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What Makes Us Different

How FIDM Prepares Students for Professional Careers in the Creative Industries

At FIDM, we believe in a dynamic classroom approach that integrates knowing and doing. Via Classroom Partner Projects and FIDM SuperLabs™, students generate innovative design and business solutions for top brands, giving students the opportunity to collaborate with companies, build their portfolios, and put what they’re learning in the classroom to work.

Influential Industry Partners

Our Industry Partnerships are with some of the world’s most recognizable and influential brands. Classroom collaborators include Disney, Nike, Kiehl’s, Victoria’s Secret, Forever 21, GUESS, Converse, PacSun, Levi’s, Red Bull, Pixar, Elon Musk’s transportation company, and so many more.

California-Based Innovation

FIDM Students, Alumni, Faculty, and Staff have been driving innovation for half a century from our homebase in California, the state that drives the global creative economy.

Prestigious Faculty

Recently named a Top 10 Graphic Design School by College Magazine and one of the Top 10 Sustainable Fashion Schools in the World by the University Network, FIDM’s prestigious faculty is comprised of notable talent such as fashion illustrator and author Nancy Riegelman, Emmy award winner Tom Henkenius, Grammy award winning designer Kevin Reagan, Emmy award winning costume designer Jacqueline Saint Ann, and NBC Entertainment Programmer Paige Adamczyk, among many others.

World-Renowned Alumni

Our incredible alumni include world-renowned designer Monique Lhuillier; influencer Chriselle Lim; Marvel’s VP of Franchise Creative & Marketing, Sarah Truly Beers; Costume Designers Kimberly Adams (Stranger Things), Michelle Liu (Avengers: Infinity War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2) and Trish Summerville (Red Sparrow, Westworld, Gone Girl, Hunger Games: Catching Fire); Partner, President of TV/Streaming & Gaming at Create Advertising, Jonathan Gitlin, and that’s just to name a few.

50 Years of Experience

We have 50 years of experience helping students build an incredible network as they gain knowledge and job experience, so that when they graduate, they’re ready to launch a successful career.