The FIDM Difference: 32 Reasons Why FIDM is the Best Place to Study

November 21, 2016

California has always been a state full of economic advancement, geographical wonders and beautiful weather. With FIDM Campuses being located at four major cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Orange County) within California, there are many opportunities for careers.  

Aside from  our campuses being located in ideal destinations, we have 32 more reasons for why FIDM is the best place to study:

1. We are one of 2016’s "Top 25 Best Fashion Schools in the World" (

“A great vocational and design school for practical experience and they have an incredible career database for placement post-graduation — 90% of students who are in touch with the school report that they've found a job within six months of graduation. The top spot if you want to pursue costume design.”


2. FIDM is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education.

“Approval to operate means compliance with state standards as set forth in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009.”


3. Harper’s Bazaar knows Los Angeles is the most fashionable city in the U.S.

“Designers are catching on to, if not leading, the fashion scene's move westward. Tom Ford and Jeremy Scott chose to host their fashion shows in L.A., but the trend isn't only among American designers. Stella McCartney and Saint Laurent also presented there this year. McCartney showed Pre-Fall 2016 at  Amoeba Music in Los Angeles while Hedi Slimane used the  Hollywood Palladium as his Fall 2016 venue.”

4. L.A. is the next NYC for fashion (Hypebeast).

“For the first time, people are coming here because they have to be a part of what’s going on — with brands not originally from here, from Acne and A.P.C here now, L.A. is no longer in isolation.”

5. FIDM has a star advisory board including Fashion Designers Paul Marciano, Diane Von Furstenburg and Tim Gunn.


6. Burberry recently had their first LA Fashion show at the Griffith Observatory.

“Though the brand calls London its home base, it’s easy to see why Burberry and  Christopher Bailey traveled across land and sea, choosing the location of Griffith Observatory for their first-ever runway show in L.A.”

7. Moschino followed with their 2017 Collection Fashion Show at LA Live.

“Held at L.A. Live, the runway show was a psychedelic dream of flared trousers, bikinis, and oversize hats—true essentials for a Hollywood girl with groovy taste. And in typical L.A. style, the event drew celebrities on the runway and off.”


8. Downtown Los Angeles is in the midst of a huge retail boom (

“After speaking with industry bigwigs and experts, one thing has become increasingly clear: The City of Angels is definitely having a "moment" in fashion right now.”

9. FIDM President Tonian Hohberg was the first woman to erect a building in downtown LA, our flagship campus, which opened in 1990.


10. FIDM won the Arizona Family and Consumer Science Educators “Post-Secondary Program of the Year.”

“FIDM recently won the Arizona Family and Consumer Science Educators (FACS ED) Post-Secondary Program of the Year! FIDM's Cecile Fayen and Julie Ott accepted the award on behalf of FIDM at the FACS Awards”


11. Los Angeles is becoming like Paris, only with palm trees (New York Times).

“Big-spending brands have lately come courting. In February, three months before flying its 500 guests to Palm Springs, Louis Vuitton took over an exhibition space in Hollywood.”

12. FIDM is Veteransapproved.

FIDM is approved by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education, the Bureau of Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education, for the training of veterans. FIDM is proud to be on the G.I. Jobs 2016 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's service members and veterans as students.


13. Los Angeles will be the next "Fashion Capital" (Hypebeast).

“But if a house as iconic as Saint Laurent moving its studio from Paris to Los Angeles was a milestone moment for the industry, the actions of various other designers in recent times imply that Slimane was definitely onto something.”


14. FIDM is one of the top 75 fashion merchandising schools in the US (

“Many students begin working in the field after graduating with an AA, while others continue their education by enrolling in an FIDM BS program such as Business Management or another AA program such as Advanced Fashion Design.”


15. San Francisco is becoming a fashion destination, with a technology mix (Business of Fashion).

“In recent cycles, fuelled by the growth of fashion e-commerce, the promise of wearables and the democratizing effect of social media, fashion has emerged as a key focus for several of the area’s major tech players.”


16. We are located in one of the top 30 safest college towns in the world.

“Irvine is an affluent, planned community that spares no expense to keep its residents and college students secure. Through public funding and private donations, Irvine provides robust public safety programs like the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC), and the Trauma Intervention Program. These programs bring citizens and emergency services together to keep the community — and all its college campuses — safe.”


17. When it comes to the industry, the top three industries that employ our grads are arts and design, sales and entrepreneurship.

All you have to do is browse the self-reported careers of more than 34,500 FIDM Grads on our FIDM LinkedIn University page to see where they are working.

18. Nordstrom, Forever 21 and Macy’s are the top three companies who hire a majority of FIDM Grads.

According to LinkedIn, Nordstrom employs 371 FIDM Grads, Forever 21 employs 190 and Macy’s employs 164, the majority of which work in the corporate offices. This means that many of the clothes you buy may have come about as a result of the work of FIDM Graduates.


19. There have been more than 16,000 postings to FIDM Career Center’s job board this year.

20. Our Instructors win Grammys - Graphic Design Instructor Kevin Reagan, who teaches Brand X and Portfolio, has won several Grammys for his CD packaging.


21. You can get connected with more than 19,000 industry contacts via the FIDM Alumni Association to help get your career started.

22. More than 100 companies visit our campuses for exclusive, one-on-one recruitment interviews each year!


23. Our Business Management Program was Ranked #3 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Colleges with the Highest 4-Year Graduation Rates

24. “Clueless” Costume Designer Mona May graduated from our Fashion Design program.


25. About 31 percent of our student body comes from outside of California.

26. Which leaves 60 percent of our student body coming from California. #CaliforniaLove


27. FIDM Student Housing fees include tons of necessities including rent, cable, furniture, utilities & internet access.

28. You get to live in the LEVEL, which was a great date spot filming location on “The Bachelor.”


29. In 1969, we were pioneers starting a one-of-a-kind college with two Downtown LA classrooms. In 2014, we grew to four California campuses with more than 50,000 grads.


30. FIDM’s Apparel Industry Management major is endorsed by the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).

31. FIDM Museum is considered one of Fashion & Textile Museums “Top 10 Museums” in the world (Fashion & Textile Museum).

“The museum is located on the ground floor of the Los Angeles campus of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, and houses a collection of over 12,000 costumes, accessories and textiles from the 18th century through the present day, including film and theater costume.”

32. Compared to San Francisco, San Diego is number one in California for attracting start-up businesses.

Known for its beach side culture, San Diego has an emerging youthful community of entrepreneurs along with a prominent military base. Unemployment in the city is at its lowest rate, inviting tons of industry to settle their headquarters. Petco, Callaway Golf and Adidas are headquartered here. San Diego embraces its creative community, making way for San Diego Fashion Week, which spotlights the work of emerging local designers.


Did we convince you? Apply now to FIDM.




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