Transfer to Other Colleges

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 Academic Support Staff in San Francisco, and Orange County or with FIDM’s Articulation Officer on the Los Angeles campus.

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 the following institutions:

California College of the Arts (San Francisco and Oakland campuses)

See Articulation Guidelines. Humanities and Science Curriculum articulated for B.A.; B.F.A.; and B.Arch 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 FIDM’s A.A. design majors.

California State University system (CSU)

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 additional coursework to complete upper division transfer requirements. In the case of a program being impacted, there may be supplemental requirements.

LIM (Laboratory Institute of Merchandising)

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 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 A.A. programs in Merchandising & Marketing, Visual Communications, and Merchandise Product Development.

Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU)

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

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.

Regent's University London

Sufficient course content from FIDM’s Merchandise Product Development, Merchandising & Marketing, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, and Visual Communications programs articulated as equivalent to the first two years (levels 3 and 4) of the B.A. (Hons) Fashion Marketing; B.A. (Hons) Fashion Design (Marketing); B.A. (Hons) Fashion Design; and B.A. (Hons) Communication Design programs at Regent’s University.

Santa Monica College


FIDM maintains articulation with SMC to facilitate preparation for admissions to their Bachelor of Science degree in Interaction Design.

University of Phoenix

Block transfers for all FIDM majors; details of the application of transfer credit outlined on the University of Phoenix website.

For assistance in applying to graduate schools after completing a FIDM Bachelor of Science and/or Bachelor of Arts program, contact FIDM’s Articulation Officer at the Los Angeles campus to discuss the necessary requirements and application procedures.