The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising Orange County

The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising Orange County

The Fashion Institute of Design and Manufacturing (FIDM) was established in 1981. The institute has four campuses in California including one in Orange County, Irvine. At Irvine, the institute operates from a 38,000 square-foot campus. FIDM is known for integrating creative and leadership skills in its curriculum catering to the fashion, visual arts, interior design and entertainment industries.

FIDM offers over 15 majors including merchandise marketing, merchandise product management, interior design and international manufacturing and product development. The fashion institute also offers a scholarship program through its Annual National Scholarship Competition.

Student organizations at FIDM include the ASID Student Chapter for interior design majors, the Association of Manufacturing Students, the FIDM Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society.

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Contacting Fashion Institute

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County
17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine , CA 92614-5610
General Phone: (949) 851-6200

Fashion Institute Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

Fashion Institute Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fashion Institute had a total enrollment of 604 students (491 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 8%
Women 92%
Full-Time 95%
Part-Time 5%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 74%
(Foreign Students) 26%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 50%
20-21 21%
22-24 15%
25-29 11%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 0%

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


Fashion Institute Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 61 %
Part-Time 75 %

Fashion Institute Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Irvine, 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 1111203)

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 year2*5$46,647
All faculty totalcalendar year2*5$46,647

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

Fashion Institute Degree Programs (2007)

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Fashion Institute Highlights

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What Sets Fashion Institute Apart:

Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 19%Fashion Institute Female % of student body

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