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FIDM/The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles Campus


Launch a Career in Only Two Years at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a specialized, private, co-educational college that educates students for the fashion, graphics, interior design, digital media, and entertainment industries. Students can launch themselves, in as little as two years, into an educational environment designed to prepare them to match their goals to industry needs. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has graduated nearly 50,000 students in its 40-year history. FIDM is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

With a growing reputation as a platform that provides future success in the worlds of fashion, entertainment and design, FIDM enables its students to find outstanding career opportunities while in school and upon graduation. FIDM connects students to internships that allow students to gain hands-on experience in the field that they are pursuing. Graduates are also encouraged to use the job placement services to connect to people within the industry. After attending classes on campuses in close proximity to Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other California hotspots for fashion and innovation, graduates are able to quickly identify and pursue the best available career opportunities in their chosen industry.

A Specialized, Private College with A.A. and B.S. Degree Programs and Career Placement Opportunities

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers Associate of Arts degrees in Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, International Manufacturing and Product Development, Jewelry Design, Merchandising & Marketing (or Product Development), Textile Design, Theater Costume Design, Film and TV costume Design, and Visual Communication. In addition to its Associate of Arts programs, FIDM offers a four year Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree accredited by WASC-ACSCU.

All of these programs offer a highly specialized curriculum in a specific major combined with a core general education/liberal arts requirements. Department chairs and advisers provide assistance to students in selecting the correct sequence of courses to allow them to complete their degree requirements. For more information on FIDM majors and curriculum please visit:

Individual Development and Educational Assistance (IDEA) centers at each campus provide students with additional educational assistance to supplement classroom instruction. Services are available in the areas of writing, mathematics, computer competency, study skills, research skills, and reading comprehension.

Every student enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is partnered with one of the most important services offered by the institute, which is career planning and job placement. FIDM's Alumni Job Search site is available 24/7 and is exclusive to FIDM students and graduates. With a database of over 10,000 employer contacts and more than 19,000 postings/internships a year, FIDM connects students and FIDM graduates with both national and international companies. 90% of graduates are successfully employed in their field of study within 6 months of graduation. Because of the colleges long-standing industry relationships, many firms come to FIDM first to recruit FIDM students for company positions. View the college's Gainful Employment Disclosure Sheet here.

A California College with Campuses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County

FIDM's four California campuses are centrally located near industry-driven metro cities such as the famed Los Angeles Fashion District, Orange County's thriving surf wear industry, San Diego's growing film and television industry, and the headquarters of Pottery Barn, Levis, and Gap in San Francisco. Near all of the FIDM campuses are an array of activities and options for students who want to extend their college experience outside the classroom. Whether students are interested in exploring urban cultural centers and fashion meccas in L.A. or simply looking for some quiet time outdoors, there are more than enough choices for everyone.

FIDM students have access to all of the best that California has to offer -- from the big cities to the unspoiled landscapes, the college experience at FIDM delivers the best of all worlds. The proximity of the school's California locations to some of the most fashion-forward destinations in the world makes the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising that much more attractive for students whose aspirations are to make an impact in the fashion, design, or entertainment industry! Take a virtual tour of the campuses and locations.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
Associate And Bachelor&Apos;S (Also Includes Orange County Campus)
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Servicesapparel And Accessories Marketing; Business Administration And Management; Fashion Merchandisingfamily And Consumer Sciences/Human Sciencesapparel And Textiles; Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Managementvisual And Performing Artscommercial And Advertising Art; Design And Visual Communications; Fashion/Apparel Design; Interior Design; Metal And Jewelry Arts


Admission: 1,777 applied; 1,009 admitted; 638 enrolled Average high school GPA: 2.75

Options: electronic application, deferred entrance
Application fee: $225
Required: essay or personal statement, high school transcript, minimum 2 GPA, 3 letters of recommendation, interview, major-determined project
Application deadline: rolling (freshmen), rolling (out-of-state freshmen), rolling (transfers)

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student feesNot Reported
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNot Reported
    • Tuition pre-payment planNot Reported
    • Tuition payment plans offeredNot Reported
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionNot Reported

Student Body

Undergraduate Student Population
3,743 Undergraduate Students, 89% Women, 11% Men
Minority Breakdown
6% Black Or African American Non-Hispanic/Latino, 12% Asian, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 23% Hispanic/Latino, 0.3% American Indian Or Alaska Native, Non-Hispanic/Latino , 1% Hawaiian Or Other Pacific Islander, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 3% Two Or More Races, Non-Hispanic/Latino, 9% Race/Ethnicity Unknown
International Population

Campus Life

Student-Run Newspaper, ASID (Student Chapter), Design Council, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Council, MODE
Most popular organizations
ASID (Student Chapter), Design Council, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Council, MODE
Campus security
24-Hour Emergency Response Devices And Patrols, Late-Night Transport/Escort Service
Student services
Personal/Psychological Counseling
Academic Programs
Special Study Options: Academic Remediation For Entering Students, Adult/Continuing Education Programs, Advanced Placement Credit, Cooperative Education, Distance Learning, English As A Second Language, Independent Study, Internships, Part-Time Degree Program, Services For LD Students, Study Abroad, Summer Session For Creditschool Calendar: Quarters


Total: 326Full-Time: 21% Full-Timestudent/Faculty Ratio: 21 :1

Financial Aid

Costs (2013&-14)
Tuition:$23,965 full-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to degree level and program
Required fees:$225 full-time





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