Study Tours

The art of travel

Global travel is just one of the many special experiences available to FIDM Students. Our annual Study Tours take them to major fashion and design centers such as New York City, Rome, Paris, and Milan.

Accompanied by FIDM Instructors and Administrators, students:

  • Meet with top industry professionals.
  • Go behind-the scenes to tour important companies.
  • Become immersed in inspiring art, architecture, and fashion.

Open to all FIDM Students.

European Study Tour

Visit three exciting cities on our two-week trip. A typical FIDM Study Tour, for example, visits Rome, Florence, and Paris. Special tours of each city and professional appointments are arranged just for FIDM Students.

Paris Summer Institute

Experience living in the City of Lights for approximately two and a half weeks. Tour the city with a professor of fashion history, visit museums, and attend special appointments relating to the industries important to FIDM Students.

New York Study Tour

Spend a week in the Big Apple! Meet with FIDM Alumni. Go behind-the-scenes at top companies and even attend a Broadway play. The visits during this tour enable students to gain insight into the careers that FIDM Graduates can select and more fully understand their participation in the design, retail, and entertainment industries.

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Denim Study Tour

From the legacy of the Guess brand to the rise of premium denim, this multi-day study tour takes an up-close look at the denim industry in California. The tour includes travel to denim companies headquartered in Los Angeles, to visit behind the scenes at wash houses, preproduction, and design studios of some of the world’s top denim brands, as well as to network with top fashion industry executives. Priority acceptance is given to Merchandise Product Development students.

Globalshop Study Tour

Globalshop is the premier tradeshow for retail design and shopper marketing featuring five shows in one: Store Fixturing, Visual Merchandising, Store Design, Digital Store and At-Retail Marketplace. Students will attend insightful education seminars led by today's retail industry thought leaders, walk the show floor and exclusive networking opportunities while learning about the latest retail design and in-store innovations, products and trends. Students experience industry insight to this "trade-only" show that takes place in Las Vegas.

New York Beauty Study Tour

It's a once-in-a-lifetime chance to have small, intimate meetings with top executives from New York beauty brands. Students spend 4-5 days visiting the headquarters of major brands, such as L'Oreal, Coty, and LVMH, as well as newer brands that are changing the market. With 3-4 appointments a day, the pace is fast but the experience is invaluable and unforgettable. It's a great networking and educational opportunity.

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Surf & Action Sports Study Tour

Learn about this multi-million dollar California business. This multi-day study tour will include travel from FIDM's Los Angeles campus to companies headquartered in Orange County and Ventura. This is your chance to visit behind the scenes at world renowned surf and action sports brands such as Vans, Hurley, Oakley, and Volcom. Professional appointments with influential designers and executives are arranged. Priority acceptance is given to Merchandise Product Development students.

Visual Communications New York Study Tour

New Inspirations. Fresh Ideas. Visual Communications Students experience exclusive appointments with New York’s Top Visual Industry Leaders and alumni in December. Appointments have included backstage set tours at Wicked, Saturday Night Live, and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, NYC's infamous "Holiday Window" walks guided by the Window Directors at Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys New York, Macy’s Herald Square and Saks Fifth Avenue. Students also attend education sessions during the Retail Design Collective Conference and endless networking opportunities with visual professionals.

Advanced Study Programs Abroad

In certain Advanced Study Programs, FIDM Students travel abroad or within the United States as a component of their education. The International Manufacturing & Product Development, Entertainment Set Design & Decoration, and Menswear, programs all incorporate overseas study as part of their standard curriculum. The Beauty Industry Management program includes domestic tours. Study tours are an opportunity for students to integrate their career development goals with academic learning. Site visits and industry presentations give students the opportunity to meet professionals working in their field of interest and translate theoretical knowledge from the classroom into a valuable experiential learning opportunity.

Exchange Programs

FIDM Students may participate in special exchange programs giving them the opportunity to study outside the United States for one quarter. Students generally do this special program at the conclusion of their FIDM program. To participate, students must have a 3.2 cumulative grade point average and be recommended by their Department Chairperson and the FIDM International Director. Exchange programs may take place in Australia, France, India, Italy, Mexico, or Spain.