Academic Experience

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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5 College Senior

Academic Experience: It's a great amount of everything. Every class is only once a week but for 2 hours and 45 minutes so you definitely get a lot of time to learn what you need to learn.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: I'm not too sure about programs aside from classes but I haven't really looked into any. Class registration is super easy to do and to find.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The work load is a lot it takes a lot of time to get work done and takes a lot of hard work and dedication.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The academics offered are pretty good and the class registration is easy but gets full very easily.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: Not everyone enrolls into the graphic design program at a Fashion School, but it is definitely very great. our teachers know exactly what they are talking about because they have worked in that major and have that first hand experience. Thats what i love about FIDM so much, is that it's the only school in the country that requires teachers having first hand experience in what they are teaching.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1023rd
    Most Accessible Professors
  • 1510th
    Best Class Availability
  • 1535th
    Best Class Sizes
  • 1596th
    Least Stressful Workloads

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

The academic experience is completely unique at FIDM. It isn't your typical college routine, where you sit in a class of 1000 students and take lecture notes three times a week. At FIDM, the academic structure includes all four quarters in a year; however, a student must only complete three to finish an academic year, unless his or her program suggests otherwise. A student has each class once a week for three hours, and the scheduling is blocked. Classes are offered at 8:30 a.m.,12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.

As far as the actual workload, be prepared. A lot of people generalize or assume just because there is the word "fashion" in FIDM's name that the school magically doesn't require homework. FIDM's workload is intense! You have at least one hour of out of class work for each hour in class—if not more.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
21:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
68
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
258
Full-Time Retention Rate
86%
Part-Time Retention Rate
75%
Graduation Rate
58%
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Programs/Majors Offered
8
Most Popular Majors
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other: Unknown
  • Design and Visual Communications: Unknown
  • Fashion and Apparel Design: Unknown
  • Fashion and Apparel Merchandising: Unknown
Special Study Options
Distance Learning Opportunities: Yes
Study Abroad: No
Weekend/Evening College: Yes
Teacher Certification: No
Class Sizes
Class sizes at FIDM vary. Sizes are most affected by what day a class is offered, what time, who the professor is, etc.
Classes are either small enough to get one-on-one time with a professor or large enough to be able to break up into small groups for projects.
Student/Professor Relationships
The instructors each have their own style. Generally, they are very helpful and open to reexplaining things to students until the students understand. Most instructors are still currently doing something in the industry and are still super passionate about what they do; you can see it in their teaching.
Testing & Grading Procedures
Testing and grading vary according to the instructors, but oftentimes, there could be a lighter amount of actual paper tests, replaced by projects or presentations instead. The grading scale is pretty standard: 90 and above is an A, 80 to 89 is a B, etc.
Typical Lecture - Single Day
A typical lecture day could consist of PowerPoint presentations with notes, taking information from the books, or even just talking about real life industry experience.
Typical Course - Start to Finish
Generally speaking, there is a new project or assignment given each week for all of the 10 weeks, excluding midterms and finals weeks. These projects are very intense; you learn a lot in a short amount of time, so try not to miss any classes!
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • How hard the school really is. You can spend hours working on projects, and you have to be really careful to get enough sleep, but hopefully you'll love what you're doing!
  • Time management. This is crucial at FIDM. Students balance course workloads, classes, jobs, and internships-sometimes all at the same time.
Tips to Succeed
  • Do the best you can do on your assignments! All of the instructors at FIDM are industry working professionals or have worked previously in the industry. If they see potential in you, they could be references when it comes time to look for an internship or job.
  • Network, network, network! This is the industry's motto. Meet as many people as you can while at FIDM, whether it be other students (you never know who they could work for or what company they own in the next handful of years), instructors, advisors, etc.
  • Schedule your time wisely! Time management is crucial at FIDM. Don't overextend yourself to where you physically can't accomplish everything. However, you also don't want to waste time just messing around when you could pick up a part-time job or an internship to gain industry experience.
Full-Time Faculty
68
Female Faculty
68%
Male Faculty
32%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 13%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 12%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
$32,413
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Did You Know?
  • The president of FIDM, Tonian Hohberg, is around campus all of the time. Sometimes she rides the elevator with the students and asks about how their classes are going.
  • Many instructors/professors have been or still are professionals working in the fashion industry!
  • FIDM is actually a two-year, three-year, and four-year college.
  • Besides having the WASC accreditation (Western Association of Schools and Colleges), FIDM has the NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accreditation-only around 300 colleges in the whole country have that!

Student Polls

Which statement(s) best describes the quality of education you're getting?    Based on 77 responses

  • 34% Applicable to the real world
  • 29% Learned a lot of new things
  • 27% Will advance my career
  • 7% Will help me switch careers
  • 2% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 1% Waste of time

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