Istituto Marangoni, Paris
Fashion Design Womenswear Master's Degree 2019/20
15 Months

This dynamic fifteen month Fashion Design Womenswear program cultivates the design creativity, individual style and personal vision of participants while they respond to the rapidly evolving landscape of fashion through a series of project-based activities that reflect different aspects of industry practice.


Application Requirements
Completed application form
Signed personal statement
2 passport-size photos
CV or resume
2 reference letters
Copy of university diploma
Academic transcripts
Passport scan (photo page)
Portfolio (where requested)
EU privacy consent form

Degree Length
15 months; October intake

Application Deadline
June 1, 2019
Apps accepted after deadline as space permits

Program Dates
Mid September 2019 – Late January 2021


Eligibility Requirements

Age: 18+

Academic: Completed Bachelor’s degree

*contact SAI if you don’t meet requirements

Undergraduate GPA:* 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Language:* Non-native English language speakers must demonstrate CEFR B2 level, and submit IELTS 6.5+ (no elements below 5.5).



Participants who successfully complete the programs taught in English in Paris will be awarded with a Master’s Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University-UK. The 15 month Master’s Degree includes a 12 week work placement. Participants obtain 180 credits upon successful completion of the MA.

At postgraduate level, participants will already have experience in fashion design, pattern cutting, garment making and portfolio creation in order to successfully meet the challenges of this course in creative and conceptual research, design development and experimentation, professional project development, collection development and marketing and personal branding. In this fashion course they are encouraged to work experimentally with the shape and formation of garments, with the use of renewable and sustainable resources and to devise imaginative ways of working with materials and techniques – the true, creative artisan of fashion combined with the excellence that is “Italianness”; internationally acclaimed craftsmanship, design and style.

The strong design and practical elements of the course run alongside contextual, theoretical, conceptual and forward-looking perspectives. Istituto Marangoni’s exceptional professional links include guest industry speakers that provide participants with insight into the realities and the opportunities of fashion.

Educational Aims

  • to develop flexible approaches to program delivery and student support which reflect the needs and expectations of our students;
  • to provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment which will enable success for all learners;
  • to encourage the development of students’ intellectual and imaginative powers, creativity, independence, critical self-awareness, imagination and skills that will enhance global employment opportunities on graduation in all programs;
  • to establish a culture of constant improvement in learning, teaching and assessment that is anticipatory, enabling, supportive, rewarding and fully aligned with the Institutions vision and strategic objectives;
  • to provide a learning experience that is informed by research, scholarship, reflective practice and engagement with the industry and the professions.

Program Aims

  • encourage students to develop advanced knowledge and a breadth of skills in womenswear, design and brand development;
  • promote original creativity and autonomy within the student work when responding to the changing needs of the fashion industry;
  • equip students to deal with existing and emerging technologies in today’s international fashion industry;
  • encourage students to have in-depth understanding of specialist brand development and business practices globally;
  • encourage students to become independent life-long learners, with a high degree of self-confidence who can progress to a high level of specialism within a company or when self-employed.

Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of their course of study students will be able to:

  • critically evaluate consumer, market and trend requirements for an identified womenswear fashion brand;
  • carry out in-depth research within a wider context of art and design related industries applicable to the fashion womenswear industry;
  • demonstrate the creative and advanced technical processes involved in communicating clearly and effectively design concepts and ideas while reinforcing a fashion brand identity;
  • critically evaluate and apply the theories and techniques used in developing new design proposals for the womenswear fashion industry displaying originality and self-direction;
  • carry out successfully a substantial piece of independent research.

The Master’s course will focus on the following areas:

  • The design process for womenswear collections
  • Fashion illustration and presentation techniques
  • Pattern cutting, garment making & production planning
  • The future of fashion
  • Connections between design and culture
  • Marketing, communication, promotion and brand identity
  • Trend research
  • Creative research techniques
  • The artisanship of fashion
  • Textiles, new materials and technologies in design
  • Contextual and theoretical studies

Course teaching methods are mainly based around formal lectures, workshops, seminars and self-directed study and within this structure a range of approaches to learning and teaching is employed as appropriate to the situation. Industry experienced specialists and visiting specialist Lecturers (industry professionals) make valuable contributions and facilitate important links to professional practice.

Self-Directed Study plays a major role in this program, where students are expected to spend time researching and analyzing subject matter independently to support and substantiate taught material.

Formal Lectures form an integral part of the program and with formal delivery of key information to the whole cohort. At this level it is expected that students will use the lectures as a stimulus for further study/reading.

Seminars are used to build on themes taken from the lecture program. Students are encouraged to make an active contribution by sharing in the argument and debate.

Visiting Lecturers are invited to deliver specialist lectures to enhance the delivery of the units.

Individual Tutorials are used when individual student work is being discussed or the guidance required is specific to one particular student. It is especially important in the dissertation phase and may be face to face, over the telephone, via e-mail or Skype.

Small Group Tutorials enable students to discuss and plan their work in greater detail than is possible with larger groups. It encourages quieter students to develop their interpersonal and communication skills and helps consolidate leadership skills in others.

Video Presentations are used to give a more in-depth understanding of a specific issue.

Case Studies are used for detailed discussion of real-life situations.

Demonstrations are normally of a technical nature and are necessary in certain subject areas. Studio / Workshop / Laboratory / Practical Sessions may be used to enable the creative and practical skill development of the student in an environment which simulates that of industry.

Group and Team Work requires students to operate as a member of a group or team and they usually have clearly identified roles. The emphasis is on collective responsibility, individual responsibility to the group and joint decision-making.

Study Trips give students the opportunity to go outside the institute’s environment to enhance their understanding of specific subject material. If assessment is dependent on information collected whilst undertaking the study trip, the trip would be considered mandatory. The cost of study trips can be either the responsibility of the student or on occasion included in the annual study fee. If the visit is within the city students pay for public transport. This will be outlined at the beginning of any unit where such a trip is foreseen.


Pre-Departure Calendar
June 1 2019
Application Deadline
Applications accepted after deadline as space permits.
Within 1 week of acceptance
SAI Deposit Due
$1,500 Confirmation Deposit (applied toward program fee)
July 1 2019
50% of Total Program Fee Due
Students who are accepted and submit SAI deposits after this date will have an amended pay schedule. Either 50% or 100% of Program Fee will be due within 5 business days, based on the deposit payment date.
August 1 2019
Balance of Total Program Fee Due

On-Site Calendar
Mid September 2019
Program Check-in & SAI Orientation
Students arrive in Paris independently prior to this date and must check in with on-site staff by this day. Check-in includes a brief program orientation.
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Academic Orientation
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Lectures Begin
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Exams
Coming soon
Final Projects End
Coming soon
Final Presentations
Late January 2021
Graduation & Program End
SAI Program Fees* USD
Application Fee $125
Program Fee
Includes tuition, Master’s degree and SAI Select Services, no housing (see What’s Included).
$40,580
Program Fee: EU Citizens
Students who are EU citizens can receive a discount on their program fee.
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Optional / Additional Fees:  
International Mailing Supplement
Students residing outside the U.S. are charged an international mailing supplement to ensure visa paperwork arrives in a timely manner.
$85

*prices are subject to change

Budget Low Est. High Est.
Airfare to/from Paris
$900 $1,500
Visa $350 $450
Books, Supplies & Course Fees
$100 / course $450 / course
Housing
SAI can provide recommendations.
$900 / month $1,750 / month
Meals
Combination of cooking at home and eating out.
$400 / month $800 / month
Personal Expenses $350 / month $450 / month
Transportation within Paris area
Public transportation with some taxi rides.
$125 / month $150 / month
Weekend Travel
Cost varies greatly by student.
$300 / month $1,000 / month

This is an SAI Select Services Program; it includes the important on-site services!

  • Master’s Degree issued by Manchester Metropolitan University-UK
  • Program tuition
  • Student health insurance providing full coverage and medical emergency evacuation
  • SAI orientation to the host city and school
  • SAI staff on-site providing assistance as needed and 24-hour emergency support

Pre-departure and Re-entry services

  • US-based admissions counselor assigned to you, providing friendly assistance
  • Helpful pre-departure tools and resources
  • Assistance with student visa application
  • Assistance with financial aid and loan processing
  • Paid registration fees for national re-entry conferences
  • SAI alumni network

Housing is not included in SAI Select Services Programs. However, your SAI Admissions Counselor will be happy to provide you with information and recommendations for local housing agencies, as well as school-provided apartments. Students who do not have prior housing arrangements should begin speaking with their Admissions Counselor as soon as possible.

Passports
Passports should be valid for 6 months after planned departure from France.

Student Visas
In accordance with French law students studying in France for 91 or more days are required to obtain a student visa. Those with French/EU citizenship are exempted. Non-US nationals should consult their local Consulate for information on student visa requirements.

Students must appear in person at a VFS Visa Processing Center to present their student visa application. Visa applicants living in the United States are able to set up their appointment at one of the nine visa centers regardless of their location. VFS Global Centers are located in Washington DC, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In some cases the nearest processing center may be in a neighboring state, which might necessitate air travel. Please plan and budget accordingly. Our Student Visa Office is available to assist students in getting ready for their appointment; SAI provides student visa consulting for all our students at no cost.

About SAI

SAI is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.