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Founded in 1969, FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles. is a college. Located in California, which is a city setting in California, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 2,624 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.
The FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles Academic calendar runs on a Quarter basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 14:1. There are 106 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at FIDM are considered More Selective, with ,7% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles.
23 Students rated on-campus housing 3.7 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
21 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
26 Students rated campus food 3 stars. 15 % gave the school a 5.0.
28 Students rated campus facilities 4.7 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.
29 Students rated class size 4.9 stars. 72 % gave the school a 5.0.
28 Students rated school activities 3.8 stars. 25 % gave the school a 5.0.
29 Students rated local services 4.4 stars. 55 % gave the school a 5.0.
29 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.
19 Students rated FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles
I had a hard time at FIDM. I was so excited to attend, yet things quickly went downhill. The education was subpar, yet the price was high. I had my handful of friends, but generally people weren't very nice and more concerned those that could afford a life of luxury (paid for by their parents typically). When my roommate wasn't throwing huge parties that always ended with the cops in attendance, blood on the walls, or both, she was bullying me. She set a whole group of girls out to call me names and say mean things as I walked the halls. This was really hard on me so I ended up dropping out. Granted I had also landed my dream job so it was perfect timing for this unfortunate situation. Overall it was not a good experience. To this day I don't include FIDM on my resume or tell people I attended there because the reputation has become more widespread in the design community. There are so many great design and fashion schools in the US and even just in LA, I would recommend attend elsewhere.
From what I've heard, FIDM is a good school for the arts and the teachers are very knowledgable in their subject.
FIDM is known as an overrated college, but the experience is like no other. The classes aren't too big and do prepare you for your major, with teachers who have actually worked int he industry. The resources are amazing and even as alumni, you are given access to many of their resources and help.
FIDM is a great college to learn the core technical skills to become a fashion or textile designer. They have great facilities that are often available to students. There is hardly a scramble for sewing machines, drafting tables, etc. maybe only during finals. Printing is probably the hardest thing to get done given technical glitches during high traffic times. Otherwise, great access to resources.
Also, the associate programs are great because they're relatively shorter than bachelors, etc. but programs like footwear design and other specific fields can only be taken after a previous associates from FIDM. So even if you have a bachelors from another college, you cannot just enroll for Footwear, Costume design and so on.
Cons: It's a for-profit organization so it is expensive. There are also no scholarship options for international students, only a small amount based on merit for advanced programs. Anything else will have to be sourced on your own. No student parking especially since downtown LA got rehabilitated, so many developments took up parking lots so you're looking at $10/day, minimum.
I would recommend FIDM for those who have a previous degree in something else and are now looking to pursue a career in design.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles is 41%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
The advice I would give myself is that, I should've paid more attention to what the teachers were saying about college preparation. I was ready to move with my educational but I wasn't prepared. I remember my teachers saying many things about what to do and what will happen in college but I didn't pay close attention to it. I learned how to adapt myself into the college classroom and deal with professor, trying to remember what words I was once given by some who had tried to tell me, a teacher, a good advisor who warned me.
My frusatations came from the titled courses that had different names that were taught on the same basis. An example of this would be Merchandise Math and Retail Math, different titles similar principles. The enrollment process in getting into classes could have been better excecuted, you would have students staying overnight laying on the floor just to get into a class. I am sure they have progressed in education since my attendance there was in its infancy stages.
Creativity englufs each and every nook and crany of this school.
The person who shouldn't attend this is school someone who is not into fashion what so ever. The college is for driven students who wants to learn education through the retail/fashion industry. Any one can come learn new things on the computer and sketches but if it's not your cup of tea, don't spend $25K a year on something that doesn't interest you at all.
What's unique about FIDM from othhers that it teaches and stresses to students to develop and nuture your contacts. It is essential and necessar going to make it in this industry. They teach you that it is not only about what you know; it?s also about who you know and who knows you. The bottom line within this industry is WIIFM (what?s in it for me)! I it is imperative that everyone we meet , we should treat and view as a potential contact. First impressions are lasting impressions; therefore you must stand out and make it count.
Publically recognized alumni
FIDM students value ethical choice, demonstrate an awareness of cultural diversity, communicate effectivly, think critically, and posses the knowledge of technology essential to their professions.
I would consider the high tuition the worst then about FIDM. Eventhough the education and experience is well worth every penny, I believe costs could be cut if books and supplies were not fixed into the tuition amount.
Someone who is very driven and can work on their own or in groups. He or she needs to have a car to commute to the school and be prepared to not have a social life due to the large amounts of homework and projects.
The fashion designers since project runway was filmed at my school,. They are also know for being the fashion school the L.C. went to on MTV's show the Hills.
The best thing about my school is the career center. They always have updates on job leads and jobs that relate to your major or educational interest. The career center helps you with internships, volunteer work, temp or even permanment positions.
I wish I was more prepared for the city life and the living expenses. It cost a lot to live in downtown Los Angelos and to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I wish I would have saved up more from the time i was young for college
Although it is a fashion school, and most would think it is an easy school, it's courses are very intense and rigorous.
It's a very fast pace learning school but dedicated to each student.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
71% of students
attending FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles receive some sort of financial aid.
36% were awarded federal grants.
While 62% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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