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  • Mar
    13
    2017

    Get Your BA in Professional Studies at FIDM

    The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies is designed for students who already have their Associates and A.A. Advanced Study degrees from FIDM. The flexible program is ideal for working students since courses are scheduled at convenient times and numerous classes are available online. We recently chatted with Professional Studies Department Chair Sheryl Rabinovich to learn more.

    Tell us a bit about the new BA in Professional Studies

    The BA in Professional Studies (BAPS) is a unique program at FIDM because it's a liberal arts curriculum rather than the specialized education for which FIDM is well known. The courses were selected to reflect the four major areas of study in a traditional higher education system: Humanities, Social Sciences, Math/Science, and Communications, but with a twist. Our education does have a theoretical base (body of knowledge), but the assignments are integrative and applied—the hallmark of FIDM. 

    Who can enroll in this program? 

    The only students eligible are graduates of one of our Advanced Study programs, so their third year (which yields a second AA degree) is also their Junior year of BAPS. Those who choose to enter BAPS, which essentially is a degree completion program rather than a major, are excellent candidates because they realize that as they promote up, BA degrees are often required. The maturity they bring is evident as most of these students are working in their industries and they understand the value of completing a BA degree while managing their time well. 

    What makes the program unique? 

    BAPS offers courses that one would be hard pressed to find elsewhere. Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning, is one such course. The focus here is to explore symbols, motifs, design, and people that contributed to art and design in a pervasive, long-lasting way. Students not only identify and discuss the relevance of these icons but they are encouraged to derive inspiration and a sophistication in their knowledge and in the language of design.

    What is the value of a BA in Professional Studies post-FIDM?

    The value of BAPS or a liberal arts curriculum, as many employers would agree, is to provide students with the tools and the opportunities in their assignments to be more thoughtful about the world in which we live, to be more resourceful, adaptable, and flexible, and to make connections amongst divergent ideas.

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  • Feb
    22
    2017

    A French Student's Passion for Costume Design

    Amandine Garcia is an international student from France, studying Fashion Design to become a Costume Designer. She is in her second quarter, attending FIDM on a scholarship awarded by the Fondation Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet in France. Her passion for costume d … Read More

  • Feb
    17
    2017

    Bradon McDonald Designs Costumes for the Stage

    The Los Angeles Times has a story about former Project Runway finalist and FIDM Graduate Bradon McDonald, whose costumes were seen over the weekend at LA's Ahmanson Theatre in performances by Jessica Lang Dance. Bradon, a former dancer with the Mark Morris Dan … Read More

  • Feb
    13
    2017

    Fashionable Likeness Exhibition at Getty

    Calling all Los Angeles fashion and costume design students plus lovers of British costume dramas and art history: this current exhibition at the Getty is delicious eye candy and inspiration. Called "Fashionable Likeness: Pastel Portraits in 18th century Brita … Read More

  • Feb
    06
    2017

    See Photos From the Opening Reception of the 25th Annual Costume Exhibition

    Costume designers, FIDM Alumni, and fashion fans attended an Opening Reception of the 25th annual "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design" exhibition at FIDM's Museum & Galleries in Los Angeles this past weekend. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Tues … Read More

  • Feb
    02
    2017

    Rogue One and La La Land in Costume Design Exhibit

    The FIDM Museum's annual exhibition, "Art of Motion Picture Costume Design," has become a tradition for LA locals and movie lovers alike. This year, we celebrate the exhibition’s 25th year of showcasing excellence in film costume design. Explore the rich histo … Read More

  • Dec
    12
    2016

    Enclothed Cognition: The Science of How We Dress

    Enclothed cognition is the name for the scientific study of the link between how what we wear effects how we feel and how we are perceived by others. An economics story in the New York Times says that evidence proves the importance of dressing for the role we … Read More

  • Aug
    24
    2016

    Guillermo Del Toro Exhibition at LACMA is a Monster Show

    Giant bugs, dental equipment, comic books, gilt-edged funeral notices of children, illustrations by Edward Gorey, and a giant head of uber monster Frankenstein—these are just a few of the macabre but beautiful items that director Guillermo Del Toro sur … Read More

  • Aug
    15
    2016

    Outlander Costume Designer Terry Dresbach Visits FIDM

    Outlander Costume Designer Terry Dresbach met with FIDM Students to share stories of her work on the time travel romance series that jumps from the 1940s to the 18th century and back to the '60s. Her visit coincided with the 10th Art of Television Costume … Read More

  • Aug
    08
    2016

    America's Gymnasts Turn Up the Bling

    The amount of bling showered on the American gymnast's leotards at the Summer Olympics in Rio this summer is record-breaking, according to fashion editor Vanessa Friedman in the New York Times. Friedman traces the history of the gymnastic leotard from plain … Read More

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