Formally recognized for standards of quality

FIDM is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).


FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is incorporated under the laws of the State of California as a proprietary institution. The college is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), 510.748.9001, 985 Atlantic Avenue #100, Alameda, CA 94501. In addition, FIDM’s art and design programs are also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 703.437.0700, 11250 Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190. FIDM is a member of the American Council on Education (ACE), and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Non-Discrimination Policy

FIDM, in compliance with Civil Rights Legislation, does not discriminate in its educational programs or employment practices on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic or condition protected by state or federal law. Inquiries may be directed to the Title IX Coordinator at 213-624-1200 x3034.

Approved for Veterans and Vocational Rehabilitation

FIDM is approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education for the training of veterans and for qualified students certified by the California Vocational Rehabilitation Administration.

International Students

FIDM is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant students. For more information, see the F-1 Visa - International Students section of this handbook.

Instructional Programs

FIDM certifies that all courses numbered 1000 and higher are collegiate level and recommends acceptance for transfer to the California State Universities and other universities and colleges.