Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM)

FIDM Museum & Galleries. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GUESS, Inc.

FIDM Museum & Galleries. Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for GUESS, Inc.

Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Programs (Including Associate and Bachelor): Fashion Design, Footwear Design, Denim, Costume Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, Menswear, Technical Design, Apparel Industry Management, Business Management, Knitwear Design, Merchandising & Marketing.

Annual Tuition: $31,500

Famous Alumni: Lubov Azria (BCBG Max Azria), Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy, Randolph Duke, Trish Summerville, Salvador Perez, Chriselle Lim.

Enrollment: around 2,100

Acceptance rate: around 50%

Graduation rate: 73%

Job placement rate: 88%

What the Students Say:

"If you're not serious about the industry, don't come here. You will have loads of homework, but it's fun work because we're doing what we love, and every class is important and relevant."

"The institution offers many opportunities but they won't hold your hand or guide you through them; you have to be very proactive in finding ways to propel your future career."

"It's an awesome place to start. The staff really care about your future and I love the class sizes."

The Bottom Line: A great vocational and design school for practical experience and they have an incredible career database for placement post-graduation, helping the school achieve a pretty high job placement rate. This school is unique in that it offers two-year Associate's degrees with the option to stay an additional two years to complete a Bachelor's (or to transfer with an Associate's from another institution), in addition to graduate programs. It also offers a whopping 30+ creative majors. With its proximity to Hollywood, this is also the top spot if you want to pursue costume design. And as L.A. continues to become a bigger priority for the fashion industry, we expect FIDM will only become more relevant and respected.

More Info:

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Note: Some data in this page was sourced from due to the school not providing it directly in time.