Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) for Fashion
About the Author
Jenna graduated from FIDM in 2009 with a degree in Merchandise Marketing. She attended school at the Los Angeles Campus and graduated Summa Cum Laude.
The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) is a private college with four locations in California, with the main campus located in Downtown Los Angeles. With 20 majors to chooose from, FIDM provides education in the Fashion, Entertainment, Visual Arts and Interior Design industries. Currently, there are over 47,000 FIDM graduates worldwide.
If you're interested in studying fashion, FIDM has a few different options available to you. You can get a jump start to any career in the Fashion industry because of the number of different major options they have available. The majors reach beyond Fashion Design to include other areas of fashion including Merchandise Marketing, Digital Design, Visual Communications and Product Development. You can explore different careers and majors at FIDM on their website.
Majors at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Advanced Fashion Design
Apparel Industry Management
Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing
Entertainment Set Design & Decoration
Fashion Knitwear Design
Film & TV Costume Design
International Manufacturing & Product Development
Merchandise Product Development
Theatre Costume Design
Fashion Degrees at FIDM
FIDM offers a number of different majors in a variety of areas within the Fashion industry. All of FIDM's majors are Associate Degrees, except for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management. The area of Fashion you find the most appealing will affect which degree program you choose at FIDM.
Even though FIDM only offers Associate Degrees for most majors, a student with a degree from FIDM will have an edge over other candidates when searching for careers in Fashion. The majors at FIDM are tailored and specific toward Fashion. In addition, the Professors that teach at FIDM all have experience in the area they teach. As a FIDM alum, this was one of my favorite parts of attending FIDM; learning from those who have experience and connections in their field.
Though other creative majors outside of the Fahsion Industry are offered through the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, the Fashion-related majors that are offered include:
- Fashion Design
- Advanced Fashion Design
- Apparel Industry Management
- Fashion Knitwear Design
- Film & TV Costume Design
- Footwear Design
- International Manufacturing & Product Development
- Jewelry Design
- Merchandise Marketing
- Merchandise Product Development
- Textile Design
- Theatre Costume Design
- Visual Communications
As you can see, there are many options for majors and careers in the Fashion industry outside of Fashion Design alone. I recommend exploring the majors and their targeted careers on the FIDM website to get the best idea of which direction you would like to head.
The Fashion Design Program at FIDM
FIDM Campus Locations
The FIDM Career Center
The FIDM Career Center is an excellent resource for current students and alumni to find jobs or careers. Many companies that are in the Fashion industry know that FIDM is reputable fashion school that helps prepare passionate students for a career in Fashion.
The FIDM Career Center offers a wealth of advice for students regarding job hunting, resume building and interviewing skills. Each major has their specific career counselors that will review resumes and help students to find the perfect career. Alumni have access to the alumni job search provided through the Career Center. All kinds of companies, big and small, frequently post jobs through the FIDM career center specifically seeking highly-motivated students, knowing that students are specifically educated about the industry. The Career Center is a lifetime resource for students and graduates.
FIDM also has a network of thousands of alumni working in the industry so you consistently build your network through FIDM.
Because FIDM is a private college, tuition is more expensive than community or state schools and universities. You can find a specific breakdown of the approximate tuition costs on the FIDM website. However, you can expect to spend about $30,000 for 45 credits, which typically equates to one academic year.
Students who already have a Bachelor's degree and are wishing to earn a more specific degree from FIDM can apply for the Professional Designate Program. This Program allows students to earn their Associate's Degree with 60 credits, rather than the 90 credits that are normally required.
The FIDM Museum
The FIDM Museum currently has approximately 15,000 objects in it's collections, spanning over 200 years of fashion, art and textiles. In addition to showcasing a number of fascinating exhibitions, the museum also holds events such as lectures, trunk shows and book signings. Most of these events are free and open to the public. Examples of exhibitions held at the museum include: Annual Art of Motion Picture Costume Design, Outstanding Art of Television Costume Design, Betsy Bloomingdale and the Haute Couture, and Textiles St. Gallen: History, High-Tech, and Haute Couture.
The museum is located at the downtown Los Angeles campus. Exhibitions at the museum are always free to the public.
An Opinion from a FIDM Grad
I graduated from FIDM in 2009 with a degree in Merchandise Marketing. I really enjoyed my experience at FIDM. Of course, like anything else, you get out of it what you put into it. If you are passionate about Fashion and serious about working in the Fashion industry, then FIDM should be a definite consideration for you. However, if you think you like fashion and you think that you might enjoy working in the Fashion industry, then be sure to think it over carefully when making your final decision. The reason I say this is because: 1) FIDM is a private college and yes, it is expensive, and 2) The programs at FIDM are very industry specific and it would not be very easy to switch industries.
If you choose to attend FIDM, make use of the Career Center. It is a great resource and can be a constant companion to finding jobs in your chosen field. I also like how FIDM is a great school for networking and making connections. There are thousands of alumni working in the field who are happy to help out fellow alum.
Keep in mind that although there are three other campus locations, most degrees will required you to attend at least part of your last year at the Los Angeles campus. The Los Angeles campus is great because it has the FIDM museum and is located only a few blocks from the California Market Center.
If you're sure that Fashion is the industry where you would like to begin a career, then I would highly recommend The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. I recommend playing around on their website, especially the majors and careers section, so that you can get a feel for what kind of opportunities would be in store for you after attending school.
I would love to hear any thoughts, questions or comments you may have about FIDM, so please feel free to leave a comment. Good luck!