How credit for a course at FIDM transfers to another educational institution depends on how that college or university will accept the course and how clearly defined a student's transfer goal is. Students who wish to explore their transfer options should consult with FIDM's Articulation Officer at the Los Angeles campus or Transfer Advisors at the FIDM San Francisco, Orange County, and San Diego campuses. Students graduating from FIDM must complete the graduation requirements for their specific degree. FIDM requirements, however, do not necessarily meet all lower division or general education requirements for other colleges. FIDM currently maintains articulation agreements with selected colleges with the intent of enhancing a student's transfer opportunities.
Articulation is the planned, documented pathway between two or more colleges or universities and their academic programs. Articulation agreements are also called transfer agreements, transfer guides, and transfer pathways by various audiences. FIDM currently has articulation agreements with following institutions:
- Regents University London (formally AIU London) (http://www.regents.ac.uk/aiul)
Sufficient course content from FIDM's Merchandise Product Development; Merchandise Marketing; Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Visual Communications programs articulated as equivalent, to that delivered in the first two years (levels 3 and 4) of the B.A. (Hons) Fashion Marketing, B.A .(Hons) Fashion Design with Marketing, B.A .(Hons) Fashion Design, and B.A. (Hons) Communication Design programs at Regent's University.
- CCA (California College of the Arts-San Francisco and Oakland campuses) (https://www.cca.edu/admissions/undergrad/transfer-credit)
See Articulation Guidelines. Humanities and Science Curriculum articulated for B.A. B.F.A. and B.ARC degrees; Interior Design curriculum articulated for B.F.A. degree. Visual Studies electives and seminar, required by CCA can be met with articulated courses from different design A.A. majors from FIDM.
- California State University system (CSU) (http://www.calstate.edu/transfer/requirements/csustudents.shtml)
CSU GE Certification has provided for articulation of lower division general education courses from FIDM as being readily transferable to the CSU Academic Breadth requirements systems for any of the 23 CSU campuses. Major specific coursework in the past was articulated with specific CSU campuses that provide equivalency confirmations and/or course to course articulation. FIDM has maintained articulation with specific CSU campuses: CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge. Students in most instances will have to supplement FIDM course offerings with addition coursework to complete upper division transfer requirements and supplemental requirements that may be required to program impaction.
- LIM (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising) (http://www.limcollege.edu)
Basis of Agreement: 1. LIM will accept all course credits earned at FIDM for which the transferring student receives a grade of C or better and will allow any FIDM Student with fewer than 59 semester credits (90 quarter credits) to make up the deficiencies at LIM; 2.FIDM graduates with an Associate's Degree may enter LIM with full junior status. Currently transfer pathways have been created for graduates of FIDM's Merchandise Marketing, Visual Communications, and Merchandise Product Development A.A. programs.
- Notre Dame de Namur University (http://www.ndnu.edu/admissions/transfer/transfer-agreements/fidm/)
Articulation agreement describes how courses taken at FIDM will transfer to meet Notre Dame de Namur University requirements for General Education and lower division major preparation. Students do not need to complete all of the requirements before transferring to NDNU.
- OTIS College of Art & Design (http://www.otis.edu/financial-aid-office/consumer-information)
Foundation/Freshman Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses, Foundation Studio Courses and Architecture/Landscape/Interiors Courses articulated to facilitate upper division transfer into the B.F.A. program in Architecture/Landscape/Interior program at OTIS.
- University of La Verne (http://laverne.edu/admission/accelerated/)
Block transfers articulated for FIDM A.A. majors: Apparel Industry Management;; Beauty Industry Merchandising & Marketing; Fashion Design; Graphic Design; Interior Design; Merchandise Marketing; Merchandise Product Development; Textile Design; and Visual Communications awarded a minimum of 60 semester hours of lower division transfer credit. (Updated agreement still pending from the University of La Verne for Traditional Academic programs, previous agreement still honored by The University of La Verne's Accelerated Education Program).
- University of Phoenix (http://www.phoenix.edu/admissions/transfer_information/transfer-guides/courses/ca/fashion_institute_of_design_and_merchandising.html) Block transfers for all FIDM majors details of the application of transfer credit outlined on UOP's website (see link listed).
- Vanguard University (http://www.vanguard.edu)
Block transfer for students transferring into the institution's School for Professional Studies Organizational Management bachelor's program (does require the supplement of additional lower division general education courses). Example of the unit requirements for FIDM transfers who meet the articulated general education requirements:
Transfer A.A. from FIDM = 60 semester/90 quarter units
General Education Electives = 19 semester units/27 quarter
Upper Division Major = 45 semester/60 quarter