Become an Expert in the Fashion, Design and Luxury Industry
The MSc in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management is designed to provide international companies in these industries with the profiles they need to be highly competitive in a complex environment. The fashion, design and luxury industries are design-intensive and innovation-oriented industries, providing very good opportunities for growth in a hypercompetitive environment. For this reason, companies in these industries are seeking to recruit experts aware of the specific dynamics of these fields, able to manage companies and develop brands in a successful way.
By the end of the program, students will have acquired the necessary competencies to undertake key roles in fashion, design and luxury companies successfully and will be able to evolve professionally within the cosmopolitan, culture-intensive and hypercompetitive environment typical of these industries.
- Design and manage diverse teams within a global environment.
- Demonstrate a high-level of critical analysis of organizational, economic and geopolitical challenges with an ability express your ideas in a clear and coherent manner.
- Fully assess the ethical, environmental impact of decisions and actions of your organization.
- Understand the key challenges and functions of different departments and services within your organization and interact with them in an efficient and constructive manner.
- Generate innovative and adaptable ideas and solutions to overcome the changing environment of your organization.
- Work efficiency in a technology focused environment thus demonstrating robust digital proficiency.
- Demonstrate an in-depth comprehension of the key present and future challenges within the context of your chosen specialization.
- Learn industry specific skills:
Accelerate your career by gaining the business and managerial skills required for the fashion, design and luxury industries.
- Develop your understanding of the industry:
Understand the dynamics of the innovation-oriented fashion and design industries and the ability to manage companies and develop brands in a successful way.
- Prepare an international career:
Learn how to work in international contexts with a multicultural and creative learning environment.
- Learn industry specific skills:
- Study trips:
Enjoy study trips with exclusive behind the scene visits to companies and industry-specific events.
- Live Business Case:
Participate in a Live Business Case and gain real-life experience.
- Learn both from professionals and academics:
Benefit from teaching staff with extensive scientific and professional industry experience.
- Study trips:
A Word from the Program Director
This MSc program provides students with a unique exposure to the world of fashion, design and luxury brands. It is a perfect combination of lectures and activities with professors and professionals encompassing the latest challenges faced by this industry such as sustainability or digitalization. It's also combined with very practical insights during a study trip** to a major fashion capital. Thanks to GEM's widespread business network and dedicated careers service you will be able to connect with major players in this industry. If creativity, innovation and culture define you, come and join us!
This program is currently undergoing significant structural and content changes. Information on this page will be updated in several weeks.
Students enrolled in the MSc Fashion, Design and Luxury Management will benefit from a high-level faculty with both academic and professional experience. Taught entirely in English, this program offers students the international perspective and the industry-specific culture they will need in order to become skilled managers in these hypercompetitive industries. Through their coursework, students will acquire the management tools and techniques and the overall industry culture needed to develop and govern fashion, design and luxury brands in a highly competitive global and complex environment. The course covers essential management skills as well as more industry-specific competencies.
*The program may be subject to change.
The MSc in Fashion, Design and Luxury Management will be offered at the GEM Grenoble, Paris campuses.
Year 1: Core Courses
Essential Business Skills
Fundamentals of Fashion & Design 1
Fundamentals of Fashion & Design 2 - Specialisation
The legal context of Fashion & Design
Branding & Brand Equity Management
Professional Development Skills
Sustainability in the Business Environment
Reflexivity & Professional Development
Live Business Case
Customer Management & Customer Intelligence
Sectorial Analysis & Study Trip
Work Experience (up to 6 months) or Online Certificate Course
Total : 225 hours
Year 2: Specialisation
Sustainable Luxury & Design
Production, Operations, Purchasing and Supply Chain in the Fashion Industry - 1 & 2
Principles of Luxury and managing luxury brands - 1 & 2
Digital Marketing in Fashion, Design & Luxury Industries
Integrated Communication Strategy ( Corporate Communications and PR)
Luxury Sectorial Analysis
Technology & Innovation in the Fashion & Design Business
Specialised Academic Dissertation
Responsible Leadership & Future Organisations
Students choose one of the following:
Three to six months internship or full-time employment, anywhere in the world.
Online Certificate Course
Total : 210 hours
A full two-year program with more than 400 hours of taught classes including the latest managerial theory, real-world case examples and practical experience. Students typically have 12-15 hours class time per week supplemented by around 30 hours group work and private study. The MSc offers up to 12 months’ work experience and 4 distinct international study / work opportunities. This includes a study trip and one-semester exchange option and two internship possibilities. An academic dissertation enables deep and insightful analysis of one of key issues or challenges faced by organizations today. The strong diversity of faculty and students reinforces the international dimension of the program.
The validation of skills and competences is acquired through continuous assessment, assignments, exams, and professional experience. Both written and oral communication skills are fully assessed throughout the program.
MSc Academic Dissertation
The specialized academic dissertation is one of the core components of the second year of the program. Students begin in September and will complete it by the end of the academic year.
The academic dissertation asks students to understand and analyze a key business or managerial issue. Students first undertake an extensive review of our current knowledge of the issue through an in-depth literature review. Working with their tutor, students then identify an area that requires further exploration (Research Gap) and a methodology for filling that knowledge gap (Research Design). Students will undertake original research (Data Collection) to fill the pre-defined gap before writing up their findings and considering their personal contribution to the chosen research domain. This includes an analysis of the academic and practical / managerial implications of their research.
With 100 active permanent researchers, eight research teams, more than 200 doctoral students, Grenoble EM is one of the leaders in management research in Europe. Students will thus be assigned a specialised academic tutor with considerable experience of this type of research as well as knowledge of the field or domain to be studied. Students may also adopt a wide range of different research methodologies to reinforce the intellectual skills that will be required by their future employer. Certain research by previous students has been published.
Semester exchange in accredited GEM partner
The international exchange option is one of the four international opportunities offered to Grenoble EM MSc students during the two-year program. With nearly 40 years of international development experience, Grenoble EM is able to offer exchange options from its prestigious network of more than 125 partner institutions.
The full one semester exchange is situated during the autumn semester of year two of the program. Students who successfully complete year one will be eligible to apply for this exchange. Applications are completed in the early Spring of year 1. Confirmation of the exchange offer will be made later that same semester.
Students complete a full credit semester on program than has been pre-validated by Grenoble EM. Chosen courses are designed to strengthen the specialization that they have chosen. Credits from this tailored-made semester will then be transferred back to the Grenoble EM MSc and thus count for the final degree award.
Additional travel costs / accommodation etc. are be met by the students.
Personal and Professional Development Workshops
In addition to the core courses, students have the opportunity to attend personal and professional development workshops led by professionals, industry and subject matter experts. These will strengthen the employability profiles of graduates to help them achieve their career goals. Students will also have access to individual counselling sessions, interaction with corporate partners and online resources with jobs and internship opportunities as well as access to specific in house sectorial career focused communities.
Classes are taught by GEM faculty, visiting professors from top universities worldwide, and top business professionals. Most of the permanent faculty is engaged in applied research. Their teaching links theory to practice through authentic business cases. Their diverse cultural and international background gives a strong international dimension to the program.
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Live Business Case
Students from the 2019-2020 Intake had the exclusive opportunity to complete a Live Business Case with two exciting partners: Snipes Group & Nike. In this interactive module, students apply their knowledge and gain real experience while learning the essentials parts of the street and sports’ fashion industry
Specialized Field Research Project / Study Trip
Students will take part in a study trip of one week in one European Fashion Capital. They will have the opportunity to meet with leading industry professionals and visit companies in the fashion, design and luxury industries. During the company visits students will work on a project relating to one of these industries and in alignment with their future career ambitions.
Webinar series « “Be curious, learn from passionate professionals”
Since March 2020, students have had the opportunity participate in industry specific webinars. Guest speakers coming from the industry at large (luxury, design, art, fashion, consultancy…) will cover a topic she/he is passionate about. This help students gain exclusive knowledge and insights from the industry.
Examples of previous webinars:
- “Art, Another Field of Luxury”, where the guest speaker, Director at a Parisian fashion house explained how modern art is valued.
- “The Luxury Retail Journey: from craftsman to customer”, by a Senior Manager at Accenture
The program is taught in English but provides the possibility to learn a foreign language at the same time. No prior knowledge of French is required to attend the program. Learning a foreign language is a recommended (but not compulsory) program option for all students who are looking to work internationally. Non-French speakers have the option of studying French (beginner to advanced level), while French speakers may choose from a number of other languages at the beginner level.
Now working at Christian Dior Couture in Marketing, I realize that the MSc Fashion, Design and Luxury Management program contributed to my career success in many different aspects.
From a theoretical approach, the program develops core management skills in the fields of fashion, design and luxury which equipped me with a competitive outlook, highly employable skills and flexible career options.
From a practical side, collaborating with leading industry professionals and visiting companies in the luxury, fashion and design sectors, allows us to enhance our taste and creativity in these areas and gives us a real insight into the luxury world.
Finally, the program opens the door to fulfilling internships opportunities throughout the world. I was first selected as a Retail Trainee in Dior through on-campus recruitment. The MSC FDLM program offers invaluable resources and privileged connections with leading brands in the luxury field.
While I write these words, I am just finishing the Paris Haute Couture Show works and celebrating my 2nd Anniversary working in a luxury fashion house. I love my job and this career satisfaction comes from having achieved my career goals through the MSc FDLM program.
Employment within 6 months: 75%
Work internationally: 55%
Average salary with bonus after graduation: <40k€: 69% | 40k€-50k€: 15% | >50k€ : 15%
*Based on 2020 graduates
It is expected that graduates of this MSc program will either take up positions in multinational companies in the fashion, design and luxury industries or will become entrepreneurs able to found and develop their own companies.
The program will prepare graduates for positions in sourcing, purchasing, product development, product management, public relations, events, store retail management, people management and entrepreneurship.
Carlson Rezidor Group of Hotels
Crowne Plaza Dubai
Ferragamo Fashion Trading
Le Labo UK Limited
Le Meurice, Paris
Paul & Joe
The Ritz Carlton
Candidates should have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills and the motivation to pursue an international career.
No prior work experience in the fashion, design and luxury management field is required, but applicants should demonstrate a deep knowledge of the industry and have a clear idea of how the program will help them achieve career goals.
GMAT is no required for this program.
Please note that it is possible to submit your application prior to providing us with your test results and/or your final transcripts/ degree certificate.
If the rest of your application meets our standards we can then make you a conditional offer of a place on the program. These conditions will be lifted once you have obtained and sent us the required documentation.
To apply for this program, candidates must complete the online application form and include scanned copies of all original supporting documents. All documents must be in English or be submitted with a certified translation into English if written in another language.
Application Submission Requirements
- Official copy of undergraduate degree equivalent to minimum 180 ECTS or certificate of enrollment with an approximate graduation date
- University transcripts: front/back with grading scale
- 3 short essays (relating to your academic/professional experience, your reasons for choosing this program and your intercultural awareness)
- 2 academic references. Family members or friends are not acceptable as referees
- Scan of passport
- Internationally recognized passport picture
- Fluency in English (TOEFL, PTE, IELTS or CPE):
- TOEFL IBT: 90 (minimum of 21 in all bands). TOEFL Institution code: 8973
- IELTS Academic/IELTS Indicator: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all bands)
- Cambridge English (Proficiency/Advanced/Business Higher) level C1: Grade A,B or C
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE-A) Online/Offline: 63 (minimum of 59 in all bands)
- Duolingo English Test: 110 (minimum of 90 in all bands)
- Not accepted: TOEIC, Institutional/ITP TOEFL
- English test waiver may be granted if Bachelor’s degree was fully taught through the medium of English (official proof required)
Please note: English test scores must be communicated to GEM by the beginning of July for September programs.
Please note that for your initial application we ask only for copies of documents. If you are accepted, we will then request to send digital certified copies that you will be asked to present during the induction week. More details about certified copies per nationality are explained on the application form.
To ensure Grenoble Ecole de Management is the right fit for you, you may be asked to participate in an interview. You will be notified if an interview is necessary after the Admission Board meets.
Admission is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consult rolling admissions deadlines.
Student Program Fees
Grenoble and Paris campuses: €23,950 for full 2-year program*
*Fees include an annual €250 student service and administrative fee calculated for the 2-year program. Fees are subject to change. Please verify program fees each year before commencement.
Program fees include:
- Tuition, project supervision, and access to GEM facilities
- Travel and accommodation (twin rooms) for the Study Trip**. Please note that students are responsible for the payment of a visa if necessary.
Program fees do not cover accommodation, meals, insurance, visa, and personal expenses.
Please read the policy concerning the refund of tuition fees.
Please refer to our partner campus website for off-site tuition fees and scholarships:
Financial Aid / Scholarships
GEM offers a dedicated online platform - The Funding Place - to help you find financing solutions, simulate a student loan and understand everything about student loans.
We advise students to research financial aid opportunities as early as possible. Please note that it is necessary to submit your application and secure a place on a program first, before applying for scholarships and visas.
All academic qualifications, including those earned at GEM, are recognized at the discretion of each country or university. Students seeking admission to a further course of study or who wish to work in specific country after their GEM program may need to have their GEM degree certified through a process specified by the receiving authority.
Visa requirements may apply to International Students in order to study or work in France. All international students are expected to verify requirements with their local French consulate and plan accordingly. Grenoble Ecole de Management has no influence over this process.