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Reviews 466 total reviews with an average rating of 3.8

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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.

4 College Junior

Academic Experience: You really get thrown into the career that you want. The networks and opportunities are there for you, it is up to you to take head. There are always internships and job opportunities that are happening through the school into the actual work business. All of my professors are current in their area of expertise, so networking continues inside the classroom. For example, my major is visual communications and I have had the opportunity to assist with set up production for the Oscars. Every homework project that is assigned is to help build a portfolio, which our career center helps organize to make a successful and impressive resume.

3 College Junior

Academic Experience: The academics offered at my school are average. It is not over the top with workload compared to my AP classes in high school. However, it is challenging in a creative way. You have to come up with something new, reinvent yourself, and try to successfully marry art and a message or theme.

5 College Junior

Campus Resources: The network at my school is extremely helpful in more way than just academics. We have a career center that help guide students into their career, they treat you more like a friend than a student. Our student center is very warming and welcoming and as well as our campus activities. Being that this is a design school, the aesthetics are pleasing and stylish.

3 Recent Alumnus

Student Body: Some people are just SUPER rude and snobby while others are really out going it's just a 50/50 thing.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The school itself is great, the classes are all informative and prepeare you to enter the industry. I just wish that there was more student parking and that we could opt to take classes out of the ones assigned to our major, take some extra ciriculars as it were.

4 College Senior

Career Services: There is not a traditional graduate program, however the school offers advanced study degrees that take the place of graduate studies, and these programs, I've heard, are phenomenal.

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3 College Senior

Academic Flexibility: The school and the classes are rigid, though this is a good thing, they treat classes like a job.

5 College Senior

Academic Experience: Visual Communcations has incredible support throughout the school, and each of my professors have worked or are working in the industry they are teaching.

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5 College Senior

Academic Experience: The classrooms, teachers, internships and other programs are all focused and direct, and the push the students to gain work after or during school. The workload is incredible, but is almost all enjoyable and useful information.

5 College Senior

Campus Resources: Though they are not a traditional school, the library and the materials science rooms are phenomenal, and the career center, IDEA center, and the annex all have phenomenal resources for while a student is in school as well as after.

4 College Senior

Tuition & Financial Aid: Though the tuition is steep, and the living expenses in LA are steeper, the school works very hard to make it possible for students to get the most out of their money and their time.

4 College Senior

Student Body: Incredibly diverse and interesting, and though many people are focused directly on their schoolwork, there are many places the school provides for networking with your fellow classmates.

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: teachers are knowledgeable, and helpful. small class sizes

5 College Senior

Overall Experience: very invested in getting graduates jobs, internships required, great networking possibilities

4 College Senior

Academic Experience: in 1st quarter. so far so good, lots of work, fast paced, classes relate to one another

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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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