Location
Los Angeles, CA
Undergrads
3,288
Tuition
$27,625
Admission Difficulty
Average
Branch Campus Of
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
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Reviews 342 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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1 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I am not on financial aid and my parents paid it all upfront. But i feel so guilty because i am not learning that much. IT IS A WASTE OF MONEY.

2 College Junior

Overall Experience: I personally do not like the school and think it is such a joke. A huge waste of money.

5 College Junior

Online Courses: Online courses at FIDM are awesome. Whats better than getting to have a class at home. It is for more independent people who have good time management skills. Highly recommend it. Teachers are friendly and helpful.

1 College Junior

Facilities: There is no social scene. You got to class and then leave. Campus life, there is none. Facilities like student lounge and study area is quite unique and nice though.

3 College Junior

Career Services: I have heard good and bad. I think it honestly depends on if the student uses his/her sources to their best ability.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: I did not transfer to the school so I would not know anything about transferring. But i heard they are pretty good about accepting many credits and classes, although i heard transferring classes from FIDM to other colleges is not the best experience.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: The resources available on the campus are actually really good. You have online data bases, libraries, labs, teachers helps, and have plenty of computers to work on at school.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: Computer networking is good. Although, hooking up your personal computer to the network is frustrating.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: Apparel Industry Management: This is a more business orientated major. I thought it would be a challenging major and allow me to learn about the business in the industry, but I would recommend to just go to an actual college with a REAL business program and get your degree there. It will look better on resumes anyway, rather than saying you got your business degree at FIDM.

2 College Junior

Academic Experience: Tuition is very expensive and I don't think everyone is getting their moneys worth. School work is like elementary/middle school work. Some teachers and classes are so pointless and easy I feel like I could teach myself or just go to a book store and learn.

3 College Junior

Student Body: Students are very "passionate about fashion," but many I feel like do not take the school very seriously and are too obligated worrying about their looks and what people think of them. Many are not very intellectual and knowledgeable. Although, there are a hand few of really smart, driven, and hardworking students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school. There is no information on this but if i could've gone to a UC or cal state and transferred, I would. If you have a previous degree, you could get a professional designation degree in the major you want which is half the price and time. I would've gotten the college experience and proper education.

College Freshman

Academic Flexibility: I never had to transfer credits. I don't know how to and who to go to.

College Freshman

Career Services: The staff tells us we have resources and the career center to use after graduation. But, I honestly don't know much on this topic.

3 College Freshman

Student Body: There are the people who are there to learn and make a career. There are also people there who have a lot of money and don't show up to classes or leave early. I have seen it actually piss off professors. Most students are people I get a long with. Some students believe they are untouchable and shouldn't even mingle with their class mates. But, I feel like that is opened for interpretation.

2 College Freshman

Facilities: There is not a lot of school spirit and poor attendance for club organizations. I am a member in both organizations and I feel like there is a lack of members. Coming from a well spirited school and working in our associated student body, I have seen a drastic downfall while attending FIDM. People do not associate with others and are only there for classes.

3 College Freshman

Tuition & Financial Aid: The tuition is expensive and I am all on loans which is very stressful. I wish the tuition was lowered. Instead, it is increasing about 500$ a year for every major.

4 College Freshman

Online Courses: If you can just read by yourself instead of having a teacher lecture at you all day then it's good. However if you want the hands on experience you need to register for a class.

5 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I believe Merchandise Product Development is the best major from the school. I love my major and would love to extend my education if possible. Instead I am continuing for my bachelors. The workload for any major at FIDM is hardcore. You are there to finish fast and learn the business. If you want a college life FIDM isn't for you until you are ready to get out there and work. Even though I graduated high school in 2013, you go into the school expected to act like an adult ready to take on the real world. Staff, faculty and other students will help you and are very encouraging. Internships and job opportunities only come when you use the school's resources and network. Everything else is on you and what you have taken out of the education at FIDM. I all repeat though, the work is intense and you will spend countless of hours on homework and projects.

4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: I love the program at FIDM. Not only is it hands on application for classes, but also very creative. This is a creative school for artistic students who wish to thrive in the art/entertainment/fashion industry. Classes are made to either be foundations or the real deal to help you be successful in the field. Teachers know what's going on currently because most of them work in the industry. Some classes are challenging and some will be very easy which is a good balance. Finding the right professors is tough, but the amazing professors will help you achieve. As mentioned before, the workload is the most intense and stressful part of the school. I have never been so stressed in my life. I think it's worth t though! As for the class registration, it is online which is tough if you don't sign on time.

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: Since FIDM isn't a college with extra amenities, there aren't activities you can participate in unless you are involved with a club. Otherwise the resources provided by the library is probably the best around for the fashion industry!

4 College Freshman

Campus Resources: This would be the second best thing I love about my school. The first was listed above. However, the technology driven education is worth going to FIDM. It's very hands on and the school has all the technology needed to thrive in the business. The only thing is unless you are in the library or printing building you probably don't have access to wifi.

1 College Junior

Facilities: Most of my teachers spend time gossiping about one another or talk about their own daily life happenings. The teachers here are taught to "baby" or behave their students, not intellectually challenge them. The more time I spend in a classroom, the more and quicker my brain cells evaporate.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Overall I love the school, the teachers, and the classes. I love the area it's in, there is so much activity in Downtown. But if I had to do it all over, I would not choose this school because of the quarter system.

4 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: In your first quarter they have you take an online class about financial aid, and how to create a budget

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FIDM is a unique experience that many people are glad to be a part of. FIDM allows students to learn about the fashion and design industry in classes and then apply their newly-acquired skills to real world experience and internships. It's one thing to hear, "Oh, you'll use this one day. . ." and a completely different thing to see it right before your eyes—hands on. The Career Center is a really good resource for helping current students find internships and jobs, as well as helping alumni stay connected.

Through online coursework and blocked scheduling, FIDM also succeeds in helping students get an education while working around complicated schedules. Students are able to attend school full-time, work part-time, and hold down a part-time internship—all at the same time. Many students remark that FIDM was a better experience than they could have hoped for. It might sound cliché, but they mean it.

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