s Fashion Design Postgraduate Program is one of the most reputable fashion courses in Europe today. Each year, it opens its doors to 30 international designers.

The program offers three majors: Garment, Accessory, Image.

The course lasts 16 months including a 6-month internship in a company. The classes are taught in English by top-level faculty, experienced designers and professional experts.

At IFM, unlimited creativity comes into contact with the best technical savoir-faire. For one year, the students make prototypes or imagine projects with IFM’s partner companies (mostly reputable French Fashion houses and manufacturers). This collaboration with 40 companies leads to prototypes of clothing, bags, glasses and shoes being made each year with an exceptional abundance of creative ideas.

IFM designers are chosen for their strong personality, their creativity and their willingness to develop concrete projects in direct partnership with reputable fashion houses and companies. The international environment leads to a high level of creative emulation within the group.

The wealth of their cultural horizons and the diverse paths they have taken make them stand out from the crowd. They mainly come from reputable international schools. Once they graduate from IFM, most of them pursue their careers in France, mainly in the fashion houses and luxury companies, in ready-to-wear or accessories. Some IFM design graduates have set up their own brand, others work as freelance designers.

Major in Garment

The Fashion Design Postgraduate Program / Major in Garment brings together a small number of designers from all around the world, chosen for their creativity and their desire to develop prototypes in direct collaboration with industrial partners and world-famous fashion houses.

Every year, manufacturers working with BALENCIAGA, CELINE, CHANEL, HERMES, KENZO, LOUIS VUITTON, SAINT LAURENT PARIS… actively participate in the creation of garment prototypes with the designers of the program.

Know-how on production techniques enables designers to create in a more realistic way without forfeiting inventiveness. Examples of the prototypes developed by the designers may be found in the catalogue published every year.


The program consists of workshops and masterclasses, all coached by professional experts, providing a natural and immediate link with the sector, and a perfect match between the skills of the designers and the needs of the market.

Workshops Management/Design

Joint workshops allow IFM designers and managers to work together and cover topics such as creative identity, marketing strategy, brand image and the launch of an innovative fashion concept.


The program includes a 6-month internship within a company. It reinforces contacts between designers and professionals in the industry.

Former students of the Fashion Design Postgraduate Program / Major in Garment have carried out internships in companies such as: BALENCIAGA, CARVEN, CÉLINE, CHLOÉ, GIVENCHY, KENZO, LANVIN, LOUIS VUITTON, MAISON MARGIELA, NINA RICCI, & OTHER STORIES...

At the end of the FASHION DESIGN POSTGRADUATE PROGRAM, IFM delivers a diploma of "créateur - concepteur de mode" - Master's 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 National des Certifications Professionnelles (RNCP). This registration entitles the non EU students who have graduated from the program (internship included).

Entry Requirements For This Course

To apply to IFM’s Fashion Design Postgraduate Program, you must already have a 4-year BA (Bachelor of Arts or the equivalent according to international standards) from an Art, Design, Style or Architecture school.

Exceptions are possible for high-level creative profiles, reinforced by significant professional experience.

Fluent English is required.

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