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Reviews 456 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I love my school, they are always open to helping me advance in my degree.

4 College Junior

Online Courses: It's a new way to learn something and makes schooling even more convenient.

4 College Junior

Student Body: There's always a new soul to meet.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Wish it was a bit easier and less expenisve monthly payments, great school but Im currently drowning in debt and cant finish first year because of it.

5 College Junior

Career Services: Career center is the best place to go to find: internships, events, and jobs.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: They always make sure students don't feel overwhelmed. They assure and help achieve success.

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: Class registration and study options have always been a plus. Libraries and turtors are always available.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: They offer everything I'd ever need to complete something!

3 College Junior

Academic Flexibility: The problem with having such a small major is that I don't have freedom to pick the days or times of my classes. This is very frustrating because if I wanted a consistent schedule or to pick certain days, I can't really do that. I prefer morning classes and this quarter I have two late night ones. I've adjusted to the times, but it's not what I want.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: My favorite experience has been working in the studio. It is so much fun to be able to work with the same tools I will be working with for my profession and to be taught how to use them and the proper care for them.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: The teachers at FIDM are mainly people who have been in the business your major is in or in the fashion industry somehow. Class sizes depend on the major. Mine is not as popular as the fashion or marketing majors, so my classes tend to be ten people or less, and I prefer it that way. It feels like we are a family and are always helping each other out.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: FIDM holds job fairs at the beginning of each quarter, so theres constant ways to find work that way. We are required to have an internship in our second year which we have career services help place us with. They always work hard to find the best suited for you and are very friendly. After graduation, FIDM helps place you with a job and the alumni network is also helpful when it comes to that.

College Junior

Online Courses: I have not taken online classes.

4 College Junior

Student Body: The best part of attending FIDM is the acceptance of all students and majors. No matter what classes you're taking, everyone always thinks everyones projects are outstanding, which they are. We mostly have girls attending but there seems to be a lot more boys lately because I think more are branching out. FIDM has a huge variety of ethnicities, we are definitely one big melting pot of a campus.

5 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Although FIDM is very expensive, it is definitely worth it for the education I am receiving. I could never have learned any of this on my own and am so glad to be attending. I am on financial aid and the people who work in the office are always helpful with any questions I have. Each end of a quarter, you have to make sure you are clear financially before registering for the next quarter. The office is always helpful with telling me what I need to complete to continue registering. The process was very easy for me to receive financial aid.

5 College Junior

Career Services: FIDM works very close with you to place you into internships and jobs best suited for you. The alumni always come and speak to us through certain clubs and events and are easily reachable.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: A lot of the teachers and professors at FIDM have worked in the fashion industry or have connections which is extremely helpful when graduating and looking for a job. For curriculum, we have general studies classes including survey of western art one and two, the creative process, and color and design theory. These classes help get the basics under everyones belt while also teaching you. All other classes are specially designed for your major and are tailored to help you succeed after the program. The great thing is that I don't only have design classes in jewelry design, there are also business classes as well. It is very well-rounded curriculum. Registering for classes is all done online and based on how many credits you currently have, and if you attend a certain amount of meetings for one of the clubs on campus you can qualify for pre-registration.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: The jewelry design program at FIDM has an upper hand over the other majors on campus because we have our very own lab and studio that is off campus. It includes twelve work benches, four cabinets filled with tools and wire, four polishing machines for finished metalwork, a torch station and much more. This studio is even open to students on Saturday's so we can get our projects done and even get ahead. It is also a great opportunity to get more one on one help. Typically, Saturday labs are taught by the director of the jewelry program, John Ahr, so I even get to familiarize myself with the head of my major. The curriculum is always challenging us to just the right degree so we are able to have building blocks up to the last quarter of the program. The great thing about FIDM is their job placements. They are extremely helpful and place you with companies that suite you. We are mandated to have an internship in our second year which they also help place us with.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: FIDM offers inclusion into multiple on campus clubs which offer activities, meetings and volunteer opportunities each week. We have the best library resources that include fashion forecasting and trends books that are extremely helpful for the design programs, endless amounts of cartier and vogue books and a lot of magazine subscriptions that are constantly updated.

3 College Junior

Student Body: The student body is very diverse and accepting towards all.

3 College Junior

Tuition & Financial Aid: This school comes with a very big price tag. It all depends what you do with the information you are given to decide if the price is worth it.

4 College Junior

Career Services: The career center is so helpful!

5 College Junior

Academic Experience: I am apart of the Merchandising Product development major its an amazing major but its soooooooo much work.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: You truly learn so much in your two years at FIDM.

4 College Junior

Campus Resources: There is no on campus life. You go to school, you sit in class, have lunch and go home. Everyone commutes to school and most people are always tired because they sit in so much traffic to even get into la. Parking ranges from $5-$30 depends on the day and the events are going on. The amount of work you get is the same amount of a full time job. The teachers really prepare you for what life is going to throw at you in the industry. If you are not sure this is what you want to do in life, don't go to this school.

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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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