The following are the required courses for this major. Students who attend Orientation and meet with the Education Department can obtain personalized academic counseling to complete the program. Transfer credits, changes in curriculum, and other factors may affect the academic plan for individual students. The FIDM Education Department can provide additional information.


Associate of Arts degree from FIDM in one of the following majors: Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Textile Design, Visual Communications.

One-on-one advisement is available to students from other FIDM Majors to consider eligibility for special admissions to this program. Contact the appropriate department chairperson.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A)

BDSN 3100
Advanced Practices in Color, Design & 3-D Form
This course is designed to explore the relationship between color and three-dimensional form. Students explore how an object changes when color and pattern is applied to three-dimensional forms and space. Through the formal principles and elements of design students increase sensitivity to the application of color. This course includes both collaborative and individual explorations.
BDSN 3200
Structural Drawing*
Students refine their abilities to create convincing volumetric images through perspective, matrix analysis, cross-contour, light, and shadow. They explore the application of structural drawing to their respective design disciplines and individual styles. Includes a three (3) hour lab.
BDSN 3400
Drawing the Figure in Context
This course addresses the structure and anatomy of the human figure as essential to developing a naturalistic approach to rendering the human form. The use of live models reinforces students understanding of the anatomical structure of the human body. Formal elements such as line, gesture, volume, proportion, and perspective are emphasized. Prerequisite: BDSN 3200
BDSN 3500
Human Dynamics
Students consider the physical and physiological link between design and the human body, individually and in shared environments. They analyze possible design alternatives to a variety of products in terms of function, comfort, movement, and social impact.
BDSN 3600
Creative Design Strategies
Working collaboratively, students approach design problems as opportunities for creativity and innovation, drawing upon analysis, research, experimentation, and concept development, to achieve design solutions. Using divergent and convergent thinking, students develop a variety of results that target specific markets and resolve specific design challenges.
BDSN 3700
Digital Photographic Image
This course focuses on students ability to express their point of view creatively through photography. Students learn to see photographically by exploring the basic tools, techniques, and aesthetics of digital photography, with special attention to lighting, focus, color, contrast, formal effects, and intent.
BDSN 3750
Advanced Garment Construction
Building on the construction skills introduced in Fashion Design Program, students integrate their skills at pattern drafting with garment construction processes. This studio course includes detailed construction processes of classic fashion silhouettes.
BDSN 3800
Digital Asset Management
In this course, students practice the sophisticated digital asset management skills required for careers in the design industry. Topics include file formats, technologies and workflow, computer applications, and organizational systems that seek to define, identify, control, manage, and store digital images.
BDSN 3850
Theory & Context of Design
In this course, students formulate a personal creative research project relevant to their area of specialization, culminating in a written thesis proposal that they approach through various contexts in their senior year studio courses. Emphasis is on careful documentation of content, reference and source materials, and design research.
BDSN 4100
Visual Identity & Image
This multimedia course builds on prior drawing courses while focusing on the elements of image-making as communication. Students continue the development of drawing styles in both black and white and color, by hand and with the use of digital media. Techniques are applied to a variety of subjects as students explore the relationship between form and content. Prerequisites: BDSN 3200, BDSN 3400
BDSN 4250F
The Studio I Fashion Apparel
This is the first of a three quarter sequence in which the students focus on conceptualizing a collection of work and synthesizing the research compiled in Theory & Context of Design. In this phase students use an existing business model as a base to explore, identifying market and customer profiles to develop product parameters. (Fashion Design majors only).
BDSN 4500F
The Studio II Fashion Apparel
Course two in the Studio series considers the designer's influence in society. The students redefine and conceptualize the research they compiled in BDSN 3850 Theory & Context of Design into a new collection of work from the perspectives of contemporary societal issues, social needs, and civic and social responsibility. (Fashion Design majors only).
BDSN 4750F
The Studio III Fashion Apparel
The final studio course in this sequence is dedicated to the pursuit of individual expression of the design thesis. Expanding on previous studio courses, students synthesize design knowledge and skills to create a collection of work with a sharp design focus. Students are expected to demonstrate sophisticated design decisions and thoughtful design solutions that exemplify a high level of expertise and achievement. (Fashion Design majors only).
BDSN 4950
Design Thesis Presentation
This capstone course is the culmination of personal and industry-centered creative work, beginning in the prior studio courses and resulting, in this course, in the creation of an e-portfolio. A written thesis statement defines this body of work with an emphasis on problem solving, critical thinking, and clear communication skills applied to the students chosen field of exploration. An emphasis is placed on professionalism in presentation and documentation. Prerequisites: BDSN 3850, BDSN 4500
BUMT 3100
Ethics in Business
This course addresses the importance of ethical issues and the financial impact on business performance and ownership. The costs and consequences of failing to act ethically are explored. Students learn strategies to solve real life dilemmas. Students explore the importance of ethics as a dimension of social responsibility and business ethics in the global economy. Prerequisite: BUMT 4840
GNST 2530
Principles of Kinesiology
The emphasis of this course is to scientifically examine the musculoskeletal and physiological systems of the body in motion and at rest. The principles of biochemical, pulmonary, and circulatory systems related to movement and exercise and the contemporary issues of neuromuscular health are investigated.
GNST 2530L
Principles of Kinesiology Lab
This lab includes field excursions, observation journals, and interviews with practitioners in the field of kinesiology, including physical therapists, sports medicine physicians, and professional trainers.
GNST 2630
Principles of Chemistry
Students study the fundamental principles of chemistry and their applications. The relationships between atomic particles and their effect on bonding, chemical reactions, and matter are explored.
GNST 3000
World Political History
This global survey traces the quest for independence and prosperity on the part of emerging economies around the world after WWII. The course examines the varying fortunes of countries as they encountered the crucial questions of political organization, state control, and personal freedom from 1945 to the present. It also examines the issue of environmental sustainability in the face of pressures posed by population, industrialization, and consumerism.
GNST 3150
Research on Topics of Design History
An in-depth exploration into the major design movements of the 20th and 21st centuries focusing on the importance of research and writing on topics of the applied arts. Emphasis is placed on contextualizing design movements and the designers within their historical framework and the changes in society they have inspired. Conversations consider the effects of form and function, technology, identity, corporate branding, globalization, and visual communication on the development of design and how it has shaped our environment.
GNST 3600
Future Trends in Society
Students explore the demographic trends, shifts in technology, and varied communication avenues of the current socioeconomic landscape as a means of anticipating the cultural expectations, values, and practices that will give rise to new products, methods of marketing/communication, and business trends. Prerequisite: GNST 3400
GNST 3700
Multicultural Perspectives Through the Short Story
Through the literary vehicle of the short story, students examine issues of coexistence, integration, and assimilation in the international arena. In considering diversities such as race, ethnicity, class, family, gender, and language, they gain the tools for evaluating, with new awareness, their own identity and value system within a multicultural context.
GNST 3750
Mapping Your World: Introduction to Global Production
This geographical survey of the worlds major regions covers population distribution, natural resources, and relationships between different regions in reference to trade and environment, with a focus on current geo-political issues.
GNST 3800
Icons of Culture: The Context of Meaning
Students explore universal design concepts underlying the applied arts, the decorative arts, and architecture/architectural form. Using the language of aesthetic analysis, they relate formal elements of color and structure, pattern and motif, and icon and symbol to the origins, development, and diffusion of a wide range of designed objects from many cultures and historical periods. In the process, they gain insight into the durability, adaptability, and resonance of concepts and images that have achieved iconic status in the world of design.
GNST 3900
Issues in Contemporary Society
A General Studies capstone course addressing current issues in social diversity, globalization, business ethics, and civic responsibility. Students combine critical analysis, scientific inquiry, and technological skill to research and prepare a clear written and oral presentation on a challenging, advanced question of their own choosing.
Total Units of Credit: 91

*Three (3)-hour lab included in 6 hours.

This program starts each quarter on the Los Angeles campus and in the fall quarter on the San Francisco campus.