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Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-San Francisco is an Associate's college with 637 students located in San Francisco, CA.

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Offers Associate Degrees

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Overview

Overview

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San Francisco - FIDM San Francisco is in the heart of the city's historic Union Square, with some of the best shopping in the western United States. FIDM is a specialized, private college dedicated to educating students for the Fashion, Graphics, Interior Design, and Entertainment Industries.

It's a place where creativity and careers merge. We're hands-on and industry focused. We're small enough to know our students' names, but big enough to have the industry contacts and resources to help them meet their goals. FIDM Graduates own thriving fashion, graphics, and interior design companies and we're proud of their accomplishments. They are in charge of merchandising and buying for major department stores. Some work as beauty industry executives, manage shopping centers, or design sportswear, textiles, and haute couture. Others create costumes for Oscar®-nominated films or give Barbie? her latest look. The clothes you wear, the websites you surf, the sheets you sleep on, the perfume you apply, and the movie trailers you watch may exist because FIDM Graduates make them happen.

We're also deservedly proud of our faculty. Besides teaching at FIDM, many are doing exciting, meaningful work in their fields. Our instructors are fine artists, production managers, costume designers, manufacturing and marketing consultants, entrepreneurs who own successful design firms, and industry executives. FIDM Students draw from their insights and connections daily.

Student Life

Student Life

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 637
Gender 7% Male / 93% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 92% Full Time / 8% Part Time
Geography 3% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 54% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 38%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2%
Multi-racial 3%
International 4%
Hispanic/Latino 23%
Ethnicity Unknown 7%
Black or African American 7%
Asian 17%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Newspaper

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load tutoring writing center remedial instruction study skills assistance
  • Computer Services: computer center, libraries, student center wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling employment services for undergraduates personal counseling placement services for graduates adult (re-entering) student services/programs alcohol/substance abuse counseling financial aid counseling women's services
  • Facilities: access to hollywood costume collection, costume study collection and museum, textiles museum, annette green fragrance bottle collection, fashion library
  • Special Needs Services: wheelchair accessibility services and/or facilities for visually impaired services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): visiting/exchange student program internships english as a second language (esl) independent study
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Fashion Merchandising (46%), Fashion/Apparel Design (17%), Design and Visual Communications (15%), Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other (10%), Interior Design (4%), Graphic Design (4%)

Majors Offered

Associates

A program in the applied visual arts that focuses on the general principles and techniques for effectively communicating ideas and information, and packaging products, in digital and other formats to business and consumer audiences, and that may prepare individuals in any of the applied art media.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Commercial and Industrial Designers
Develop and design manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and children's toys. Combine artistic talent with research on product use, marketing, and materials to create the most functional and appealing product design.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.
Set and Exhibit Designers
Design special exhibits and movie, television, and theater sets. May study scripts, confer with directors, and conduct research to determine appropriate architectural styles.
Designers, All Other
All designers not listed separately.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional design of commercial fashions, apparel, and accessories, and the management of fashion development projects. Includes instruction in apparel design; accessory design; the design of men's', women's', and children's' wear; flat pattern design; computer-assisted design and manufacturing; concept planning; designing in specific materials; labor and cost analysis; history of fashion; fabric art and printing; and the principles of management and operations in the fashion industry.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Fashion Designers
Design clothing and accessories. Create original designs or adapt fashion trends.

A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

Job Opportunities:

Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in drama, music, and the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Art Directors
Formulate design concepts and presentation approaches for visual communications media, such as print, broadcasting, and advertising. Direct workers engaged in art work or layout design.
Multimedia Artists and Animators
Create special effects, animation, or other visual images using film, video, computers, or other electronic tools and media for use in products or creations, such as computer games, movies, music videos, and commercials.
Artists and Related Workers, All Other
All artists and related workers not listed separately.
Graphic Designers
Design or create graphics to meet specific commercial or promotional needs, such as packaging, displays, or logos. May use a variety of mediums to achieve artistic or decorative effects.

A program in the applied visual arts that prepares individuals to apply artistic principles and techniques to the professional planning, designing, equipping, and furnishing of residential and commercial interior spaces. Includes instruction in computer applications, drafting, and graphic techniques; principles of interior lighting, acoustics, systems integration, and color coordination; furniture and furnishings; textiles and their finishing; the history of interior design and period styles; basic structural design; building codes and inspection regulations; and applications to office, hotel, factory, restaurant and housing design.

Job Opportunities:

Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in architecture and architectural design, such as architectural environmental design, interior architecture/design, and landscape architecture. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Interior Designers
Plan, design, and furnish interiors of residential, commercial, or industrial buildings. Formulate design which is practical, aesthetic, and conducive to intended purposes, such as raising productivity, selling merchandise, or improving life style. May specialize in a particular field, style, or phase of interior design.

Bachelor's

Associates

A program that prepares individuals to promote product lines/brands, and organize promotional campaigns, at the wholesale level to attract retailer interest, wholesale purchasing, and supply contracts. Includes instruction in wholesaling, wholesale advertising, selling, and customer relations.

Job Opportunities:

Wholesale and Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products
Buy merchandise or commodities, other than farm products, for resale to consumers at the wholesale or retail level, including both durable and nondurable goods. Analyze past buying trends, sales records, price, and quality of merchandise to determine value and yield. Select, order, and authorize payment for merchandise according to contractual agreements. May conduct meetings with sales personnel and introduce new products. Includes assistant wholesale and retail buyers of nonfarm products.
Sales Representatives, Wholesale and Manufacturing, Except Technical and Scientific Products
Sell goods for wholesalers or manufacturers to businesses or groups of individuals. Work requires substantial knowledge of items sold.

Administration & Faculty

President Tonian Hohberg
Accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
Full-time Faculty 9
Student : Faculty Ratio 24 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 44 : 55
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 46/100
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Selectivity

Acceptance Rate: 63.6% accepted of 313 applications

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Interview, Character Personal Qualities, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Recommendations, Application Essay, Level Of Applicants Interest

Important: Extracurricular Activities, Academic GPA, Standardized Test Scores, Talent Ability, Volunteer Work

Also Considered: Alumni Relation, Work Experience, First Generation College Student, Class Rank

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT SAT Subject Tests SAT ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $35,166 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $33,247
$30K-$48K $33,964
$48K-$75K $38,042
$75K-$110K $40,714
$110K+ $41,485

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $27,955, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $27,955 Same as On-Campus
Fees $965 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $14,148
Books $2,324 $2,324
Total (before financial aid) $31,244 $45,392

Students Receiving Aid

70% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 81% $7,194
Federal Scholarships/Grants 54% $4,784
Institutional Grants 25% $1,875
Other Federal Grants 31% $537
Other Loans 5% $18,829
Pell Grants 54% $4,473
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 41% $5,327
Student Loans 81% $8,280

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://fidm.edu/en/admissions/tuition+financial+aid+and+scholarships/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://fidm.edu/en/admissions/tuition+financial+aid+and+scholarships/net+price+calculator/.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

100% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

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