FIDM Admissions Requirements

Screen Shot 2013-10-03 at 1.42.11 PMChecklist:

  • Application form
  • Application fee
  • Official transcripts from high school / colleges
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Admission Essay
  • Portfolio

How to Apply

Mail all your application materials to:

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: Office of Admissions (or Name of Your Admissions Advisor)

•  Submit your Application Online

 Application Requirements

•  Speak to an Admissions Advisor about your educational background, interests, and career goals for valuable guidance and feedback.
•  Application Form (See below for Explanation of Application Fees)
•  Official transcripts from your high school and all colleges/universities attended
•  SAT and/or ACT Scores (recommended but not required)
•  Three letters of recommendation from teachers, counselors, or employers

You may ask these professionals to write you a letter of recommendation, or you can have them fill out a Reference Request form.

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•  Admissions Essay (2 pages maximum)

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?

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•  Portfolio & Entrance Project

You must submit a portfolio entrance project for one of the majors below. Click on the major to learn about the project requirements.

For extra credit, create a video about the inspiration and creative process behind your project. You are not required to submit a video, although it is recommended.
Video Requirements:
  1. Must be one to three minutes in length.
  2. You must be in the video, as well as your project.
  3. You must discuss the inspiration and creative process behind your project.
  4. Do not include music unless you have created it yourself (if your video is chosen to be used on the FIDM YouTube channel and you have used popular music that you do not have a license to use, your video could end up being blocked by YouTube).
How To Submit Your Video:
  1. Go to www.dropbox.com and create a free account.
  2. Once you have uploaded your video into your Dropbox account, click “share link’ and email your video to admissions@fidm.edu.
  3. When saving your video, please label it with your First Name, Last Name, Title of the Video, and your Admissions Advisor’s name.
  4. After you’ve completed the upload, please send an email to admissions@fidm.edu and indicate the title of your video in the subject line.
•  Information & Authorization Form
•  Student Acknowledgement of FIDM Academic Requirements

Upon receipt of your complete application, FIDM will review it and you will be invited for an Acceptance Determination Interview on campus with an Admissions Officer. Out of State students have an option of scheduling their Acceptance Determination Interview by phone. International students will receive their acceptance decisions by mail. On campus interviews are encouraged whenever possible. Acceptance decisions are made within one to two weeks of full application reviews.

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Priority Deadlines

FIDM reviews application materials as received ($200 Final Application Fee due upon acceptance).
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2014
Priority Deadline I December 1, 2013
Priority Deadline II March 1, 2014
HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2015
Junior Advantage I
(First semester of junior year completed.)
March 15, 2014
Junior Advantage II August 15, 2014

Junior Advantage is a non-binding early admissions option for academically qualified high school juniors. Students accepted through this selection process may apply for additional scholarships and will receive access to special events.

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES, TRANSFERS, AND COLLEGE GRADUATES
Contact the Admissions Office for guidelines.

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Application Fees

$25 paid upon application to FIDM*
$200 paid upon acceptance to FIDM*
* Non-Refundable

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Explanation of Application Fees:

1) The non-refundable $25 application fee can be paid by check, money order, or online by Visa, Mastercard or American Express.

2) For Out of State and International students, the $200 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION FEE should be submitted as a separate check or money order along with the application materials prior to determining the student’s acceptance. It will be returned if the student is not accepted and is nonrefundable upon acceptance.

•  Submit your Application Online

When filling out the Application, please have your credit card information ready to pay the $25 initial application fee at the end of the form.

Mail all your application materials to:

FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
919 South Grand Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Attention: Office of Admissions (or Name of Your Admissions Advisor)

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2 thoughts on “FIDM Admissions Requirements

  1. monicazhang086 says:

    Hi, I am going to apply for jewelry design program in FIDM and living in LA. I am needing help with preparing for portfolio. Do you have a location in LA or online classes for me to enroll in?

  2. monicazhang086 says:

    Thank you for your reply! I know that study on campus will be the best choice, but I will not be available during summer. I am interested in the way you offered! But, I am wondering whether online study will provide a good quality.

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