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.

  • May

    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 was instrumental in guiding me through the admissions process at FIDM; we had constant communication throughout. She was readily available for me to ask questions concerning my future studies or even to chat about Kobe dropping 60 points in his final game as a Laker. Susan played an important role in me choosing FIDM and I will keep her in my favorites for future guidance.

    Tell us a bit about yourself. The majority of my life has been spent playing the sport with a ball and a hoop. Aside from basketball, I’m captivated with photography and enjoy capturing everyday outfits on the streets. That’s where fashion lives for me. It’s interesting to see what unique styles people will come up with. I’m heavily influenced by The Sartorialist and fashion blogs alike. I rarely get to go camping, but when I do I prefer it in the winter. I especially enjoy the times I can spend with friends and I’m always down for something a bit bizarre including but not limited to, freestyle rapping and cliff jumping.

    What are your proudest accomplishments so far? Signing a contract to play basketball professionally in Europe. It was then that I truly realized the value of the hard work and rigorous training that I had put myself through. I was able to live in Europe for two years all the while traveling and playing the sport I love. For me, that was the pinnacle of my basketball career.

    What made FIDM right for you? I’ve known about FIDM since I was a kid, way before I had a serious interest in fashion. Their reputation for being one of the best fashion colleges is complemented by their drive to see students influence the world creatively through art and style. FIDM gives you a chance to practice with real components while having your work critiqued as to better prepare you for this massive industry.

    Describe your entrance project. I wrote my project from the perspective of the social media director of a European brand. I focused on four trends from the 90s that everyone should be wearing now. As the one in charge of marketing for the brand, I chose a mix witty contemporary tag lines that would drawn in a select demographic.

    What are your career goals? I’m interesting in tapping into the vast market that LA has and learn from other creative thinkers. Ideally, I want to use social media as a valid tool to connect and monitor traffic with a variety of demographics. Upon graduation at FIDM, I see myself as the director of social media for a brand, artist, or magazine. I envision myself working behind the scenes, but also interacting face-to-face. I look forward to continuing my passion for shooting fashion photography and blending the two. I want to have fun with it while using my unique perspective to influence people as well help them find the style that they love.

    What do you expect to learn at FIDM? I expect to gain more of an insight into the industry of fashion and to further understand the role social media plays in the ever-evolving world of branding.


    Categories: Social Media, Just Accepted, FIDM, Admissions, Interview

  • Apr

    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 … Read More

  • Apr

    Just Accepted SF Merchandise Product Development Student Wants to Launch Her Own Streetwear Brand

    Name: Emily Jackson Age: 17  Hometown: San Ramon, CA  FIDM Major: Merchandise Product Development FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Fall 2016 Admissions Advisor: Laurel Gardner How did your advisor help with the process? Laurel was act … Read More

  • Mar

    Just Accepted 17-Year-Old Interior Design Student is Already Interning at a Firm

    Name: Madesyn Murray Age: 17 Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA Previous Work: I worked as an intern for LMID Inc., an interior design firm based in Los Angeles. FIDM Major: Interior Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2016 Admis … Read More

  • Mar

    Just Accepted Fashion Design Student Is Miss Massachusetts Teen USA

    Name: Alexis Frasca Age: 17 Hometown: Franklin, Massachusetts FIDM Major: Fashion Design FIDM Campus and Start Date: Los Angeles, October 2016 Admissions Advisor: Seung Kim How did your advisor help with the process? It was such a pleasure to wo … Read More

  • Mar

    Recently Accepted Visual Communications Student Dreamed of Attending FIDM Since Watching 'Project Runway'

    Name: Maeve Foster Age: 20 Hometown: Tustin, CA Previous College/Work: Biochemistry major at UCSD for a year; Vocal Music Major at University of the Pacific for a semester; Certified preschool teacher with 12 units of Early Childhood Development clas … Read More

  • Mar

    Just Accepted Sixteen-Year-Old Fashion Design Student Has Already Shown at LA Fashion Week

    Name: Katherine Miles  Age: 16
 Hometown: Scio, Oregon FIDM Major: Fashion Design Start Date: Fall 2017  Admissions Advisor: Dee Solis How did your advisor help with the process?
I have known Dee for a little over a year now. I met her at a camp … Read More

  • Mar

    Just Accepted Visual Communications Student is an Alumnus of the American Musical Dramatic Academy of the Arts

    Name: Emilio Ruiz-Vega Age: 19 Hometown: San Francisco, CA Previous College: The American Musical Dramatic Academy of the Arts in New York, NY FIDM Major: Visual Communications  FIDM Campus and Start Date: San Francisco, Summer 2016 Admissions … Read More

  • Feb

    US Military Veteran to Pursue Her Lifelong Love of Fashion at FIDM

    Name: Rachel Hascall Age: 30 Hometown: Lake Elsinore, California Military Experience: US Military for 5 years in Germany and Afghanistan; worked as a civilian defense contractor for the last seven-and-a-half years. FIDM Major: Visual Communications … Read More

  • Feb

    Just Accepted Merchandise Marketing Student Dreams of Being a Buyer and Owning Her Own Store One Day

    Name: Emily Rodriguez Age: 17 Hometown: Redlands, CA FIDM Major: Merchandise Marketing FIDM Campus and Start Date: Orange County, July 2016 Admissions Advisor: Shirley McDonald How did your advisor help with the process? Shirley so great and so … Read More