What is the future of fashion and technology and how will it impact the global fashion system? Artificial intelligence, drones, robots, augmented reality, blockchain – these are just some of the technological advancements in recent years to disrupt multiple industries. However, technology is developing at a much greater speed than fashion can keep up with, meaning that the industry is hungry for specialists, solutions, and startups operating within the fashion, technology, and innovation space. The world is seeing the rise of fashion tech disruptors and IFA Paris is responding to this emerge by delivering a unique Fashion Tech Innovation program at its Paris campus to augment traditional fashion archetypes.
Postgraduate Diploma: Fashion Tech Innovation is a world-first postgraduate program that blends theoretical and practical learning together within the disciplines of fashion and technology. You will be equipped with the necessary vocational, analytical and technical skills to define, ideate and implement viable technological solutions to burning fashion industry problems. Throughout your 12-month journey, you will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of a variety of themes and undertake modules such as computer science for fashion, artificial intelligence, minimum viable product (MVP) and what this all means within the fourth industrial revolution. During the program, you will have the opportunity to have contact with industry links, which IFA Paris has strong relationships with brands such as LVMH, Coty, and Google to further your experience.
The program’s main objectives are to:
- Enable students to apply critical thinking on subject matters surrounding technology and innovation within the context of fashion at macro and micro level. The program will develop the students’ ability to analyze and synthesize the two domains into a single coherent viewpoint.
- Provide the opportunity for students to push design and prototyping boundaries by offering access to state-of-the-art tech facilities and dedicated technical workshops to develop digital skills delivered by industry experts. Workshops will include computer science for fashion, data science and rapid prototyping.
- Prepare graduates for roles within the fashion industry that require more than the traditional fashion skills.
This program welcomes students from both fashion design and business backgrounds that wish to specialize further within the field of technology. This is what makes the program truly exciting. IFA Paris believes that innovation happens when people from different fields are able to converse, conceptualize and collaborate during ‘water cooler’ moments and in the final term of the program you will have the opportunity to develop your own fashion-tech product/solution.
Due to the intense nature of the program, you will be required to submit a research proposal at the application stage and then encouraged to continuously review the proposal once your studies have commenced. As an FTI student, you will have priority access* to the newly formed Fashion Tech Innovation Lab (FTI Lab) dedicated to the research and developments of fashion technologies.
Upon completion of the program, you will be armed with the knowledge and foundational skills to be able to launch fashion-tech products and solutions. Students may go on to develop careers within departments such as R&D, innovation and product management, or for the few ambitious individuals, creating a fashion tech startup may be the career path of choice. For budding entrepreneurs, IFA will be supporting select graduates through the FTI Lab to develop their startup idea**.