Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County

17590 Gillette Avenue
Irvine, CA 92614-5610
  • FIDM / Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising has been educating students for careers in the fashion and entertainment industries for over 40 years. Our goal is to give students the best college education possible while preparing them to launch their career immediately. The focused curriculum, talented faculty, and a global network of industry partners like Cotton, Inc. and Disney, give students the necessary skills to work simultaneously while earning their degree. FIDM has helped launch the careers of over 40,000 graduates, including famed designers Monique Lhuillier, Kevan Hall, and Randolph Duke, just to name a few. Nine graduates have appeared as contestants on Project Runway, including FIDM Instructor Nick Verreos and Season 5 winner Leanne Marshall. Our students and graduates are doing everything from designing sets for primetime television, creating costumes for television and movies, and designing clothing for Anthropologie and GUESS, Inc., to creating visual displays for Forever 21, creating logos and marketing materials for surf and sport companies, and launching the latest beauty products. FIDM offers several degree options, including a four-year Bachelor of Science degree; 20 creative majors, and an unparalleled Career Center with a database of over 19,000 employers and growing.
School Highlights
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County serves 156 students (96% of students are full-time).
  • The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is lower than the state community college average of 44:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 100% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 68%.
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County is one of 17 community colleges within Orange County, CA.
  • The nearest community college to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County is Pacific College (1.5 miles away).

Top Placements

Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County places among the top 20% of community colleges in California for:

School Overview

  • The teacher population of 10 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate / Associates CollegesBaccalaureate / Associates Colleges
Institution LevelLess than 2 yrsAt least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution ControlPrivate, for profitPublic
Total Faculty10 staff97 staff
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Student Body

  • The student population of Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County has stayed relatively flat over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County diversity score of 1.00 is more than the state average of 0.73. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment156 students7,516 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio16:144:1
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# Full-Time Students150 students1,613 students
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# Part-Time Students6 students5,903 students
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% American Indian/Alaskan
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% Asian
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13%
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% Hispanic
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37%
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% Black
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7%
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% White
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32%
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% Hawaiian
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% Two or more races
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3%
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% Non Resident races
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3%
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Diversity Score1.000.73
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College Completion Rate
59%
29%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$41,800$34,600
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Finances and Admission

  • The private state tuition of $29,930 is more than the state average of $19,157. The private state tuition has grown by 14% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees$29,930$19,157
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid90%78%
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Median Debt for Graduates$12,000$9,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts$6,500$5,500
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Acceptance Rate66%96%
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Source: 2016 (or latest year available) IPEDS

Nearby Schools

  • The nearest community college to Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Orange County is Pacific College (1.5 miles away).
  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Pacific College
    Private, for profit
    274 students | 1.50 Mi3160 Red Hill Ave
    Costa Mesa CA  92626
    (714)662-4402
    1.50274
  • 21,247 students | 3.70 Mi2701 Fairview Road
    Costa Mesa CA  92626
    (714)432-5072
    3.7021,247
  • Career College of California
    Private, for profit
    194 students | 4.00 Mi201 E. 4th Street, Suite 200
    Santa Ana CA  92701
    (714)586-5775
    4.00194
  • 13,157 students | 4.30 Mi5500 Irvine Center Drive
    Irvine CA  92618
    (949)451-5100
    4.3013,157
  • 11,313 students | 4.70 Mi11460 Warner Ave.
    Fountain Valley CA  92708
    (714)546-7600
    4.7011,313
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