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14-05-2009
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Hi all! So, I have heard some good and not so good things about FIDM. My friend in LA told me that people there think it's a joke, which I am thinking is because of the ease of acceptance and its reputation with The Hills. However, I currently work in PR and want to move to LA to get into fashion PR specifically. I have a ton of PR experience, but am considering going to FIDM to get my professional degree in Merchandise Marketing in order to add a bit more fashion experience to my resume. However, I don't want to go to a school that makes it hard for me to get a job after I graduate because it just looks like a fluff school. And if I can't put it on my resume, then what's the point?

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16-05-2009
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I have my phone inetrview in 3 days and im freaking out!
someone please give me some advice such as what they're gonna ask me or how long it will last! thank you in advancee

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Hi all! So, I have heard some good and not so good things about FIDM. My friend in LA told me that people there think it's a joke, which I am thinking is because of the ease of acceptance and its reputation with The Hills. However, I currently work in PR and want to move to LA to get into fashion PR specifically. I have a ton of PR experience, but am considering going to FIDM to get my professional degree in Merchandise Marketing in order to add a bit more fashion experience to my resume. However, I don't want to go to a school that makes it hard for me to get a job after I graduate because it just looks like a fluff school. And if I can't put it on my resume, then what's the point?

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Hi,

If you already have all that PR experience, I say just tackle the business, apply for a few jobs and move to Los Angeles. If you feel you are ready of course!

There is nothing wrong with furthering your education and I feel that at FIDM, you can definitely learn a lot from instructors who are industry professionals. And during your stay at FIDM you'll definitely develop a great network.

Also, the library and resources available at FIDM is just amazing!!!

But it is all what you make of your education and how you take advantage of it.

The rest of the world has the ridiculous misconception that FIDM is all about the Hills and LC. She doesn't even go to the school and yet they film it as if she did.

Let me just tell you that the acceptance rate is equally as high as the drop out rate.

A lot of rich kids attend the school thinking it's just another extension of the Hills and shopping, but then they meet industry professionals such as Lo Presti, Perelman, Antebi and Veros and they come running back the hills!

I swear! Lauren Conrad gives my school AIDS!!! Almost all my instructors say so! It's quite funny actually!

But yeah, I don't think FIDM will hurt your resume. As long as you know what you are talking about and you mean business, FIDM should just be sugar on top.

If you have anymore questions, feel free to contact me.

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Hi all! So, I have heard some good and not so good things about FIDM. My friend in LA told me that people there think it's a joke, which I am thinking is because of the ease of acceptance and its reputation with The Hills. However, I currently work in PR and want to move to LA to get into fashion PR specifically. I have a ton of PR experience, but am considering going to FIDM to get my professional degree in Merchandise Marketing in order to add a bit more fashion experience to my resume. However, I don't want to go to a school that makes it hard for me to get a job after I graduate because it just looks like a fluff school. And if I can't put it on my resume, then what's the point?

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i won't deny that alot of people in LA think of FIDM as a joke and not a real school, but i have a couple friends that go there and it's really just how you handle your education. If you take it seriously then others will take you seriously. I don't think having FIDM on your resume will have any negative affects. My friend's sister-in-law went to FIDM to study graphic design and is now a very successful web designer. She even got her present job because of reccomendations from her instructors at FIDM. So don't let it's reputation of "The Hills" school blind you. In essence it's a decent school but i think it's reputation because of the tv series and it's high acceptance rate gives it a bad name.

also it's not like LC really went to the school, i know they used to cancel some classes because of filming. good luck!

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15-06-2009
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What about Otis College of Art and Design in L.A.? How is it regarded?

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Hi Guys,

Thought I'd start this thread back up...

I've graduated school with a BA in English, and I'm considering going back to school for Fashion Merchandising. I'm looking at some schools in Vancouver, closer to home, as well as FIDM.

I'd really like to attend FIDM because it may help me get my foot in the door in the US. I'm Canadian and getting a Visa is a hassle.

Any new thoughts about the school? I agree, everything is what you make it, but I could save a bit of money by staying closer to home. I'm willing to spend that cash if it's going to help me out in the long run, but I want to make sure it's worth something before I do.

Also any details about the Merchandise Marketing program would be fab. Thanks!

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I can't address FIDM's Fashion Merchandising program.

But I would think that any merchandising program (not geared to any industry in particular) would still put you in a good position to do the work. It's mainly math, statistics, and learning how to to get ahead of the buying trends so that you have the appropiate amount of the right kind or merchandise in your stores ... but don't over stock. The theory and the tools are the same no matter whether it's cosmetics, fashion, or auto parts. So, you might consider any retail merchandising program, if that will widen your option.

I am thinking that it might not be to your benefit to come to LA to study merchandising. However, if you plan to move to LA (not NY) and want to do retail merchandinsing here and nowhere else, then it might make sense. We have tons of retail here in L.A, but most of the major stores are not headquarted here. So, you might have a chance at working for small boutiques (if they even have a merchandiser) ... but I don't think being in L.A. would help you with the major stores ... Barneys, Saks, Nordrstom, Macys ... if you want to get a position where the decisions are made.

Food for thought .....

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Restarting this thread up because I'm applying to FIDM's Apparel Industry Management/Fashion Design Program.

Any new thoughts on this school since 1+ years ago? Do people still think this place is a joke? ):

I've applied to FIT, Parsons & FIDM so far, but I have the most confidence in FIDM's admissions team. I'm an international student (from Asia), and FIDM was the only school to have sent a representative to speak to me. They also sent me a package full of information about the school, and answered any questions that I had readily.

Compared to that, I had severe problems contacting the admissions team from FIT, and had to call in just to ask a simple question of whether or not I'm considered a transfer student. That made it quite hard for me due to time zone issues... ):

Anyone here who's graduated/is currently studying at FIDM and wants to give some input? x:

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^I went to FIDM and loved it, and I've never gotten a negative response from people in the industry (I've only heard it here, and I'm still waiting for someone to support their arguments against the school lol) and I meet more people who went to FIDM in the industry than any other school.

My roommate from Indonesia, and she applied to a lot of the same schools you did (as well as CSM). I cant compare it to other school though, I can only give my experience!

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Another English major planning on heading back to school here; I'm between Fashion Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, but I don't want to go back until Fall 2014/Spring 2014 at the absolute EARLIEST, so I have time to decide.

I've been looking at a host of programs, both domestic and international, and FIDM is the most curious of them all for me. The school ranks highly on Fashionista's list, and definitely seems to have name recognition; however, when I stalk Linkedin, it seems like all the Fashion Merchandising grads are sales associates at Wal Mart and Saks! Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with that, but if I'm spending thousands of additional dollars for my education, I'd definitely like to get a more lucrative position (as well as one more closely related to my major).

Any FIDM alums wanna defend their school for me? Cause at this point, I'm thinking of just applying to the New York schools and a handful in Europe (Polimoda, Instituto Marangoni, ESMOD, LCF)

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Another English major planning on heading back to school here; I'm between Fashion Marketing and Fashion Merchandising, but I don't want to go back until Fall 2014/Spring 2014 at the absolute EARLIEST, so I have time to decide.

I've been looking at a host of programs, both domestic and international, and FIDM is the most curious of them all for me. The school ranks highly on Fashionista's list, and definitely seems to have name recognition; however, when I stalk Linkedin, it seems like all the Fashion Merchandising grads are sales associates at Wal Mart and Saks! Don't get me wrong, I have no problem with that, but if I'm spending thousands of additional dollars for my education, I'd definitely like to get a more lucrative position (as well as one more closely related to my major).

Any FIDM alums wanna defend their school for me? Cause at this point, I'm thinking of just applying to the New York schools and a handful in Europe (Polimoda, Instituto Marangoni, ESMOD, LCF)

Hi not a FIDM alumni, but I am attending it in the fall. I have friends and a co-worker who are all alumni, that all persuaded me to finally take the plunge. I have two friends who went there as Merchandise Product Development and another couple as Fashion Design. The first two work now as associate designers for Guess (menswear) & True Religion (children) both started off as assistants after getting their associates. As for the second two, one works with a menswear designer as an associate designer, and the other one works with me as a buyer (I work in F21 Headquarters as Merchandise Accounts Payable [I pay the vendors the buyers buy clothes from]). I graduated with a bachelors in Human Development and Biology from another school, but I've always had fashion related jobs (buying & merchandising). From What I understand a lot of the negative reviews from student from FIDM are from those who did not took advantage of the school's resources. My friends all have said the school is there to prep you for a career not to hand you one. During school they said to intern as much as possible and simply just do work, don't slack and don't get too comfortable. A lot of the students who couldn't get jobs are the ones that was too comfortable, who did not interned, nor truly took advantaged of the resources and the experienced they could've gained. And they offer tons of internships, it's the students job to get em. All my friends interned in established brands from BCBG, Band of Outsiders and Bisou Bisou. All credible Los Angeles based brands, not as sales associates, but as patternmakers, design assistants and etc..I don't officially start till fall because I promised F21 that I'll stay full time till September, but I already feel I'm investing wisely. Don't let Yelp reviews or hearsay dismay you. FIDM LA Is amazing, the facility is awesome and the education is worth it's price. Simply take advantage of the resources like any other school, if and when you do decide to come to LA.

As for the people you've stalked on Linkedin they might've not put in as much work while in school nor outside, If I can get a Buying Position for one of the fastest growing fashion company in the world with out a fashion degree it's because I have real world experience and When I finish FIDM's Merchandise Product Development program, I can only imagine what I could be offered.

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What do you guys think of the accreditation FIDM offers for Fashion Design Majors?
The advanced program, which is the program Monique Lhuillier graduated from, only gives you an Associates in Arts. They do offer Bachelor degrees, but they are in Business. I am a little scared about this. My perception is that most companies want you to have a BA, but I am not sure. FIDM is a well known school. I don't know if saying that you graduated from their advanced program is enough... What do you think? I am supposed to accept or reject them next week. I have been accepted by a few other schools (OTIS, PRATT, Chicago School of the arts and SCAD) and rejected them because of different reasons, but I could try a few of them for the Spring semester of next year. I could also try The Academy of Arts and their program is much cheaper than the rest ( only 21k compared to 30-39k)...

My plan is to look for companies that are hiring and call them and ask them, but I still hope somebody will have some input and advice for me here! I would definitely appreciate it

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