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Academic Experience


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3 College Senior

Academic Experience: The facilities are nice but I wish they had more emphasis on the business aspect of the industry.

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4 College Junior

Academic Experience: They give us a lot of projects to work on but I believe that it will truly help with whatever job you are working towards. I believe that everything I have learned so far has benefited me greatly. I haven't taken any internships yet although I know that they offer a lot of internships and jobs every day at the career center. Also take advantage of the library

4 College Sophomore

Academic Experience: I know so much more now then when I first came to the school.

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4 College Freshman

Academic Experience: Visual communications is a lot of projects and work but is totally worth it because of the broad career paths it involves.

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4 College Senior

Academic Experience: It's a lot of work, but I am learning so much and getting prepared for the real world in the career I hope to achieve. The workload is intense, but in the end I know it will be worth it and it will all pay off. The campus is beautiful and the staff and instructors are great. Everyone here is so nice. There is even a career center to help find jobs.


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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
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
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
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: Yes
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
Female Faculty
Male Faculty
Faculty Diversity
African American: 13%
Asian American: 6%
Hispanic: 12%
International: 0%
Native American: 0%
White: 69%
Unknown: 0%
Average Faculty Salary
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
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 107 responses

  • 33% Applicable to the real world
  • 30% Learned a lot of new things
  • 28% Will advance my career
  • 5% Will help me switch careers
  • 3% Learned a few new things
  • 1% Haven't learned anything I didn't already know
  • 0% Waste of time



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