The Business of Denim

Specialize in denim in the heart of the premium denim industry

Denim represents an estimated $60 billion global market that is growing at an annual rate of 13-15%. Our students learn from the best right here in Los Angeles, the city that’s responsible for over 90% of the premium denim manufactured in the United States.

FIDM is the only college that offers an Advanced Study Program in denim design and development with a focus on sustainability. The program includes an in-depth global study tour in which students travel to cities around the world where they visit the entire product development cycle from the mill to the retail floor.

Our unparalleled industry connections and location in the premium denim capital of the world provide our students with the unique opportunity to work closely with some of the biggest names in the denim industry such as AG Jeans, GUESS?, Inc., 7 For All Mankind, Paige Denim, J Brand, and True Religion.

A Closer Look

The Advanced Study Program in The Business of Denim is designed to promote a unique education for students in the areas of denim design and development, product application, industry sustainability, and denim finishing and production. Students will be prepared to enter and succeed in the international world of denim from fiber origin through product life. Students will train in certified industry facilities which will immerse them in the latest innovative techniques and processes from a global perspective. Study tours to agricultural sites, textile mills, production facilities and finishing labs will advance students’ ability to apply their knowledge to the ever-changing denim industry.

For important information about the completion rate, educational debt, and earnings of students who attended this program, click here.