The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising Los Angeles

The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, also known as FIDM, is a coeducational, specialized, private college located in Los-Angeles, California, United States. The institute is committed to educating students for the fashion, entertainment, interior design, and graphic design industries. FIDM operates three branches in California which are located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego. FIDM offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

Many students of the Fashion Institute have gone on to become famous. Some of the notable alumni are Kevin Hall, Fashion Designer, King of the Red Carpet; Mona May, Costume Designer; Pamela Skaist-Levy, co-founder of Juicy Couture; and Monique Lhuillier, Bridal Designer.

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Contacting Fashion Institute

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles
919 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles , CA 90015-1421
General Phone: (213) 624-1200

Fashion Institute Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Design878design and visual communication, fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Business and Management780fashion merchandising, business and related services
Construction Trades170apparel and textiles, apparel and textile courses
Media25digital communications

Number of programs and degrees for Fashion Institute in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree1,7888
Bachelor's degree651

Fashion Institute Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fashion Institute had a total enrollment of 4,644 students (4,103 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 12%
Women 88%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 56%
(Foreign Students) 44%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 33%
20-21 28%
22-24 23%
25-29 11%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)4%
New Jersey2%
New York2%

Fashion Institute Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 60 %
Part-Time 70 %

Fashion Institute Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Los Angeles, California for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other California Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Fashion Institute Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrecommended

Fashion Institute Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 20,735
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 20,735
Books and supplies $ 2,160

Financial Aid:
Fashion Institute participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 1111200)

Fashion Institute Faculty

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructorcalendar year27$46,54034$51,404
All faculty totalcalendar year27$46,54034$51,404

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Fashion Institute Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Fashion Merchandising

Construction Trades
Apparel and Textiles, General
Apparel and Textiles, Other

Design and Visual Communications, General
Fashion/Apparel Design
Graphic Design
Interior Design

Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia

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Fashion Institute Highlights

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What Sets Fashion Institute Apart:

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% of degrees in construction trades
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Female % of student body
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Top 19%Fashion Institute Female % of student body
Minority % of student body
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Top 19%Fashion Institute Minority % of student body

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