Just Accepted Student Interviews

The future looks bright

In these interviews, newly accepted students share why they chose FIDM and talk about their passions, hopes, and dreams. Find out where they're from, what attracts them to design, and what they intend to study.

  • Oct

    Just Accepted Merchandise Product Development Student Already Runs His Own Streetwear Brand and Store

    Name: George Vilchis

    Age: 19

    Hometown:​ Rancho Santa Margarita​, CA

    FIDM Major:​ Merchandise Product Development

    FIDM Campus and Start Date:​ Orange County, 2016 ​

    Admissions Advisor:​ Susan Pope ​

    How did your advisor help with the process? ​My adviser Susan Pope was like my cheerleader on the sidelines; she was rooting for me and helping my dreams of going to FIDM become a reality. She believed in me and she knew I would be a great fit for FIDM. After she saw the progress of my brand VIEWLESS and my test scores, she knew FIDM was for me. ​

    Tell us a bit about yourself. ​I love to design on Photoshop. I design every single one of my products for VIEWLESS. I love to skateboard and play guitar on my off time. I also love to go camping and be adventurous. ​

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far?​ Starting my brand at age 15, conquering major anxiety I had for about a year, opening my first store straight out of high school at The Shops At Mission Viejo, ​getting to meet some of my idols in the streetwear industry such as Neek Lurk owner of Anti Social Social Club and Bobby Hundreds Owner of The Hundreds, and getting accepted into FIDM.

    What made FIDM right for you?​ In high school I was judged by many because my brand became successful and got a lot of hate, but I also had a lot of fans.​ FIDM gave me the opportunity to study my passion and meet kids just like me with many similar stories and ideas. 

    Describe your entrance project.​ I used my own brand VIEWLESS and redesigned some of my favorite pieces by Fear of God and more. I Photoshopped all my designs and my adviser loved it so much she uses it as an example for people to see.​

    What are your career goals?​ To make my brand one of the top high end streetwear brands​ out there and to become the best young entrepreneur.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM?​ I expect​ to learn how to expand my knowledge in product development.


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  • Oct

    Just Accepted Graphic Design Student Wants to Start Her Own Design Business

    Name: Brigitte Sevigney Age: 23 Hometown: Hoosick Falls, NY Previous College: I began my Graphic Design journey at SUNY Cobleskill where I had the great value to gain a lot of experience in my field on top of receiving an associates degree. I was an IT pe … Read More

  • Sep

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Dreams of Being a Stylist in the Music Industry

    Name: Mackenzie Rivara Age: 20 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Michael Mirabella How did your advisor help with the process? He inspired me to pic … Read More

  • Sep

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Was Named Youngest Fashion Designer at Age 10

    Name: Cecilia Cassini Age: 17  Hometown: LA and moved to Newport Beach, California when i was 14. Previous Work: I've worked in retail since I was 14. FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA, October 2017 Admissions Advisor: Joanne Le … Read More

  • Sep

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Has a BA in Art History From UC Irvine

    Name: Jackie Alejandro Age: 22 Hometown: Redlands, CA Previous College: University of California, Irvine  FIDM Major: Visual Communications FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Margaret Berger and Cathy Chambers How d … Read More

  • Sep

    Just Accepted Social Media Student is Ready to Achieve Her Goals at FIDM

    Name: Salona Wallace Age:22 Hometown: San Clemente, CA Previous College: Saddleback College FIDM Major: Social Media FIDM Campus: OC & LA campuses Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald How did your advisor help with the process? I had a very attentive … Read More

  • Sep

    Just Accepted Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing Student Transfers From Fullerton College to Pursue Her Dreams

    Name: Paulina Gonzalez Age: 23 Hometown: Anaheim, CA Previous College: Fullerton College FIDM Major: Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: OC Campus, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisors: Cathy Chambers and Margaret Berger How … Read More

  • Aug

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student is Following Her Dreams to FIDM

    Name: Carly Quick Age: 20 Hometown: Scottsdale, AZ Previous College: I previously attended the University of Arizona for two years. I also had an internship this past summer in Los Angeles with an advertising/marketing agency called Media Storm. I worked … Read More

  • Aug

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Transfers From University of Arizona

    Name: Morgan Brown   Age: 20   Hometown: Overland Park, Kansas   Previous College: I attended the University of Arizona from 2014 to 2016   FIDM Major: Visual Communications   Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald   How did your advisor help with your process … Read More

  • Jun

    Just Accepted Merchandise & Marketing Student is a Fashion, Beauty & Music YouTuber

    Name: Jizelle Gutierrez 
 Age: 16 
 Hometown: Anaheim, CA 
 FIDM Major: Merchandise & Marketing 
 FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County Campus, Fall of 2017 
 Admissions Advisor: Erica and Margaret 
 How did your advisor help with the process? Margaret w … Read More