San Francisco, CA
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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
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Reviews 86 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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2 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: FIDM is REALLY expensive and is so specialized in its academics that not much can transfer over from other schools and vis versa.

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: FIDM is a great school if you utilize all it has to offer.

4 College Junior

Facilities: FIDM offers a large variety of hands on industry experience to its students. Students are not really encouraged to do any other clubs or extracurricular activities because we have to spend so much time on our academics. FIDM's location is a huge reason why I chose to go there. I can walk out the front doors and easily get inspiration from Union Square.

3 College Junior

Student Body: The students at my school are all very trendy and creative. Most students are commuters and don't really spend time with each other outside of the classroom. We are usually stressed out about our workload and creative requirements for our projects. Most students are friendly, but always focused on their work as it is our number one priority. FIDM is a very ethnically diverse institution, however, most students seem to be quite wealthy. Almost all of the student body is female.

3 College Junior

Career Services: I don't know because I haven't graduated.

3 College Junior

Online Courses: To my understanding, I am apparently not qualified to take online courses.

4 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: Luckily I have been able to schedule my classes on only one or two days a week which leaves me enough time to work and get projects done.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The academics at FIDM require a massive amount of time spent on the work load. Any other abroad programs are extremely expensive. The classes are very specific with their project descriptions. The teachers have very high expectations and are usually willing to help the students. Class registration is made very easy with the help of faculty members such as Lisa Hoffman.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: I love my major. I feel like I am getting a broad overview of my field of study and will have many skills for various jobs in the future. I have head that Visual Communications is the hardest major at FIDM and i totally agree. VCOMM students have a heavy workload with hands on projects, computer graphics projects, and written communication about trends.

3 College Junior

Campus Resources: FIDM has no athletic center which is a huge bummer for me, but understandable because most of its students are commuters. The library is a very nice environment with good computers and printers. The faculty is helpful, but sometimes is confusing when they redirect you to someone else to resolve your issue. The wifi doesn't work very well in the classrooms. The teachers are very knowledgable in their fields of study, but aren't excellent in teaching at a rate where the students can retain the information. Many times projects have requirements that I am not capable of. For example, utilizing adobe photoshop and illustrator is very difficult for me and NONE of the staff in the library is knowledgable of those programs.

2 College Junior

Campus Resources: The wifi doesn't work in the classrooms, or at lunchtime when everyone needs to use it. Very annoying.

College Junior

Online Courses: I have not taken any online courses, and don't plan on it.

College Junior

Career Services: I have not yet graduated yet, but throughout school they have postings for companies that will be on campus recruiting.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: They are good. Although it gets a bit loud, the library is beautiful and has a lot of great resources. I prefer to study in the student lounge just because it is a bit more quiet.

1 College Junior

Campus Resources: FIDM's internet and WiFi is literally the most horrible thing I've ever experienced

4 College Junior

Facilities: My favorite thing is in the library we have a materials room that is full of swatches.

4 College Junior

Student Body: We have a fair amount of international kids at FIDM SF. I would say that FIDM is 98% female, 1.5% gay males, and .5% straight guys. So as far as diversity in gender, it's non-exsistant.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: I've only gone here for a little while, but I love FIDM and would recommend it to anyone that is interested in fashion. The only thing that I dislike about FIDM is the lack of passion that some girls have. You need to truly be passionate about fashion and the industry to go to school here. FIDM is not the place to be if you just like shopping. Use every resource given to you.

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: One really awesome thing about FIDM is that you don't have class all five days of the week. Typically you go to class 3 days a week. When registering for the class is normally offered at two different times. It's pretty easy to get everything consolidated into 3 days. I have not had any issues keeping it to three days, but I know some people have. Also, if you register for the wrong class, you get off track and behind.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: I just finished my first quarter as a fashion design major and let me tell you, FIDM is expensive, but you are being taught by people who are or have worked in the industry. Teachers are always willing to help and are very knowledgable. I haven't had any trouble with financial aid. I would recommend if that if you have loans to do the financial aid workshop early because once class starts you aren't going to have time to do it.

2 Recent Alumnus

Career Services: After graduation Fidm Alum has been the worst and job options have not been too good.

3 Recent Alumnus

Online Courses: The one on one peer to peer time was great if you took the opportunity

2 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: The workload sometimes was way too much sometimes 3 projects and essays and presentations were all given and needed to be delivered that same week.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academic Experience: Class registration was easy as can be I did love that, and also the work load was a heavy amount but luckily always had enough coffee to finish up the work.

2 Recent Alumnus

Academic Flexibility: Transferring has been the worst none of the classes that I took at FIDM could be transferred to the college I wanted to go to so i basically wasted my two years of college at a 64,0000 college. Need i say more


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