FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising [Los Angeles]

Housing Location Type Offers Scholarships Student Population Offers CLA
Available for Undergraduate Urban No 6200 (Total) Yes
Degrees Offered Public/Private Institution Type Student Body
Associate Private Baccalaureate College Co-educational

Yearly Costs / ELS Level

Living Expenses
Degree Tuition Fees Housing ** Meals OtherExpenses I 20/Visa* (Total Required Funds) ELS
Associate $$$$ $ $$$ $ $$$$ 109
 I-20/Visa costs include Tuition, Housing, Meals and all other fees in USD
Housing cost may include meals and other expenses to equal Living Expenses


FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising was founded in Los Angeles in 1969 by visionary Tonian Hohberg. FIDM was the first fashion college of its kind on the West Coast. From the beginning, FIDM's mission was to build industry relationships in order to benefit both the industry and the students. FIDM's curriculum is intense, concentrated, and rewarding. The college prepares students to enter the global industries of Fashion, Visual Arts, Interior Design, and Entertainment. Their graduates enter the global market as highly trained professionals ready to make a contribution. FIDM offers Associates of Arts, Professional Designation, Advanced Study, and Bachelor of Science programs designed to enhance a variety of educational backgrounds. Every program leads to a degree. The curriculum has been developed, and is continually updated, to reflect the needs of each industry served by the majors. Live, work, and study in the most exciting locations California has to offer. Whether you love the bright lights of the big city or a smaller beach town with charm to spare, you'll find the FIDM campus that's right for you. The Los Angeles campus is within a day's drive of winter skiing and within an hour's drive to popular beaches and the educational, cultural, and social resources of the city.


FIDM Student Housing is currently $2950 per quarter with an initial placement fee of $300. Independent housing ranges from approximately $700 up.

Student life

The FIDM experience extends beyond the classroom. The Student Activities Office at each campus specializes in helping students thrive. There are countless opportunities to socialize with peers, network in nationally recognized professional organizations, and connect with the FIDM Community. Plus, the Student Activities Office is an excellent resource for city transportation, health insurance options, and so much more. The Student Activities Office offers extensive co-curricular programs that offer celebration of various cultural events, education through workshops and seminars, information through industry expert guest speakers, and involvement through community service. Also, students can seek assistance and advice through the Student Advisement Department, Educational Advisors, Personal Counselors and the IDEA Center (student study center) where all computers contain up-to-date classroom software and instructors are available for added assistance. FIDM has 8,000 students from the United States and more than 30 other countries. Each campus has a staff member dedicated to assisting FIDM's International Students with their visa needs, and FIDM offers numerous support services including orientation, student activity meetings, and cultural exchange events.