The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

The Fashion Institute Of Design & Merchandising San Francisco

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, FIDM, is a private, specialized college in San Francisco, California that offers programs at the associate and bachelor degree levels in areas like product development, visual communication, digital media, business management, and design.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising has a student council that represents the students. It also has over five student organizations including the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the American Society of Interior Designers - Student Chapter, the Set Decorators Society of America, and the Cosmopolitan Student Alliance. Students of FIBM also participate in an annual debut show where their work is showcased. The institute has its own museum and galleries for exhibitions. The FIDM Scholarship Foundation provides financial assistance to eligible students.

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Contacting Fashion Institute

The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco
55 Stockton St
San Francisco , CA 94108-5805
General Phone: (415) 675-5200

Fashion Institute Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Design190design and visual communication, fashion design, interior design, graphic design
Business and Management187fashion merchandising

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree3775

Fashion Institute Student Body

In 2007-2008, Fashion Institute had a total enrollment of 1,031 students (863 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 73%
(Foreign Students) 27%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 38%
20-21 26%
22-24 18%
25-29 13%
30-34 3%
35-39 1%
40-49 0%
50-64 0%

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

New Mexico1%
(International Students)1%

Fashion Institute Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 64 %
Part-Time 57 %

Fashion Institute Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of San Francisco, 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 1111202)

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 year3$35,1756$37,708
All faculty totalcalendar year3$35,1756$37,708

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

Fashion Institute Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Fashion Merchandising

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

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What Sets Fashion Institute Apart:

% of degrees in design
(vs. all colleges)
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Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Fashion Institute Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
% of degrees in business and management
(vs. all colleges)
Top 9%Fashion Institute % of degrees in business and management
Number of students
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Fashion Institute Number of students
Female % of student body
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Fashion Institute Female % of student body

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checked Career counseling
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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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