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Application Requirements and Fees

FIDM Admissions staff are here to guide you through a great in-person or online Admissions experience. Please reach out to your Admissions Advisor, contact us at  213-624-1201schedule a one-on-one info session, or email us at admissions@fidm.edu. We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Undergraduate Application Requirements

FIDM AA/BA/BS Application

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Official Transcripts

Please submit high school and all college transcripts by mail or email directly to your Admissions Advisor. FIDM recognizes transcripts from schools that are either regionally accredited or found under the National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/ website.

Please submit SAT/ACT test scores if available. Although FIDM does not require ACT or SAT scores to apply to the college, in some cases, one of these nationally recognized tests may be required in order for us to determine academic readiness for acceptance to FIDM.

Home school applicants not meeting the transcript criteria above are considered with at least one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, Proficiency or GED test results.

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You will submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders via your student account or you may request letters directly from your references and submit them to your Admissions Advisor. Be sure you have communicated with your Admissions Advisor by this point as your Advisor will also be providing their recommendation to your file.

Admissions Essay

Formats supported: Word (.doc or docx) and Adobe (.pdf)

Write an essay containing answers to the following questions:

  1. What are your expectations, goals, hobbies, and special interests?
  2. What are your reasons for choosing FIDM?
  3. What appeals to you about the major you are considering?
  4. What are your goals and aspirations upon graduation from FIDM?

Submit the essay via your Student Account or mail/email to your Admissions Advisor. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio

Watch This VIDEO: How to create your Portfolio from your Instagram or anything!

If you’re applying to the following programs: Fashion Design, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are!

Your portfolio is an example of your work (it can be an Instagram page, a video, 8-12 sketches, or a variety of media that shows who you are--if you don’t know what to use, don’t worry, your advisor can help or watch the 1-minute video in Step 1, below, for tips). It should reflect your ideas, inspirations, and creativity.

No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Steps:

  1. Watch this 1-minute video on how to create your portfolio from your Instagram or anything!
  2. Put together your Portfolio.
  3. Save it as a PDF document.
  4. Submit your Portfolio into the Application Portal.

If you’re applying to the following programs: Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Digital Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, and Merchandising & Marketing:

Show us how you think!

Your portfolio project is your response to the following prompt with an essay (minimum 2 pages) OR a link to your work in another medium, for example, a two-minute video, six graphic images, an Instagram page, or a podcast episode.

Prompt: Select an existing product, brand, or design that shows innovation in form, function, and purpose or is a benefit to culture/society. What is the cultural relevance of your concept in today’s society and how does it compare to similar products, brands, or designs that already exist? Tell or show us what makes this work great in your own opinion.

No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Steps:

  1. Watch this 1-minute video on how to create a portfolio from your Instagram or anything!
  2. Put together your Portfolio Project.
  3. Save it as a PDF document.
  4. Submit your portfolio project into the Application Portal.

If your program isn't listed above, please contact your Admissions Advisor to find out about portfolio requirements.

Official Transcripts

Please submit high school and all college transcripts by mail or email directly to your Admissions Advisor. FIDM recognizes transcripts from schools that are either regionally accredited or found under the National Center for Education Statistics http://nces.ed.gov/ website.

Please submit SAT/ACT test scores if available. Although FIDM does not require ACT or SAT scores to apply to the college, in some cases, one of these nationally recognized tests may be required in order for us to determine academic readiness for acceptance to FIDM.

Home school applicants not meeting the transcript criteria above are considered with at least one of the following: SAT or ACT scores, Proficiency or GED test results.

Letters of Recommendation

Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers are required. You will submit the names and email addresses of your recommenders via your student account or you may request letters directly from your references and submit them to your Admissions Advisor. Be sure you have communicated with your Admissions Advisor by this point as your Advisor will also be providing their recommendation to your file.

Admissions Essay

Formats supported: Word (.doc or docx) and Adobe (.pdf)

Write an essay containing answers to the following questions:

  1. What are your expectations, goals, hobbies, and special interests?
  2. What are your reasons for choosing FIDM?
  3. What appeals to you about the major you are considering?
  4. What are your goals and aspirations upon graduation from FIDM?

Submit the essay via your Student Account or mail/email to your Admissions Advisor. (2 pages maximum)

Portfolio

Watch This VIDEO: How to create your Portfolio from your Instagram or anything!

If you’re applying to the following programs: Fashion Design, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are!

Your portfolio is an example of your work (it can be an Instagram page, a video, 8-12 sketches, or a variety of media that shows who you are--if you don’t know what to use, don’t worry, your advisor can help or watch the 1-minute video in Step 1, below, for tips). It should reflect your ideas, inspirations, and creativity.

No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Steps:

  1. Watch this 1-minute video on how to create your portfolio from your Instagram or anything!
  2. Put together your Portfolio.
  3. Save it as a PDF document.
  4. Submit your Portfolio into the Application Portal.

If you’re applying to the following programs: Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Digital Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, and Merchandising & Marketing:

Show us how you think!

Your portfolio project is your response to the following prompt with an essay (minimum 2 pages) OR a link to your work in another medium, for example, a two-minute video, six graphic images, an Instagram page, or a podcast episode.

Prompt: Select an existing product, brand, or design that shows innovation in form, function, and purpose or is a benefit to culture/society. What is the cultural relevance of your concept in today’s society and how does it compare to similar products, brands, or designs that already exist? Tell or show us what makes this work great in your own opinion.

No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Steps:

  1. Watch this 1-minute video on how to create a portfolio from your Instagram or anything!
  2. Put together your Portfolio Project.
  3. Save it as a PDF document.
  4. Submit your portfolio project into the Application Portal.

If your program isn't listed above, please contact your Admissions Advisor to find out about portfolio requirements.

International Student Financial Statement

The US government requires all international students to provide proof of the ability to pay tuition and living expenses for the first academic year. Visit the I-134 Affidavit of Support page, download the PDF, and submit via email to your Admissions Advisor.

Copy of Passport

Provide a copy of your Passport via email to your Admissions Advisor. Your passport must be valid for at least six months into the future.

Proof of English Proficiency

Students whose first language is not English and who have not taken AND passed a regular (not ESL) English class at a U.S. accredited college or a U.S. high school must submit, via email to their Admissions Advisor, a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score - or a TOEFL equivalent - prior to acceptance. Students who have TOEFL scores of 207 computer-based / or 76 Internet-based and above are exempt from FIDM's Development Writing (ESL) classes.

The minimum TOEFL score or a TOEFL equivalent for acceptance to FIDM is a computer-based score of 183 or an Internet-based score of 65.

FIDM offers Developmental Writing (ESL), an advanced English as a Second Language (ESL) course, for students whose scores range from 183-203 computer-based, 65-75 internet-based. FIDM students take the Developmental Writing (ESL) classes in conjunction with courses in their major. The Developmental Writing (ESL) class is charged at the prevailing per unit cost of a student's program and is due at the time of class registration.

Transfer Request Form (if required)

This form is required for students transferring from U.S. high schools, language institutes, colleges, or universities.  Download the PDF and submit via email to your Admissions Advisor.



Graduate Application Requirements

FIDM MBA Application

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Initial and Final Application Fee Schedules for All First-Time FIDM Students

*These fees are in addition to the above sub-total and are non-refundable. Refer to appropriate Application Fee Schedule below.

Application Fee Schedule
In-State StudentOut-of-State StudentInternational Student
Initial Application Fee (non-refundable)$50$50$50
Final Application Fee (non-refundable, due upon acceptance)$200$200$200
Additional Out-of-State Fee (refundable, due prior to registration)$150
Additional International Fee (refundable, due prior to registration)$400
Total$250$400$650
Explanation of Fees
  1. The student agrees to pay the non-refundable Initial Application Fee of $50 along with the Application form. This application does not obligate the student or FIDM in any way. Enrollment and financial arrangements will be completed upon acceptance.
  2. At the time of a student's acceptance, a $200 non-refundable Final Application Fee is due and paid through the Student Portal.