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, Merchandising (Fashion & Beauty Programs).

Annual Tuition: Associate and Bachelor degrees: $30,150 - $42,000 depending on area of study.

Famous Alumni: Lubov Azria (BCBG Max Azria), Monique Lhuillier, Pamela Skaist-Levy (Juicy Couture), Randolph Duke, Trish Summerville, Mandi Line, Salvador Perez.

What the Students Say:

"FIDM is hard work, don't go into it thinking that you're going to fashion school and its going to be all play and no work. It’s time consuming and it's intense, with that said, I love FIDM and they really prepare you and help you when it comes to looking for jobs during and after college. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

"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 — 90 percent of students who are in touch with the school report that they've found a job within six months of graduation. It's also great for those looking for an Associate's degree rather than a Bachelor's. With its proximity to Hollywood, this is also the top spot if you want to pursue costume design. And as LA continues to become a bigger priority for the fashion industry, we expect FIDM will only become more relevant and respected.

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