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.

  • Sep
    21
    2016

    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 did your advisor help with the process? My advisors were absolutely a dream to work with. Margaret and Cathy are incredible advisors with their up-to-date check-ups, and basically having the all the answers to my questions. My advisors gave me the confidence I needed during the admissions process, especially with my portfolio. Not only did they help me achieve my dream of attending FIDM, but they provided nonstop support and guidance to get me here this past year.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. I am an adventurous, quirky individual, and I am truly inspired by everything around us. As much as I love exploring and trying new things, I am never opposed to a nice relaxing day inside with Netflix. When I’m not working or studying, I enjoy drawing, painting, rearranging my room, or completing the DIYs I come across to pass my time.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? My proudest accomplishment so far is graduating UCI with a BA in Art History and finishing my FIDM portfolio. The past four years have been nothing but an adventure with many ups and down, so I am extremely happy to be where I am today. I’ve been dreaming of becoming a FIDM student and I am proud of myself for finally becoming one.

    What made FIDM right for you? FIDM has always been a dream of mine to attend since high school. After doing research, meeting with my advisors, and attending the LA campus Open House, I knew in my heart that the school just felt right. I was inspired by the creative minds of all the students and teachers. All in all, I believe that there is no greater feeling than the ability to express your creativity and to share your talents with others. And with the Visual Communications major FIDM offers, I know I have the opportunity to do so.

    Describe your entrance project. As I was designing my portfolio, I envisioned my ideal client to be Anthropologie. I imagined myself as a customer in the store and wanted to produce an eye-catching design. My project was inspired by steam punk and the Industrial Revolution. I kept all three projects within the Industrial Chic theme, but used different aspects such as steam pipes, gears, machinery, and clocks. Having the freedom in creating exterior and interior store displays was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it gave me that opportunity to see potential in my designs and expressing my creativity.

    What are your career goals? My goal in life is to be truly happy pursuing a career in doing something that I love and I have no doubt that FIDM has the all the support and guidance in helping me achieve that. Upon graduating the Professional Designation program in Visual Communications, a major goal of mine is to see a creation or design of mine come to life.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? At FIDM, I expect to learn more about the fashion and entertainment industries through the eyes of a Visual Communications major. I hope to gain new skills/knowledge through the program in order to pursue my dream career.

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  • Sep
    19
    2016

    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
    07
    2016

    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
    22
    2016

    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
    15
    2016

    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
    06
    2016

    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

  • Jun
    03
    2016

    Just Accepted Apparel Industry Management Student is President of Her School's Fashion Club

    Name: Alexis Christian Age: 17 Hometown: Menifee, CA FIDM Major: Apparel Industry Management FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, Fall 2017 Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Susan was a great advisor who hel … Read More

  • May
    23
    2016

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student Comes From a Famous Design Family

    Name: Natasha Fisker Age: 21 Hometown: Newport Beach, CA Previous College/Work: One year at San Francisco State University. Interned at PR Dept in Beverly Hills for fashion names such as Penguin and PopSugar and JMPR, PR agency for automotive companies su … Read More

  • May
    02
    2016

    Just Accepted Social Media Student Is Former Pro Basketball Player

    Name: David Cline Age: 27 Hometown: Rogers, AR Previous Work: Pro Basketball Player in Germany  FIDM Major: Social Media FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, Fall 2016  Admissions Advisor: Susan Pope How did your advisor help with the process? Susan … Read More

  • Apr
    18
    2016

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Left Behind Lucrative Engineering Career to Follow Her FIDM Dreams

    Name: Richa Bhatiani Age: 31 Hometown: New Delhi, India Previous College: B.E. in Engineering Management and M.S. in Project Management FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing, Professional Designation  FIDM Campus and Start Date: LA Campus, April 2016 Admis … Read More

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