Characteristics of Education

Education focused on practical learning

Importance is attached to learning real business practices through practical learning in addition to basic theories. Students participate in exercises and discussions, and experience internships within the industry.

Teachers are experts and professionals in the fashion business

Professionals in the industry selected as being best suited to each theme supervise courses geared towards ‘practical education.

Small Class System

Classes is small system. This enables students to experience interactive participation during lectures and project exercises, and teachers to make the most of students’ individuality.

Comprehensive view of the entire industry

Fashion products go through a long process from the materials and concept stage to their display in stores. The curriculum is designed to enable students to understand the whole process from fiber to the sales floor.

Business, technology, creativity

Creativity, technology and business skills are prerequisite to the fashion business. IFI fosters a comprehensive understanding of these factors and the ability to coordinate them appropriately.

Person to develop

The Spirit of ‘Practical Learning’

(The opening words of the first issue of ‘Jitsugaku’ by Mr. Ken Yamanaka, first chairman of the IFI Board of Directors.)
“What IFI really needs to do is to train talented persons with real-world skills useful to the fashion industry. It needs to train people who can distinguish whether clothes, for example, will satisfy a customer, not simply through intrinsic sensitivity but also based on a thorough understanding of consumer needs. Unfortunately, few people are familiar with the overall process of producing and marketing fashion products; without such people prospects for Japan’s fashion industry will be gloomy. To this end, rather than teaching abstract theories and projects, IFI will pursue the spirit of ‘practical learning’ whereby students learn real business practices through immersion in business. Naturally, basic theories have to be taught, but an important role of this school is to allow students/trainees to gain experience and ability to make overall judgments as required by the fashion business, as well as to develop their innate individuality.


Founding of the Institute for the Fashion Industries.
Opening of the Preliminary School: Basic Course (currently, the Professional Course).
Opening of the Preliminary School: Advanced Course (currently, the Management Course).
Courses reorganized: (Basic Course ⇒Professional Course; Advanced Course ⇒Management Course)
Official opening of the IFI Business School. Mr. Ken Yamanaka, Chairman of the Board of Directors of IFI appointed
President of the School. Launch of the Master Course and Executive Course.
Mrs. Yoko Ohara appointed President of the School.
School switches to existing courses; several different types of special new programs started.
In addition to existing courses, several different types of special new programs started.
Master Course reorganized into a one-year course.
e-learning course started
Master course started “SUMIDA-Project”.(started an interchange between local elementary school and IFI)
The Students of basic 4 courses exceeds 5,000 persons.
The Fashion Business Guidance was held over 100times since opening IFI.


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