IFA Paris The Paris Fashion School for Design and Business
In the words of Suzy Menkes, IFA Paris is where to “Learn the French way of seeing fashion as art.” (HERALD TRIBUNE, JUNE 2004)
IFA Paris is a Contemporary Fashion Design School which has its roots firmly set in the history of arts and crafts in France.
IFA Paris is at the forefront of fashion and luxury education and offers courses that reflect the breadth of opportunity available in these vibrant industries. IFA Paris offers undergraduate, postgraduate and part-time courses in Fashion Design, Media, Business, Luxury and Perfume & Cosmetics on its campuses in Paris, Shanghai, Istanbul and Bangkok.
With international lecturers who bare outstanding industry experience in both Haute Couture and avant-garde approaches, IFA Paris has 1200 current students enrolled, coming from 5 continents and originating from 50 different countries.
IFA Paris was established in 1982 to combine French fashion heritage with the modern globalized world. As the only school in Paris offering all its undergraduate and postgraduate courses taught in English, IFA Paris caters to a highly international student body from all corners of the world. International Fashion Academy, better known as IFA Paris, offers students undergraduate courses in design and marketing, and postgraduate courses in design, business, communication and luxury in an environment of multidisciplinary collaboration. With schools in Paris and Shanghai, IFA Paris is at the forefront of fashion and luxury education and offers courses that reflect the breadth of opportunities available in this vibrant industry.
Recently relocated to 18-24 Quai de la Marne, IFA Paris overlooks the famed canal and is at the heart of the developing 19th arrondissement. The new location has trippled the size of the previous academic facilities and added extensive new amenities to benefit students, including bigger classrooms, a student lounge space, and a resource and study center. The building will also house several new fashion workshop spaces to accommodate hands-on projects.
This vibrant and artistic neighborhood is also home to many cultural landmarks, including the MK2 cinemas, Point Ephémère performance space for concerts and ballets, and le CENTQUATRE art centre with a wide range of cultural offerings, exhibits and high-profile fashion shows. The district is also the location of other prestigious schools devoted to creative arts, including École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-La Villette (ENSAPLV) and the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, and is close to the École Internationale de Création Audiovisuelle et de Réalisation (EICAR). “The 19th” is emerging as one of the most exciting and stimulating area for students in all of Paris, and IFA Paris is excited to become a part of this neighborhood.
Paris holds a special place at the top of the fashion and luxury world. As fashion’s birthplace, it gave the world some of its most renowned designers and fashion houses including Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior and it remains the place where contemporary fashion designers including Martin Margiela, Rick Owens, and Alber Elbaz choose to live and work. The specific Parisian feel for fashion extends beyond the bounds of the industry and into the city’s films, art galleries, museums, theaters and street life.
While Paris undoubtedly has a distinguished fashion and luxury history, its present and future are just as compelling. Paris is still the world’s fashion capital and is able to prove it with important fashion events such as its twice-a-year fashion week, fairs and trade shows, fascinating concept stores, and industry leading trend agencies. Major luxury groups such as LVMH, PPR and companies like Hermès, Cartier and Baccarat all have headquarters located in Paris. In recent history, Paris has turned almost every part of its economy into luxury through fashion, jewelry, beauty care as well as gastronomy, wine and travel. Paris remains an essential stop for young fashion and luxury professionals who wish to understand the cultural, industrial and market forces that shape the fashion world today.
IFA Paris has become the leading fashion school in China and is unique in demonstrating its dedication to success by bringing the best, mostly French professional fashion instructors. In partnership with the Shanghai University of Engineering Sciences, IFA Paris established its school in Shanghai in 2002, the first-ever Sino-French joint venture in fashion education approved by the Chinese government.
IFA’s Shanghai school offers a unique opportunity to international students who wish to gain insight into the world’s fastest growing fashion and luxury market while receiving the same high-quality curriculum taught in English as in Paris.
Shanghai is an open and extroversive metropolis and its ascent into the ranks as a fashion capital is no doubt a serious topic. Since the later period of the 19th century, Shanghai has been the fashion center of China. The Shanghai style traveled the world in the 1920s and 30s and re-emerged in the present with fashion designers using a mixture of traditional and modern ideas to create fresh fashion trends.
Remarkably, it’s the country’s modern day consumers who are transforming China into the world’s largest market of luxury and high-end fashion products. Shanghai is unquestionably China’s Mecca for international fashion and the luxury industry. Most foreign fashion and jewelry brands, from luxury to mass markets, count on more than one shop in the city’s numerous fashion retailing districts and major shopping centers. While luxury cars, 5 stars hotels and high-end dining are regular sights in the city’s downtown, there is also now a growing interest for yachts and private jets among China’s richest.
IFA Paris is not only at the forefront of fashion and luxury education and offers courses that reflect the breadth of opportunities in the vibrant fashion industry in Paris, but also has become the leading fashion school in Shanghai, China. Now IFA Paris is thrilled to expand its influence internationally by offering one of its most popular courses – MBA in Luxury Brand Management in Istanbul, Turkey.
The new campus, in cooperation with Bosphorus (Boğaziçi) University, is located in the heart of Istanbul and it can be easily reached from all destinations in the city. Bosphorus University is considered the top-notch among all education prociders in Turkey, and it is the best environment IFA Paris could select for its students to be truly exposed to international experiences.
The University takes pride in its lively and colorful campus life. To complement and enrich the academic experience with an active campus life, the university supports student clubs, arts and sports activities, and provides a variety of services from health care to counseling for students and staff. Well-equipped with both traditional and modern educational facilities, libraries and countless cafes and restaurants, the Istanbul campus provides its students the access and convenience to a unique and cozy environment. IFA Paris believes it is a privilege, as well as an advantage for its students to make the best out of what the location can offer.
Being one of the most exciting and dynamic cities in the world, and a culturally cultivated place full of museums, galleries, parks and modern colleges, Istanbul is able to provide a stage for those who long for exploring and developing their own interests.
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