• FIDM prepares students to enter the global industries of fashion, visual arts, interior design and entertainment. Students become skilled professionals who are current in technology, experienced in critical thought, appreciative of creative expression, aware of ethical standards and proficient in effective communication.

School Highlights

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles serves 1,886 students (85% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 6:1 is lower than the state community college average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 67% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,886 students
  • Private-state tuition: $29,930
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 67%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 315 teachers has grown by 125% over five years.
FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles
(CA) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associates Colleges
Associates Colleges
Institution Level
Four or more years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Private for-profit
Public
Total Faculty
315 staff
308 staff
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Student Body

The student population of FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles has declined by 39% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 6:1 has decreased from 22:1 over five years.
The FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles diversity score of 0.83 is more than the state average of 0.70. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
1,886 students
5,216 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
22:1
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# Full-Time Students
1,603 students
1,660 students
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# Part-Time Students
283 students
6,239 students
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# Enrollment Undergraduate
207 students
302 students
# Full-Time Undergraduate Students
1,580 students
1,580 students
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# Full-Time Graduate Students
23 students
54 students
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CA All Graduation Breakdown
# Part-Time Undergraduate Students
267 students
6,239 students
# Part-Time Graduate Students
16 students
10 students
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CA All Part Time Graduation Breakdown
Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
140 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
1%
n/a
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% Asian
11%
14%
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% Hispanic
22%
45%
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% Black
6%
5%
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% White
33%
26%
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% Hawaiian
1%
n/a
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% Two or more races
1%
4%
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% Non Resident races
19%
3%
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% Unknown races
6%
3%
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Diversity Score
0.83
0.70
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College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in less than 4 years)
n/a
4.57%
College Completion Rate (Students who graduate in 4 years or more than 4 years)
4.41%
1.92%
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$41,800
$34,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The private state tuition of $29,930 is more than the state average of $20,540. The private state tuition has declined by 7% over four years.
Private State Tuition Fees
$29,930
$20,540
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
78%
86%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$14,165
$10,500
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$5,500
$6,239
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Acceptance Rate
39%
89%
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Source: 2021 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

School Notes

  • Four great campuses - Los Angeles, San Francisco, Orange County, San Diego - give you the chance to find the perfect environment. From a cosmopolitan urban campus to one with that small-town feeling, they're all located in major commercial centers. And for those few moments when you're not thinking about your future profession, our campuses are also within a day's drive of winter skiing, summer beach-going and year-round play. FIDM Los Angeles is fashion central -- at the heart of a city that dominates the entertainment, retail, manufacturing, interior and graphic design industries. Our architecturally stunning main campus is nestled in the quiet 4-acre Grand-Hope Park, with its mosaic water fountains, ivy-covered arbor walks, and metal sculptures. Yet this landmark downtown site is only steps away from the bustling garment district, the International Jewelry Center, and the California Mart --the country's largest year-round mart, with 2,000 showrooms. FIDM provides the most relevant, specialized, professional education available to students seeking careers in the fashion, interiors, graphic design, and entertainment industries. From the moment you walk in to one of our campuses, you feel the FIDM difference. Creativity is everywhere, especially in our students, who come to FIDM to channel their dreams and passions. FIDM offers 2 Year, Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts Professional Designation, and Associate of Arts Advanced Study degree programs. Every program leads to a degree. Our curriculum has been developed, and is continually updated, to reflect the needs of each industry served by our majors. The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) is a proprietary college incorporated under the laws of the state of California. The college is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles cost?

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles's private state tuition is approximately $29,930.

What is the acceptance rate of FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles?

The acceptance rate of FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles is 39%, which is lower than the state average of 89%. FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles's acceptance rate is ranked among the top community colleges in California with low acceptance rates.

What is FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles's ranking?

FIDM-Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising-Los Angeles ranks among the top 20% of community college in California for: Lowest acceptance rates, Diversity in US community colleges and Highest graduate earnings (10 years post graduation).

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 1,886 students
  • Private-state tuition: $29,930
  • Acceptance Rate: 39%
  • Student:teacher ratio: 6:1
  • Minority enrollment: 67%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Did You Know?

The average community college acceptance rate in Los Angeles County, CA is 75%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Los Angeles County, CA community colleges have a diversity score of 0.67, which is higher than the national average of 0.00. The most diverse community college in Los Angeles County, CA is Los Angeles Film School. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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