FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles Campus

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles Campus

Los Angeles, CA
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost $31,760 | $31,760
in-state | out-of-state
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
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Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
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Launch a Career in Only Two Years at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is a specialized, private, co-educational college that educates students for the fashion, graphics, interior design, digital media, and entertainment industries. Students can launch themselves, in as little as two years, into an educational environment designed to prepare them to match their goals to industry needs. The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has graduated nearly 50,000 students in its 40-year history. FIDM is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

With a growing reputation as a platform that provides future success in the worlds of fashion, entertainment and design, FIDM enables its students to find outstanding career opportunities while in school and upon graduation. FIDM connects students to internships that allow students to gain hands-on experience in the field that they are pursuing. Graduates are also encouraged to use the job placement services to connect to people within the industry. After attending classes on campuses in close proximity to Hollywood, Los Angeles, and other California hotspots for fashion and innovation, graduates are able to quickly identify and pursue the best available career opportunities in their chosen industry.

A Specialized, Private College with A.A. and B.S. Degree Programs and Career Placement Opportunities

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising offers Associate of Arts degrees in Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing, Digital Media, Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, International Manufacturing and Product Development, Jewelry Design, Merchandising & Marketing (or Product Development), Textile Design, Theater Costume Design, Film and TV costume Design, and Visual Communication. In addition to its Associate of Arts programs, FIDM offers a four year Bachelor of Science in Business Management degree accredited by WASC-ACSCU.

All of these programs offer a highly specialized curriculum in a specific major combined with a core general education/liberal arts requirements. Department chairs and advisers provide assistance to students in selecting the correct sequence of courses to allow them to complete their degree requirements. For more information on FIDM majors and curriculum please visit:

Individual Development and Educational Assistance (IDEA) centers at each campus provide students with additional educational assistance to supplement classroom instruction. Services are available in the areas of writing, mathematics, computer competency, study skills, research skills, and reading comprehension.

Every student enrolled at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising is partnered with one of the most important services offered by the institute, which is career planning and job placement. FIDM's Alumni Job Search site is available 24/7 and is exclusive to FIDM students and graduates. With a database of over 10,000 employer contacts and more than 19,000 postings/internships a year, FIDM connects students and FIDM graduates with both national and international companies. Ninety percent of graduates are successfully employed in their field of study within six months of graduation. Because of the colleges long-standing industry relationships, many firms come to FIDM first to recruit FIDM students for company positions. View the college's Gainful Employment Disclosure Sheet here.

A California College with Campuses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Orange County

FIDM's four California campuses are centrally located near industry-driven metro cities such as the famed Los Angeles Fashion District, Orange County's thriving surf wear industry, San Diego's growing film and television industry, and the headquarters of Pottery Barn, Levis, and Gap in San Francisco. Near all of the FIDM campuses are an array of activities and options for students who want to extend their college experience outside the classroom. Whether students are interested in exploring urban cultural centers and fashion meccas in L.A. or simply looking for some quiet time outdoors, there are more than enough choices for everyone.

FIDM students have access to all of the best that California has to offer -- from the big cities to the unspoiled landscapes, the college experience at FIDM delivers the best of all worlds. The proximity of the school's California locations to some of the most fashion-forward destinations in the world makes the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising that much more attractive for students whose aspirations are to make an impact in the fashion, design, or entertainment industry! Take a virtual tour of the campuses and locations.

Location & Contact

919 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90015-1421

Ms. Susan Aronson

Executive Director of Admissions

Phone: 213-624-1200 ext. 5400

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Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion Merchandising
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Marketing/Marketing Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Family and consumer sciences
    • Apparel and Textile Manufacturing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • Interdisciplinary Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Cinematography and Film/Video Production
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Costume Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Design and Visual Communications
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Fashion/Apparel Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Graphic Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Industrial and Product Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Interior Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Metal and Jewelry Arts
      Associate Degree offered for this major.


39% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,538
    • Accepted607
    • Acceptance Rate39%
    • Enrolled2,367
    • Female Applicants1,299
    • Females Accepted523
    • Female Acceptance Rate40%
    • Male Applicants239
    • Males Accepted84
    • Male Acceptance Rate35%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee $225
    • Required for All Essay or personal statement
      Transcript of high school record
      Letter(s) of recommendation
      Minimum high school GPA of 2.5
      major-determined project
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman2.90
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Not Reported
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$31,760
    • Out-of-state tuition *$31,760
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$1,185
    • Room and board *Not Reported
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students2,367
    • Male Student Percentage12%
    • Female Student Percentage88%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/LatinoNot Reported
    • Black or African AmericanNot Reported
    • White or CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian or Alaska NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • Unknown or International StudentNot Reported
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students48% out-of-state student

Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available No
    • Housing Requirements Not Reported
    • Housing options Not Reported
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing Not Reported
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper No
    • Drama / theater group No
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups No
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic No
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities No
    • Local sororities No
    • Other organizations Yes
    • Most popular organizations Cross-Cultural Student Alliance, Fashion Industry Club, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Student Council, FIDM MODE Magazine
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Not Reported
    • Other Not Reported


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty297
    • Full-time Percentage13%
    • Part-time Percentage87%
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 2,320 students to 297 faculty




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