How to Apply

How to Apply

*We have moved our entire application process online*
Dear prospective students and their families, we want to help you stay focused on your college and career goals even during these challenging times. We’ve moved our entire application process online so that you can tour, apply, and interview from your home. FIDM staff is available and happy to speak with you and your family individually, but we want you to know we're also here to assist and guide you through a great online Admissions experience. Please reach out to your Admissions Advisor, contact us at 213-624-1201, schedule a one-on-one virtual info session, or email us at admissions@fidm.edu
We look forward to seeing you soon.

Connect with an Advisor

Get connected with an Advisor as early as possible. Admissions Advisors will help you explore majors and customized degree options, explain financial aid and tuition, and provide individual feedback on how to best prepare your FIDM application.

Schedule a one-on-one virtual info session with an Advisor.

Speak with an Advisor by calling 213-624-1201.

Email us at admissions@fidm.edu

When to Apply

Applications for High School Seniors and Graduates are still being accepted on a rolling basis as space permits. It is not too late to submit an application for the remaining start quarters in 2020.

Priority application deadline for the High School Class of 2021 Junior Advantage is August 1, 2020.

Not ready to apply? Submit your information request here and connect with an advisor.

Application Process

Step 1: Apply Online
Complete and submit your application form and $25 payment.

Step 2: Submit Application Materials
You may submit the required Application Materials through your Student Account or directly to your Advisor.

Step 3: Schedule Admissions Interview
Connect with your Admissions Advisor who will review your application materials with you to prepare for your official Admissions Interview (in person or by phone). If accepted to FIDM, the Final Application Fee of $200 is due at that time.

Set up a Student Account by clicking on the appropriate Application button below:

Undergraduate Application Requirements

AA/BA/BS Application


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.

Reference Request Form

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

A.A./A.A.P.D. Requirements

Students applying for Fashion Design, Footwear Design & Development, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are! Your portfolio should include a selection of 8-12 examples of your work, reflecting your ideas, inspirations, concepts, and creativity. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media, and it does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying. Your portfolio should reflect your unique creativity. We encourage you to include work representing your interests and development over time. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Submit your portfolio in a word or PDF document.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.


Students applying for Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Digital Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Merchandising & Marketing:

Envision how a product can fill a gap or make a difference in the world.

Show us how you think! Your portfolio is an essay piece on innovation that displays your ability to think creatively and critically. Your essay should address a topic related to the major to which you are applying. It should reflect your unique thinking and analysis.

Submit a statement (max: (1,500 words) in a word or PDF document answering one of the following challenges:

1) Select an existing product, brand, or design that shows innovation in form, function, and purpose. 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 us what makes this work great in your opinion.

OR

2) Select an existing product, brand, or design that you believe has positively benefited culture/society in some way. Provide your individual analysis of its merits.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.


B.A./B.S./Advanced Study Requirements

Students applying for Bachelor’s and Advanced Study programs may be required to submit a portfolio, depending on the program to which they are applying and their prior degree. Contact the Admissions Office for guidance on your portfolio.

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.

Reference Request Form

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

A.A./A.A.P.D. Requirements

Students applying for Fashion Design, Footwear Design & Development, Digital Media, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Jewelry Design, Textile Design, and Visual Communications:

Show us who you are! Your portfolio should include a selection of 8-12 examples of your work, reflecting your ideas, inspirations, concepts, and creativity. Your portfolio may concentrate on a single medium or may show a variety of media, and it does not need to specifically address the major to which you are applying. Your portfolio should reflect your unique creativity. We encourage you to include work representing your interests and development over time. No portfolio will ever be compared to another when assessing admission eligibility.

Submit your portfolio in a word or PDF document.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.


Students applying for Apparel Industry Management, Beauty Marketing & Product Development, Digital Marketing, Merchandise Product Development, Merchandising & Marketing:

Envision how a product can fill a gap or make a difference in the world.

Show us how you think! Your portfolio is an essay piece on innovation that displays your ability to think creatively and critically. Your essay should address a topic related to the major to which you are applying. It should reflect your unique thinking and analysis.

Submit a statement (max: (1,500 words) in a word or PDF document answering one of the following challenges:

1) Select an existing product, brand, or design that shows innovation in form, function, and purpose. 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 us what makes this work great in your opinion.

OR

2) Select an existing product, brand, or design that you believe has positively benefited culture/society in some way. Provide your individual analysis of its merits.

We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office if you would like advice or guidance on your portfolio.


B.A./B.S./Advanced Study Requirements

Students applying for Bachelor’s and Advanced Study programs may be required to submit a portfolio, depending on the program to which they are applying and their prior degree. Contact the Admissions Office for guidance on your portfolio.

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.

View the I-134 Affidavit of Support page

Copy of Passport

Provide a copy of your Passport via the Online Application Portal. 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 US high school must submit 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 cost for the Developmental Writing (ESL) class is $850 (tuition, books, and supplies).

Transfer Request Form (if required)

Required for students transferring from U.S. high schools, language institutes, colleges, or universities. Submit via the Online Application Portal or download a PDF below.

Select the FIDM campus you intend on transferring to:



Graduate Application Requirements

MBA Application

Download Requirements

 

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

These fees are in addition to the above 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)$25$25$25
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$225$375$625
Explanation of Fees
  1. The student agrees to pay the non-refundable Initial Application Fee of $25 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. The $200 non-refundable Final Application Fee should also be submitted as a separate check or money order prior to determining the student's acceptance for Out-of-State and International students. It will be returned if the student is not accepted.