Current Student Interviews

Living the dream

Experience FIDM– vicariously. We’ve been interviewing FIDM Students from all majors. Find out what inspires them, why they chose their majors, and which classes are their favorites.

  • Mar
    29
    2017

    VComm Student Sydney Shives Designs Installation for Macy's

    As a Visual Communications student in Roy Kunkle’s Design Installation class, Sydney Shives had a unique opportunity this quarter to participate in Macy’s Flower Show, which this year is a carnival theme. Inspired by balloon popping games, she designed and created “Dart Boy,” which is on display now until April 9th at the Macy’s in San Francisco. We sat down with her to find out more. 

    Tell us a little about yourself: I live on the coast in Pacifica, California. Nature is where I draw most of my inspiration from. In my free time I like to hike in the redwoods and free dive in the ocean. I love exploring nature above and under water. I am happiest at the beach or in the mountains. I love to create things with my hands, therefore this installation at Macy's was very enjoyable for me.

    How did you choose your major? I have always enjoyed painting and creating things. When I was fifteen I started working at a boutique, restoring and repurposing vintage items. I enjoyed the deconstruction/ reconstruction part of the job. I knew I wanted to do something similar as my career.


    Tell us about your experience working on the design installation for the Macy's Flower Show: I had so much fun with this Macy's installation! The carnival theme is so whimsical and it gave me a lot of creative freedom with my design process. Macy's was very open to all of our ideas and helped make them concrete for the final display.

    What was the biggest lesson learned from working on your project and with Macy's? With this project I learned how to design something with the client in mind. It was great experience to design something for a real client as opposed to just a class assignment!

    What are you most looking forward to when the installation is finally open to the public? I am really looking forward to the public seeing our designs when the Macy's Flower Show begins! I hope they enjoy our quirky designs and are surprised they were made by students!

    Would you recommend the Design Installation class to others and why? I would definitely recommend the Design Installation class to any VComm majors. It is a great experience working with Macy's and a great piece to put in your portfolio!

    What are your career goals and how is FIDM helping you get there? I would love to work for an event planner in the future! FIDM is great because as VComm majors we get to try many different job titles such as event planner, Visual Display Designer, and Graphic Designer.

    What advice do you have for someone thinking about going to FIDM? If I could give advice to anyone considering attending FIDM I would tell them to be prepared to work really hard. FIDM pushes you to try your best and create your best work. The projects you will create at FIDM will prepare you for a future in design, but you have to work for it!

    Read more about FIDM Instructor Roy Kunkle's partnership with the Macy's Flower Show here.

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    Categories: Visual Communications, Student Life, Industry Partnerships

  • Mar
    22
    2017

    Cassidy Sobey To Intern at Ungaro in Paris This Summer

    Tell us about your upcoming internship at Ungaro in Paris: In my paid internship at Ungaro, I am working in the Commercial Department and the Press Office. My main job is being an assistant during the Spring-Summer 2018 collections and helping out with their l … Read More

  • Mar
    21
    2017

    VComm Students Create Installations for Macy's Flower Show

    Visual Communications students in Roy Kunkle’s Design Installation class on the San Francisco campus are participating in the annual Macy’s Flower Show, an event that takes place at three marquee stores in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, March 26 - April … Read More

  • Mar
    17
    2017

    Jenny Kim Turns Mobovida Internship Into Digital Marketing Role

    Currently in her second to last quarter in the Beauty Industry Merchandising and Marketing program on the Los Angeles campus, Jenny Kim turned her internship at Mobovida, a company that makes mobile and travel accessories, into a position as the Jr. Digital Ma … Read More

  • Dec
    27
    2016

    Year in Review: 37 Amazing FIDM Moments of 2016

    (Photo: @serena.solis)  The year of 2016 for FIDM has been filled with knowledgeable guest speakers, industry collaborations, exciting academic endeavors and so much more. Keep scrolling to see it all in action.  January  1. FIDM Class of 2016 IMPD Students … Read More

  • Dec
    19
    2016

    Going The Distance With Student Gabriella Castillo

    Commuting is a way of life for some of our students. Many come from different cities to attend FIDM as a way to pursue their careers without leaving home. Imagine coming from a different country to attend class daily. Professional Designation Merchandising & M … Read More

  • Nov
    21
    2016

    The FIDM Difference: 32 Reasons Why FIDM is the Best Place to Study

    California has always been a state full of economic advancement, geographical wonders and beautiful weather. With FIDM Campuses being located at four major cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County) within California, there are many oppor … Read More

  • Oct
    27
    2016

    Jacqueline West Scholarship Winner Brisa Gonzalez Wants to Launch Groundbreaking Clothing Line

    1. Name: Brisa Gonzalez 2. Major: Product Development 3. Campus: FIDM San Francisco  4. Why did you decide to attend FIDM?  I never thought college was for me. Being the first to graduate high school in my family, college was never really on my … Read More

  • Oct
    19
    2016

    The Retail Explorer: Echo Park's Arty Enclave

    The little stretch of shops and coffee houses just north of Sunset on Echo Park Avenue feels like a set designed for an indie film starring this season’s pixie girl. The shops are all independent; and the vibe on a sunny weekday afternoon is 21st century urb … Read More

  • Oct
    19
    2016

    Nike Industry Partner Project Launches with Student Visit to Company Headquarters

    The International Manufacturing & Product Development Advanced Study program teaches students about all phases of the product development cycle from the initial concept and design to technical design, global sourcing, costing, production and marketing to the … Read More

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