Tonian Hohberg founded the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in 1969, and stationed this fashion college in the garment district of Los Angeles. This college has three branch campuses in San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego. FIDM has established relations with leading industries such as Smashbox, Guess, Inc., and NBC Universal. The Advisory Board at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising includes well-known names such as Diane von Furstenberg, Emanuel Ungaro, Tim Gunn, and Fred Segal. Graduates of FIDM have successfully created television and movie set costumes, designed gowns for red carpet celebrities, became fashion buyers, established fashion companies, and led the industry as executives.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. In addition, individual programs have received additional accreditation, including:
- Associate of Arts programs by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Art and design programs have been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
One of the most noted aspects of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the FIDM Museum, which was established in 1978. This museum serves to teach students clothing design and construction from the past 200 years of fashion history. The Study Collection encompasses more than 2,000 pieces, which are available to students, researchers, designers, and to the public by appointment. FIDM also holds an annual DEBUT Runway Show, attracting about 10,000 visitors. The show runs for three days and highlights work completed by graduating students in Fashion Design, Theatre Costume Design Advanced Study Programs, Interior Design, Digital Media, and Textile Design. On the third night, a DEBUT Runway Show & Gala is presented to attendees, some of which include industry notables, fashion celebrities, and FIDM Alumni. The sixth season of the popular show Project Runway was also filmed at FIDM, and many contestants that have been on the show are graduates of FIDM.
The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising awards 20 majors in four different degrees:
- Associate of Arts
- Associate of Arts Professional Designation
- Associate of Arts Advanced Study
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management
Courses are designed to prepare students for future careers in industries such as Interior Design, Fashion, Visual Arts, and Entertainment. Over 90 percent of FIDM alumni are hired in their respective job fields within six months of graduating. Prospective students must submit the traditional application, high school transcripts, SAT/ACT scores (recommended, but not mandatory), an admissions essay, and letters of recommendation. In addition to these requirements, students will also need to submit a portfolio entrance project.
Tuition at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising differs by major. For instance, students interested in majoring in Advanced Fashion Design will have to pay approximately $32,080, while students in the Entertainment Set Design & Decoration major will pay tuition of about $39,395. These prices include all books, most supplies, incidentals, and taxes. FIDM offers a few full scholarships for the first year based upon admissions review, academic merit, artistic achievement, financial need, or extensive industry experience. Student may also be eligible to receive federal and state aid by completing and submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Housing is available at four locations in Los Angeles, one area in San Diego, and one area in Orange County. Students participate in a variety of clubs such as Fashion Industry Club, Student Council, Design & Entertainment Club, American Society of Interior Designers, and Cross-Cultural Student Alliance. Students may visit the FIDM store, FIDM Museum Shop, FIDM Student Lounge, or Café FIDM on campus.
Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and National Association of Schools of Art and Design
Sector Of Institution:Private, for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Bachelor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:180
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