Los Angeles, CA
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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
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Reviews 331 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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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

4 College Junior

Student Body: I see so many different races around school, it's very mixed. Everyone is really into getting their work done

3 College Junior

Online Courses: I haven't taken an online course at the school yet

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The classes are a decent size, and the school goes by a quarter system, which gives you a two week break in between each quarter which is pretty nice.

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4 College Junior

Career Services: On the online school website they post different jobs and internships available

4 College Junior

Facilities: It's located right in Downtown L.A, some of the apartments are the housing, They have different trips where you can go to Paris, New York, or tour parts of Europe. The class sizes are small and the teachers are very helpful. It's not to far from USC, so there are other college students around the area. It's right by Nokia Theatre and the Staple Center.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: They have a weekly bulletin that shows all the activities going on in the school, and student jobs.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: Printing on campus is good,you can print not only from the library, but also in other classrooms. The wireless network is okay.

5 College Junior

Career Services: they help you get jobs even after you have graduated

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: its a expensive but i believe you get your moneys worth

3 College Junior

Student Body: a little bit of everything

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: i get to be my own boss


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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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