Professional Studies Experience

The Experience

The Bachelor of Arts in Professional Studies is designed for students who already have their Associates and A.A. Advanced Study degrees from FIDM. The program offers flexibility for working students, with many online courses and classes scheduled at convenient times. Projects focus on industry case studies, integrating analytic skills with creative thinking to solve real world problems. FIDM Professional Studies graduates are ready to compete in the global market.

Graduates from FIDM work at companies such as Forever 21, Zara, TOMS, Smashbox, Stila, NIKE, Athleta, and many other top brands, and have started their own fashion lines, retail stores, interior design firms, and apparel companies. They have also been featured in top industry magazines such as WWD (Women's Wear Daily), Vogue, The New York Times Fashion & Style section, and countless others.

Career Opportunities

Our Career Center has cultivated a database of thousands of employer contacts nationwide with the singular goal of providing industry-related internships and employment for our students and graduates throughout their careers.

Head Designer

Be a leader. Oversee a design team and assure that all production tasks are completed. Be responsible for improving the production process, educating a team about trends, and maintaining effective communication between the team and other members of the process.

Technical Designer

Control an image. Develop unique ways to brand a product and ensure that a brand's identity, from packaging to advertisements, stays on target.

Product Development Manager

Lead design and engineering teams to develop new and innovative solutions to design challenges within cost, quality and performance constraints. Implement and lead a unified product development process by managing internal and external resources across countries and functions, from consumer insights to launch and post-launch product improvements.

Preproduction Manager

Maintain the flow of information between the Development Team and the production sources. Oversee product details, textile applications, fit, and patterns. Communicate with global suppliers and manufacturers on a daily basis.

Head of Wardrobe

Find creative solutions. Work with the Costume Designer to plan where and when costume changes take place—then supervise all changes and oversee a staff of dressers. This problem-solver must be cool under pressure, with great people skills and the ability to make quick repairs.

Art Director

Be in creative control. Supervise construction, budgeting, and expedite plans. Oversee the artists and craftspeople who build the sets for movies, television, or the stage.